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“Written in masterly King’s signature translucent style and set in one of his trademark locales, this uncharacteristically glimmering fairy tale calls unabashedly for us to rise above our differences… succinct, magical, timely...charming yet edgy."
— Booklist, STARRED review
“[An] elegant whisper of a story…[Scott] finds a memorable—and quite beautiful, really—way to depart a town made all the better for his presence.”
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
“In this surprisingly sweet and quietly melancholy short novel, King weaves an eerie, charming tale of the ways that strange circumstances can bring people together…King’s tender story is perfect for any fan of small towns, magic, and the joys and challenges of doing the right thing.”
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“Joyful, uplifting, and tinged with sadness.”
"There’s a sweetness that feels like something new for King. It’s heavy out there right now. Here’s something that’s not.”
—Gilbert Cruz, The New York Times Book Review
“Delightful…What the slim volume lacks in weight, it makes up in pathos...As Carey’s weight approaches zero and his center of gravity shifts, the book lifts off to an unforgettable and deeply moving conclusion.”
—Susannah Cahalan, The New York Post
“A quick, satisfying read... the sign of a master simply elevating his own legendary game yet again.”
—Brian Truitt, USA Today
"A slim book about an ordinary man in an extraordinary condition rising above hatred and learning to live with tact and dignity."
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
"Stephen King still has the power to surprise his beloved ‘constant readers.' [King is] a storyteller still at the top of his game. Elevation is a magical tale that entertains and manages to say a little something about the state of our culture in 2018.”
—Rob Merrill, Associated Press
“This is not an offering to be missed. The master is at his impressive best here, and given a chance, it’s a societal story that could actually live up to its title.”
—Tom Mayer, The Mountain Times
“If you’re one of those book lovers daunted by the sheer heft of some of Stephen King’s work, take heart. His tiny new novel, Elevation, clocks in at 146 pages of a story that at first sounds like a dream come true...What happens when gravity can’t hold you down? The answer comes from King’s mind. Enjoy Elevation for what it is: a story about something impossible happening to an otherwise pretty ordinary man.”
—Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A melancholy, moving fairytale of sorts, about how tolerance, understanding and forgiveness lift all spirits — figuratively and literally. "
—Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News
"A welcome antidote to the angry rhetoric of our day."
—Michael Berry, The San Francisco Chronicle
"The kind of story you could inhale in a leisurely hour... rewarding and philosophically complex piece of work, offering both social critique and a meditation on how our different experiences shape our minds.”
—Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic
“A resident with a mystical ailment begins spreading exuberance and kindness, the side effects of his unusual affliction…[a] somber, sweet novella.”
About the Author
- ASIN : B07CMKXZ2J
- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint edition (October 30, 2018)
- Publication date : October 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 9109 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 161 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,131 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Further, many reviewers who take pride in posting serious reviews get slammed for daring to be fans of his horror stories. Be that as it may, I will post my thoughts on his latest work, a short story that feels less new than some of his other more recent books.
At 160 pages, we get exposed to a character who's story feels just like any other main character in a SK Horror. His 'problem' is one that people of my weight think would be a blessing instead of an adversity. What is different in this story is that it becomes very un-King in the path it takes, but to say more might be seen as a spoiler, so I shall stop here.
BLUSH FACTOR: In case you're wondering, the writing does include some eff-words, so you probably won't want to read it to your children or prayer group, unless you are skilled at skipping over the moderate number of profanities.
THE WRITING & EDITING: Professional quality in terms of mechanics. Insofar as the story, though, this is quite tame, especially for King. The feel of this story reminds me of the stories King wrote for the iPad and for the Kindle, except that this one is oriented more towards the dissension prevailing across the American political spectrum.
Despite my favorable disposition towards the author, and his political ideology, which I share, the lack of originality in the tale has me less impressed than I expected. I still love his writing and will continue to fork over my money eagerly.
Three stars out of five.
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Not the feeling I expected to have with this newest visit to Castle Rock, but that's exactly how I feel after reading this story. We're treated to a number of references, my favorite being the garage band that prepares for a gig by renaming themselves to Pennywise and the Clowns, but the odd things that happen to Scott, and more importantly, the way he deals with them... that's the heart of this story. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Stephen King wrote this as a counterpoint to the endless parade of negativity that surrounds us more and more by the day. As an example of how we should be, rather than how we are. If he did, he knocked it out of the park. Not a long read, especially by his standards, but a rewarding one.
Two, this is -terrible-. It's a saccharine, boring as hell, ham-handed allegory about terminal illness that feels like it was intended to be sold as the plot of a Hallmark Network made for TV movie.
What is going on with you, Steve? First it was the dreadful, plodding Bill Hodges trilogy, then the god-awful Gwendy's Button Box, which we could at least blame on your "collaborator", but now this? Have you lost your sense of direction? I have no problem with SK moving away from horror, some of his best work isn't horror at all, but he seems to have lost all sensibility as a writer of any quality.
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I was pleased when I saw it download onto my Kindle on publication date. I started reading and noticed that the % read amount was clocking up really rapidly - what was going on? Ah! This is not a book! It is a short story of about 130 pages.
The story is 'nice' but it is not a great example of King’s work. It’s a little story of nice people overcoming prejudice, quickly becoming friends and then helping each other out. It feels somewhat pointless with a ‘so what’ ending without any explanation. The story feels incomplete, unsatisfying and rushed.
I would not recommend this book, even to Stephen King fans. I’m feeling rather ripped off, disappointed, and taken advantage of to be honest. I preordered in good faith and paid £2.50 more for the Kindle version compared to paper!
Then the conceit that five people quickly become bosom buddies and everyone is happy with a lesbian marriage in their community and so flock to their restaurant just seems unbelievable.
Once upon a time King would produce four or five great stories in one collection.
Will I buy King's next book: of course?
It was advertised to look like a novel so feel a bit cheated not something i usually experience with a Stephen King.