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Sisällys: Johdanto: (lähes) unohdetun taidon kokeilu (Practicing the (Almost) Lost Art) Ruumiinavaussali numero 4 (Autopsy Room Four, 1997) Mustapukuinen mies (The Man in the Black Suit, 1994) Kaikesta rakkaasta joutuu luopumaan (All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, 2001) Jack Hamiltonin kuolema (The Death of Jack Hamilton, 2001) Kalmanhuoneessa (In the Deathroom, 1999)Sisällys: Johdanto: (lähes) unohdetun taidon kokeilu (Practicing the (Almost) Lost Art) Ruumiinavaussali numero 4 (Autopsy Room Four, 1997) Mustapukuinen mies (The Man in the Black Suit, 1994) Kaikesta rakkaasta joutuu luopumaan (All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, 2001) Jack Hamiltonin kuolema (The Death of Jack Hamilton, 2001) Kalmanhuoneessa (In the Deathroom, 1999) Elurian pikku sisaret (The Little Sisters of Eluria, 1998) Kaikki on rentoo (Everything's Eventual, 1997) L.T:n lemmikkieläinteoria (L.T.'s Theory of Pets, 1997) Maantievirus matkalla pohjoiseen (The Road Virus Heads North, 1999) Lounaalla ravintola Gothamissa (Lunch at the Gotham Café, 1995) Se tunne jolle on nimi vain ranskaksi (That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French, 1998) 1408 (1408, 1999) Luodin kyydissä (Riding the Bullet, 2000) Onnenmyntti (Lucky Quarter, 1995)Kauhun kuninkaan uskomattoman hedelmällinen mielikuvitus on tuottanut lukijoiden iloksi – tai kauhuksi – 14 kolkkoa tarinaa, jotka ovat kammottavuudessaan vastustamattoman mukaansatempaavia.Tarjolla on taattua puhdasveristä Kingin kauhua: ruumiinavauksia, sielunvihollisia, diktatuurin kurinpitokeinoja, arvaamattomia sopimuksia, pahatapaisia tauluja, väärään suuntaan liftaavia matkalaisia sekä yöpymisiä paikoissa, joihin kukaan täysijärkinen ei mielellään menisi edes päiväsaikaan....

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Maantievirus matkalla pohjoiseen: 14 kolkkoa tarinaa Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale
    2019-02-11 20:03

    Everything’s Eventual offers a mixed bag of short stories, fourteen tales that range from the horrifying to the mundane, each of which includes commentary from the author. “Autopsy Room Four” explores the frightful prospect of premature burial. Comedic and tense, this is arguably the best story in the entire collection. In “The Man in the Black Suit,” an old man recalls a chance encounter from his childhood that’s haunted him all his life. King plays to his strengths in this one, dabbling in the realm of shadowy figures and terrifying monsters. “All That You Love Will Be Carried Away” is an inconclusive tale of a man with a penchant for collecting rest-area bathroom graffiti who suffers from a waning interest in being alive. King explains that he was encouraged by Bill Buford of The New Yorker to keep the ending ambiguous, and both Buford and King believe that decision strengthened the story. Whether or not that’s true is subjective. Bullets fly in “The Death of Jack Hamilton,” a story of Depression-era outlaws going head to head with the cops that will likely appeal to fans of car chases, westerns, or John Dillinger. “In the Deathroom” sees an American newspaper reporter interrogated in South America. The reporter must find a way to turn the tides if he wants to get out of the room alive. Labeled by King as “Kafka-esque,” this story investigates an unorthodox “what if” scenario to satisfying effect. The Little Sisters of Eluria is a fantasy novella about Roland Deschain of Gilead (from the Dark Tower series) in which Deschain crosses paths with some cunning women who are more than the doting caretakers they appear to be at first glance. King rightly states that “you don’t need to have read the Dark Tower novels” to enjoy this novella. The book’s namesake, “Everything’s Eventual,” reveals why nineteen-year-old Dink Earnshaw grinds paper in the garbage disposal and drops change down the storm-drain every week. Based on an image that randomly popped into King’s head, this story demonstrates his ability to take an idea and use it to craft an intriguing story that gives meaning to an imaginary character’s odd behavior. “L.T.’s Theory of Pets” introduces a disgruntled couple who gift each other a pet that bonds with the person who bought them, rather than the person they were gifted to. Intended to soften their discord, the gifted pets instead exacerbate their owners’ troubled relationship. King toys with his readers’ emotions in this one, tugging on heartstrings before throwing in a shocking twist. King once again romps through the realm of horror in “The Road Virus Heads North,” a gruesome tale about an unwitting man who acquires an eerie painting that seems to continually change in subtle yet grim ways. Amidst an argument over divorce papers, lunch takes an unexpected, violent turn in “Lunch at Gotham Café.” Though this reads like classic King, the plot twist feels clunky and forced. King conveys his idea of Hell in “That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French” – an intentionally repetitive story of déjà vu. “1408” takes a stab at being a supernatural tale of a haunted hotel room and succeeds marvelously. Coming in at a close second for best story in the collection, this shudder-inducing tale of a room on the thirteenth floor (whose room number totals thirteen) starts strong and continues to get better and better. Riding the Bullet is a novella that was first published as an e-book in 2000 to great acclaim, but King questions if the novella did well because of its content or because of the “novelty of the electronic package.” It’s reminiscent of an R.L. Stine book (i.e. creepy in a kitschy way), but underneath the surface it’s about the author grappling with the harsh reality that death eventually finds our loved ones. In “Luckey Quarter,” a hotel cleaning woman finds a lone quarter in her tip jar along with a note that reads, “This is a luckey quarter! It’s true! Luckey you!” If her premonition about the coin is correct, she may indeed by a fortunate woman. Given its absence of a running theme and the way the book deviates from a particular genre, Everything’s Eventual is a meandering collection of stories. Some satiate while others feel out of place, making for a relatively engaging but ultimately inconsequential read.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-02-13 15:59

    The wife had me watch 1408 a while back. I remembered it was in this collection but the only stories I even vaguely remember are the titular one and Little Sisters of Eluria. I figured 2017 was as good a time as any for a reread.Even though I've been a Constant Reader for twenty years now, I always forget just how good Stephen King is at what he does until I start reading. The man knows his way around a story, though he gets a little wordy at times.Like all short story collections, the stories vary in quality. I was surprised at how much I'd forgotten since I originally read this in 2002. Little Sisters of Eluria was better than I remembered, though Roland's story is missing something without the rest of the ka-tet. Everything's Eventual was great but since I came to it with more experienced eyes, it somewhat reminded me of Time Out of Joint. Autopsy Room was another great one. I liked The Road Virus Heads North but I feel like I read something similar a long time ago.Some of the stories seemed a little out of place. I wasn't enamored with LT's Theory of Pets, The Death Room, or The Death of Jack Hamilton. As for 1408, the story that prompted me to pick the book back up... I actually preferred the movie. It was an okay story about a hotel room haunted by something but the movie really fleshed things out. Also, the Mike Enslin in the book is couple notches higher on the douche scale than the one John Cusack plays in the movie.As with all short story collections, this one is a little hard to rate. Do Everything's Eventual, Little Sisters of Eluria, and Autopsy Room overcome the drag factor of the stories I didn't care that much for? At the end of the day, I'm slapping the traditional safety rating on this one. Three out of five stars.

  • Melki
    2019-02-04 20:59

    "Yet for me, there are few pleasures so excellent as sitting in my favorite chair on a cold night with a hot cup of tea, listening to the wind outside and reading a good story which I can complete in a single sitting."Stephen King, from his introduction I genuinely looked forward to reading one of these tales each day, and that's the highest praise I can give a collection of short stories.

  • Edward Lorn
    2019-01-19 22:09

    As with all of Stephen King’s collections, I’m giving each story a one-sentence review. Before we begin, I would like to say a few things that have little to do with this book’s contents. If you do not care for personal stories in reviews, you should take this chance to move along, or you may scroll past the next few paragraphs. But I hope you’ll join me. Maybe my story will help someone who doesn’t know they need help.While listening to this one (I chose the audiobook for this reread), I tried to remember what was going on in my life when this book came out. The year was 2002, the month was March, and six months prior, I had met the woman who would become my wife. I was working as a CNA for a local hospital and had been clean for about five months. My drug of choice was heroin. My wife is the reason I decided on recovery. Not because it was love at first site, or any of that nonsense, but because I finally found something I cared more for than the drugs. To this day, she doesn’t knows how bad I was. She might have an idea that I was on something, but I don’t think she knew the extent of my addiction.Any junkie will tell you, “Once a junkie, always a junkie.” As far as I see it, there are three stages of being a Junkie: Active junkie, relapsed junkie, and recovering junkie. There is no former junkie. If you’ve ever enjoyed hard drugs, you will always have a taste for it. The fits and seizures and sweats and vomiting everything you eat lasts about two weeks. If you’re lucky, you can sleep through the first few days. If you’re unlucky, like I was, you ride that motherfucker until sparks spit from the undercarriage. It’s a perpetual feeling of being dragged through a field of insulation. You can’t scratch deep enough and motor control is a concept lost on you. All this to kick something that makes you feel like you’re soaking in a warm cloud of perpetual orgasm whenever you take it. Is it any wonder junkies relapse? What most junkies don’t tell you is how badly you need a smoke, a shot, a snort, a drink, or whatever, for as long as one year later. That need eventually turns into a lesser want after the first year and you just have to ignore it if you’re going to make it. But that first year, man… It is fucking awful. Everything seems like it would be so much better if you relapsed, if you just gave in and took that smoke, that shot, that snort, that drink… But it won’t be. Sure, that first hour is gonna be magic, kid, but everything after is gonna feel like prematurely ejaculating inside the girl of your dreams, or having the man of your dreams squirt off after two pumps. You’ll want to go again. But you shouldn’t. Because getting better starts with changing your attitude and finding something greater than the addiction. But anyway. My recovery was why I hated this book when it first came out. I was in a bad place with a great person. And what I once considered one of King’s worst books turned out to be not so bad after all. I really enjoyed myself this time around. However, I still believe this is his weakest collection. Even if there are two amazing stories herein, the rest are just so-so. Here’s why:“Autopsy Room Four” – There’s a fine line between tribute and thievery, and King walks it in this homage to an old Twilight Zone episode. ***“The Man in the Black Hat” – King won an O. Henry award for this short, but other than the description of the titular devil, it falls a little flat for me. ***“All That You Love Will Be Carried Away” - This literary tale is, I think, what sets King apart from every other writer in the business - he can play at any genre and succeed because he’s a jack of all trade of the wordsmith variety. ****“The Death of Jack Hamilton” – Loved the disgusting bits, but this one goes on way too long. **“In The Deathroom” – I feel the same way about this one as I did with the last one. **“The Little Sister of Eluria” – Whether it be a day trip or a long vacation, Mid-World is one of my favorite destinations. ****“Everything’s Eventual” – A little tale of psychic persuasion with ambiguous morals. ***“L.T.’s Theory of Pets” – Just fucking funny. *****“The Road Virus Heads North” Can’t be bothered to give a fuck for this one, but the television adaptation wasn’t bad. *“Lunch at the Gotham Café” – So much gory fun. ****“That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French” – Repetitive to the point of inducing sleep, and unfortunately, that’s the point. **“1408” – Probably one of the coolest ideas King’s approached. ****“Riding the Bullet” – A fun little ride, but not much else. ***“Lucky Quarter” – Sad. ***In summation: Everything’s Eventual is King’s most inconsistent collection. You can almost hear King singing, “Somma dis shit, somma dat shit, a whole lotta uddah shit,” over and over as he threw these stories together. For my money, I would have loved to have seen him hold onto these and pair them with the tales in Just After Sunset and given us another massive collection like Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Oh well. You know what they say. “Want in one hand and shit in the other.”Final Judgment: Some of everything is eventually put on display.

  • Ron
    2019-01-24 18:12

    Is this collection scares, nostalgia, and downright straight-up story telling underappreciated among King’s other works? Lesser known maybe? Well, I’m here to give this one a big, sloppy ghost hug of appreciation (technically, I don’t think that’s even possible, but I’m going with it).This would be my second read through of Everything’s Eventual - sort of. I used to hunt and peck through Stephen King short story collections. Read some of the stories. Skip some. No real rhyme or reason to it, unless someone had suggested a favorite. That’s what I did the first time around. Now I’m being thorough, and that is a good thing, especially considering the quality here. I liked so many of them. Have you read them? Well, following is a little something about each story that I hope will entice you, or perhaps refresh your memory. Get ready for hugs:Autopsy Room Four - Here’s a nightmare I most certainly blocked from memory the first time around. You know the scenario: state of catatonia, everyone thinks you’re dead. So off to autopsy we go – with eyes open. And here’s another thing I never thought about before: Post-mortem shears. Maybe I’ll just block it out until the next go around.The Man in the Black Suit - From romp (in the previous story) to introspection as Gary tells us about a day that has remained with him forever. A single day 81 years in the past could be called scary as hell. The horror at the center of this one balanced by the tender memories of a young boy make this story more than worthy of the O. Henry Award received.All that You Love Will Be Carried Away - Beautiful title for a short story. The subject here is actually serious. Very much so. You don’t realize that, until the matter comes up. Kind of hit me like a right cross.The Death of Jack Hamilton - I know John Dillinger of course, but figured Jack Hamilton and narrator, Homer, to be characters of fiction. There I was wrong. King says in the afterward that his dying is also a fact. Everything around it is made up. Good without excitement. No need for it. In the Death Room - The ending is the best part of this interrogation, because as said in the afterward, it is happier than the typical.The Little Sisters of Eluria - A Dark Tower story, any fan will enjoy because it can be read as a stand-alone, or at any point in your personal Dark Tower quest. It feels almost as if our hero Roland and Mid-World have crossed paths with Night Shift here. There was a bonus for me in reading this after just completing Black House because at one point the two books are linked - by the tiniest of threads. Good thing for Jack Sawyer that the Little Sisters have moved on, but in this one Roland has his work cut out for him.Everything’s Eventual - The namesake to this collection is one of the best. I had no idea of its direction because no point is given until necessary. Then, it’s a kind of a doosy. I don’t know how the whole idea came from picturing a man pouring change into a sewer, but that makes it even cooler.L.T.’s Theory of Pets - SK considers this his favorite of the bunch, but I don’t think the ending fits with the whole. The fun of story, the often true quirkiness of pets and their owners suddenly goes dark. I just don’t know why.The Road Virus Heads North - In Rose Madder, a painting also transforms on its own. That would be the only likeness to Road Virus where the pace is much quicker and more sinister to the eye that beholds it. Rose Madder meets Christine? Not really, but that’s what I thought of.Lunch at the Gotham Cafe - I thought this would be about divorce, then I thought it was about quitting smoking (ala Quitters, Inc.). Turns out it’s attempted murder. The characters and story are great – provided you subtract the maître d’.That Feeling, You Can Only Say What it is in French - “Déjà vu” is what that title is saying. Carol has that feeling again and again during the drive to her and Bill’s second honeymoon, certain she knows what’s coming around the next bend. None come true – until they begin to – along with flashbacks of a past regret.1408 - Half the story has passed before you enter room 1408 with Mike. That time is spent not in building the tension, but a belief that something actually does reside in that haunted room. So when the reader finally gets there, he’s all in. It’s a different take on a ghost tale because there is no ghost to see. But something is there. Oh yeah.Riding the Bullet - “Things have to be just right for you to see a ghost.” Tonight they were for Alan. Hitchhiking his way down state to see his mother in the hospital. Full moon. Dark roads. Just trying to get there. What makes this more than a ghost story is the nostalgia and real meaning behind it - which is about losing someone you love, and what you’d do for them in that moment. Would you ride the bullet?Luckey Quarter - I would have liked this to end with Riding the Bullet, but in a way this smallest story of the bunch left me with a good feeling.

  • Kandice
    2019-01-21 22:46

    I'm always amazed at how varied his subjects can be. He is certainly not "just" a horror writer.05/2015Introduction 5 stars. I love King and when he is brutally honest (when is he not?) I love him all the more.Autopsy Room 4 4 stars I've actually seen the AHP episode that inspired this and Cotton was amazing. I love that only King could mention Michael Bolton and then bring up the fact that Percy is probably rolling in his grave at Bolton's rendition of "When a Man Loves a Woman". This story is scary because...well, who knows?! It could be us, any day, any way.The Man in Black 5 stars I can't say what it is about this story that I love. I guess that's why it won awards. Who but King can say "he skun his knee" and we not only accept it, but realize how true that is? People spoke that way. He uses words to paint a world and mood and he is a master.All the You Love will be Carried Away 5 stars I know King likes to drive so I can only imagine he has actually seen all the graffiti described in the pages of this little tale. I really feel for Alfie by the end, but I think he is just the excuse King needs to get these little (weird) gems on the page.The Death of Jack Hamilton 4 stars Dillinger has always been a fascinating guy. He had charisma and that will get you so much farther in life than almost any other trait. Many say charisma was Kennedy's ace in the hole. This read to me like King testing the waters for the eventual 11/22/63. Rabbits was an endearing character and King's ability to create numerous characters we can connect to in such a limited number of pages is one of the things I love about him.In the Deathroom 4 stars This is such a novel way to end this sort of story. It reads like a scene from Scarface and yet...he gets away. There's no way to be sure it's Fletcher buying smokes at the end, but I choose to believe it is him.The Little Sisters of Eluria 5 stars Like many of King's fans I love Roland and his world. This story was lovely. The phrases King uses when he is in Dark Tower mode have a certain magic to them. Like he is a different writer when he is telling DT tales. Two quotes from this that I highlighted are "Good liars were common. Honesty, on the other hand, was dear." and as Roland ran his hands through Jenna's hair he thinks "it felt like rain, rain with weight." Both beautiful, beautiful examples of the language the Dark Tower tales insist upon. It gives me a little thrill to read the different accents/versions of the High Speech as well. "Sai" and "thee". They make you feel a part of that world, not just an observer.Everything's Eventual 5 stars More if I could! I am so glad this is the title tale of the collection. This story has always reminded me a bit of The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet. Dinky's shapes are a bit like "fornits". I am always thrilled when an author can just pull stuff out of their ass and make me not only accept, but genuinely believe in it! King does that here. I truly believe (as I read) that people can do what Dinky does, that other people can "see" the Dinkys of the world and that there could be an organization (Shop, anyone?) that would finance and set it all up. Even setting Dinky up in this mild, almost cashless existence makes sense. I want another story about a Tranny from a privileged life to see how they would deal with that. L.T.'s Theory of Pets 3 stars While I find King's musings about marriage and how it works incredibly true in this story it always leaves me unsatisfied. There is no real ending. Usually I can accept that, but for some reason I just can't in this case. Why do we need to know about L.T. breaking down, but have no clue what happens to Lulu? Why do we need to know Holly took a shine to him but not if it will lead anywhere? It does contain a great quote, though: “It might be that the biggest division in the world isn't men and women but folks who like cats and folks who like dogs" The Road Virus Heads North 3 stars I think it's fascinating that King really owns this picture, but that doesn't make the story any better for me. I think it's a bit silly.Lunch at the Gotham Cafe 4 stars I don't think the story rates the stars, but the way in which it is told does. None of what happens makes any sense and we are given no reasons which I am ok with. I do really want to know what made Diane so unhappy though. That's one question I really, really want an answer to.That Feeling, The One You Can Only Say What it is in French 2 stars King says in his note that he believes Hell may be repetition. I could not agree more. I really dislike stories that show the same scene over and over like this one. It's just so frustrating to read or watch on film. It feels like a colossal waste of time.1408 5 stars This a great story and has a The Yellow Wallpaper feel to it. I like that King makes it very clear this is not a haunted hotel room, because haunting is done by something that was once alive, but is instead just...wrong. I also applaud his choice to allow Mike to live through the ordeal. To have him die would have felt almost cliche. I have yet to see the movie because I am afraid it won't be a fair adaptation, but I did imagine Cusak as Mike as I read this time. Perfect casting.Riding the Bullet 5 stars I've always felt this one and The Woman in the Room were about King's mother's death and he confirms that in his author's note. I love when a story is told in such a way that you can believe in the supernatural parts or not - as you choose. King gives us that choice with this little tale. Luckey Quarter 5 stars King writes in the voice of women so well, and the voice of single mothers best of all. This poor woman is doing all she can and getting jack crap for it. Such is life and this story rings so incredibly true because of it. I like to think it ends just the way her fantasy ended and King lets me think that because he doesn't say. How sweet...

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-01-30 19:51

    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times... and I'll say it again. Steve King is a fantastic storyteller, and very few of his stories have actually bored me. It is the same with this collection.That said, very few of the stories here are actually frightening. Some give a mild sense of unease, that's all. However, almost all of them are readable and most are highly enjoyable.My personal favourites were That Feeling, The One You Can Only Say What it is in French, In the Deathroom and Riding the Bullet - these were the ones which made me uneasy. The title story is fantastically original and a thumping good read. The Little Sisters of Eluria is a worthy addition to The Dark Tower canon.I was disappointed by 1408, as I have seen the movie based on it and it was way more frightening than the story. The Man in Black and Lunch at the Gotham Cafe also didn't work for me.Overall, an enjoyable collection.

  • Christian Guzman
    2019-02-15 19:03

    There’s no doubt that Stephen King is great at writing short stories. Not all of the ones that were in this book were appealing to me, but several were. A couple of them were creepy in my opinion, so it may not be a wise idea to read them at night. My favorite ones were: Autopsy Room Four, The Man in the Black Suit, Everything’s Eventual, L.T’s Theory of Pets, and The Road Virus Heads North. I only disliked a few, but not because they were bad, they just did not catch my attention. One of the things I enjoyed was how King added notes before and after for some of the stories. For some reason that had an impact on my reading experience since it made those specific ones seem more personal. I thought the short story “1408” was average. I had watched the movie several years ago without knowing who the author was. I seemed to have enjoyed the movie more since it seemed to have gone in much more detail, so i was more engaged with the main character. There are great stories presented in this novel, and I can assure you that you will like AT LEAST one…. unless if you are a picky or difficult person to entertain. This book does not lack variety. There is a story out there for everyone!

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-02-02 21:45

    Including the eerie story 1408, this anthology of short thriller stories is one of King's best. It took me a while to appreciate 1408 (I believe I gave it 2 stars on a separate review), but each of these stories has their charms and each one has a deep message behind the horror.

  • Daniel Clausen
    2019-01-26 00:11

    Let me be clear, Mr. King. You earned this one fair and square. You had to win a skeptic over and you did. I've always thought of you as the Nicholas Cage of writing. Try enough random stuff regularly without hesitation and at least some of your stuff will be pretty good. But try enough random stuff and you're sure to come up with some very bad writing as well. There is also another dark secret -- some of this variability occurs in the same book. They might start off well enough, get really good, then fall apart, then try to pick up the pieces, and then fall apart again. Much of what you write sometimes seems like a first draft. But for all my hesitancy to ever pick up a book by you again, I did. And it's clear --you're a great short story writer. You know how to craft compelling characters, dramatic tension, details that really sell the story and make you want to read them again. Not everything you wrote in this book was great. I gave up at least two short stories before finishign them. You have also cemented for me the metaphor that you're the Nick Cage of writing. But you're Nick Cageishness works wonders in the short story medium. You just go for it! Without reservation or apology. And when your short stories fall apart, I can forgive you, because I know you're just a writer working at his craft -- just going for it whenever you can. My experience reading this book was so good that I'm contemplating writing Nicholas Cage a letter asking him to stop acting in feature length movies and to just do two-hour features with eight to ten mini-movies. Thus, whenever he does a little mini-movie where he yells, "Aw the bees!" and flashes me strange demented grins for another ten minutes, I can forgive him and wonder, Aw yes, but what's next? And so, I leave this review wondering, Aw what will Stephen King do next? When I do pick up another book by you, I think it'll be a short story collection. Why not? It's like "Riding the Bullet" of fiction. Nick Cage knows what I'm talking about, "Aw the bees!"

  • Walt
    2019-01-26 21:42

    SK can't help being SK. That includes profanity and poor taste. Often, it seems like it's trying fine cuisine at Denney's. Every once in a while, you'll find something that tastes excellent. Mostly it'll be when you are famished.Month after month and year after year, he churns it out, and he has for decades and decades now. I read this collection of horror stories after the members of my reading group--mostly women--caved in to the only other male in the group besides me. Many of the women had never read King, and said it was time to give him a try. Many swore him off after reading the collection, claiming there is just too much good to read without having to touch his stuff.I beg to differ. SK is probably the greatest commercial writer of my generation. He speaks to the masses, to our crassnesses and to the mysterious in us as human beings, wich we love to morph into ever-increaing weirdness.Hence, SK, for example, conceives a snake-bitten cadaver "resurrected" during an autopsy when, well, when a doctor, a woman, about to slice into him, discovers---no, I'll yet you read about its swelling fervor. Or what about the guy who has spent a career as a traveling salesman who has collected the detritus scrawled on the walls of toilet walls and stalls across the countryside in a note book, planning to publish who now wants to shoot---what, you thought I'd tell you?No, no . . . I recommend that you read it yourself, and see what you think. Why has this American icon found so much success writing about the dark and fearful in American history and culture.If you don't appreciate horror, read his On Writing and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

  • Wayne Barrett
    2019-02-18 00:07

    "Any fool who can pucker is apt to whistle past the graveyard."There were times when this book felt more like a trip through the Twilight Zone with Rod Sterling than the usual horror I expect from King (although there was still plenty of that as well). Stephen has really showed his mastery of the short story in this collection. They say fiction is stranger than truth and there are times when King (and I see the little smirk on his face) seems to imply that what he is giving us is just a make believe story but with that magical touch he has he is letting us know that this shit is as real as the nose on our faces...or the giant bunny sitting next to me. Hey, he's real to me! This man has a grand imagination and is a master story teller. Yes, everything is eventual!

  • Dave Moore
    2019-01-22 16:09

    I kept picking this up & reading a tale or two at a time. Each time I did this, I was struck by the way in which King brings a certain quality to his writing that just plain makes him better than most. He brings a certain assumption of the intelligence of his readers and gives us credit for being able to pick up the dark humor, the allusions, and the ironies he weaves. He has a unique ability to construct setting and characters so quickly and seamlessly that we have an instant picture in our mind and an opinion beginning to form. All within the limits of a short story with nothing sacrificed. Whether or not one likes his subject matter, King is a master wordsmith with the wonderful quality of not taking himself too seriously. He takes his writing seriously, but there is no pretension in his work.

  • Jaro
    2019-02-16 17:10

    A strong collections of stories. I liked it better than both Bazaar and Sunset. King has such a firm grasp on the Voice and Tone of his characters. My favorites were those stories told in the first person: "The Man in the Black Suit", "Everything's Eventual", "Lunch at the Gotham Café", and "Riding the Bullet". I was surprised by "The Little Sisters of Eluria" which has a sort of sword and sorcery feel to it that I really liked.

  • Jonathan Janz
    2019-02-17 23:48

    *This review was originally published on my blog (http://jonathanjanz.com) and focuses on the story "The Road Virus Heads North" (though I've read the whole collection and certainly believe it's worthy of five stars). Here's the link: http://jonathanjanz.com/2011/10/08/th... ‎Stephen King's Everything's Eventual is loaded with great stories. In addition to the one I'm about to discuss, the collection contains "1408," "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," and a cool entry into the Dark Tower canon called "The Little Sisters of Eluria."So in a collection packed with great stories, why'd I choose to blog about "Virus"?Let me try to explain...First of all, like Stephen King---and I'll shamelessly seize any opportunity to be like my favorite writer ever---I love stories about pictures. Specifically, I love stories about pictures that change. King has worked in this shadowy corner before, notably in "The Sun Dog," and it's a territory into which other great authors (T.E.D. Klein's unforgettable novella "Petey" comes to mind) have ventured as well. So is this tale King's most original?I don't give a crap. Sure, sometimes it's dazzling to find an author blazing a completely new trail, but for me it's just as exciting to see a master take a tattered old idea and breathe new life into it.Like "The Road Virus Heads North."It's about a horror author who finds a rather...arresting painting at a garage sale. The painting has a macabre backstory that I don't want to ruin here, but as we'd expect from a horror author (a bizarre species prone to excessive curiosity), he purchases the piece and continues, well, north.The name Richard Kinnell reminds me of both Richard Bachman (King's pseudonym) and Dr. Richard Kimble of The Fugitive fame; whether or not either of these connections are intentional, they both add texture to the character for me. I don't want to give away what happens in this story, but if you've been reading, you'll already know that the painting changes. How it changes and where it changes and how Richard reacts to these changes and what these changes mean for Richard and those with whom he comes into contact...all of these are what make the tale so elegant and ghastly.As has been pointed out by people far smarter than I, horror is the only genre named after an emotion (although I felt a bit "men's adventury" today when I attempted to parallel park in a space two inches longer than my car). That's because horror can affect the reader in a very unique way. And man, did this tale affect me. I felt dread when the first layers of the mystery peeled away to reveal just how sinister the painting might be. I felt terror when Richard Kinnell realized that the picture could defy physics and reason. And I felt horror during those last few pages when...Read the story. It's a darn good one.

  • Amar
    2019-02-18 18:07

    Autopsy Room Four 3.5/5*Tema od koje se ja jezim , atmosfera je odlicna a kraj mi je presmijesan bio.The Man in the Black Suit 5/5*Old school horror. Jezivo i atmosferski prava poslatsica.All That You Love Will Be Carried Away 2/5 *Ima dosta smijesnih izreka , ali sveukupno ništa posebno.The Death of Jack Hamilton 2/5*Iako je kraj dosta tuzan , mene prica nije posebno odusevila. Previse mi je dosadna bila .In the Deathroom 2/5*Isto kao i prošlu i ovu sam jedva zavrsio ... nimalo mi se nije dopala .The Little Sisters of Eluria 3.5/5*Ovako nekako zamisljam kako je doslo do ove price.Izdavač: DObar dan gospodine King . Imate li kakvu nove priču za nas ?SK: Ima ta jedna žena koja je zavezana za krevet...I: ALi gospodine King , imamo to već.SK: Hmmm , hajde onda neka bude muškarac. Uz to je nadrogiran...I: Imamo i to ...SK: Ali ovaj put je to revolveraš Roland. Narod će to volit !I: Gospodine King Vi ste genije! Odakle crpite svoju maštu ??SK:Ka..Everything's Eventual 5/5*Odlična ideja , odlična realizacija i odličan kraj. L. T.'s Theory of Pets 3.5/5*Dosta smiješna , sa ozbiljnom notom na kraju .The Road Virus Heads North 5/5*Ova i nije bila toliko strašna , koliko je ostavila onaj neugodan osjećaj tokom čitanja . Lunch at the Gotham Café 3/5*Moglo bi se reći da je King imao tad nekih bračnih problema , pošto je to već druga priča u zbirci o tome kako žena ostavlja svog muža . Samo što je to ovdje dosta krvavije . Nije loše , ali kraj mi je bio nekako.. meh.That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French 4/5*Šta je pakao ? Kako on izgleda? Šta se dešava tamo ? Jednu interpretaciju toga nam daje King , ali ne radi se o paklu kako ga mi zamišljamo . Dosta dobro urađeno .1408 3/5*Film je bio bolji ... Mnogo bolji .Riding the Bullet 5/5*Ovo mi je najdraža i najbolja priča u zbirci . I nezapaženi film mi je također jedna od najdražih Kingovih ekranizacija .Luckey Quarter 3/5*Ponekad treba samo pokušati . Jako simpatično .Sve u svemu , zbirka nije losa , ima dosta dobrih prica , neke prosjecne i neke za zaboraviti .3.5* od mene za cijelu zbirku

  • Meegy
    2019-01-19 18:49

    I loved all of the stories in this collection. I thought my favourite was going to be 1408, but it wasn't, it was The Road Virus Heads North. 1408 is nothing like the movie, which I am super grateful for as the movie would then be boring.

  • Jason
    2019-02-02 20:50

    Some good, some mediocre. This isn't my favourite collection of short stories from Stephen King (I've enjoyed Bazaar of Bad Dreams the most so far, which probably doesn't make me in the majority). What I disliked about the some of these stories is that King uses the word "short" almost as a joke in this collection. Some of these are 40 or 50 pages, and are pretty well novellas. Even King says short stories are meant to be read in one sitting, but some of them took two or three for me - probably I'm just a slow reader. I do, however, feel that a short story is becoming too long when it exceeds the 30 page mark. That said, there were a few notable stories in here that I really enjoyed:- Autopsy Room Four- All That You Love Will Be Carried Away- L.T.'s Theory of Pets- Lunch at the Gotham Café- Riding the Bullet- Lucky QuarterGive the way the novel is marketed (the cover, namely, and the "14 Dark Tales" message on the cover) I figured these would be more scary. But there were only one or two that I found might be considered a "Dark Tale." Most, though, were just regular old stories, which didn't make them bad stories, but sort of left me disappointed in the end. I wanted more punch from them, more of a slap in the face, eye-opening conclusion to each.Mostly, my own expectations probably ruined the overall experience, given that I was expecting more horror and terror. And I should know better, by now, that King tend to write longer stories (short stories included) than your average author might. On to the next King!

  • WarpDrive
    2019-02-14 20:04

    Well, the author does not need much of an introduction. He has a gift for generating a sense of deep unease, and for awakening in the reader's mind some hidden, almost ancestral fears deeply embedded into his/her consciousness. His exploration of the darker side of human nature, and his atmospheric tales that well transcend the limitations of the "horror" genre, are reminiscent of the work of one of my favourite authors, Edgar Allan Poe.This is a collection of short stories, some of them (such as "Autopsy Room Four", "The Man in the Black Suit", "All that you love will be carried away, and "1408") are pure brilliance, the Stephen King we are used to.Being a collection of several stories, not all of them are equally brilliant, of course, and a few are quite forgettable, to be honest, but overall this is quite an enjoyable reading experience. 4 stars.

  • Dawn
    2019-02-12 23:00

    I haven't read much King, this is actually only the second book I've read by him (the first being Gunslinger). I've always wanted to get into him though, and I think this was the perfect book to start with. Fourteen short stories, a King smorgasbord, so to speak. Some I loved, some I just liked, some just weren't my thing - but overall it was a great collection. Every one was well written, and even if a story wasn't my favorite, I still found myself enjoying it. Highly recommended, and I'll definitely be reading more King soon.

  • Ben Charette
    2019-01-31 00:06

    This being my first short story collection by Mr. King, I will score each story individually, and average them together (for those of you who aren't keen with math, that means I'll add them up and divide by the number of stories - in this case fourteen). In order:(note: asterisks ***means spoilers)Autopsy Room Four: 3I know, Four is in the title, but somehow I still give it a 3. This story was a good example of fun old horror (and I don't actually mean fun). A man is trapped in his soon-to-be-dissected body in an autopsy room. Is he dead, but still inhabiting his body? Or is he really still alive? With King, it could be either. It really created that "I'm trapped" feeling a lot of good horror stories have. My only problem with it was ***that the suspense really died out toward the end. It was going strong, building and keeping me on the edge of my seat, when... thphthhh. The explanation about the snake, after the climax, did not feel all that necessary. Endings have been better.The Man in the Black Suit: 4This won the O. Henry Award, which I knew going into it. I guess I expected a little more from it, which is why this is a 4 instead of a 5, but aside from that, it's a very well-written story. It's told by an old man on his deathbed, recounting the time as a child when he met the Devil. The voice of the piece captures the simplistic diction of the grown-farmboy perfectly, while also keeping the mystical air of it all. I could have done with a little more ***(the scene with the Devil lasts a very short amount of time), but otherwise, good.All That You Love Will Be Carried Away: 5A lot of people seemed to dislike this one, but it was one of my favorites in the collection. I'm going to put out asterisks right away, because I don't want to give away any of this story. ***It concerns a traveling salesman who, upon stopping at a hotel to commit suicide, considers a notebook he's been keeping throughout the years. It contains poignant or funny graffiti he's collected. This story really had a message to it: there's a deeper meaning in life that can be found in unexpected places. The ambiguous ending (does he do it or doesn't he?) sealed the deal for me.The Death of Jack Hamilton: 3Like Black Suit, the voice narrating this story was definitely a strong point. Unfortunately, I'm afraid it was the ONLY strong point for this one. We know what will happen from the title, and the other big events are all summed up in the exposition, before the story even gets going. Sure, how it happens makes the story worth reading, and it was an interesting take on an actual event in history, but there really wasn't any suspense, any "What will happen next?"In the Deathroom: 3I was excited about it from the get-go. Unfortunately, that excitement died out. At the mention of torture, I expected a somewhat grislier story. After the previous ones, I was ready for something gritty and painful. To be honest, it was neither. The premise was good, and it was written well, but it wasn't really what I was looking for.Little Sisters of Eluria: 5I'll be honest: I'm a Dark Tower fan, majorly. After having finished the series, a nice little Roland-refresher was delightful. I really liked the chapter setup (like each chapter was actually five or so mini-chapters, all given at the beginning of the chapter). I liked the premise. I liked that you didn't need to have read the Dark Tower books in order to read this, because that would have turned off a lot of people from reading this story. Sadly, I think it still did. Hear that, everybody? You can go ahead and read this and it will be okay, even if you haven't read the Dark Tower books. I mean, you still should read them, because they are great, but you can get along fine through this story without them.Everything's Eventual: 4The title story, I thought, was a very interesting one. ***Supernatural killer is hired by the government, for the "good of mankind." It's been done before, in some degree, but this was a very unique take on it. The isolation and week-to-week broke-ness, the strange shapes, and the use of the word "eventual" all contributed. It did feel a little vague and unresolved toward the end, but given the story I can understand.L.T.'s Theory of Pets: 3Stephen King said this was his favorite to write, but I just didn't get into it. It was an entertaining little tale, sure, but it didn't go anywhere. I guess what gets me is that this story, and L.T.'s Theory, had so much potential. He could have expanded upon it, but he didn't. It just ended. I was literally surprised when I got to the end of the story because I had expected more.The Road Virus Heads North: 5This was rock-solid horror. Moving paintings are somewhat of a trope when it comes to the horror genre, but this may be the most interesting take on it that I've read. I'll let y'alls read it for yourself, which you should. I was genuinely kept in suspense the whole way through, and I can't say the ending was disappointing. It really made me want to see this painting. *EDIT* There's actually a movie adaptation of this story, and I found a picture of the painting online. At least, it was the painting used in the movie. I don't know whether it's the same as the one King owned.Lunch at the Gotham Café: 1In my opinion, this was the worst one in the collection. You're free to argue differently (but you'd be wrong). It felt so incredibly forced that there was no point in it where A. I felt drawn in, B. I was able to suspend disbelief, or C. I was terrified by what was unfolding in that dismal restaurant. It... I don't know, I'm not even sure what it was supposed to be. Scary? Were we supposed to be terrified? Sad? Were we meant to lament over the deteriorating relationship between two people? Infuriating? Were we supposed to feel angered by literally everyone in this story for one reason or another? You're free to read it, not like I can stop you, but be warned, it will leave a bad taste in your mouth. And not the good kind of bad.That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French: 4A solid relief from the last one. The entire time I read it I had an inkling of what was going on and what would happen (as any reader would; the name is enough to divulge that), but I was still totally unprepared for the ending. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because it kind of left you floating a lot in the beginning, and I'm always wary of short stories that tease readers with exposition. If you want to be royally teased and left in the dark, read Margo Lanagan's Black Juice. You will be adrift in a sea of confusion. On second thought, don't read Black Juice. Just avoid it. Instead, read this story.1408: 5My favorite in the collection, and the only one that legitimately terrified me. I really don't want to give too much away, so for the spoiler-free version: A man soon regrets his decision to spend a night in a haunted hotel room. As for the spoilerific version: ***I loved the style here. In my opinion, some of the best horror writing makes you feel trapped, in somewhere not only unfamiliar, but strange and alien. There's no way to get out even though you're sure it's all in your head. That's what 1408 did. The colors in it somehow enhanced that further. I don't know whether it was the artificial-ness of orange-yellow light, or the fact that I'm pretty sure it was a Deadlights reference (see 'It' and related books), but it was perfect. Really, the three or so pages in the bedroom were the best for me; something about the room felt even dirtier, twisted-er, sicker than even the rest of the place. It did haunted in a way that was better than other stories do haunted. Also, the feeling that something lives behind the walls--not literally so much as in the nothingness beyond--was just perfect and, I do believe, a direct tie-in to King's other works.Riding the Bullet: 4Another good one. It wasn't great, and there was some jumping between horror and sad-book writing, not to mention the similarities to Road Virus, but it kept me interested the whole way through. I think if there was a story picked to showcase this whole collection, Riding the Bullet would be a good pick. I don't have much else to say about it.Luckey Quarter: 2A little cutesie one, and a nice way to wrap up the collection, but nothing special. It had an air of "nothing happened and then nothing happened some more," but it was an easy enough read. Also, I believe, it's the shortest one in here, and is thus a good note to end on. I do think it's worth mentioning that there was some good writing when describing the crushing feel of life on her shoulders. I can't remember the exact words King used.Average: 3.64, which I rounded to 4 for the sake of Goodread's rating system.

  • Becky
    2019-02-03 20:11

    Yet another example of why I love Stephen King. Every story in this book was great. King's ability to write like he's speaking only to YOU is one of my favorite things about him. You get the feeling that he's telling you a secret, letting you in on some amazing observation of life, without him needing to spell every D-E-T-A-I-L out in big bold block letters. But that's not to say that this isn't detailed - his work always is. It's just not condescendingly detailed. You may think that he is verbose, and in some cases I'd agree, but he never condescends to his readers, and trusts that we are smart enough to see what he's aiming at without having to hold our hands. Some of these stories are more straightforward than others, but some are brilliantly subtle. It's hard for me to decide which one is my favorite, but after giving it some thought, I think that I'd have to say it's "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French". This story is short, only 24 pages, but I was impressed by just how much was conveyed in such a small amount of words. So much history, so much regret and satisfaction and fear and anger, so much expectation and irritation. You could almost feel what it was like for this couple to have been married for 25 years... and then on top of that, there's Carol's deja vu, and the fear associated with that, which is a different type of fear entirely. I loved the way that with each run-through we learn more about what's causing the deja vu, and I thought it was brilliant. I've had deja vu before, I think everyone has, and while Carol recognized it and was able to live within it and even almost predict the things that would come next, my experience has been that it's a fleeting moment of disorienting recognition that I only realize I've felt after it's already gone. I can only hope that I never have the experience it the way that Carol did. I loved the two stories that were tied to the Dark Tower series, "The Little Sisters of Eluria" and "Everything's Eventual". Both of these stories tie wonderfully into the Dark Tower universe and provide more background and depth and life to the story as a whole. Of the two, I actually preferred the more subtle "Everything's Eventual", but I loved both. I just loved the way that we never really know what's going on with Dinky, what he's gotten himself into, but we know it's bad, and that where it leads, eventually, is worse, for him and for us. Little Sisters is great though, and seeing Roland again was a little bit like meeting up with an old friend that you haven't seen in many years. This story provides a bit of background into both Roland and his world, and when taken in context with The Gunslinger, proves that Roland is nothing if not unpredictable. Also very high on my list is "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away", which is a brilliant story about the little things that get us through, that fascinate us and make us want to keep going more than the big things.I very much enjoyed "LT's Theory Of Pets". One should not look at a living creature as a gift to be given, because they cannot be owned. They have thoughts and feelings and desires and needs just like the rest of us, they just can't communicate them as we can. But this is also a story of the breakdown of a marriage and how quickly things can go badly when a single (OK, two) peas are placed under the mattress. What we do in love and the desire to please can have quite unexpected consequences.I liked each of the stories in this book, but I have to say that these were my favorites. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for some great stories, King fan or not. :)

  • Damien
    2019-02-03 22:47

    It's always difficult to review a collection of short stories and this one is no exception. For the most part I thought it was a great collection of work but I did struggle a little to see a thread through these stories - was I looking for something not there or miss it completely?For Dark Tower fans and for those other kinds of people, those that haven't read The Dark Tower yet, The Little Sisters of Eluria is a treat. The titular Everything's Eventual is great creepy fun and L.T.'s Theory of Pets shows a surprisingly funny side to King's writing, who knew?The only stories of the fourteen that didn't really work for me were The Death of Jack Hamilton and In the Death Room. Ironically I felt they were essentially the same story with only the setting changed.The Man in the Black Suit is creepy fun but I was surprised to see it was the recipient of the O. Henry award.Overall lot's of fun in bite-sized chunks. As someone who is working on short stories at the moment, it's great to see someone in King's position take the time to continue to produce these stories and show the rest of us how it is done.

  • Mayra Sigwalt
    2019-02-09 21:54

    Acho que esse livro, além de ter uma coletânea de histórias bacanas (algumas muito boas, outras ok), é um bom vislumbre do que o Stephen King é capaz. E a meu ver funcionou pra ele assim também. Como testes, como se ele se perguntasse "que tipo de histórias as pessoas não esperam que eu escreva?". Então é muito legal ver essa gama de possibilidades. Às vezes dá certo, às vezes não dá. É interessante ver ele explorar vários tipos de medos, coisas que vc nunca tinha pensado antes. Acredito que como um todo, esse livro é bom. A maioria das histórias te deixa com um gostinho de quero mais. Em algumas esse sentimento é tão forte que parece até incompleto, ou apenas um prelúdio de uma história maior que está por vir.

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-02-05 23:54

    Buen libro de relatos de King. Muchos son malos, sin embargo hay cuales son buenos. Los que más me agradaron son Sala de Autopsias Número 4, que es el primer cuento y, para mí, el mejor. Otro que me gustó mucho es Las Hermanitas de Eluria; fue muy lindo reencontrarme con Roland. Ideal para fanáticos de la saga de La Torre Oscura. Montando en la Bala, historia que había leído antes, tambien es muy buena.Por el otro lado, La Moneda de la Suerte no sé si no lo entendí o qué, pero me pareció malísimo.

  • Roviragrao
    2019-02-02 16:58

    Hace muchos años que leí los otros libros de relatos de King, pero creo que eran mejores, al menos ese es el recuerdo que tengo.Hay algunos momentos que me han gustado mucho, pero en general los relatos no me han enganchado como en otras ocasiones.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-02-15 23:07

    Stephen King, Everything's Eventual (Scribner, 2002)Rumors of Stephen King's demise have been greatly exaggerated. 2002 is gearing up to be another highly productive year for King, and he starts us off with his first short story collection since 1993, Everything's Eventual. It sure is nice to know that King doesn't feel the need to turn everything into a novel, and while his short stories have gotten longer, they still pack the punch that the early tales did. However, they pack it in a more literary style. This is great stuff. It's still recognizably King, but it's New Yorker King rather than bargain-basement porn-mag King (check the prepub credits in Night Shift).After reading the title story in this collection, I briefly fantasized about a world where the millions of people who reflexively buy King's works who've never so much looked inside a literary magazine would bring away from this (and other such tales in this volume, notably "Luckey Quarter" and "Lunch at the Gotham Café") an understanding of the complexities and ambiguities of the modern short story such that they could crack the binding on the new issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review, say, and not feel out of place. (From there, it's one step to getting them to like poetry, and than I can take over the world at leisure.) I came to my senses a few minutes later, but there's still something to be said for it. Up till now, King's stories have always been well-defined pieces of work, with strong beginnings and endings and enough happening in the middle to keep people reading. No one would ever accuse, say, "Survivor Type" or "Grey Matter" of being an ambiguous piece of writing. But King was already showing his literary hand as far back as Skeleton Crew (with the haunting story "Nona"), and he tipped it last year with the brilliant "Blind Willie." Now comes Everything's Eventual, and he's laid it on the table; this is the new King, the one I've been waiting for during the last couple of transitional releases. These stories are ambiguous, they require thinking (and sometimes leaps in logic) from the reader, and they're simply better-written than his early work. King the literary author has finally caught up with King the storyteller.As seems almost obligatory these days, yes, there's a Dark Tower story. However, it doesn't feel as invasive as most recent Dark Tower references, because it's actually set in mid-World (rather than showing up as a reference, as in "Low Men with Yellow Coats" or Bag of Bones). It's also very much in the style of early King, despite actually being in a series, and thus begging for loose ends. Oddly, "The Little Sisters of Eluria" stands on its own more than any Dark Tower material since the first book. Go figure.King's back, and better than he's been since The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I knew he'd get there sooner or later...

  • Alissa
    2019-02-05 17:55

    I've been reading a story or two at a time from this collection on nights when I want a little King and I can't get to sleep when I would like to. King has the tendency to be able to take you away from your circumstances, whatever they might be, even for a little while. Whether it's with his short stories or what some Constant Reader's call his “door-stopper” novels, King pulls you in and makes you care about the characters he's drawn. With some writers the characters aren't much more than words on a page but King can define a character with one sentence and make you care about them the next. He's practically ripped my heart out a few times with a character that couldn't quite make it to the end of whatever he had written. Honestly, thats been more than a few times even. Everything's Eventual is a collection that runs the length of King's abilities. The focus is largely horror, of course. But what King pens is beyond blood and gore, cheap thrills and scares for the hell of it. He writes humanity, the dark side of it, where it goes wrong, where it came from and the gray area between all that. Better yet King throws in characters so real it might take you a while to stop worrying about them after you put the book down. Hell, even realizing they're characters sometimes doesn't stop the worry, you almost feel you can change the outcome by willing away the pain. You almost have to love a writer when they can make you feel that deeply for a damn character, something that came out of their mind, a creation. Reading this made me remember why I enjoy King so much. Not his new mystery trilogy's or the sequel (to a cult classic he had written in the seventies) that maybe didn't live up to fans expectations. Everything's Eventual is simple, effective, good writing without the pressure some of King's other work has. (And yes, at this point there is at least a little pressure. Feel free to correct me if you don't think so.)This collection is eventual. Highly recommended.

  • Sergio
    2019-01-28 23:57

    We all know, S.King has a rich imagination, and he is a master. He knows how to tell stories. This collection is captivating. Not that I liked every story, naturally, that's why I gave it 4 stars.And these I liked the most:Autopsy Room FourThe Man in the Black Suit (a horrific tale, convincing in every detail)Everything's Eventual1408Riding the Bullet

  • Daria
    2019-02-17 22:12

    Prosektorium numer cztery:Howard Cottrell przeżywa jeden z największych lęków dużej części ludzi - żyjesz, ale nikt o tym nie wie. Mężczyznę znaleziono w krzakach, stwierdzono zgon i przywieziono do prosektorium. Chociaż bohater ma wątpliwości czy czasem już nie umarł, to dociera do niego, że jednak żyje i zaczyna się jego dramatyczna walka o danie jakiegokolwiek znaku, aby nie być pokrojonym żywcem. Ciężko mi stwierdzić na ile przebieg pracy jest zgodny z prawdą, chociaż interesuję się trochę medycyną sądową. Zresztą, nie tylko przebieg pracy – dziwi mnie, że pracownicy nie zauważyli kompletnie nic, ale to w końcu trochę fikcja literacka, więc nie będę się czepiać. Zawiodłam się zakończeniem, bo spodziewałam się czegoś bardziej spektakularnego jak na KingaCzłowiek w czarnym garniturze:Zdecydowanie jedno z moich ulubionych opowiadań ze zbioru. Aż żałuję, że nie czytałam go późną nocą, bo czuję, że mogłabym się nawet przestraszyć. Ciężko mówić o tym bez spoilerów, szczególnie, że nie jest to długie, więc powiem tylko, że chłopiec Gary postanowił pewnego dnia wybrać się na ryby i spotyka tam tajemniczego, mało przyjemnego Człowieka w garniturze, ojca kłamstwa.Wywiozą ci wszystko, co kochasz:Dla odmiany to opowiadanie podobało mi się najmniej, chociaż nawet się uśmiechnęłam przy niektórych rymowankach (‘’Siedzę na klopie, w kiszce mi strzyka, urodzę nowego Teksańczyka’’). Podejrzewam, że było tu jakieś ukryte przesłanie, ale dla mnie całość była nudna. Do Alfiego nie czułam nic – ani sympatii, ani mu nawet nie współczułam. Po prostu nic. Śmierć Jacka Hamiltona:Homer, Hamilton i Johnny są gangiem, ale dość nietypowym – nie pragną rozlewu krwi, są dość grzeczni nawet wobec zakładników. Podczas jednej z ucieczek samochodem Hamilton zostaje ranny od kuli, a jego stan z każdą godziną staje się coraz gorszy. Tu mam strasznie mieszane uczucia. O tyle, co Homera i Hamiltona polubiłam, to Johnnego wręcz przeciwnie. Nawet ciężko mi uargumentować, dlaczego ten chłopak mnie wkurzał, ale jego postawa, ciągłe gadanie w stylu ‘’na pewno tak nie będzie’’ i unikanie szpitali, co było strasznie egoistyczną postawą, bo jestem pewna, że nie chciał być złapany, sprawiało, że chociaż Johnny miał być postacią, którą na pewno polubimy, to u mnie nie dało to rady. Ale zakończenie było smutne. I zastanawia mnie, czy pewien talent Homera naprawdę jest możliwy do zrealizowania, bo chętnie bym to zobaczyła.W sali egzekucyjnej:Fletcher, reporter New York Timesa, został aresztowany i trafia na przesłuchanie do podziemi Ministerstwa Informacji. Tam zostaje wypytywany o działalność Núñeza i Fletcher stoi przed dylematem czy mówić prawdę, czy kłamać i zginąć. To również jedno z moich ulubionych opowiadań. Szczególnie, że ostatnio jestem zakochana szczerą miłością w antyutopiach, gdzie głowy państwa mają władze absolutną. Tu ten antyutopijny klimat został bardziej liźnięty niż rozwinięty, bo opowiadanie skupiało się przeważnie na myślach bohatera i opracowywaniu ucieczki. A szkoda, bo widziałabym w tym pełną powieść.Siostrzyczki z Elurii:Zaskoczyło mnie, że naszym głównym bohaterem jest… Roland z cyklu Mrocznej Wieży. Autor zaznacza, że nie jest wymagana znajomość tamtych dzieł i mogę to potwierdzić. Nie czytałam jeszcze cyklu, nie wiem kiedy to nastąpi, ale odnalazłam się bez większego problemu, chociaż niektóre pojęcia były mi kompletnie obce (np. ka, can tam). Jako że pierwszy raz miałam do czynienia z postacią Rolanda, to mogę z czystym sumieniem powiedzieć, że faceta polubiłam. Może nawet specjalnie dla niego przyjrzę się Mrocznej Wieży szybciej niż planowałam. Opowiadanie samo w sobie przyjemne, klimatyczne, ale łatwo domyślić się zakończenia, więc nie oczekiwałabym wielkiego, głośnego ‘’wow!’’.Wszystko jest względne:Poznajemy historię mężczyzny o imieniu Dink, który narodził się z bardzo nietypową zdolnością. Zdolnością, która daje mu siłę do zabijania ludzi. Nasz główny bohater opowiada o swojej nieciekawej przeszłości, jak został odnaleziony przez tajemniczego pana Sharptona i jak zaczęło wyglądać jego życie odmienione o 180 stopni. Dość klasyczny motyw tajemniczej organizacji, która chętnie wykorzystuje talent aby likwidować rzekomo ludzi najgorszego sortu. Ale czy aby na pewno? Również zaliczam to opowiadanie do jednego z ulubionych ze zbioru.Teoria zwierząt domowych L.T.:Naszym bohaterem jest tytułowy L.T DeWitt, który opowiada historię rozpadu związku z jego żoną Lulubelle, zapoczątkowany przez zakup dwóch czworonożnych domowników. Co zabawniejsze, pies Frank kupiony na pierwszą rocznicę ślubu dla L.T. nie polubił swojego właściciela (ze wzajemnością), a kotka syjamska Lucy zakupiona rok później jako prezent dla Lulu również jej nie polubiła (i również ze wzajemnością). Ciekawe spojrzenie na wpływ zwierząt na ludzi i ich związki. Intrygujące oraz zagadkowe zakończenie dopełnia całość.Drogowy wirus zmierza na północ:Kinnell, pisarz, mający wzloty i upadki w swojej karierze, postanawia zajść do sklepiku z używanymi przedmiotami na sprzedaż. Zaintrygował go obraz, który wymaga bardzo specyficznego gustu, aby mógł się podobać. Zainteresowany obiektem poznaje właścicielkę sklepu, która opowiada mu historię zarówno tego obrazu, jak i wszystkich przedmiotów wystawionych na sprzedaż. Kinnell zabiera obraz i dość szybko orientuje się, że coś jest z nim nie tak. Również uwielbiam motywy związane z obrazami i cieszę się, że King postanowił to wykorzystać. Kolejne ulubione opowiadanie.Obiad w Gotham Cafe:I tu również mamy motyw rozwodu. Steve Davis zostaje zaskoczony wiadomością od swojej żony Diane, że ta składa pozew o rozwód. Nie jest z tego zadowolony i nie najlepiej to znosi. Kontaktuje się z nim jej prawnik, Steve ma już swojego, i umawiają się na spotkanie w Gotham Cafe w celu załatwienia formalności. Niestety, w ostatniej chwili prawnik Davisa musiał wyjechać do matki, która złamała sobie miednice. Całe spotkanie od początku zapowiada się nieprzyjemnie i nic nie miało prawa pójść dobrze. Powiem tyle, że nie znoszę Diane, ale jej nie da się lubić.To wrażenie można nazwać tylko po francusku:Bill i Carol Shelton obchodzą dwudziestą piątą rocznicę ślubu i z tej okazji decydują się na drugi miesiąc miodowy na wyspie Captiva. Jednak małżeństwo żyje w rzeczywistości i jednocześnie poza nią, a ich podróż wydaje się nigdy nie mieć końca i prawdopodobnie końca mieć nie będzie. King ciekawie przedstawił (jak sam powiedział w dopisku od autora) swoją wizję piekła. 1408:Mike Enslin (kolejny pisarz) przybył do hotelu Delfin osobiście poznać legendarny pokój 1408. Jego wcześniejsze bestsellery zostały oparte o historie rzekomo nawiedzonych budynków czy cmentarzy, które Mike postanowił sprawdzić na własną rękę, tworząc przewodniki po nawiedzonych miejscach. Już praktycznie na dzień dobry kierownik Olin właściwie błaga go aby zrezygnował z noclegu, lecz Enslin jest zdeterminowany i nie traktuje nawiedzonego pokoju poważnie. Nie będę ukrywać, że na to opowiadanie czekałam najbardziej. Kilka lat temu oglądałam film i pamiętam, że bałam się go okropnie (po przeczytaniu opowiadania zdecydowałam się obejrzeć go jeszcze raz dla odświeżenia), więc liczyłam na chociaż zbliżone wrażenia. Tymczasem zostałam zaskoczona i to niekoniecznie w pozytywny sposób. Na początku King świetnie buduje napięcie, ale potem nagle nadchodzi fala zdarzeń, co powoduje, że to napięcie szybko pryska. Rzadko to mówię, bardzo rzadko, ale uważam film za lepszy niż opowiadanie. Jazda na Kuli:Alan Parker dowiaduje się o udarze swojej matki, więc chwilowo porzuca uczelnię i jako autostopowicz próbuje dostać się do szpitala. Najpierw podróżuje z dziwnym dziadkiem, a potem z jeszcze dziwniejszym człowiekiem, co tylko powiela strach Alana przed śmiercią matki. Spotkanie, które wydaje się snem, a raczej koszmarem, daje nawet naszemu bohaterowi dowody, że wydarzyło się naprawdę i każda myśl Parkera, każdy telefon czy każde zdanie, które ma być wypowiedziane przez pielęgniarki sprowadza się do strachu przed informacją o śmierci rodzicielki. Właściwie gdyby nie drugi kierowca nie nazwałabym tego opowiadania horrorem.Szczenśliwa moneta:Uroczy ten zamierzony błąd. Darlene Pullen wraz z dziećmi (Patsy i Paul) przybywa do hotelu Ranczerski, a w jednym z pokoi odnajduje tajemniczą kopertę z monetą oraz list, mówiący, że ta moneta jest ‘’szczenśliwa’’. Czy na pewno? Opowiadanie samo w sobie nie porywa aż tak, nie przeraża, bo nie ma czego się tu bać i raczej szybko o nim zapomnę.Podsumowując:Wszystko jest względne ma dość nierówny poziom. Z jednej strony mamy świetnego Człowieka w czarnym garniturze czy Drogowego wirusa, a z drugiej średnie Prosektorium numer cztery aż po Wywiozą ci wszystko, co kochasz, co całkiem wykluczyłabym z książki, bo jest zwyczajnie nudne. Dla fanów Kinga pozycja i tak obowiązkowa, ale nie należy oczekiwać zakończeń, po których nie będzie się spać albo mieć kaca książkowego. Wszystko jest dość przewidywalne nawet przez sam rodzaj narracji czy to, że autor sam rzuca spoilerami w trakcie czytania.