The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

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Product Number: DD21363
Released: Nov 03, 2015
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ISBN: #9781442388505
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Includes the story "Premium Harmony"-set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine Named to the American Library Association's Reference & User Services (RUSA) Listen List! A master storyteller at his best-the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it. There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. "Afterlife" is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers-the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in "Obits;" the old judge in "The Dune" who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In "Morality," King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil's pact they can win. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant fan-"I made them especially for you," says King. "Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

Author(s): Stephen King
Awards:New York Times Bestseller


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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
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Product Number:DD21363
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ISBN: #9781442388512
Author(s): Stephen King
Product Number EB00597234
Released: Nov 03, 2015
Business Term: 1 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781501111686

Professional reviews

"King returns with another fantastically dark collection of mostly new short stories--delivered by an all-star group of narrators. The group includes some reprints (such as "Ur") but mostly new stories, and even two poems. Each narrator is a perfect fit for the stories he or she reads--it's rare to find such a collection with no misses, but it's not unusual for King. Narrating the stories' introductions himself, King makes the listener feel like his confidant every time. Cotter Smith steals the show, masterfully performing several pieces, including the poem "The Bone Church," the best performance of the collection. Smith's craggy, emphatic projection and morose pauses capture the essence of the poem and tingle the spine. L.E. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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