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Stephen King is known as the Master of Horror. This is not horror. Instead this is a quick little novella that takes us back to the ever familiar Castle Rock and a few of it's friendlier residents. I wouldn't necessarily call this an uplifting story... (he-he excuse the pun) but it was heartwarming in my opinion. I enjoyed it as a quick little story, nothing too special but worth it none the less.
Short book, quick read, interesting premise, reasonably well developed characters.
A book as light as its character, Scotty Carey, who methodically lost weight until he rose above -defying gravity. In the meantime he befriended his Lesbian neighbors who struggled and succeeded to be accepted in a conservative town.
This book is a little gem. He does deliver his supernatural, but in a cozy, small town setting . It will make your soul take flight.
A very quick, light and charming read. Not horror at all. Just a sweet small-town story and the beauty of the unknown.
I usually love SK writing but this was not a good novella. Not horror, perhaps Scifi, but not really telling the full story much like Gwenny's Button Box a novella that should have been a short story. His politics seem to be the main focus of the book, not the characters.
Honestly, this was a surprisingly disappointing read. From Stephen King, you would expect a fantastical horror novel, but "Elevation" was everything short of that. It was more like a lecture, which is boring and not worth someone's time. I do not even think I would even recommend it to anyone because it is just so boring. If I absolutely had to, I would recommend it to much older readers. It is especially disappointing because judging the cover and the synopsis, you would expect a thrilling horror, but it was not meeting those standards at all. Overall, very disappointing, very short, and not worth your time. @SecretBlossom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Was this a contractual obligation King owed publisher? Labeled a novel but clearly a short story (146 pages). I read it in one sitting. Not much happens and the inclusion of "lesbians" did not add much to enhance strange plot--if any. This short story should have been included in the next King filler short stories book.
One-day read without much action. Stephen King is a master of developing characters and backgrounds but not in this short story.
A satisfying short story.
King's thought-provoking novella explores the life of a sensitive and caring man who is afflicted with a strange condition that is causing him to rapidly lose weight while maintaining his usual appearance. (This is not a horror novel!)
I have read (and re-read many) all of Mr. Kings' books. This one is pretty good, not great but better than many. The political innuendo throughout kinda turned me off a bit. The story is great for such a short story. Quick read and uplifting! LOL
I enjoyed this wee read from Stephen King as I don't tend to enjoy short stories, but there's just enough here to make it interesting. Scott keeps losing mass but not weight which is an intriguing hook. Add in trouble with the neighbours and an end date to the issue, and well, it's a nice tale from that weird town of Castle Rock.
It's disappointing. I didn't expect something that "ordinary" from Stephen King.
I can't believe someone would pay CA$24.99 for this tiny little thing (146 pages). Definitely not horror, more like a lecture on morals and empathy. Disappointing, but at least it was over quickly.
Scott Carey seems to be embarking on a true medical mystery.....a moving, inspiring story
bringing the reader to think and reconsider the way each of us feel and behave towards
other people.....unique, quick read
Stephen King is truly an American master of fiction as show by this short novel. When we think of King we often think of giant novels full of human details with a slow build towards horror. His last novel, “The Outsider,” was a masterpiece of normal America spun slowly into the paranormal. Horror seeped into every cracks over 450+ pages.
This time King’s literary talents are on full display in a mini-sized book with large print that barely gets to 150 pages. Once again we are back in Castle Rock which means something weird is going to happen to yet another resident of this beautiful Maine town full of leaf-peepers. Scott Carey is divorced and alone in his too big home where he works on web development. The biggest problem in his life besides the dogs pooping on his lawn and the married lesbian couple who won’t be friend with him is the small issue of his rapidly dropping weight. Weight that keeps shedding no matter what he does or how much he eats. Is it cancer?
This book doesn’t have the horror of King’s usual writing but has plenty of the paranormal. His relationships are both interesting and heartwarming. You can read this book in a few short hours and at the end look up at the sky and down at the scale and smile. It’s all going to be OK.
Curious tour de force novel with a bit of current social consciousness thrown in. Easy to read, sort of sneaky in its "message." I don't read much SK, but I enjoyed this one.
This isn't really a horror tale, but rather a story of letting go. Of life, of pain, and expectations.
I love King's novels, novellas, and short stories and this was a great short read. I don't understand the reviewers saying "This isn't King." When an author as gifted, productive, and long lived as Stephen King continues to create, those creations are going to change over time. I'm glad he's still here and still willing to tell us stories.
I am a lifelong King fan. LIFELONG! I've read almost every book he's written and know what "Good King" reads like and this ain't it. First off, the premise is a bit too reminiscient of his earlier and way better novel, Thinner. When I was 13, someone put a discarded copy of Misery from the Ajax Public Library in my hands and I fell into the story headfirst and never climbed back out of the world King created with Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes. It, like many of his early books, was iconic. This one? I don't even know what this was. I won't spoil it, but suffice it to say, if the book hadn't been the library's copy, I would have thrown it against the wall after turning the final page. I never discourage people from reading King, because he writes so broadly and can entertain just about anyone with his stories...but this wasn't for me. I'm used to being moved and entertained and bowled over by Stephen King's books.
I can appreciate Stephen King wanting to get some things off his chest via a novella instead of Twitter. "Elevation" is NOT horror- it is a heartwarming King tale of small town characters overcoming prejudice and coming together.
This is not the Stephen King we know, but I don't think that's such a bad thing. A lot of his fans seem to be very irritated by this book, so you'll have to read it with an open mind. It's a very short novella, and I believe he likely meant it as an allegory of some sort, though someone smarter than me would have to figure out the exact meaning. It's a readable little book, and may provide his more dedicated fans (like me) some insight into what he is thinking as he heads into his 70's.
As I said, if you read it, have an open mind.