The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Stories

Book - 2016
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The instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Stephen King delivers an "outstanding" ( USA TODAY ) collection of stories, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

"I've made some things for you, Constant Reader...Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth."

Since Nightshift , published many years ago, Stephen King has dazzled an entire generation of readers with his genius as a prominent writer of short fiction. Now in his latest collection, he once again assembles a generous array of unforgettable, tantalizing tales--including those that, until recently, have never been published in a book (such as the story "Cookie Jar," which is exclusive to this edition). There are thrilling connections between these works--themes of mortality, the afterlife, guilt, and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Magnificent, eerie, and utterly compelling, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is one of Stephen King's finest gifts to readers everywhere--a master storyteller at his very best.

Stories include:
-Mile 81
-Premium Harmony
-Batman and Robin Have an Altercation
-The Dune
-Bad Little Kid
-A Death
-The Bone Church
-Morality
-Afterlife
-Ur
-Herman Wouk Is Still Alive
-Under the Weather
-Blockade Billy
-Mister Yummy
-Tommy
-The Little Green God of Agony
-Cookie Jar
-That Bus Is Another World
-Obits
-Drunken Fireworks
-Summer Thunder
Publisher: New York : Pocket, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501127878
Branch Call Number: PB King
Characteristics: xii, 686 pages ; 20 cm.

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Short stories. The king of horror does it again in this great sampling of King's dark imagination.


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FVRL_Sally Sep 29, 2017

My favorite story was Mile 81.

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hunterpapp
Dec 03, 2016

Fantastic and would recommend. However, I have read several of his collections and I would agree that some of the stories contained in this collection needed a little more "edge" or excitement. Still has several stand out stories and is worth the read!

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paisano
Jul 21, 2016

Probably the lowest ranked Stephen King piece I have ever given. Some of the stories in this collection were quite good ( UR, Blockade Billy, Mile 81, Obits ), others were predictable or even boring, I did not care for his poetry at all. The best part of this, on the audio side is the variety of narrators, including Stephen King, whom I always enjoy listening to.

deborahtorok Jun 11, 2016

I absolutely love SK's writing. He pulls you in and before you know it you cannot put this story down. If it is an audiobook, I have been known to waste a lot of gas so I can see what happens next. In my humble opinion the man is a genius.

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rene1951
May 16, 2016

Mature contents!

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trevordunfordswife
Apr 01, 2016

Good but not great - as one commenter said, "needed more with teeth."

Cynthia_N Mar 23, 2016

Quirky and odd! Just the way I like them!

KateHillier Mar 03, 2016

There are some stories that stand out really well for me "Mile 81", "Afterlife" to name two specifically. Some fall into so-so territory. Nothing is terrible by any means - Stephen King has been going so long for a reason - but it was an alright entry of his in comparison to other short story collections he's done.

ChiPubLib_Adults Feb 19, 2016

Library Journal recently awarded a starred review to Stephen King's latest story collection noting, "...narrators, 16 total are, are perfectly matched to their pieces..." Stand outs include those narrated by Edward Herrmann, Mare Winningham, Will Patton and Cotter Smith.

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wiltonsugiyama
Feb 12, 2016

Wanted to like this more. Have I outgrown SK? Not sure. I wanted more stories with teeth, I guess. SK hits the same notes, and they're good notes, but the repetition of them gets tedious. Pet peeve: his habit of adding sentences that add nothing but tedium to the narrative. A good case of familiarity breeding contempt: he always brings the same things to the table, which is comforting I guess. Personal fave: Night Shift.

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