Desperation: Roman

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Diane Publishing Company, Sep 1, 1999 - Fiction - 690 pages
726 Reviews

Now repackaged with stunning new cover art, this #1 bestseller is a chilling story set in a lonely Nevada town where the evil embedded in the landscape is awesome--but so are the forces summoned to combat it. Reissue.

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Fantastic, but loses a star because of the poor ending. - Goodreads
I think he gave up half way through writing. - Goodreads
great pace on this book - Goodreads
Disapointing endings. - Goodreads
As always, great characterization. - Goodreads
He slow began to think of a plot for a new book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Cat Frega - Goodreads

This one felt it was missing something in terms of the prose I've grown to love from King, but the story itself was incredibly compelling. I cried at the end so there's at least that. I just... I really loved this book. Read full review

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User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

I liked it. It was just way longer than it needed to be. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Through the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List. King's title, Mr. Mercedes, made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

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