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Salem's Lot - Stephen King

Upon its initial publication in 1975, 'SALEM'S LOT, with its 'intended echoes of Dracula', was recognized as a landmark work. The novel has sold milli...

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Excellent

ProChilling, clearly fiction but chilling!

ConsOccasional lengthy bits but this adds to the overa...

When I picked up this long awaited Stephen King book as I finally got round to it on my ever-expanding list of books to read, I pretty much assumed straight away that it was going to take me a while. This particular book comes in at just over 700 pages long, but this includes not only the story...

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Excellent

“They only come out at night”

published 24/07/2004

ProTension built up beautifully, superb characterisat...

ConsCan it withstand the test of time?

"One of my high school classes was Fantasy and Science Fiction, and one of the novels I taught was Dracula. I was surprised at how vital it had remained over the years; the kids liked it, and I liked it, too. One night over supper I wondered aloud what would happen if Dracula came back in the...

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Excellent

“FANG-tastic”

published 11/03/2011

ProFantastic story, believeable characters, 'real' va...

ConsSome might find it a bit dated

Author Ben Mears is haunted by memories of growing up in Salem’s Lot, with an incident at the Marsten House being the focus of his nightmares. In an attempt to exorcise his demons, Ben has returned to the lot to write a book and finally put the Marsten House to bed. On arriving in town, Ben...

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“Not A Lot New”

published 08/10/2006

ProClassic King

ConsBit long-winded in places, no need for the 'out-ta...

Originally written in 1975, `Salem's Lot was the second novel written by Stephen King and was undoubtedly the novel that stereotyped him as a writer of the horror genre. For the remainder of his career, King has been cast with that title, despite many of his novels not being directly horror but...

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Super

“Salem's had its lot”

published 24/05/2003

Procareful examination of characters, allows for inti...

Consperhaps predictable, gothic element may not appeal...

Its rare that I can find myself sitting down to a book and actually reaching the ending, I love reading, but since A level English I have found myself taking time off from the reading into which I grew tired of, forced to read hoards of war literature. But I’m glad to say I’ve developed a taste...

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“Re-reading Early King”

published 15/11/2006

ProThrilling

ConsNot very in depth characterisation

Introduction: The perfect atmosphere for reading this book is a cold, wet and dark October/November evening, hearing the winter wind outside and perhaps if it were a movie you would be sat before a roaring log fire and a tree branch would beat against the darkened window ghoulishly. I was...

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Excellent

Prohorrible, scary, good descriptions

ConsYou won't be able to sleep well

SALEM'S LOT begins mysteriously but soon becomes a straightforward chiller, with plenty of comfortable characters, believable suspense, tragedy and awesome horror. The main characters - Ben Mears, Susan Norton, Mark Petrie and Matt Burke - and other townspeople are very well-drawn with simple...

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Excellent

ProAfter a long time of feeling sorry for the poor, w...

ConsThis is a dense and complex novel, with a large ca...

'Salem's Lot' is King's second novel, and his second classic and enduring contribution to the horror genre. Jerusalem's Lot is a small town in Maine USA, and it is due for a very peculiar mode of extinction. Tired with the pickings in Europe, the ancient vampire Barlow has come to small-town...

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Excellent

“Salems Lot”

published 03/12/2011

ProAs a self confessed Vampire addict this is a great...

ConsSorry - but I really cant find any.

One of Stephen King's first novels, this was written in 1975 and as with many of his books is centred in Maine. Rumour has it that this novel was going to be called Second Coming but his wife thought it would attract all the wrong sort of reader so Jerusalem's Lot or rather Salem's Lot it was...

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Super

“One for the vampires”

published 15/07/2000

ProMysterious, thought provoking

ConsSometimes confusing

This is a good book, but I got a little confused in places about what was actually happening. It has a strange story line which can be more fully understood if you watch the film as well. Basically it is about a man and a boy who go Jerusalem's Lot and end up fighting a town of vampires, and you...

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Super

“Salems lot - Horror”

published 01/02/2010

Prohorror at its best

Consout of date

Salem's Lot has to be one of the best Stephen King books out there, even if it was not one of his bestselling books. Most people would compare it with any old vampire story, but the mere fact that Stephen King wrote this vampire story means there's more - bloodcurdling fear, the ever-so expected...

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Excellent

“They're coming to get you”

published 28/05/2008

ProIt scared me

ConsIt scare me

I enjoyed this book because it scared me. It even gave me nightmares that stopped me from reading it for a few days. For me that is the mark of a good horror story, it made me think and it made me scared. Although I will probably read the book again, I have decieded to not watch the movie as I...

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Excellent

ProFantastic Plot, Well Structured

ConsSlightly Predictable In Places

This is probably Kings best story. Unlike his later work this book is much more descriptive and has some classic moments which were never featured in the film/mini series which was first shown in 1979. Many of Kings best stories centre around characters which King can actually relate to. In this...

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Good

“Bored Stiff in Salem's Lot”

published 15/12/2004

ProIf you like Vampires, it's okay.

ConsSame old story about Vampires.

I found this book to be clichéd. It was just another Vampire story with nothing new to offer. The characters were somewhat believable but I wasn’t impressed by them. The story starts with our Hero returning to his hometown after publishing several books. He has returned with the hopes of writing...

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Excellent

“Don't invite them in...”

published 21/07/2000

ProGripping, updates the vampire myth

ConsNone

I saw the TV minseries of Salem's Lot, with David Soul, years ago, and didn't think much to it. I think that is Stephen King in a nutshell. Most of his books have not translated very well to the screen, barring Misery. It was when I actually returned to the sourse that I realised what a good...

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Product Information : Salem's Lot - Stephen King

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Upon its initial publication in 1975, 'SALEM'S LOT, with its 'intended echoes of Dracula', was recognized as a landmark work. The novel has sold millions of copies in various editions.

Product Details

EAN: 9780340951477

Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction, Horror

Title: Salem's Lot

Author: Stephen King

Edition: Paperback

Publisher: Hodder Paperback

ISBN: 0340951478

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