Elevation

Elevation

Book - 2018
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"Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together--a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. 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. From Stephen King, our "most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work" (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as "It's a Wonderful Life.""-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982102319
1982102314
9781982102326
1982102322
Characteristics: 146 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm

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IndyPL_JillL Dec 13, 2018

A satisfying short story.

ReadingAdviser_Lori Dec 11, 2018

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!)

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mikeraffone
Dec 10, 2018

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

JessicaGma Dec 05, 2018

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.

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1227DKMMCY
Nov 30, 2018

It's disappointing. I didn't expect something that "ordinary" from Stephen King.

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dontbugmeimreading
Nov 14, 2018

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.

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MillieBT
Nov 14, 2018

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

DPL_Graham Nov 12, 2018

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.

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dianewillett
Nov 08, 2018

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.

laurendouglass Nov 06, 2018

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.

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