I love, love, love this collection. It's moved into the #1 SK short story collection spot for me. There wasn't one moment where I wasn't completely involved in this book. Which is hard to say about short story collections because there are so many different subject matters.
1922 was my favorite. It's now one of my all time favorite short stories. I can't honestly put my finger on exactly why it's my favorite. Just everything about it. How killing off the problem should have totally made everything better but it just ruined everyone involved I think was the biggest thing. All of the 'real life' stuff was so dark and chilling it didn't even need the supernatural. But I will have a hard time forgetting the sentence, "She came into the kitchen, moving with a horrible boneless gait that had nothing to do with walking." That gave me the heebie jeebies just typing it out!
My second favorite was A Good Marriage. Basically because it's always been a fear in the back of my mind. I have always had trouble trusting people. Unless you can read minds, you really have NO idea who anyone truly is. So yeah, this one especially freaked me out.
Big Driver is scary because hell...it could really happen to anyone. Plus it was interesting to see the mind frame of "should I, or shouldn't I?". And then the revenge! Oh man, the suspense!
Fair Extension I liked because it was dark and everything but you still had a glimpse of that good 'ol King humor throw in.
All of the stories played on basic human emotions. That was the foundation and only 2 of them had any supernatural elements. I'll probably read a few books and then go back and Full Dark, No Stars again. I can't wait!
Maybe the most disturbing for me as well . . .
It's funny how people are so different--I didn't like "1922" at all! It just went on and on to me..."Big Driver" was my favorite, and I liked the other two equally well (I was surprised that I enjoyed "Fair Extension," as I usually don't like black humor).
Big Driver and A Good Marriage were my tied-for-first favourites. I HATED Fair Extension. No, that's not true. I didn't really hate the story, but I HATED Streeter. The Goodhughs reminded me of a couple that I know -- attractive, prosperous, two great kids -- but so generous and charming that you end up loving them despite their "perfection" (Nobody's life is perfect, though). I just wanted Streeter to end up suffering the way he made them and their children suffer. Didn't like him, wanted him to die.
Big Driver was great. I think SK has such a huge talent for writing from a woman's point of view, and I don't know how he does it really. He must listen really well when he's doing his research. The revenge was wonderful, but perhaps went a bit too smoothly. In a longer format there could have been some roadblocks to Tessa finding out who her rapist was, which would have been more difficult than in the story.
Also, A Good Marriage was a story that I could relate to. Not that I was married to a serial killer, but my ex had an affair going on for a year before I knew about it. And I learned then that you never really know another person. I think a scenario like this could happen to almost anyone. And I loved the ending of the story too.
This was a fantastic read. I thoroughly enjoy the short story format.
A Good Marriage really good. i like it.
A Fair Extension.
Revenge is sweet.
I'll have to go along with the majority here (what a frightening notion for an individualist!) A Good Marriage and Big Driver would be at the top of my list, probably because they both portray strong women, who didn't even know they were strong until they were thrown into hard circumstances and they both got their revenge, even if it did not come without some price.
My favorite was 1922....very horrific & creepy & I loved the ending, very Poe-ish! Big Driver & A Good Marriage were also very good...Fair Extension was ok, I didn't enjoy all hell the one guy's family went through just to satisfy the revenge of the other guy...not my cup of tea. 1922-just enough blood & horror to satisfy me...although a little more wouldn't hurt...pardon the pun...
I enjoyed them all, but I really enjoyed "Big Driver", which I read twice. It's a brutal story, and scary, as it could happen to anyone. For me it was a page turner and full of suspense.
Stephen does a fantastic job at writing female characters.