smilesndeed, February 3, 2013 (view all comments by smilesndeed)
Plenty of good short stories in this book to enjoy. The range of the material is pretty fascinating, how King continues to spin such tales in developing characters that the reader wants to follow allow is mesmerizing. Most of the short stories finish even as the reader desires more and more. Reading this gem quickly shows us why King is a pro at this sub-genre. Worth the money to get here online at powells.com, worth it for sure.
Clark, November 24, 2008 (view all comments by Clark)
Just After Sunset hooked me right from the very first story and never let up on it's grip, even after I had finished the book. It was the first collection of short stories that I have read by King, so I cannot compare it to his other collections. But I can compare it to other short story collections, and Just After Sunset surpasses all of them. It would be hard if not impossible to find another author who can match the creativity of Stephen King. He really is a master at what he does, and this collection of short stories is more proof of his greatness. This is a must-have for any Stephen King fan or anyone who wants to get a book that is deserving of their hard earned money.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In the introduction to his first collection of short fiction since Everything's Eventual (2002), King credits editing Best American Short Stories (2007) with reigniting his interest in the short form and inducing some of this volume's contents. Most of these 13 tales show him at the top of his game, molding the themes and set pieces of horror and suspense fiction into richly nuanced blends of fantasy and psychological realism. "The Things They Left Behind," a powerful study of survivor guilt, is one of several supernatural disaster stories that evoke the horrors of 9/11. Like the crime thrillers "The Gingerbread Girl" and "A Very Tight Place," both of which feature protagonists struggling with apparently insuperable threats to life, it is laced with moving ruminations on mortality that King attributes to his own well-publicized near-death experience. Even the smattering of genre-oriented works shows King trying out provocative new vehicles for his trademark thrills, notably "N.," a creepy character study of an obsessive-compulsive that subtly blossoms into a tale of cosmic terror in the tradition of Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft. Culled almost entirely from leading mainstream periodicals, these stories are a testament to the literary merits of the well-told macabre tale." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Janet Maslin, The New York Times,
"[S]uccinct, fast-moving.... This collection's most successful stories start unprepossessingly but then head for unknown territory, off in the far reaches of Mr. King's imagination."
by Kansas City Star,
"[A] marvelous addition to the library of King's more concise fictions.... Never, in fact, has King seemed more mature (well, he is 61) or more sure of himself as a writer."
by The Denver Post,
"[T]he stories in this book are representative of King's current writing powers: those of a natural storyteller whose creative forces have actually strengthened and whose scope has most definitely broadened as he enters the third act of a long and fruitful career."
by Hartford Courant,
"Like any Halloween bag of swag, there are morsels here to savor and others to pass up. But King fans are sure to find enough to sate the appetite."
by USA Today,
"Many of Sunset's stories have the aura of classic Twilight Zone episodes. And no matter your taste in frightful fantasies, there's something here for everybody.... All 13 stories are wonderfully wicked..."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"An uneven collection, but King has plainly had a ball writing these stories."
by Rocky Mountain News,
"As always, King is a master storyteller. No reader can help but identify with some of these characters.... Retirement has definitely not slowed this sexagenarian down. King hasn't lost his touch in his 'dotage.'"
by Simon and Schuster,
In his first collection in six years, Stephen King delivers his strongest, most broadly appealing stories ever.
"Gingerbread Girl," published in Esquire in July 2007 (unprecedented in number of magazine pages devoted to it), is set, like Duma Key, in Florida. It is a riveting, fabulously dramatic stalker tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable and resourceful as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark.
"Willa," published in Playboy, blurs the lines between living and the dead. "Ayana," one of the most beautifully written and haunting stories, was published in the Paris Review. From the subtle and disturbing to the outright terrifying, these tales will thrill every known King fan and win new ones.
Following his two recent critically acclaimed bestsellers, Duma Key and Lisey's Story, celebrated author King delivers a stunning collection of short stories, his first in six years.
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