rae2fun, October 20, 2011 (view all comments by rae2fun)
I loved this book! I have read it at least 10 times. I wore out my paperback copy so my grandma got me the hard back book for a gift. It is intruiging, and keeps you enthralled, and you can not help but fall in love with the characters.
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Stephanie Hammerwold, April 14, 2008 (view all comments by Stephanie Hammerwold)
I finished this book a few days ago, but the story still lingers in my mind. The way that Stephen King writes about Sara Laughs and the surrounding town makes me want to move there--ghosts and all! The story is very tangible and engaging.
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blue_rose, July 14, 2007 (view all comments by blue_rose)
As the flap on the book says, Bag of Bones is Stephen King's most gripping and unforgettable novel. Very true indeed. It's my favorite book of his. The characters are by far the realest I've encountered in any work of fiction. They've stayed with me long after finishing the book. While I've read lots of good books, most of them don't have that kind of lasting effect that Bag of Bones has. It's a rarity.
It's a very emotional story, touching on every emotion, and with great depth. I laughed, I cried, I felt fear. I loved it when I read it, and my love for it continues to linger - behold the power of an ineffably great book, in my opinion, the best ever written.
Whether you're a King fan or not, I highly recommend this book. I can't praise it enough.
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by Bob Hughes, The Wall Street Journal,
"Mr. King makes palpable the longing and regret that arise out of calamity, and deftly renders the kindness and pettiness that can mark small-town life. What is more, he creates a fully realized world in which a character whose efforts to remain lucid when confronted with the malevolence and the blessing of the paranormal seems both plausible and hopeful."
by Tom De Haven, Entertainment Weekly,
"...King's most narratively subversive fiction.... Popular fiction just doesn't get any weirder than this."
"Bag of Bones proves that King is as seductive a storyteller as ever, pulling readers along as he explores the hidden evils of small-town America."
by Publishers Weekly,
"[O]ne of King's most accomplished novels. It is his most personal as well, revealing through Mike's broodings the intimacies of the creative writing process: a passionate gift from a veteran author to all who care about the art and craft of storytelling."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Stephen King is so widely accepted as America's master of paranormal terrors that you can forget his real genius is for the everyday....King [has] an eye for the kind of small but moving details that don't typically distinguish blockbuster horror novels."
"This is King at his clever, terrifying best."
"King's attempt to write an American lumpen bourgeois cognate to du Maurier's masterpiece founders because of a couple of his constant temptations: too many words and too much vulgarity."
by USA Today,
"King's bag of details gives Bones fresh life....One of his most literary efforts...King is a master at crafting a story and creating a sense of place."
"Bag of Bones is, in a high-literary sense, probably King's most ambitious book since...The Dead Zone....King's instincts, and that irresolvable-seeming tension, animate every page...it practically brings the whole [ghost story] genre back to life."
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