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  1. Luca Ambrosino Luca Ambrosino says:

    English Four Past Midnight ItalianoFour short novels not so short, actually of one of the best contemporary writers out there The Langoliers my favorite carries the reader together with the protagonists into a parallel dimension The unknown and the fear of what we do not know are the main themes, and the atmosphere resembles that of The Twilight Zone , the acclaimed TV show One of the best story I ever read Secret Window, Secret Garden talks about what I suppose is the nightmare ofEnglish Four Past Midnight ItalianoFour short novels not so short, actually of one of the best contemporary writers out there The Langoliers my favorite carries the reader together with the protagonists into a parallel dimension The unknown and the fear of what we do not know are the main themes, and the atmosphere resembles that of The Twilight Zone , the acclaimed TV show One of the best story I ever read Secret Window, Secret Garden talks about what I suppose is the nightmare of every writer, ie being accused of plagiarism The Library policeman is the story of an adult experiencing once again a trauma occurred when he was a kid In The Sun Dog a boy gets a camera out of the ordinary.Four past midnight and you will not sleep any.Vote 8,5Quattro lunghi racconti di uno dei migliori romanzieri contemporanei in circolazione I Langolieri il mio preferito dei quattro , trasporta il lettore, assieme ai protagonisti, in una dimensione parallela L ignoto e la paura per ci che non conosciamo sono il tema principale, e l atmosfera che si respira ricorda molto quella de Ai Confini della Realt , la fortunata TV serie cult Uno dei migliori racconti che io abbia letto Finestra Segreta, Giardino Segreto parla di quello che immagino sia l incubo di ogni scrittore, ossia essere accusato di plagio Il Poliziotto della Biblioteca racconta della vicenda di un adulto che rivive un trauma avvenuto quando era un ragazzino Ne Il Fotocane, un ragazzo riceve in dono una macchina fotografica fuori dal normale.Quattro dopo mezzanotte e non dormirete pi.Voto 8,5


  2. Bradley Bradley says:

    A re read afterthan twenty years Will it stand up Short answer Absolutely The Langoliers fits snugly in the New Weird category, pretty much entirely esoteric SF with gremlin types, alternate dimenions and or time travel on a plane There are no snakes here The characters are a blast and we ve got a firm horror vibe going on here where we are kept guessing as to who among all these random sleepers will make it to the end Thoroughly enjoyable novella, but not my favorite It s pr A re read afterthan twenty years Will it stand up Short answer Absolutely The Langoliers fits snugly in the New Weird category, pretty much entirely esoteric SF with gremlin types, alternate dimenions and or time travel on a plane There are no snakes here The characters are a blast and we ve got a firm horror vibe going on here where we are kept guessing as to who among all these random sleepers will make it to the end Thoroughly enjoyable novella, but not my favorite It s probably best that it was relegated to a TV movie My favorite is a toss up between Secret Window, Secret Garden, and The Library Police.First, though, Secret Window, Secret Garden, which only slightly resembles the movie with Johnny Depp, or at leastor less This one was pretty fantastic for the writing insights, the plagiarism scare, the descent into paranoia, and the general ultimate break from reality What s better than a writer being driven completely crazy by a story and or a man with a definite grudge over a story No spoilers, but so many wonderful twists happen, couldn t help but fall in love all over again.And then there s The Library Police, which is a wonderful twist on early childhood nightmares, a diatribe on fear, Red Licorice, and a cool twist on vampirism It was definitely probably the most effective and convoluted of all the novellas in this book, I think, and also the most scarily fantastic, diving into some of the most weird and eerie escapades, even outdoing Secret Window, Secret Garden on several levels, but maybe not as much for the MC The last novella, The Sun Dog, is classic SK not only for setting dropping and character dropping, but also in the twist he s known for turning everyday objects into a nightmare of continuing and evolving proportions, driving all those involved into a deeper and deeper despair and fear Does SK have a think about mad dogs Even Cujo was referenced here But the dog in the photograph has got to be even better in this novella It s absolutelyelusive and menacing, giving up on immediate danger and far off menace for a muchparanormal and evil menace that gave me, at least, apervasive and ongoing fear It also happened to be my least favorite of the bunch, but it was still effective The middle two were plainly amazing, though


  3. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    The overall theme of this collection, whether Stephen King realizes it or not, is that lazy little sin we call sloth If you re a no account layabout, the Langoliers will come and eat you up If you re too lazy to write your own material, John Shooter might come calling Can t be bother to take back that library book Here comes the Library Policeman to suck you dry And if you wanna make a fortune not by working but by profiting off other people s misfortune, the Sun dog might make you a Scooby The overall theme of this collection, whether Stephen King realizes it or not, is that lazy little sin we call sloth If you re a no account layabout, the Langoliers will come and eat you up If you re too lazy to write your own material, John Shooter might come calling Can t be bother to take back that library book Here comes the Library Policeman to suck you dry And if you wanna make a fortune not by working but by profiting off other people s misfortune, the Sun dog might make you a Scooby snack I do have a personal favorite here, along with a personal story for each of these short novels, but I must ask your pardon, because both shall remain a mystery Two of these books bring back memories of people whom I d rather not name I will be obtuse when mentioning them, perhaps not telling you even as much as their sex Let the rumor mill run The LangoliersFive stars Craig Toomy is one of King s classically flawed characters All too often King writes about over the top baddies of both the supernatural and real world variety Where Toomy deviates from King s normal build is that you actually feel bad for him He was a little boy raised by a tyrannical father Then his over protective mother stepped in If there s a recipe to build a sociopath, I don t know a better one The tale itself is fantastic and fantastical, with a clear theme Seize the day, or something is liable to run away with it Secret Window, Secret Garden I have a very special memory attached to the movie version of this one That memory involves activities in a movie theater I still haven t seen the end of the film adaptation, and I don t plan to I d much rather remember what happened in that theater The book itself is a kind of fraternal twin of The Dark Half To tell you why would be to spoil the book, and I will not Suffice it to say that Secret Window, Secret Garden will always be an important story to me and one of King s twistier tales Five balls of gas for this one, too The Library Policeman This is probably my favorite horror novella from King It s his creepiest by far, and I believe that the creature herein shares several traits with Derry s infamous dancing clown The mystery element is handled well, and the denouement is one of King s best Five easy stars The Sun Dog I was fine until I got to this story I cannot read or speak about it without crying The story itself is not a tear jerker far from it , it s the emotional baggage I carry, events in my life that just happened to go down while I was reading this book for the first time The Sun Dog is an extended prologue to Needful Things, and if you want to travel down a long and windy road, I suggest starting with The Dark Half, moving to The Sun Dog, and then finally coming to a stop at the end of Needful Things One helluva journey, if you ask meI miss you, my friend I miss you so fucking much When these moments pass, I m good for a while But when that wound is reopened, I bleed And, goddamn it, does it hurtsAll the stars In summation To the average reader, this collection might not seem as good as Different Seasons, but to me, it means so muchthan the words on the page And, while I sit here remembering and swiping at my eyes, I m returned to a time best forgotten I will always fondly remember the back row of a cinema in Montgomery, Alabama, but I will also forever wish I could have a certain friend back So there s some pleasure with the pain, and not one without the other Final Judgment Who stole the Kleenex


  4. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    A woman who would steal your love when your love was really all you had to give was not much of a woman Reviewing collections is so difficult, and my brain is literal mush right now, so I ll make it easier by breaking it down story by story.The Langoliers might possibly be my favourite in this collection It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn t let go Flying is scary enough, but imagine waking up from your on flight snooze to find the plane practically empty eerie stuff A woman who would steal your love when your love was really all you had to give was not much of a woman Reviewing collections is so difficult, and my brain is literal mush right now, so I ll make it easier by breaking it down story by story.The Langoliers might possibly be my favourite in this collection It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn t let go Flying is scary enough, but imagine waking up from your on flight snooze to find the plane practically empty eerie stuff 4 stars.I have never watched the movie for Secret Window featuring Johnny Depp before so I went into the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden knowing absolutely nothing Which was probably a huge reason why I did find it quite enjoyable Although somewhat predictable, I enjoyed the themes and the general storyline around every author s worst nightmare accusation of plagiarism 4 stars.As for The Library Policeman geez, that was hard going An entertaining story, but I can t remember the last time I had to set aside a book because a scene was too graphic for me I also got some intense Pennywise vibes with our featured creature A stark reminder to everyone to return your library books 3.5 stars.As always, it was good to visit Castle Rock in The Sun Dog The story centres around a Polaroid camera that is producing some strange and alarming photos And we get to spend some time with a member of the infamous Merrill family However maybe this would have beensuited to a short story rather than a novella it dragged on slightly, I thought But loved the Lovecraft shoutouts with the mention of Arkham and Dunwich 3.5 stars.Overall, an entertaining collection A welcome component is King introducing each story I always love these 3.5 stars


  5. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    Then his lids closed slowly over his slightly bloodshot eyes, and Mort Rainey, who had yet to discover what true horror was all about, fell asleep I usually enjoy King s short stories and novellas quite a bit Unlike many, he has a consistent talent with shorter works It s sort of ironic he shines so heavy in this area considering most of his novels are too long, but I kind of digress here.Unfortunately this was the least favorite I ve read I have manyto go, of course, so it may not Then his lids closed slowly over his slightly bloodshot eyes, and Mort Rainey, who had yet to discover what true horror was all about, fell asleep I usually enjoy King s short stories and novellas quite a bit Unlike many, he has a consistent talent with shorter works It s sort of ironic he shines so heavy in this area considering most of his novels are too long, but I kind of digress here.Unfortunately this was the least favorite I ve read I have manyto go, of course, so it may not stay in the weaker spot 3 Stars isn t bad, but this is a mundane offering compared to the brilliance of his other novella collections like the excellent Different Seasons.While I enjoyed The Langoliers and couldn t put it down at first , time started weighing it down and the longer it continued, theit started dragging I do dig the concept, though, and the characters were fully fleshed I figured I d like Secret Window, Secret Gardenand I did I dig the idea of a writer obsessed with his fiction I do keep picturing Johnny Depp in the role now, of course The movie had a darker twist that fits the fictional short story with irony, but the book ending is a littlesomber I know this particular story gets its share of flack for some reason, but I enjoyed it in theater and I enjoyed it in written form It was a clever mishmash with some twists, although the ending I m used to from the movie didn t match and I m not sure which version I prefer.The biggest disappointment was The Librarian Police It sounded fascinated and started strong, but turns out inconsistent and downright silly The Sun Dog as a final installment was a weird wrap up that stayed interesting enough but fully embraced its cheesiness.A particular delight was Kings foreward before each story, talking about themes and how he came up with each story He speaks of Castle Rock quite a bit His stories set in so many imaginary towns in Maine have made that state stand out in the heads of horror fans


  6. Erin Erin says:

    3.5 StarsI m not sure Uncle Stevie knows the definition of a short story The four stories in these collection arelike novellas or short novels As with all story collections the ratings vary The Langoliers 2 StarsThe first story was my least favorite The premise is great several passengers on airplane awaken to find everyone else on board has vanished That sounded great but after the first 50 pages the story just dragged and the story was overly long It just wasn t a fun read Sec 3.5 StarsI m not sure Uncle Stevie knows the definition of a short story The four stories in these collection arelike novellas or short novels As with all story collections the ratings vary The Langoliers 2 StarsThe first story was my least favorite The premise is great several passengers on airplane awaken to find everyone else on board has vanished That sounded great but after the first 50 pages the story just dragged and the story was overly long It just wasn t a fun read Secret Window, Secret Garden 4 stars This was my favorite story out of the collection even if it was a little predictable A writer dealing with a divorce and writers block opens his door to a man claiming the writer plagiarized his story.The Library Policeman 3.5 StarsA man pays an unforgettable and terrifying visit to his local library.So close to being my favorite but just overly long The Sun Dog 3 StarsA boy receives a very strange camera for his 15 the birthday.The only true horror story in this collection but like a lot of Stephen King works the ending was a little Meh Four Past Midnight was a good collection but not one of his greats Its still a great addition to your King collection


  7. Ashley Daviau Ashley Daviau says:

    This isn t my favourite King collection but it does have some spectacular stories despite that I love the first three stories and I think they each stand out for very different reasons They re all very unique stories but I think The Library Policeman has to be my favourite out of the four, mainly because I actually used to have nightmares about getting arrested for not returning my books when I was a kid so it provides a bit of a nostalgic scare for me The Sun Dog is definitely the story I en This isn t my favourite King collection but it does have some spectacular stories despite that I love the first three stories and I think they each stand out for very different reasons They re all very unique stories but I think The Library Policeman has to be my favourite out of the four, mainly because I actually used to have nightmares about getting arrested for not returning my books when I was a kid so it provides a bit of a nostalgic scare for me The Sun Dog is definitely the story I enjoyed the least, I thought it was so predictable and unnecessarily long I just wanted King to get to the damn point with that one and it s why I can t give this collection 5 stars, it drove me nuts


  8. Leo . Leo . says:

    This is a great book The Library Policeman scared the shit out of me Thinking about that nasty man with the lisp sends a shiver down my spine


  9. Melissa Chung Melissa Chung says:

    YAY It took 6 months to finish this beast of a book, but I ve finally done it No I m not that slow of a reader and no it wasn t awful that I couldn t pick it back up.I m what you call a non mood random reader where I pick up book randomly and read half of it then put it down and pick up another book All of the books that I have on my currently reading shelf is about half way done I have a problem with reaching the end because I like a lot of books and it scares me to end them cough Dark YAY It took 6 months to finish this beast of a book, but I ve finally done it No I m not that slow of a reader and no it wasn t awful that I couldn t pick it back up.I m what you call a non mood random reader where I pick up book randomly and read half of it then put it down and pick up another book All of the books that I have on my currently reading shelf is about half way done I have a problem with reaching the end because I like a lot of books and it scares me to end them cough Dark Tower cough Giving this super awesome short story collection 5 stars.Typically when I m reviewing a short story collection it has many stories and I pick my favorites out and talk about those In this book Four Past Midnight , there are only 4 stories so I ll talk about all of them.Langoliers is the first story in this collection I LOVE THIS STORY I read it back in high school ages ago. okay it was twenty years ago and to some that isn t necessarily ages, but to me I sometimes feel ancient, so there you go Langoliers is about a plane going from L.A to Boston It s a red eye flight and it s pretty full At the beginning of the story, we find the passengers that had been sleeping they are awakened by a screaming girl When all are awake, they find there are ten still on board The passengers are scared and confused Where did everyone else go Why were they left behind When I first read this story the Langoliers where creepy furry creatures When I watched the movie they were metal balls with razor teeth I, of course, don t want to give away any of the story, but I loved it.The next story in the collection is Secret Window, Secret Garden Our main character is an author of thrillers and has just gotten a divorce from his wife who was caught cheating They owned two homes the one in the suburbs and the one in the country I guess it sof a Lake house Anyways, one day our author meets a strange man accusing him of stealing plagiarizing his story We get to see what the author does about this knowledge and if he can convince the author of said story is wrong Again another great movie and story The third story is called Library Policeman This one threw me for a loop Part vampire, part boogieman, this story really kept me on edge Especially the way it brought you back to earth with the stories of our main characters past and the alcoholic homeless man s backstory King always gets it right when he is coming up with characters and their backstories.Lastly there is The Sun Dog , about a young teen boy who gets a Sun 660 Polaroid camera for his birthday The thing that makes this Polaroid camera unique is that it doesn t take pictures of what is in front of it, but of a place unknown to the family This place features a white picket fence and a shaggy mutt of a dog The story takes place in Castle Rock and features a lot of characters that you may have read about in Needful Things.Overall great great collection of short stories If I had to put them in order of best to worst which none of them are worst it would be Langoliers, Library Policeman, Secret Window, and then The Sun Dog If you haven t picked up King yet, please know that he doesn t write horror like people think horror ought to be It s not all blood and gore and mayhem King writes mostly supernatural, paranormal, weird fiction They are almost always character driven If you like character driven stories with a little bit of weird then you ll love these short stories


  10. Sadegh Davoudi Sadegh Davoudi says:

    This book is consisted of 4 short stories app 200 pages each and as all of King s works, the super natural has a very important role in them.1 The first one is called The Langoliers and is about a group of people who wake up in an deserted plane Your in an unknown world where you don t know the rules Fascinating I give it 4 5 2 The second one is called Secret Window, Secret Garden I found this story somehow boring It s about a writer which someone accuses him of stealing his stor This book is consisted of 4 short stories app 200 pages each and as all of King s works, the super natural has a very important role in them.1 The first one is called The Langoliers and is about a group of people who wake up in an deserted plane Your in an unknown world where you don t know the rules Fascinating I give it 4 5 2 The second one is called Secret Window, Secret Garden I found this story somehow boring It s about a writer which someone accuses him of stealing his story I d give it 2 5 3 The third story is called The Library Policeman This was a story I couldn t put down The writing was magnificent As the years go by, I find it harder to find books which you can t stop reading It s about a guy who borrows two books from the town library but fails to return them on time and the librarian sends the library police to him I give this one 5 5 4 The last but not least, is a story called The Sun Dog I can clearly say, this is by far the scariest story I ve read King has put in some very detailed paragraphs which gives you the goosebumps all over you This is a story which I m ashamed to say, gave me a nightmare It s about a camera that takes pictures of some unknown place 5 5 is my opinion At the end, my average grade is 4 5 for this book


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Four Past Midnight [PDF] ✐ Four Past Midnight ✑ Stephen King – Thomashillier.co.uk At midnight comes the point of balance Of danger The instang of utter stillness when between two beats of the heart, an alternative reality can slip through, like a blade between the ribs, and swithc At midnight comes the point of balance Of danger The instang of utter stillness when between two beats of the heart, Four Past Epub / an alternative reality can slip through, like a blade between the ribs, and swithc you into a new and terrifying worldFour Past Midnight four heart stopping accounts of that moment when the familiar world fractures beyond sense, the fragments spinning away from the desperate, clutching reach of sanity back cover.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 930 pages
  • Four Past Midnight
  • Stephen King
  • English
  • 01 July 2019
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About the Author: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Four Past Epub / Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challengedStephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in , with a BA in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrumsHe met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazinesStephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologiesIn the fall of , Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.