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If It Bleeds [Epub] ❥ If It Bleeds By Stephen King – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk If it Bleeds is a collection of four new novellas Mr Harrigan s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening placesA collection If It Bleeds is a collection of four new novellas Mr Harrigan s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening placesA collection of four uniquely wonderful long stories, including a stand alone sequel to If It ePUB Ò The OutsiderNews people have a saying If It Bleeds, it leads And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletinHolly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog and on her own need to be assertive when she sees the footage on TV But when she tunes in again, to the late night report, she realizes there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene So beginsIf It Bleeds , a stand alone sequel to The Outsider featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo caseDancing alongside are three long storiesMr Harrigan s Phone , The Life of ChuckandRatThe novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.

    If It Bleeds ePUB ✓ If It ePUB Ò featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo caseDancing alongside are three long storiesMr Harrigan s Phone , The Life of ChuckandRatThe novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 447 pages
  • If It Bleeds
  • Stephen King
  • English
  • 05 June 2019

About the Author: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his If It ePUB Ò father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challengedStephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in , with a BA in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrumsHe met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazinesStephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologiesIn the fall of , Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.



10 thoughts on “If It Bleeds

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    I missed to read Stephen King s stories a lot You may know that most of his short stories including Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, The Body from Different Season , Mist from Skeleton Crew , Lawnmower Man, Children of the Corn from Graveyard Shift , 1408 from Everything s Eventual adapted into successful movie scripts Even though only good thing about Lawnmower Man seeing his cameo as a priest This time We luckily have four fantastic stories in our hands and best part is one I missed to read Stephen King s stories a lot You may know that most of his short stories including Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, The Body from Different Season , Mist from Skeleton Crew , Lawnmower Man, Children of the Corn from Graveyard Shift , 1408 from Everything s Eventual adapted into successful movie scripts Even though only good thing about Lawnmower Man seeing his cameo as a priest This time We luckily have four fantastic stories in our hands and best part is one of them belongs to Holly Gibney After Mercedes Man trilogy and Outsiders, I already missed the character and welcomed her with open arms But don t worry, all those stories are also unique, mysterious, entertaining and it actually helped me get rid of my frustration after I read Institution I know what you re thinking I already gave four stars to that book but frustration part comes from different writing style When you resume reading same author s books nearly 3 decade, you may sense something is not right and the words in the book won t get clicked with your expectations and your literature taste This book brings back the joy of reading old school King stories and stop thinking about you re just a prisoner in your house and living in a mad mad world It gave me so much fun and reminded me of my emotions when I was a small kid and watched Back to the future for the first time mesmerized, enchanted and purely joyous and happy Every time, when I read a new King s book written by his regular sarcastic, witty, dark, awkwardly absurd tone with detailed and differentiated characterization, I turned into that small girl playing hooky, hiding under blankets, drinking Mexican Coke and devouring each page, barely breathing right now I m the same, only difference is I m consuming alcohol and drinking from bottle Let s take a close look to the stories Mr Harrigan s Phone starsThe story is narrated by little Craig, living with his dad, got attention of rich and old billionaire Mr Harrigan who mysteriously moved to the town and listened to his bible reading at the church offers him a job at his house including watering plants, reading him books, dusting his silver antiques He pays him hourly and sends him postcards, scratch lottery tickets at holidays which defined as cheapster by his father because Mr Harrigan plays with billions and only pays 5 for hour Till one day, he won nearly half million dollars from scratch lottery ticket Yes The universe rewarded young guy in a different way And Craig shows his appreciation by purchasing Mr Harrigan an Iphone 4 which made him reluctant to accept at first but Craig advertised the product wisely and made the businessman addicted by showing how to read business news daily and track Dow Jones index to decide his next investment steps Iphones helped them form a special and interestingly immortal relationship because after Mr Harrigan dies, Craig hides the phone in his coffin and get buried with him He kept calling Mr Harrigan, listening his voicemail message Surprisingly for years the phone never got out of charge and when Craig tells a problem to Mr Harrigan like a school bully kicked the shit out of him and he leaves a message about the incident, next day he finds out his bully is dead A creepy, emotional, Amazing Stories meets Twilight Zone story Life of Chuck stars The story begins with the end of the world and told backwards with three acts including three important parts of Chuck Krantz At the apocalyptic world shattered with earthquakes, collapse of networks and communication sources, billboards emblazoned with an eerie message 39 great years Thanks Chuck Before everything gets weirder at each page when you reach to the other act and learnabout Chuck s back story, you getsurprised his connection with the universe s collapsing Especially his childhood life and living with grandparents, prying around the house to knowabout ghosts ends with twisty revelation connecting with the beginning of the story It was brilliant If It Bleeds stars The story starts Outsiders detective Ralph Anderson s returning to his house after family holiday and finding the envelope sent by Holly Gibney When he opens the envelope he finds a drive named If it bleeds including audio spectrograms and a folder containing photographs Holly wrote a note tells him If I do die, you choose to continue what I ve started please be careful You have a wife and son I m not gonna give much details but I can only say that large explosion at a middle school in Pineborough, Pennsylvania resulted numerous casualties, many of children and teachers Holly realizes another outsider, a grief vampire feeding itself by consuming people s pain and sadness may be involved with the incident and she will do whatever it takes to hunt him alone even though it means this will be her last task This is the best story of the book and I wish we hadHolly but don t worry, I think she will have her own novel sooner I can feel it Rat stars A passionate writer Drew Larson got attention of literature world with his short story but after that, his writing attempts end with psychical and mental breakdowns He keeps his job as academician for the sake of his marriage But now he wants to give another try and convinces his wife to work on his new project at her father s isolated cabin in the woods From the beginning you may sense something really spooky will come out, right As he starts his assignment to writer a western thriller I wish he shared the plot with someone instead of keeping himself so somebody may have stopped him The story gets eerier as Drew makes a haunted bargain with a rat for accomplishing his plan to create a fantastic novel But Yes It is time for me to shut up and stop givingdetails Overall I enjoyed the stories I had quality time with the author s brilliant story telling skills Those are the stories I ve missed so long I m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5 I highly recommend it to not only my one and only KING lovers but also to the well written thriller and fiction lovers as well.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  2. Justin Tate Justin Tate says:

    1 Mr Harrigan s PhoneThis opening novella rocked my world With signature Stephen King finesse, he introduces characters so vivid they could be standing next to you I m particularly impressed by his ability to deliver the millennial youth experience as effectively as he writes about being a boomer in his many other books Then, when you least expect it, he scares the shit out of you It s better not knowing anything going in, so I won t give away details I shouldn t even tell you it s scary, 1 Mr Harrigan s PhoneThis opening novella rocked my world With signature Stephen King finesse, he introduces characters so vivid they could be standing next to you I m particularly impressed by his ability to deliver the millennial youth experience as effectively as he writes about being a boomer in his many other books Then, when you least expect it, he scares the shit out of you It s better not knowing anything going in, so I won t give away details I shouldn t even tell you it s scary, but I guess it s Stephen King so that s not a surprise Even though technically the plot has been done before at least a couple times by Richard Matheson and The Twilight Zone it feels fresh here because of the rich characters and updated tech A perfect 5 5 for me.2 The Life of ChuckAlas this novella is also signature Stephen King, butexemplary of his occasional weakness an outstanding setup let down by a disappointing conclusion The opening pages are soaked in intrigue and promises what could be a thrill ride as dramatic as The Mist But I think King stumped himself with the mystery and couldn t figure out how to have it make sense He puts up a decent effort, but the explanation is too uneven compared to the blockbuster opening 3 5.3 If It BleedsThe further adventures of Holly Gibney and a direct sequel to The Outsider There s enough references to key events that I wouldn t recommend reading it as a stand alone It also refers to the entire Mr Mercedes trilogy, so ideally you re reading it at Book 5 or perhaps 4.5 if the series continues.King s flavor of cat and mouse crime mystery with supernatural elements has been a winning formula for me from the beginning I don t quite get his obsession with Holly, but I like what she does and the dangerous situations she gets herself into This new mystery is fully engaging with an edge of your seat climax.Most people would consider If It Bleeds alone a full length novel, but I suppose it is novella length by Stephen King standards The plot doesn t involve particularly fresh experiences for Holly either, so that s probably why they felt it didn t deserve a celebrated release all unto itself Still, though, it s a suspenseful ride that shouldn t be missed if you re all caught up on the series 4 5.4 RatAt first it seems like a mashup of The Shining and The Stand, which would ve been super awesome because that s basically how I feel right now, but then it takes a sharp turn toward Richard Matheson territory and his Button, Button A solid creeper overall despite being two halves and not quite a whole Reminds me of King s younger days and the stories that appeared in Night Shift or Nightmares Dreamscapes Subtle references cleverly tie in the three previous novellas Not enduring by any means, but top notch entertainment 4 5

  3. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Really enjoyed stories 1 and 3, snoozed through stories 2 and 4 Middle ground 3 star rating from me Highly recommend the audio, as the cast of narrators are a few of my favorites.

  4. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    1 Mr Harrigan s Phone 2 The Life of Chuck 3 If It Bleeds 4 Rat That s how you do, Sai King One of the most well rounded collections I have ever read I m contemplating whether this is going to knock my current fave, Full Dark, No Stars, out of my number one spot for short story collections This was well worth the wait Original IT IS TIME COVER REVEAL HAS ME LIKEEarlier receives book recommendationIs this for real This seems too good to be true Do 1 Mr Harrigan s Phone 2 The Life of Chuck 3 If It Bleeds 4 Rat That s how you do, Sai King One of the most well rounded collections I have ever read I m contemplating whether this is going to knock my current fave, Full Dark, No Stars, out of my number one spot for short story collections This was well worth the wait Original IT IS TIME COVER REVEAL HAS ME LIKEEarlier receives book recommendationIs this for real This seems too good to be true Does the universe love me this much

  5. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    MR HARRIGAN S PHONE When an old man dies, a library burns The billionaire, Mr Harrigan, builds an architecturally beautiful house in the country as a place to spend his twilight years away from the bustle of the business world that made him rich He asks a young lad by the name of Craig to come up to the house to read novels to him Entertainment for Mr Harrigan and an education for Craig Of course, they talk about things as well, and it makes me think about cobbled relationships like this MR HARRIGAN S PHONE When an old man dies, a library burns The billionaire, Mr Harrigan, builds an architecturally beautiful house in the country as a place to spend his twilight years away from the bustle of the business world that made him rich He asks a young lad by the name of Craig to come up to the house to read novels to him Entertainment for Mr Harrigan and an education for Craig Of course, they talk about things as well, and it makes me think about cobbled relationships like this that will maybe ensure that, when old people die, their whole libraries of thoughts don t die with them On certain holidays, Harrigan buys Craig scratch tickets, and one year Craig wins several thousand dollars As a thank you, he buys Mr Harrigan a cell phoneCraig, I rarely give advice, it s almost always a waste of breath, but today I ll give some to you Henry Thoreau said that we don t own things things own us Every new object whether it s a home, a car, a television, or fancy phone like that one is somethingwe must carry on our backs I don t know if Martin Cooper knew just how large an encumbrance inventing the first handheld mobile device would prove to be for humanity, but certainly, Steve Jobs understood the inherent desire people would have for mobile technology and marketed that need brilliantly Craig shows Mr Harrigan several uses on the phone that he may find interesting, and just like the rest of us, he becomes Pavlov s dog, punching buttons, searching for the next information entertainment fix The phone becomes a central part of the story, even from beyond the grave This certainly isn t one of Stephen King s scarier stories or anywhere near his best, but when I went to bed after finishing it, I found myself smiling King has a special knack for writing about kids, and this story sort of represents to me all the great tales I ve experienced from the pen of Mr King THE LIFE OF CHUCK The human brain is finite nothan a sponge of tissue inside a cage of bone but the mind within the brain is infinite Its storage capacity is colossal, its imaginative reach beyond our ability to comprehend I think when a man or woman dies, a whole world falls to ruin the world that person knew and believed in Think of that, kiddo billions of people on earth, and each one of those billions with a world inside The earth their minds have conceived The first sign of the world going down the drain will be when the internet goes dark Billboard signs, plane writing in the sky, and ads everywhere proclaim CHARLES KRANTZ 39 GREAT YEARS THANKS CHUCK With the end of the world coming in fits and starts, it is still a curious thing to see such a proclamation about someone no one seems to know The death of a mind The death of a world The story starts with the end of Chuck and travels backwards, like a train in reverse, to show us the life of Chuck and the world that will be lost forever when the final neuron winks out in his brain.This is a strange story, but profound As I was going through my brief notes, I thought to myself, I probably need to read this one again to catch the whole of the concept that King is trying to convey to me The story at first feels muddled, but as the pieces start to click into place, the mud settles to the bottom, and the water becomes clear enough to see.IF IT BLEEDS In a movie it could be dismissed as nothan a cool special effect, but this is real life A ripple runs up the round middle aged face It starts as the chin and rises not past the mouth but through it The nose wavers, the cheeks stretch, the eyes shimmer, the forehead contracts Then suddenly the whole head turns to semi transparent jelly If it bleeds, it leads, and when a middle school is blown up by an act of terrorism, Holly Gibney is as devastated as everyone else As she watches the coverage, she notices that there is something not quite right about the TV correspondent on the scene Her suspicions feel like paranoia, but as she investigates further, she starts to understand the horror she left behind in a cave in Texas is not the only one Holly came to life as a character in the Bill Hodges trilogy For me, something was really off with King s style for that series, and I quickly abandoned it I do intend to read The Outsider, where Holly is given a starring role King says in the author s note at the end of the book that he has developed a minor obsession with Holly, so I think we can expect to see her show up in future works as well Her love of the movies and her vast DVD collection certainly endear her to me as well Even though I haven t read the background books, King gives me enough of a background sketch to read this story without experiencing confusion If anything, this story sharpened my desire to read The Outsider sooner than later RAT There had never been a novel He had tried, but no He had pretty much given that ambition up The first two efforts at long form fiction had given him problems The last try had caused serious problems He had burned the manuscript, and had come close to burning the house, as well.Now, this idea, arriving complete Arriving like a long overdue engine pulling a train of many splendid cars We all love that eureka moment when an idea crystalizes in our mind It doesn t have to be writing It can be how to fix the garden arbor so the next big wind doesn t blow it completely down or the pattern for a new quilt or the best way to fix a problem with a coworker The idea, as it lies like a shining, beautiful beacon of hope in our mind, is a wondrous, glorious gemstone of perfection Jonathan Franzen best expresses what happens nextEven the clearest part of what was in your mind gets lost in translation Most wives would be at least mildly excited if their husband comes to them and says, honeyI ve got an idea for a novel and it is all laid out in my mind like a yellow brick road Drew s wife has been down this road before, and every time the yellow brick road has led to OZ Things have gone drastically wrong every time When a short story derails, Drew will mope for a few days, but when a novel goes wrong, the train is falling from the top of a high gorge, and Drew is screaming his way all the way to the bottom So instead of being excited about this news, she is terrified She is made evenuneasy when Drew decides he wants to go up to his dad s cabin to work on the novel The peace and quiet will help him focus on his writing Of course, there won t be anyone to notice when things start to go wrong, and we all know, even with the best laid plans of rats and men, things are going to go wrong When he looked at the screen, every word seemed wrong Every word seemed to have a better one hiding behind it, just out of sight In the course of all of this building anxietyoh no, not againDrew rescues a dying rat during a storm The rat starts talking to him Needless to say, when words start playing hide and seek, a writer needs to go for a long walk, but when the writer starts talking to a rat, it s probably time for him to boogie on home before the rat makes a suggestion he can t refuse I was really pleasantly surprised by all four stories They are all very different, but certainly hit on themes that are of continuing interest to me What is important Why do we do the things we do How do we focus on the right things Is justice ever really justice I don t know what it is about the quarantine, but somehow Stephen King s books seem oddly tailor made to survive a pandemic I will definitely be cuing upof his books over the coming months If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account

  6. Peter Peter says:

    Stephen King did it again and came up with a brilliant set of four stories In Mr Harrigan s Phone you ll learn never to bury a mobile phone with a dead person Why Sometimes communication can go beyond the realms of death The Life of Chuck started a bit strange, with Act III to be precise At first I thought it might be something futuristic But then you ll learn who Chuck Krantz really was The whole story is a kind of chronology of death foretold Then we come to the longest story here, Stephen King did it again and came up with a brilliant set of four stories In Mr Harrigan s Phone you ll learn never to bury a mobile phone with a dead person Why Sometimes communication can go beyond the realms of death The Life of Chuck started a bit strange, with Act III to be precise At first I thought it might be something futuristic But then you ll learn who Chuck Krantz really was The whole story is a kind of chronology of death foretold Then we come to the longest story here, If it Bleeds Holly Gibney we know her from the Bill Hodges Trilogy and The Outsider is into a new adventure A fake mailman delivers a parcel to a school It was explosive, many die But who is the mysterious bomber and why is Holly following a sinister newsman named Chet Ondowsky What is the role of Dan Bell If you liked The Outsider you will love this novella Please read The Outsider first to get the full gist Phenomenal follow up to The Outsider I do hope it isn t the last time we hear from Holly and her friends So, now we come to the last story here, Rats A teacher takes a sabbatical to write his first novel He goes to a remote cabin in the woods Will he be able to finish his book and what about the rat Great tale at the end Good advise how to deal with rats Now at the end of my review I can absolutely recommend this set of stories They are magic and make you cry out forStephen King This is Stephen King at his peak

  7. Matthew Matthew says:

    Just announced Another Holly Gibney mystery Note to avoid confusion, I wrote the above on May 14, 2019 It is now released and I am reading it Also, at the time I was not aware it was another four novella book.

  8. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    I will live my life until my life runs out If It Bleeds is some of King s best work in recent years, showcasing his talent once again when it comes to the novella In each of these novellas, King reflects upon death in some way, and he handles it so perfectly For me, it sits firmly up there snuggled close to Different Seasons and Full Dark, No Stars.Mr Harrigan s Phone was simply a lot of fun A little creepy at times and the writing just felt like old King, but withmodern topics, like I will live my life until my life runs out If It Bleeds is some of King s best work in recent years, showcasing his talent once again when it comes to the novella In each of these novellas, King reflects upon death in some way, and he handles it so perfectly For me, it sits firmly up there snuggled close to Different Seasons and Full Dark, No Stars.Mr Harrigan s Phone was simply a lot of fun A little creepy at times and the writing just felt like old King, but withmodern topics, like technology Maybe a little unsatisfying for me personally, but still very solid.The Life of Chuck is the story of a man s life told in reverse and it works so beautifully This is the type of King story I love most of all When he just sucker punches you with a story full of heart and emotion I may have even shed a tearIn If It Bleeds we get to meet up with Holly Gibney once again in a sequel to The Outsider In some ways it feels like a rehashing of that story, but it held my attention and I really liked the idea and theory behind how the villain fed However, her use of the word poopy did start to grate on me a little.For some reason, I had low expectations for Rat, but it ended up being one of my favourites King loves writing about writers these stories can be hit or miss for me, but this one was a winner A struggling writer in isolation is an interesting narrative to follow see also The Shining.I had an absolute blast with this collection It felt like the King I know and love He s still got it 4.5 stars

  9. David Putnam David Putnam says:

    This book is a solid four stars I m not big on short stories or novellas, never have been Mostly because if I drop into the fictive dream and I m enjoying the story it ends too soon and I feel shorted I make the exception with King I m still working my way through his short work I started reading his short work with Full Dark No Stars, what a great bevy of short stories.If It Bleeds is comprised of four novellas, the first of which is Mr Harrigan s Phone This one is standard fare from Kin This book is a solid four stars I m not big on short stories or novellas, never have been Mostly because if I drop into the fictive dream and I m enjoying the story it ends too soon and I feel shorted I make the exception with King I m still working my way through his short work I started reading his short work with Full Dark No Stars, what a great bevy of short stories.If It Bleeds is comprised of four novellas, the first of which is Mr Harrigan s Phone This one is standard fare from King, I enjoyed it For me it was a tad predictable and not as creative as I d come to expect from him The next one, all on its own, was worth the price of admission That s the way it goes sometimes The Life of Chuck is excellent It is creative not only in concept but in structure as well, a true mind bender with the comparison of the multitude of thoughts to the number of stars in the universe For me it was stunning.The third one, the title of the compilation, If It Bleeds, hit a sour note for me, a dud This is the one that kept the book from five star status It almost felt like King was writing a new novel, lost interest, waved his magic wand and call it a novella Part of the problem I think is that the conflict wasn t set well enough early enough He didn t catch my attention until the mole showed up which was too far into the story.The fourth and final story, Rat is back to the standard King fare I enjoyed it and stayed up late into the night to finish it This is a well used trope that King breathed new life into.These stories are not gory and area haunting than horror I recommend this one.David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson Series

  10. Matt Matt says:

    Any reader familiar with Stephen King will understand how versatile he can be King s ideas seem endless and he is able to spin them into pieces of varying lengths In this collection of four short stories I d almost call them novellas , King shows not only how he can chill the reader to the core, but that his ideas are vast and yet usually tied to current social trends.Mr Harrigan s Phone four stars Craig has been working for his elderly neighbour for a few years, reading to Mr Harrigan and Any reader familiar with Stephen King will understand how versatile he can be King s ideas seem endless and he is able to spin them into pieces of varying lengths In this collection of four short stories I d almost call them novellas , King shows not only how he can chill the reader to the core, but that his ideas are vast and yet usually tied to current social trends.Mr Harrigan s Phone four stars Craig has been working for his elderly neighbour for a few years, reading to Mr Harrigan and learning a littleabout life When Craig comes into some money, he decides to take a leap and purchases Mr Harrigan an iPhone, as they are the new thing on the market While Mr Harrigan is not sure he d use it, Craig converts the Luddite and soon the elderly man is hooked After the old man s passing, Craig honours his friend with a final act What follows leaves Craig wondering just how strong the tie was that connected him to Mr Harrigan, as well as what role smart phones have in our ever changing and impacted world The Life of Chuck three weak stars The piece is told in three parts, though this is perhaps the most straightforward aspect of the entire reading experience Each part is in reverse chronological order, beginning with an apocalyptic event where many of the people lose everything, but billboards and online advertisements hail Charles Chuck Krantz as having served well over the last 39 years As the story progresses regresses , the reader learns a littleabout the earlier Chuck and the life he lived, but adds an ending that will likely leave the reader scratching their heads Not the stellar King of which I am used to praising If It Bleeds four and a half strong stars The story that holds the collection s name is also, in my mind, the best of them all Tied into King s recent full length novel, the reader revisits Holly Gibney and the Finders Keepers Investigation Agency, both of which are doing quite well When Holly sees a news report about a bombing at a middle school, she becomes fixated, not only with the story, but those who are recounting it Might there be another Outsider who is responsible for the carnage Holly goes to look into things, soon pulled into a long developing theory by an elderly gentleman who has much to share Where this story will go might baffle the reader Rat four stars In King s final tale, the reader meets Drew Larson, a college English teacher who is hoping to write his great novel during a sabbatical Unable to do so at home, Larson decides to travel up to the family cabin, much to his wife s chagrin When Larson arrives, hoping to get the writing bug, he discovers that he s just beaten a major storm While the winds gust, Larson tries to put something onto paper Still struggling and finding himself falling ill, Larson finds himself visited by a rat who seems to be trying to escape the weather They come to an agreement about how to ensure this new book will prove to be successful, though the sacrifice might bethan Drew Larson can handle to find fame.Anytime a reader chooses something by Stephen King, they can expect something exciting and unique King did not disappoint in that regard, though some of his ideas could leave the reader less than impressed The fact that King leaves that unsettled feeling proves his abilities, as his ideas appear all over the spectrum These four stories could not bedifferent from one another, which givesreaders a chance to find something they will enjoy While King always makes some social commentary, it is up the the reader to decide what they wish to take from the pieces With his usual random references to past novels and locales, King keeps his fans on their toes as they push through these pieces, forcing those who are keen on details to see how the pieces all fit together Not to be missed for those who love a little chill alongside their reading experience I cannot wait to see what else the King of Horror has in store in the years to come Kudos, Mr King, for another wonderful collection I ll not soon tire of your variety of writing ideas and the means by which you deliver them.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

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