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The Dark Half - Stephen King


Published: 13th December 2011
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Creating George Stark was easy. Getting rid of him won't be . . .

The sparrows are flying again. The idea - unbidden, inexplicable - haunts the edge of Thad Beaumont's mind.

Thad should be happy. For years now it is his secret persona 'George Stark', author of super-violent pulp thrillers, who has paid the family bills. But now, Thad is writing seriously again under his own name, and his menacing pseudonym has been buried forever.

And yet . . . the sparrows are flying again, and something is terribly wrong in Thad Beaumont's world.


What would your bad side be like?


The opening chapter does not pull any punches and immediately throws some gore and a shiver up your spine. We get further hits of this through the antagonist Starks point of view scattered throughout the novel, his actions are truly grotesque... I wanted to cover my eyes until it was over – but of course you can't do that if you're reading a book. I found the cast interesting, fully developed and added something unique to the story line, ultimately rounding it in some realism. Though the plot itself did fell drawn out a little too long, the journey there was paced well and held my interest. Stephen King's writing style is prominent, though more intimate than his earlier works. For a novel nearly 600 pages long, I seemed to fly through it. I was a little disappointed in the mythology of the novel – I'd read about the significance of sparrows before in Trent Jamison's Deathworks novels, so this aspect was not a huge surprise to me; though Thad's role felt like it was left hanging. Why had this event taken place in the first instance? Does Thad have some sort of ability? Was it Stark all along, clawing his way back from some dark place? I felt like I was wanting more resolution to this, or even a paragraph explaining why, but we didn't get an answer. It could have been a tad shorter, a tad more intense, and ended with more of an exclamation point, but a novel I'd be happy to recommend to all. I'd have to rank it in the top half of my King favourites.

Sunshine Coast

The Dark Half

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America's greatest living novelist - Lee Child

Stephen King

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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ISBN: 9781444708158
ISBN-10: 1444708155
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 13th December 2011
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1