Desperation by Stephen King

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There's a place alone Interstate 50 that some call the loneliest place on Earth. It's not a very nice place to live. It's an even worse place to die. It's known as Desperation, Nevada...


About Stephen King

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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 August 1, 1997 by Signet. 724 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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An astounding fall season for King unfolds with three new novels: the wind-up of his Signet paperback serial The Green Mile, and same-day dual publication of Desperation from Viking and The Regulators from Dutton (as Richard Bachman--see above).

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When I first read Jean Rhys's short novel After Leaving Mr Mackenzie in my early 20s, I felt a strong sense of empathy.

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Entertainment Weekly

Fresh from the success of The Green Mile, author-turned-literary stuntman Stephen King has devised yet another masterstroke of marketplace gamesmanship: the simultaneous publication of two hardcover novels — the big, serious, scary Desperation and the medium-size, frivolous, not-very-scary The...

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Stephen King'sDesperation (ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET), adapted from the 1996 novel by King himself, is a three-hour TV movie that seems like it was a ton of fun to dash off in King's hammock over a three-day weekend.

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Monsters and Critics

They’re pulled over by Deputy Collie Entragian (Ron Perlman) who seems friendly at first but turns frosty when he finds some pot in the trunk of the car (it’s also pretty obvious that Collie planted it there).

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New York Magazine

If you ever doubt that pop culture needs Stephen King—his Mayday radio transmissions from the horrific heart of childhood, his bad trips down Freudian mind shafts, his belly flops in body parts—consider this convenient roundup of escapisms, conjured up by networks for “sweeps.” The difference bet...

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Michael Manley 18 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 3.5 out of 5

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Eric Vulgaris 29 Nov 2014

Gets a little repetitive and there's too much God stuff...but mostly pretty good.