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Riding the Bullet
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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2011
This short story is being sold at a blatant rip-off price of £4.99, when it is simply one extract from the 'Everything's Eventual' anthology of short stories which sells for only £6.99. For the extra couple of pounds you get a massive book crammed with short stories. The publisher must think we are all mad. And by the way, don't be fooled by the 'novella' tag. This isn't a novella at all. A novella simply means 'short novel', and means a book that runs from 20,000-40,000 words. This is simply a short story, about 4000 words long. Take my advice and don't be ripped off as I was. I downloaded this story thinking it was a full-length novel, then I found out it was simply a short and not very great piece of fiction.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2012
This really gets my goat! It wasn't until I'd read the first few pages of this that I realised it was a short
story previously published as part of an anthology, that I had already read back when dinosaurs ruled the earth! I
think that if short stories or novellas from collections get advertised under their own title (suggesting a previously unpublished or new to kindle read)that Amazon should state the name of the book the story was originally a part of. Its a rip - who can be expected to remember the titles of everything they have ever read? Swindle! Saying that, however, this is still a cracking short story, from back when Stephen King did what he does best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A young university student finds out his mother has had a stroke and so rushes home to see her, hitch-hiking as his car is in the shop (no mention of possible buses or trains he could alternately use), and he is picked up... by a dead man.

This is standard Stephen King fare with his interest in all manner of ghosties and ghoulies, and the encounter with the dead guy isn't that great but what saves the story is the man's reminiscences of his mum. He looks back at his childhood, his mum's sacrifices being a single mother working several jobs to get him into college, and her current situation now - and it's surprisingly effective.

Maybe because it has a firm basis in reality and is something most of us will deal with in our own lives - the death of a close loved one, a parent - and what it means to contemplate our own mortality.

And, if you've got "Everything's Eventual", King writes in his introduction that the story is his way of dealing with his own mother's death. And, sentimental though it is, the sentiments and situation were real enough to make me roll a tear at the inevitable end. For that alone it's a powerful story, the added ghost is just the icing on the cake.

Speaking of "Everything's Eventual", this story is included in that book along with 13 other stories (including 1408), as well as a lengthy introduction by King and notes before each story. It's definitely worth paying a few pennies more than the price of this e-book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
I read it about ... two months ago, was probably quite entertained at the moment, but can't for the life of me remember what it was about. I love King, but the longer his stories, the more of himself he puts into them, and the more memorable they are. The shorter the story - the less meaty I find it. Anything shorter than Low Men in Yellow Coats has left me largely unimpressed - and there's is not much of Stephen King I have not read. He is the Master, after all.
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on 20 April 2015
The story might be short and a little disappointing due the lack of horror.

But if you approach the story from a totally different way and don’t see it as a normal Stephen King novel you will get a lot more out of the story.

See life as a ride that will always end and there is never a winner. The only winner is the one that spend as much time as possible with the people that really loves them and has an impact on their life. Just don’t go through life spending time with people that don’t give you anything back.
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on 12 July 2014
Stephen King is one of the world's best storytellers and no one can manage to create the level of tension and drama that King manages in just a few short pages. This short story is both captivating and touching, managing to draw in the reader from the go. The story has sufficient twists and does not have the predictable ending that the reader anticipates. I read this story in about an hour, and feel it was an hour well spent. Bravo again Mr King.
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on 13 March 2014
Seeing a Stephen King short story advertised, I quickly purchased it, only to realise that I have actually come across the story in one of his other books! Saying this, it is a great Stephen King read that grips you from the start. It's just a pity that so many short stories that are already in books are being taken out as stand alone stories. The moral of the story I think is try before you buy!
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on 15 December 2012
This short novella is a page turner, although I got the feeling there was an urgency to finish this by the author. Very enjoyable read but ended quite abruptly, and left me feeling a little let down. Not on a par with King's normal writing and to be honest didnt really get the point!
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on 29 May 2015
It should state that this is a short story. I would not have paid £3.45 for a Kindle book if I knew I could read it in an hour. Stephen King has gone off the boil if this is the best he can do.
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on 4 December 2013
I really enjoy Stephen King and even his short stories are great. I do feel I would like more at the end of the story but even with full length novels I feel the same. Would definately recomend.
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