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Elevation - Stephen King

Hardcover Published: 30th October 2018
ISBN: 9781473691520
Number Of Pages: 144

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'Stephen King's slim new novel tackles weighty matters' - New York Post

Castle Rock
is a small town, where word gets around quickly. That's why Scott Carey wants to confide only in his friend Doctor Bob Ellis about his strange condition: he's losing weight, without getting thinner, and the scales register the same when he is in his clothes or out of them, however heavy they are.

Scott also has new neighbours, who have opened a 'fine dining experience' in town, although it's an experience being shunned by the locals; Deidre McComb and her wife Missy Donaldson don't exactly fit in with the community's expectations. And now Scott seems trapped in a feud with the couple over their dogs dropping their business on his lawn. Missy may be friendly, but Deidre is cold as ice.

As the town prepares for its annual Thanksgiving 12k run, Scott starts to understand the prejudices his neighbours face and he tries to help. Unlikely alliances form and the mystery of Scott's affliction brings out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From master storyteller Stephen King, our 'most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work' (Guardian), comes this timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. Compelling and eerie, Elevation is as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as 'It's a Wonderful Life.'

Includes illustrations Mark Edward Geyer.

Industry Reviews

Praise for Stephen King - -

One of King great strengths as a writer is his mastery of the milieu of small-town USA, his uncanny ability to ventriloquise its inhabitants and keep his myriad pieces in play - Guardian

A resonant novella set in one of King's signature locales: the small town of Castle Rock, Maine

King works his customary storytelling magic, unspooling the plot threads almost as quickly as readers can turn the pages

St3ephen King what more can you say!

5

What more can one say - classic Stephen King :-)

Goodna

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HORROR LOVER

5

LOVE ALL STEPHEN KING BOOKS - I HAVE EVERY ONE PUBLISHED

COWRA

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Good story but disappointing price

4

Disappointed at the price via Booktopia as I found it significantly cheaper at numerous shops after purchasing.

Melbourne

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A Compulsive Read

5

The awesomeness? Scott is living every metabolism challenged person's dream; he's consistently losing a steady amount of weight while eating whatever the heck he wants to. He can eat breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner/supper and round it all off with a double helping of dessert, and the scales still smile on him. What a dream! The downside? No matter how much weight the scales say he's lost Scott still looks exactly the same, protruding belly and all. All of that weight loss and you don't even get to see the difference? No fair! The downright weird? " 'No one weighs the same naked as they do dressed. It's as much a given as gravity.' " This is a Stephen King novella; nothing is a given. Set in Castle Rock, 'Elevation' was a compulsive read for me. I loved the people I met. I loved the friendships. I loved that the homophobia expressed by some of the townsfolk was challenged. I loved the reminder that one person can make a difference in other peoples' lives and their community as a whole, even in the current political climate and even a town where a fairly considerable amount of bigots reside. " 'Sometimes I think this is the world's greatest weight-loss program.' 'Yes,' Ellis said, 'but where does it end?' " I'll tell you where it ends. In tears! I enjoyed 'Gwendy's Button Box' but I loved 'Elevation'. I didn't expect to feel so much for characters that I only knew for just over 130 pages but I smiled, I laughed and I wanted to have dinner with these people. Then I smiled some more while I ugly cried for the final 10% of the book. I need an entire series of novellas set in Castle Rock. I need to meet more of these weird and wonderful people. I'd give this book 4.5 stars but am rounding up.

Australia

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Uplifting

5

This isn't your typical Stephen King book in that there is no obvious horror in the story. I loved that it was a lighter, easy to read story that carried my interest. Sometimes you read the right story at the right time, and I really appreciated the message in the story.

Gympie

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Elevation

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ISBN: 9781473691520
ISBN-10: 1473691524
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 30th October 2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

Stephen King

About the Author


Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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