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If It Bleeds de Stephen King
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If It Bleeds (edição: 2020)

de Stephen King (Autor)

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From legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas, each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places.
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Título:If It Bleeds
Autores:Stephen King (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2020), Edition: 1st Edition, 448 pages
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If it Bleeds de Stephen King

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Excellent read as always. Starts off normal but soon becomes intriguing, then page-turning, and finally you are right in the incredible mind of Stephen King and his mind-blowing horror genre. ( )
  DocWalt10 | Sep 19, 2021 |
I can't even remember the last time I awarded all the stars to a King book. I know it's been a few years.

I'm really happy to say that, on this one, King earns every single damn star. There's four stories in here, and I won't take you through them. I will, however, say that, while they're all separate, non-connected stories (well, okay, they all take place in the Stephen King Universe, but they aren't directly connected to each other), they do have a common thread running through them.

King has written about death in pretty much everything he's published. But these four stories look at death a little more delicately, and with the compassion of someone who knows they have many more years behind them than ahead. At least one character in each outing faces the death of disease or simply old age, rather than the usually more violent death that we're used to.

And King handles each one with a deft, loving touch.

Now, having said that, these deaths are by no means the central pivot of any of the stories, but they do serve, as I said, as a tenuous connection between the four. All I will say about three of the four are, the stories are wonderful, touching on youthful love and lust, the horrors of actually wrangling the creative process to the ground and making it work for you, and a brilliant take on the Amadou Hampâté Bâ quote, "when an old man dies, it’s a library burning." I have to say, the "burning library" story in particular stole my heart simply for the scene with the dancing. That's all I'll say.

I do want to mention a couple of things about the title story If It Bleeds, which is the much-touted return of Holly Gibson from the Bill Hodges trilogy of books, as well as [b:The Outsider|36124936|The Outsider|Stephen King|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1524596540l/36124936._SY75_.jpg|57566471]. I will say I found the trilogy offered diminishing returns as it went on, and I can say I only enjoyed the first half of Outsider, because King seemed to get very lost in the second half and couldn't stick the landing. So, with that out there, three things about this story.

First, if you haven't read those previous four books, and most especially Outsider, go back and read them first, as they all get spoiled, and this story is a direct sequel to Outsider.

Second, this is very much a solo Gibney outing, and for that, I'm grateful. With her fifth appearance, she's obviously becoming one of King's favourite go-to characters, like Flagg was in the 70s and 80s, but on the side of good, and while I wasn't super fond of her in the first couple of books, she's really grown on me. This story pays off by letting you into her world a lot more and, while that is often a disappointment (I'm looking at you, Hannibal Lecter...Harris should have left you alone after your second appearance [but the television show was brilliant]), this outing only does very well by Ms. Gibney.

Finally, this story, to me, delivers the payoff that was only promised in Outsider, but never delivered on. So, thanks Uncle Stevie.

When this thing comes out. Get it. Read it. You're gonna love it. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I love Stephen King's short stories, and this volume contained 4 of them. However, I found the stories to be just OK, not reaching the horrifying excellence of most of the short stories written earlier in his career. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Aug 31, 2021 |
Another great King work of short and not so short stories. ( )
  debbiedd24 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Four decent offerings starting with Mr Harrigan’s Phone, a ghost story with a difference. Not exactly scary, yet there’s a little chill when that number rings… The Life of Chuck is a strange tale which may well garner split views. Still, I felt there was a fine sliver of fear at the end, touched with a sweet sentiment. If It Bleeds adds to the story begun in The Outsider. While not ‘necessary’, it’s always good to spend time with Holly Gibney, especially if one has read the Hodges’ trilogy. Like King, I love Holly. Rat concludes this quartet of stories, but will stick in my mind the most. Though not chilling, there are ‘moments of madness’ that, as a writer, likely creeped me out for obvious reasons: the madness that is part of writing. I was expecting a darker ending, but perhaps subconsciously (either King’s, or mine, or both), there seems to be more than one subtext here reflecting the process of writing itself. These are not the most spooky of King’s tales, but made for an overall pleasant and well worth read. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | May 21, 2021 |
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...as classic as his novels are, his shorter fiction has been just as gripping over the years, and includes such classics as "The Body" and "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption."...King still owns the fright business like none other, but the iconic author will keep you up late at night engrossed in four tales about our dreams and our frailties.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarUSA Today, Brian Truitt (Apr 29, 2020)
 
...the mid-length narrative suits his talents particularly well, permitting a degree of expansiveness while maintaining a controlled, disciplined approach to the material at hand. The results are stories that cover a surprising amount of emotional territory but can still be read in a sitting....In “If It Bleeds,” King continues to draw from a rich and varied reservoir of stories. At its best, his work remains deeply empathetic and compulsively readable. May the reservoir never run dry.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarWashington Post, Bill Sheehan (Web site pago) (Apr 20, 2020)
 
The straightforward cadences of King’s voice, paired with his signature sit-down-and-let-me-tell-you-a-story style, were immediately soothing. And the stories he was telling — about the seductions and corruptions of technology, the extremes of beauty and depravity in even the most ordinary life, the workings of a universe we can never entirely understand — were somehow exactly what I wanted to read right now.... I wouldn’t begrudge any reader refuge in familiar pleasures, least of all now. We all need solace wherever we can find it... As sirens blare outside my Brooklyn window and the headlines grow more apocalyptic by the day, I might start working my way through King’s backlist. He’s good company in the dark.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarNew York Times, Ruth Franklin (Web site pago) (Apr 19, 2020)
 
The master of supernatural disaster returns with four horror-laced novellas....King has gone a far piece from the killer clowns and vampires of old, with his monsters and monstrosities taking on far more quotidian forms—which makes them all the scarier. Vintage King: a pleasure for his many fans and not a bad place to start if you’re new to him.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Reviews (Mar 15, 2020)
 
This set of novellas is thought-provoking, terrifying, and, at times, outright charming, showcasing King’s breadth as a master storyteller. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: King’s love of short fiction makes this a powerful addition to his megapopular oeuvre and fans will be on the hunt.
adicionado por Lemeritus | editarBooklist, Craig Clark (Mar 15, 2020)
 

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