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Thinner (Signet) de Stephen King
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Thinner (Signet) (original: 1984; edição: 1985)

de Stephen King, Richard Bachman (Contribuinte)

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For use in schools and libraries only. After an old gypsy woman is killed by his car, lawyer Billy Halleck is stricken with a flesh-wasting malady and must undertake a nightmarish journey to confront the forces of death.
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Título:Thinner (Signet)
Autores:Stephen King
Outros autores:Richard Bachman (Contribuinte)
Informação:Signet (1985), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 320 pages
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  deannachapman | Sep 15, 2021 |
I'm catching up. Now I'm only 32 years behind in my Great Stephen King Re-read.

I still remember seeing this hardcover in the Oshawa Centre mall on my weekly visits to the various bookstores. It sat, tempting me, on the second-from-bottom shelf, and I'd picked it up a couple of times, that stark black cover with the lurid red handprint and thin lettering. But each time, I put it back down. It was a hardcover and it was kind of expensive for a kid not making much money.

Then the rumours broke that it might be Stephen King, and, with no hesitation, curiously piqued, I picked it up from that second-from-bottom shelf and bought it. When I got about halfway through and two characters were discussing how this could be something from a Stephen King novel, dropping the name twice, I had to chuckle and hope that it really was him, because...man, the balls on this guy.

32 years later, rereading it, the is he/isn't he Stephen King? mystery and excitement is gone, so now the story stands on its own merits and, for the most part, it holds up fairly well.

My two biggest shocks were, there really are no nice characters in this story. Everyone is tainted with guilt. Because, when it comes down to it, this really is about guilt and how it erodes and eats at you, and the longer it feasts, the uglier you become.

The second shock, along with that first realization is, this. I first thought, There's no good people in this story at about the 3/4 mark, and then immediately followed that with, No, I'm wrong, there's Billy's daughter. Then I realized that, for such a driving force toward the end of this novel, she's essentially a non-character. She's someone that King--through Billy--refers to on occasion, with longing and protectiveness, but we never get to truly see or know. We really don't get more than the barest sketch of their relationship, which is surprising for a King novel, because this is truly where the man shines.

And this, to me, is the ultimate failing of the story. It hinges on a motivation that we are never really shown, only asked to have faith in, because every man loves his daughter, right?

If King had added even twenty pages of character development for Billy and his daughter, this book would have been damn close to perfect. Because that bit at the end? When Billy has to ask his wife to lift a competency order? When he compares that to the Gypsy curse? Man, that shit is brilliant.

So this one was mostly a hit, but there was a big miss in there. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Achei bem meh. Porém admito que em partes considerei uma nota 3.5. ( )
  protoplasm | Dec 18, 2020 |
Ah, Stephen. How I've missed you. Kind of.

Thinner is the final Bachman book, or at least the last one published before Richard Bachman "died". I remember reading something by Stephen King where he explained that his stories tend to have happy endings because life tends to have happy endings. It's just that newspapers don't fill themselves up with "Steve Bobbertson made it home safely from work yesterday, again" when they could instead try to find an alliterative headline for some one-in-a-thousand tragedy.

The Bachman books, he continued, were his chance to express the one-in-a-thousand miserable-as-all-sin endings in life. Bachman's [b:The Stand|9668571|The Stand|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1289334155s/9668571.jpg|1742269] would have ended sans the hand of God; his [b:The Gunslinger|5098|The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1279804951s/5098.jpg|46575] would have ended with Roland being eaten whole by giant lobsters, and the Dark Tower falling.

Of course, happy or sad endings don't make or break books, but getting into a Bachman book you can't help but suspect things are going to end badly, even when they're looking hunky dory with less than a page to go and then OH, GOD, SHE ATE THE PIE.

Anyway, this is resembling a ramble rather than a review. The book is okay. It shuffles along towards its inevitable conclusion, and ultimately arrives. When Bachman/King did this in [b:The Long Walk|9014|The Long Walk|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165856860s/9014.jpg|522169] I found it fantastic, after all that book is about shuffling along to an inevitable conclusion. Here I was just keen to get to the end. ( )
  imlee | Jul 7, 2020 |
Ah, Stephen. How I've missed you. Kind of.

Thinner is the final Bachman book, or at least the last one published before Richard Bachman "died". I remember reading something by Stephen King where he explained that his stories tend to have happy endings because life tends to have happy endings. It's just that newspapers don't fill themselves up with "Steve Bobbertson made it home safely from work yesterday, again" when they could instead try to find an alliterative headline for some one-in-a-thousand tragedy.

The Bachman books, he continued, were his chance to express the one-in-a-thousand miserable-as-all-sin endings in life. Bachman's [b:The Stand|9668571|The Stand|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1289334155s/9668571.jpg|1742269] would have ended sans the hand of God; his [b:The Gunslinger|5098|The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1279804951s/5098.jpg|46575] would have ended with Roland being eaten whole by giant lobsters, and the Dark Tower falling.

Of course, happy or sad endings don't make or break books, but getting into a Bachman book you can't help but suspect things are going to end badly, even when they're looking hunky dory with less than a page to go and then OH, GOD, SHE ATE THE PIE.

Anyway, this is resembling a ramble rather than a review. The book is okay. It shuffles along towards its inevitable conclusion, and ultimately arrives. When Bachman/King did this in [b:The Long Walk|9014|The Long Walk|Stephen King|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165856860s/9014.jpg|522169] I found it fantastic, after all that book is about shuffling along to an inevitable conclusion. Here I was just keen to get to the end. ( )
  leezeebee | Jul 6, 2020 |
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