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Stephen King: Full Dark, No Stars
Recently I picked up the short story book Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King in the bigger paperback format. I actually don’t know if it has a different amount of stories in the Hardcover version or not, but this one features five different tales. I’ve been trying to read this every chance I get since time to relax and pick up a book is limited. Right now, I’m on the short story Big Driver, and not too far into it really, but I figured why not do a quick post about it.

The story itself is only one hundred and ten pages long in this edition, and centers around an author named Tess. She writers a detective series about a group of ladies a little up there in age called The Willing Grove Knitting Society. At this point in her career, she has started putting away for retirement, and does various public speaking events that are usually somewhat close to home. She’s asked to speak as an emergency guest for an event after the original author backs out, and she accepts doing it. Once there, the administrator tells her about a shortcut to get home quicker, and of course she takes it. As she turns onto the proper road per her Tomtom, she runs over scattered wood with nails sticking out, giving her a flat tired. A large man stops to help her, but instead knocks her out and rapes her while she’s unconscious. Eventually he thinks she’s dead, he disposes of her, and she manages to call for a limo that takes her home.

Sound entertaining? Yeah, didn’t think so. Unfortunately, that’s where I’m at, and there’s still a good deal to go, a little less than half the story. I was hooked at the start because I thought the action would pick up quick, but unfortunately much of what would be remotely interesting all happens while Tess is unconscious. Much of the tension circulates around her escaping from the giant and hiding from every single car.

Sadly, I’m bored with this. Right now, there’s just nothing all that engaging going on in the story. A large chunk is dedicated to banter between her and the hostess that hired her, as well as her hiding off the road to avoid the giant, followed by being home and how she felt about what happened. There’s some slight character development, but what is being talked about doesn’t really make much of an impact so far with the reader. “Big Driver” actually has some potential, especially from Stephen King, but this one is just not really making the impact a fan would really hope it would.


Article based on physical review material provided by personal funds.