Salem's Lot

mass market paperback, 672 pages

English language

Published Dec. 27, 2011 by Anchor.

ISBN:
978-0-307-74367-1
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OCLC Number:
970561036

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4 stars (136 reviews)

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control. --back cover

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Review of "'Salem's Lot" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

2.5 stars. I liked the main characters, especially Mark and Ben, but it was rather relentlessly depressing in multiple ways. The main story is one bad thing after another, but the side characters beating eachother and hitting their babies, horrible pervy men and rape scenes... All that felt very unnecessary and without nuance. I recently read The Outsider, in which arguably the victims are worse off - but the overall story is more optimistic and I enjoyed it a lot more. I guess that's the difference between a second book and a 58th book!

Review of "Salem's Lot" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

"Salem's Lot" on Stephen Kingi ilmumise järjekorras teine raamat, ilmunud peale "Carrie"-d. Mul on küll värske trükk, algselt ilmus raamat aastal 1975. Pealkiri on ühe väljamõeldud väikelinna rahvasuine nimi koos omamoodi legendiga. Nimelt olla kunagi aastasadu kandis elanud sealkandis seakasvataja Charles Belknap Tanner, kelle ühe sea nimi oli Jerusalem. Ühel päeval pani põssa Tanneri juurest plehku ning loom metsistus vabas looduses ära. Peale seda hoiatas Tanner ikka kohalikku noorust, et "Keep 'ee out o' Jerusalem's wood lot," ehk siis midagi stiilis "Hoidke Jerusalema metsavaldustest eemal". Jerusalem's Lot ajapikku saigi siis linna nimeks, lühendatuna 'Salem's Lot.

Nagu Kingi puhul ikka, siis on raamatus mitu hoovust. Üks on see, millisena kõik seda raamatu teavad - vampiirid. Jah, tõepoolest on siin juttu sellest, kuidas üks väike asula vaikselt ühest nurgast hakkab ussitama, st vampiiritama, ning mis saab edasi. See osa raamatust on mu hinnangul tavaline - jah, hästi kirjutatud, põnev ja žanritruu õudukas. …

Review of "'Salem's Lot" on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

3.5 stars really.

A lot more odd than I thought it would be - the bit at the end was a little random. The beginning is a bit pedestrian, almost awkward compared to more recent books I've read. Then some parts seemed rushed and predictable. In general the pacing was off for me, plot didn't follow very well: some characters seem treated differently to others without it being made clear why. It may be that phenomenon where it's harder to appreciate an influential work if you experienced the derivations first. It may be some of it flew over my head.

I found this more accessible than the only other Stephen King I've read (The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger) which I suspect wouldn't be surprising to others. Went a bit in the deep end there, I think.

I'm not feeling compelled to rush into more of Stephen King for a while …

Review of "Salem's Lot" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

When I read [b:Dracula|17245|Dracula|Bram Stoker|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347251549s/17245.jpg|3165724] a couple weeks ago, I said that it was one of the books that any vampire fan simply had to read. Salem's Lot is another (but you probably need to read Dracula first to get a full appreciation).

Of all the "modern" vampire fiction I've read and seen, Salem's Lot is by far the closest to Stoker's interpretation, but you'll have to actually read the book to figure out what I mean.

This book is descriptive, evocative, and VIVID! When you read a scene, you can smell what the characters smell. When you read a dialog, you can hear each character's unique voice in your head, as though those characters are standing right next to you. And when you read about characters in danger, you can FEEL the terror coursing through their veins!

While not quite as scary as [b:It|18342|It|Stephen King|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1309376909s/18342.jpg|150259], the scare factor is …

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