Dec 062018


Elevation by Stephen King

Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (October 30, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1982102314
ISBN-13: 978-1982102319

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

I’ve loved Stephen King’s books since Carrie but haven’t read one in a while. When I saw this book and read that it was different than his usual horror books, I decided to get a copy from my local library.

I really enjoyed this book and thought it was perfect for readers who don’t read King because they don’t like the horror aspect of his books. This is a perfect book for them, it has King’s gift for telling a great story without the scariness.

The book is only 160 pages and I could have easily read it in one sitting, but I had a lot to do the day I started it so it took me two for a total of about 3 hours.

I loved this book. The story was very different and kept me interested from the first paragraph. I really hope King decides to write more books like this. I would read every one.

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  28 Responses to “Book Review:
Elevation by Stephen King”

  1. I used to read everything Stephen King wrote, but I’ve gotten away from him the past couple of years. No real reason except there are just so many books out there. This one does sound good, though. I’ll have to see if my library has it.

  2. I just placed a hold on this at our library but probably get it for a while, there’s a long hold list. I used to read SK all the time.

  3. He can really tell a story. I want to read this one.

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed this book, Vicki! I’d like to read it as well. I will check at my library to see if I can get a copy! I like that it is short and not too scary.

  5. interesting if no horror aspect of Stephen King book.
    I should read it. Thank you for review.
    have a great day

  6. This might be a good one for me because I don’t enjoy horror. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh, hum. Maybe I’ll give this a try because I like the way he tells a story, but I just don’t do horror.

  8. I haven’t read this one yet although I do have a copy. Its release was a surprise. I mean, I had not seen mention of it anywhere until it was out. I hope to read it before the end of the year since it’s so short.

  9. That was most interesting! I don’t read horror any more (and haven’t for years)so I’d ignored reviews for this book … now I will try for it at the Library. Thanks for this review.

    • You’re welcome Sallie. I used to read every King book that was published but I stopped about 4 yrs. ago. When I saw this wasn’t horror I knew I wanted to read it and I’m glad I did. It’s still King, but without the horror.

  10. I’ve got it on my to hold list at the local library. It sounds good. It seems that King seems to be branching out a bit from horror.

  11. I’ve debated on reading this one although I’m a big King fan. Maybe I’ll give it a go.

  12. I’d like hime to write more shorter books as well or even short story collections. Glad u liked this Vicki….me too.

  13. I never read any of his books as I don´t like horror stuff. Not sure why as most people seem to like it. 🙂

  14. Oooh, this sounds great! I am always trying to tell people that King writes more than just horror – he is just SO good at writing realistic characters and dialogue (and especially with kids 🙂 ).

    I had heard of this one but didn’t know what it was about, so thanks for the review!


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