The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

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Book - 2015
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"A master storyteller at his best--the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it. There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. "Afterlife" is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers--the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in "Obits;" the old judge in "The Dune" who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In "Morality," King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil's pact they can win. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant reader--"I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.""--
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2015
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
Description: ix, 495 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781501111679
1501111671
Branch Call Number: King
Additional Contributors: King, Stephen 1947-

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hunterpapp
Dec 03, 2016

Fantastic and would recommend. However, I have read several of his collections and I would agree that some of the stories contained in this collection needed a little more "edge" or excitement. Still has several stand out stories and is worth the read!

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trevordunfordswife
Apr 01, 2016

Good but not great - as one commenter said, "needed more with teeth."

Cynthia_N Mar 23, 2016

Quirky and odd! Just the way I like them!

KateHillier Mar 03, 2016

There are some stories that stand out really well for me "Mile 81", "Afterlife" to name two specifically. Some fall into so-so territory. Nothing is terrible by any means - Stephen King has been going so long for a reason - but it was an alright entry of his in comparison to other short story collections he's done.

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wiltonsugiyama
Feb 12, 2016

Wanted to like this more. Have I outgrown SK? Not sure. I wanted more stories with teeth, I guess. SK hits the same notes, and they're good notes, but the repetition of them gets tedious. Pet peeve: his habit of adding sentences that add nothing but tedium to the narrative. A good case of familiarity breeding contempt: he always brings the same things to the table, which is comforting I guess. Personal fave: Night Shift.

BookReviewer2015 Feb 04, 2016

Pretty good collection here by Stephen King!

Ur is one of the best stories on here, especially if you are a fan of the Dark Tower saga!

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claireswazey
Jan 17, 2016

King seems to be writing more about his feelings about aging and death than anything else. Not as good as his other story anthologies.

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Rah9248
Jan 06, 2016

I enjoyed reading this book. As others have already said the collection of stories are odd. I like that he gave short background for each of these stories like what he was thinking which stories reminded him of people he knew and/or met. My favorite story was "the obituary." I couldn't help but laugh at the witty writing.

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thomqui
Dec 19, 2015

I was disappointed by this collection. I like my King to be dark and twisty; many of the stories in this collection are variations on a theme, e.g. parallel universe, bad luck, which King has done before. OK as an introduction, I still prefer the collection "Skeleton Crew"

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GreenDog2006
Nov 28, 2015

Stephen King's mature skills on full display - forget genre fiction, the man can really write! The range of voices, styles, and themes is impressive, and the writing equals most literary short story collections. It's time to stop pidgeon-holing the guy and start acknowledging his tremendous talent.

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