BAG OF BONES BOOK
Bag of Bones is a horror novel by American writer Stephen King. It focuses on an author a new author's note at the end of the book, in which Stephen King describes his initial three-book deal with Scribner (Bag of Bones, On Writing. Start by marking “Bag of Bones” as Want to Read: Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, a powerful tale of grief , of love's enduring bonds, and the haunting secrets of the past. Four years.
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Editorial Reviews. myavr.info Review. No longer content to be the prolific provider of text, Add Audible book to your purchase for just $ Deliver to your. Clancy sold million copies of his book Executive Orders, and his new So when King submitted a draft of Bag of Bones to Viking in. Carrying galley copy that avoids the h(orror) word while touting its O. Henry Award-winning author, King's latest novel features a marketing campaign in accord.
I might have told you it is one of the worst Stephen King books there is, that it is easily in my bottom five King reads, down there with such piles of Kingly excrement as Dreamcatcher , Wizard and Glass , The Eyes of the Dragon , and From a Buick 8 , the latter being the pinnacle of Uncle Stevie's fecal production.
In other words, friends and neighbors, I hated this book. But that was then and this i Had you asked me a month ago what I thought of Bag of Bones I might have chuckled and shook my head. But that was then and this is now. What happened over the course of 17 years, the timespan between my first read and this one?
Well, I stopped doing Class-A narcotics for entertainment purposes, became a husband and a father of two, grew up a little, and all-around dug my head out of my ass. My change of heart could have something to do with one of those things or all of them. I don't know. But this is a gorgeous book. A little heavy in the rear, but absolutely beautiful. My only complaint this time around is how long the book goes on after the denouement. It's not annoyingly long, but I feel a few questions could have been edited out in the beginning half of the book so that we didn't have to sit around for twenty pages reading about two men chatting over whiskey about what happened in the past pages.
I only say this editing could have been done because it is one of the things the made-for-tv movie gets right. One of the toughest topics this book tackles is the subject of male lust, how immediate and destructive a force it can be. It took a heavy sack on King's part to speak honestly about something every man deals with yet most cannot explain. King does not condone or make excuses here. He explains. This is how it is, and there are men that find their own thoughts reprehensible. Yes, we all lust.
Yes, we all imagine how wonderful it would be for our partners to say "Do what you want", but not all of us prefer that over love and tenderness. Okay, here's where you take responsibility. By clicking on "view spoiler" you agree that you've read King's entire catalogue and will not hold me responsible for things being ruined because you're too damn inquisitive. Trust me, the shit hidden here is only interesting if you have read all of King's books.
He's mentioned as having had a divorce in Needful Things , but this is where we learn of his death. William Big Bill Denbrough is too. It Ralph Roberts Insomnia has a pretty big role for a walk-on character from another book. Usually we're only given mentions of people, but here, Ralph sits down to coffee with Mike and chats for a while.
Alan and Polly are only mentioned, but Norris has a walk-on role as the sheriff of Castle County. Nehemiah Bannerman is obviously the gradfather of the ill-fated sheriff George Bannerman, who makes his first appearance in The Dead Zone only to meet his end in Cujo.
The storm of the century in you guessed it Storm of the Century is briefly mentioned as the stawm of the century.
Ring Around the Tower: Bag of Bones takes place in the same world as Insomnia. Noonan's vacation home is Sara Laughs. And yeah, the recurrence of the number 19 in this book is kinda obnoxious.
It's fucking everywhere. Some books are better the second time around. What is sad is that I never would have reread this one had I not taken on this massive challenge. I feel that this entire journey has been worth it if only because I have a new favorite King book.
Bag of Bones is a powerful novel that doesn't get the credit it deserves from King fans. I cannot recommend a first read, but I highly recommend a reread. Final Judgment: Sometimes it's the reader and not the book. View all 23 comments. Following her death, Mike suffers from writer's block and begins to have nightmares concerning their lakeside house, Sara Laughs. Mike decides he must go back to their lakeside house in order to confront his fears.
Upon his arrival, he meets a beautiful single mother and her daughter, only to find out that "Grief is like a drunken house guest, always coming back for one more goodbye hug. Upon his arrival, he meets a beautiful single mother and her daughter, only to find out that a crazy millionaire wants to obtain custody of the young girl, who is his granddaughter.
Mike decides he must help the young mother and daughter, but other sinister forces are also at work I truly believe that no one can depict grief like King can. Between this and Lisey's Story, King seems to have a unique talent for describing those feelings of loss and the process of grief itself.
And that is part of the reason why I love King so much, it just feels like he gets you and he is able to connect with his reader so easily. Bag of Bones opens with Mike Noonan trying to cope following the unexpected death of his wife Johanna to a brain aneurysm, and these opening scenes are just heartbreaking to read.
Mike's grief is so prominent and it's very easy to empathise with this character. The reality of Johanna's death really hits Mike when he realises that she will never move past page in her current read this really struck a cord with me. Shortly after her death, the nightmares surrounding their lakeside house begins This book did actually unsettle me at times.
There's just something about creepy happenings occurring in your house. It's those kind of storylines that freak me out the most - the ones that quite literally hit close to home.
It's kinda why movies like Paranormal Activity are so effective. Some of the scenes King described left me with the hairs on the back of my neck standing up.
Serves me right for reading alone in bed late at night The characters themselves are pretty special. Mike Noonan is just a damn good man. He is caring, generous, thoughtful, and that somehow makes it more difficult to watch him suffering through the loss of his wife. Although Johanna is strictly not a "live" character, she is very much present in this novel, and again, she is a genuinely good person.
So her death is even more tragic. Upon meeting Mattie after his arrival at the lakehouse, you find yourself willing Mike to move on, almost like you want to tell him that it's okay. She's barely cold in her grave! How many times do I need to emphasise that King is literally the BEST at developing characters and their relationships.
People who say King is all about horror and scares, need to read books like these in order to truly understand what King is really all about. Yes, this book could be considered "horror" in a way, but it's not your usual haunted house storyline at all.
It's so much more than that. As for the "baddies" in this book - they were horrible, vile characters, particularly the character Max Devore.
The twists and turns and unfolding of events in this novel was very impressive. I was constantly wondering what was coming next, how everything was linked, and I'm very happy to say that it all paid off. One minor complaint is regarding some of the scenes towards the end that made me feel slightly uncomfortable. I felt like perhaps it was maybe a bit too much So maybe it did work then? Anyway, all in all, a great book. I'm on a run of great King books! Still a really great book but more boring parts than I remembered Just very uncomfortable.
View all 5 comments. When people talk about the great Stephen King books, Bag of Bones is almost never part of the conversation. When I agreed to do a buddy read it was because of its connection to Moon and the Sixpence and the recommendation of my favorite and greatest of all Mah Fahs, Stepheny. I can honestly say I was happily disappointed. The skinny: Mike Noonan, a writer, tragically loses his wif When people talk about the great Stephen King books, Bag of Bones is almost never part of the conversation.
Mike Noonan, a writer, tragically loses his wife at a young age and subsequently develops writers block. He finds a connection with a year old widow and her 3-year old daughter. Plus, the summer house is haunted — brimming to the rafters with ghosts.
What works here are the characterizations and the palpable love story between Mike and his long dead wife, it rises off the page and grabs you on a visceral level.
The story itself works well up until crunch time, then King gets overwhelmed by some semi-important plot devices that lose focus and get muddled as the pages turn. King once again provides a classic example of the difficulty he has in dealing with a protagonist.
Where the hell did that come from? Dec 29, Lyn rated it liked it. More than just a ghost story, the author fills his pastoral, suspenseful tale with generations of bad times coming down into a point on a lake, and a town that has some bad history and some secrets. As King tells it, he is on the best seller lists that go to Enough success that he and his wife have a summer house on a lake near the New Hampshire border.
When a tragedy tears his life apart, Mike Noonan travels to the isolated cabin to try and get his head on straight. Drawing inspiration from earlier novels The Shining and Pet Sematary , King draws Noonan into a web of old mysteries tied to present day conflict. Well-crafted and told by a master, this was a page turning and entertaining book. View all 3 comments. Here's the thing about me and Stephen King: I had read Bag of Bones before, when it was first published, but all I really remembered about it was that I found it an enjoyable enough story, but not one that was excellent enough to be particularly memorable.
And, indeed, I found myself remembering very little of the story while rereading it this time around. Which, on the one hand, Here's the thing about me and Stephen King: Which, on the one hand, the kind of thing I hope for with a reread so that it, again and hopefully has the power to surprise me again. There are good things about Bag of Bones. It is a real page-turner of a ghost story, one that gathers momentum page by page to a huge and appropriately dramatic climax. This is important because the quality of King's endings does vary greatly from novel to novel.
The narrative arc of Bag of Bones is a very smooth and appropriate one, where 'appropriate' references the gradual raising of the story's stakes from beginning to end. As well, this is one of King's many stories with a writer as a protagonist and few other writers I've read can express the exalted joys, the abysmal lows and strange, superstition filled territories of that state. But there are bad things, too. It was, in fact, the one thing I did remember about the story and I remember not feeling completely sanguine or satisfied about it during my initial reading, though I didn't have a strong recollection of why.
Reading it this time, I think part of the problem is that I didn't have the knowledge or the vocabulary to put to the why , just that vague sense of I don't like this. I'm not sure I have the knowledge now to fully flesh out that feeling, but even on a second read, it's definitely still there. My initial and most immediate reaction was to the race issues involved here.
King frequently writes about small town Maine and the small-town white folks that live there with a lot of small town white attitudes. He also writes a lot about Magical Negroes.
A friend and I were just talking about this in reference to a different King book and I said to her, "It's just the price of admission with King.
In the course of the story, Sara Tidwell is repeatedly gang raped, forced to watch as her only child is drowned, then is strangled herself while still being raped.
Her remains and those of her murdered son are moved around, buried, unburied and then reburied, not even allowed to rest. Though everyone knows who is responsible for her and her son's disappearance and presumed death , no justice is served and, when the Tidwell family won't lie down and accept this state of affairs, the township turns against them, to the point that someone leaves an animal trap in the woods which eventually kills another of the Tidwell children.
The Tidwells and the other members of their small community, under this duress, leave the township. And while, on the one hand, I don't think that King, in text or without, condones what happens to Sara Tidwell, her son or the rest of the Tidwells, at the same time, the story is set up so that Sara's revenant and vengeful spirit is the ultimate villain of the piece, a monster that has to be vanquished by the white male middle-aged hero of the piece, largely to save the life of a beautiful, blue-eyed, blonde haired little girl.
That…doesn't really sit well. It's a very gristly lump to digest, imo. But, thinking about it longer and further, I feel like my issues are actually bigger and deeper than that. Upon more thought, the closest comparison I could come was, ironically enough, a story written by one of King's sons, Joe Hill. Sara Tidwell is inarguably a victim here.
Mattie Devore, love interest of the protagonist, Mike Noonan, and girl in a fridge, is unquestionably victimized in the course of the story, first by Max Devore, who attempts to literally buy her daughter, then attempts to use the law to steal her daughter and finally, tries to kill her daughter.
Devore uses his money and influence to get the town to turn against Mattie, to get her fired from her job and, eventually, he pays to have her killed. As a result, Mattie's daughter, Kyra, loses her only remaining parent; though only three years old, she is equally victimized by Devore. Reaching a little further, you could argue that the town mothers including Noonan's wife, Jo are victimized by the men who raped and murdered Sara Tidwell and murdered her son; Sara's revenge against them spans generations, culling the family lines of those men who wronged her—and robbing those women whose worst sin was marrying into those families of their children.
In Jo Noonan's case, there's an open question of whether Sara's interference even deprived her of her life. So there's a lot in the fabric of the story that could be said—about patriarchy, about misogyny, about abuses of power, and about race. And, to be fair, I do think that King attempt to address some of these things. But I don't think King's own collection of privileges puts him in the right place to truly or adequately address them and the fact that he lenses the entire story through the viewpoint of an avatar much like himself—a wealthy, white, middle-class man—means that the horrible abuses against all these women are second fiddle to that avatar's man pain and his quest to extricate himself from those same sins of the father or great-grand-uncle, as it were.
So, though Mike is a likeable enough character, his happy ending isn't as satisfying as it might otherwise be, coming, as it does, at the expense of all these wronged, victimized and otherwise unavenged women. Sara Tidwell is a supernatural monster whose bones and those of her son are destroyed by lye, denied both her revenge and a respectful or peaceful burial. The last scions of the families that did this to her escape. Mattie Devore has the momentary triumph of knowing her custody of Kyra is secured, but she dies frightened and in pain, half her face blown away simply because of a dead rich man's sour grapes; Devore has already killed himself is out of the picture before the hit against Mattie is even enacted.
Kyra is orphaned and traumatized by both the living and the dead. Though no specific number is called out, at least four other mothers lost children to the terrible revenge set in motion when Sara Tidwell was murdered as she was.
So putting a smiling face on the relatively happy life that Mike will go on to live over these piles of bones is both a little macabre and an almost brilliant if unintentional illustration of why all these things still happen and still matter. It could be better. I wish it were better. But it is just more bones than flesh. View all 4 comments. Some ghosts can be deadly Not long after his arrival, a c Some ghosts can be deadly View all 35 comments.
Easily my favorite Stephen King novel ever, and I've read a wide cross section of different eras of his stuff. This is a ghost story It's a book about loss and grief, but also a suspenseful mystery with a super spooky atmosphere, set in a creepy, unincorporated and sparesely populated fading resort community with a dark historic past.
The mystery and the hauntings are linked in with a child custody battle, complete with a nefarious old Easily my favorite Stephen King novel ever, and I've read a wide cross section of different eras of his stuff.
The mystery and the hauntings are linked in with a child custody battle, complete with a nefarious old villain, and a damsel in distress. At the center of it all is Mike Noonan, a troubled best-selling writer naturally , who is greiving the sudden loss of his deeply beloved, spunky number one fan, his wife, and, he has reason to believe, their unborn child. View 1 comment. Oct 03, J. This is King's strongest novel of the new millennium.
In fact, it's excellent. Pacing, character, story, plot flow, and horror are all masterfully handled by the master himself. It isn't overly long and in need of editing either. Highly recommended. View all 6 comments. I remember reading this when I was My dad bought me the hardcover for my birthday, and I remember reading it on a plane. That's about all that I remember about it, though, other than a vague recollection of liking it, hence my pre-Goodreads rating of 3 stars.
Now, 16 years later Please don't do the math. It will hurt me in my soul. I've picked this book up a few times over the past It just wasn't the rig I remember reading this when I was It just wasn't the right time. But I'm glad that I read this now, because I loved it. The quick and dirty summary, before we get started: Successful author Mike Noonan's wife, Jo, dies suddenly, and after Mike's suffered 4 years of lonely writer's block, he finds himself drawn to his summer home on Dark Score Lake, where things start to get weird.
Alrighty, let's get the nitpicks out of the way, shall we? I get it. That's quite clear enough from Noonan's own perspective, and from the conversations he has with his agent. So it's pretty annoying to have nearly every male character that encounters Mike to have to comment on Mike's Successful Author Status, usually in the form of The Husband Of The Fan relaying his hallowed Favorite Author Status on behalf of said wife.
And often in a sort of apologetic way, as though she should really be more discerning, but he writes the stuff, and they ARE women, so it's probably OK. In pages, ONE man is reported to have read one of Mike's books, and that man is his agent.
Even his publishers are women, Debra and Phyllis. I don't really know why this bothered me quite so much. I understand that a romantic aspect being a main component of a book will make that one that appeals to more women than men. But it just seemed to be overkill.
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Everyone has to mention how much women love his books, even when said woman is not around. Possibly a rolling-pin to the noggin worthy offense. The dialogue. There was really some awkward dialogue in this book.
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I think that's been present in just about all of King's books, but as I get older, I notice it more. It's just little things, things that bother me and feel Yes, she's smart.
And yes, she's not the trailer-trash one would expect her to be. It sounds like it would be coming out of the mouth of a 45 year old WASP, calling on business.
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He decides to confront his fears and moves to his vacation house on Dark Score Lake, known as Sara Laughs. On his first day, he meets Kyra, a 3-year-old girl and her young widowed mother, year-old Mattie Devore. Mattie's father-in-law is Max Devore, an elderly rich man who will do anything to gain custody of his granddaughter, Kyra.
Mike begins to write again, and realizes that Jo's ghost is helping him to solve the mystery of Sara Tidwell, a blues singer whose ghost haunts the house. He also learns that Jo frequently returned to the town in the year before her death, without telling him. Mike begins having recurring, disturbing dreams and visions, and realizes he shares a psychic connection with Kyra. Max and his personal assistant, Rogette, try to drown Mike but he survives with the help of his wife's spirit.
Max unexpectedly commits suicide that same night. Mike sees a pattern when he sees that local inhabitants have names that begin with "K" or "C" and learns how relatives of townspeople have drowned in childhood. While Storrow and the private detective he hired are celebrating the end of the custody battle, Mattie attempts to seduce Mike.Hier gibt es einige Szenen, die wirklich gruselig sind, ohne Blut zu verbrauchen.
Not only for him to get it, but I presume for the reader to get it and understand the importance as well. The result is a book that doesn't quite work as either; it feels as though the moving story of all-too-common human problems is abandoned midstream for a tale of the supernatural that isn't in the end all that scary. Original Title.
Noonan obliges, until he finds himself completely blocked after the sudden death of his beloved wife, Johanna.