Carrie by Stephen King

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...the true horrors in life are sadly not things that writers dream up – they’re real events that occur to people around us all the time. Are there Carrie Whites in your life?
-The Relentless Pursuit Of Cold Shivers



Stephen King's legendary debut novel about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.
Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be normal and go to her senior prom. But another act--of ferocious cruelty--turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget


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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
Published June 24, 2008 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by James Smythe on May 24 2012

As a statement of intent – that intent being to write stories that deal with the weird, twisted and human in equal measure – it's exceptional.

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Reviewed by Grady Hendrix on Oct 18 2012

The book itself moves in a was a surprise to re-read the book and see how fuel-efficient it actually is.

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Reviewed by Kimberly on Oct 10 2012

I liked how King used “documents” and “reports” to write the story. I kind of felt like it was one of those 20/20 specials (which was probably the intent). Overall, it’s a good, classic read to get you into the Halloween spirit.

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Nyx Book Reviews

May 04 2012

A classic in the horror genre, and written over thirty years ago, this book is still very enjoyable. I read it to get in the appropriate Halloween spirit in October, and I must say, Carrie certainly fit the bill!

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The Relentless Pursuit Of Cold Shivers

Mar 21 2011

...the true horrors in life are sadly not things that writers dream up – they’re real events that occur to people around us all the time. Are there Carrie Whites in your life?

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The imagery, as always, can be frighteningly vivid and the words as always are gripping. And you get it, yet again, why film-makers just love Stephen King. He has already done all the work for them!!!

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Reviewed by Trever Palmer

Years later, Carrie still has enough muscle to usher forth feelings of fear and sympathy. And King still hasn’t loosened his hold on the public’s throat.

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Reviewed by Karen Fisher on Nov 22 2000

...the stories are well-plotted, and suspense builds with each sweat-smudged page as the characters are set up for their inevitable meeting with doom.

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Reviewed by RELICS

It’s scary, but it’s scary because it’s so eerily close to real life. It’s one of the better Stephen King novels

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