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Stinger de Robert P. McCammon
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Stinger (original: 1987; edição: 1988)

de Robert P. McCammon (Autor)

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A relentless alien bounty hunter encloses a Texas town under a dome to isolate, hunt, and kill its prey in "the ultimate horror novel" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).   Ever since the copper mine closed, the West Texas desert hellholes of Inferno and Bordertown have been slowly dying. Snake River isn't the only thing that divides them. Racism, gang wars, and anti-Mexican sentiment have turned the sun-scorched flatlands into a powder keg. If anything can unite them for now, at least in awe and wonder, it's the UFO that comes soaring out of the clouds like a flaming locomotive.   In the wake of the crash, a young alien named Daufin has arrived, too. A fugitive who has taken the form of a human, she knows the terror that awaits the inhabitants of this planet--because it is looking for her.   When Stinger, the monstrous alien bounty hunter, arrives, it's with a destructive fury and a devious plan to find Daufin--by entombing the residents in an impenetrable and inescapable dome. A relentless killing machine, Stinger has an infinite capacity for death and destruction. And over the next twenty-four hours, this town is going to bleed and burn. Now, the few remaining survivors must come together to protect Daufin, themselves, and the world beyond from total annihilation.   From the New York Times-bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Swan Song, Stinger was called "one of the best suspense novels of recent years" by the Science Fiction Chronicle.  … (mais)
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Título:Stinger
Autores:Robert P. McCammon (Autor)
Informação:Pocket (1988), 538 pages
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I have no idea what to rate this one. Overall, I enjoyed it, so I'm going with four stars.

In the first fifty pages of this book, I actually thought, This one's going to be his best book. It started strong, but then immediately applied the brakes and slowed right down until about the halfway mark. When the titular villain finally...finally showed up, things got better again. Not fantastic, but better.

Up to this point, seven books in, McCammon hasn't seemed to have cracked the secret recipe of characterization vs action yet. He seems to lean too far in one direction or the other. The first half of this novel was spent introducing the unnecessarily large cast, then the second half was spent beating the shit out of them.

And then there was the story. At its base, this is a SF story. Two aliens land on Earth, one running from the other. Layered over that is a horror novel of possession and monsters. I'm going to stop right here and say that, with the possible exception of the first two Alien movies, SF Horror usually doesn't work well for me.

But this story was similar to about 80% of the Stan Lee stories at the dawn of the Marvel Superhero age. Stan, for all his fame and personality, really had a limited range when it came to storytelling, and his favourite story usually involved an alien coming to earth, wreaking havoc, either intentionally or not, then being defeated, typically with a parting comment along the lines of, "These Earthlings are surprisingly ______ (fill in the blank: intelligent, powerful, resourceful, resilient). I'll never come back!"

This novel cribs from that stereotypical Stan Lee plot. It also steals liberally from John Carpenter's The Thing which came out six years before this novel. Finally, just for shits and giggles, I think, McCammon also decided to toss in some Romeo and Juliet. Because, Shakespeare!

Anyway, for all of that, it mostly works. My biggest issues around a novel that involves aliens interacting with us is how human the aliens often are. Or how earth-like. Basically, the big bad is a walking scorpion. Which is silly, because the true alien is more of a centipede/slug. And when it takes over a human body, it speaks with the same Texan accent, uses the same colloquialisms, thinks in the same terms (taking hostages, revenge, etc).

I was actually quite happy when McCammon showed us the true forms of both aliens. Because for a few pages, we actually got aliens.

So, in the end, the book that I thought had the opportunity to be his best, stands right now as #2 on my least favourite, not quite as dreadful as Baal and tied with Night Boat. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
This book is pure nostalgia. It's '80s slang, cliches and backdrops. Probably because that's when it was written.

The main themes of Stinger left me feeling a little weird. There are huge streaks of '80s hopefulness. Normalizing race relations, protecting the environment, a healing of the generation gap that was such a big part of the '70s, friendly aliens, the idea that moving on sometimes meant moving up in the world, and an "as luck would have it" financial recovery after the recession disasters that plagued small towns the 1970s. Here's to hoping that the youth of the 2020s/2030s generation can experience what we did in the '80s.

Some of the cliches were tiresome though. I'd forgotten how many slang terms there were for women with big boobs.

I understand even less why McCammon didn't reach my bookshelf until now. He's full of the same writing styles as Stephen King. And I loved King back in the day.

I'll keep reading McCammon. He's so much fun. ( )
1 vote authenticjoy | Nov 15, 2020 |
I have to say that it appears besides "Boy's Life" I'm not destined to like any of Robert McCammon's books. "Stinger" dragged forever. I almost DNFed it, but I just decided to finish it so I could count it as a bingo read. I ended up not caring about any character we are introduced to, I wasn't scared, and I just went than goodness when I got to the end.

The dying town of Inferno, Texas is on its last legs. In a few months when the local high school closed there won't be anything left of the town. When a spacecraft crashes, the remaining members of the town are left to fight off an alien calling itself Stinger. Stinger is after another alien that calls itself Daufin.

Ultimately I think if the book had been edited a bit more, or we stuck with very few POVs that it could have worked better for me. I also didn't really like Daufin that much. Taking over the little girl named as Stevie and using her as a "guardian" isn't something that I thought a good alien would do.

The writing didn't move me at all. And McCammon has been able to make me cry due to his writing. I just felt bored. The flow was pretty bad too. I think jumping between 10-15 characters is what did it. Some chapters were long, some were only a few pages.

The ending unfortunately fell flat for me. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
I'm pretty sure I read this as a teenager, but if I did, I sure don't remember it, so this book was entirely new to me. And what a great book it was!
I'm a HUGE fan of Robert McCammon and have slowly been reading and re-reading all of his books. By doing so I've been treated to to the birth and growth of an incredible author, and a damn fine good time.
Stinger has everything a horror fan could want, great characters, a great setting, humor, wit, and downright creepiness. Oh, and nasty monsters, warring gangs, and I could go on, but I think you get the picture. All this in a late 80s story that still rings true today.
I LOVED this story, and if the above sounds good to you, I'll bet that you will love it too! Highly recommended! ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
STINGER by Robert Mccammon is simply 80's horror F-U-N! With the entire book taking place over the course of one night, it's a great example of the horror being written during that time.

This is the story of a duel alien invasion-one alien crashed on earth due to a ship malfunction, (Daufin) and the other a bounty-hunter come to track the first one down, (Stinger). All of this takes place in the town of Inferno, in west Texas.

With a variety of small town characters putting aside their differences to unite against Stinger, the universal theme of good vs. evil comes into play. The shape-shifting abilities, (for lack of a better word), of Stinger allow it to take over host bodies and bend them to its will, making this a more interesting tale than it otherwise would have been. I think it also must have been quite challenging for the narrator of this audiobook.

The narration here took me a while to get used to, most especially during scenes where there was a lot of action. At first, I wasn't sure if I would make it through the entire way, (Stinger is 500 pages long), but I did become accustomed to it and began to enjoy it thoroughly.

This is my third time reading STINGER and I think it's possible I might read it again in the future. Sure it's infused with a lot of 80's pop culture and lingo, (all the good looking girls are smash-foxes), but that was a special time for me, and for the horror genre, so I have no problem with that.
Also, I think it's possible that STINGER has influenced a lot of authors, (it's difficult not to see a connection to King's UNDER THE DOME), whether they were conscious of it or not.

STINGER was a lot of fun to listen to and Nick Sullivan did a fairly good job of bringing it all home in a fun way. If you're looking for many hours of listening enjoyment and alien invasion action, STINGER is the book for you!

*Thank you to the narrator for the free Audible edition in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.* ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
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A relentless alien bounty hunter encloses a Texas town under a dome to isolate, hunt, and kill its prey in "the ultimate horror novel" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).   Ever since the copper mine closed, the West Texas desert hellholes of Inferno and Bordertown have been slowly dying. Snake River isn't the only thing that divides them. Racism, gang wars, and anti-Mexican sentiment have turned the sun-scorched flatlands into a powder keg. If anything can unite them for now, at least in awe and wonder, it's the UFO that comes soaring out of the clouds like a flaming locomotive.   In the wake of the crash, a young alien named Daufin has arrived, too. A fugitive who has taken the form of a human, she knows the terror that awaits the inhabitants of this planet--because it is looking for her.   When Stinger, the monstrous alien bounty hunter, arrives, it's with a destructive fury and a devious plan to find Daufin--by entombing the residents in an impenetrable and inescapable dome. A relentless killing machine, Stinger has an infinite capacity for death and destruction. And over the next twenty-four hours, this town is going to bleed and burn. Now, the few remaining survivors must come together to protect Daufin, themselves, and the world beyond from total annihilation.   From the New York Times-bestselling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Swan Song, Stinger was called "one of the best suspense novels of recent years" by the Science Fiction Chronicle.  

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