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Riding the Bullet is a horror novella by American writer Stephen King. A Stephen King ghost story in the grand tradition, Riding the Bullet is the ultimate warning about the dangers of hitchhiking. There was a problem loading your book clubs. George tells Alan that before they reach the lights of town, Alan must choose who goes on the death ride with George: Alan or his mother.

Book Cover Image (jpg): Riding the Bullet, full terms and conditions and this month's choices. This story is less about "Riding the Bullet" and so much more about a young man thinking about his love for his mother and her mortality.

[1] Some Stephen King fans waited hours for the download. Simon & Schuster, with technology by SoftLock, first published Riding the Bullet in 2000 as the world's first mass-market e-book, available for download at $2.50. F&SF (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) reviewer Charles de Lint praised the novella as "a terrific story, highlighting King's gift for characterization and his sheer narrative drive. He gets a call from a neighbor in his hometown of Lewiston, telling him that his mother has been taken to the hospital after having a stroke. Saying this, it is a great Stephen King read that grips you from the start. This short Is one of the truly great but very scary tales of the supernatural. I love King, but the longer his stories, the more of himself he puts into them, and the more memorable they are. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Following a fascinating and enduring conversation with the driver, the reader quickly becomes attached to both parties as well as totally enthralled by the story itself. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2013. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. The book was available in three editions: Alan Parker is a student at the University of Maine who is trying to find himself. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. B.G. The actual number of readers was unclear because the encryption caused countless computers to crash. What a great little story! He is picked up by several drivers, and the last driver is maybe a ghost, maybe the grim reaper, maybe a messager from the beyond? This is a great old fashioned ghost story the likes of which don't really get written much anymore. Please try your request again later. Tell us what you like and we'll recommend books you'll love.

His mother's "ride" is over. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Gave this book four stars due to the old type language used by a few characters in this book. I often wonder how he can come up with so many original ideas-and this one is just as original. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine--. Riding the Bullet is an exquisite Limited and Gift Edition that's published in a somewhat larger book format. Learn more about the program.

He finds the button underneath his mother's bed and, after a final moment of sadness, guilt, and meditation, decides to carry on. Riding the Bullet is a horror novella by American writer Stephen King. A young lad is caught alone at night on a deserted road miles from home when he spots a set of headlights approaching from the distance.

Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020. He is the Master, after all. "[7], During the ride, George talks to Alan about the amusement park ride he was too scared to ride as a kid: The Bullet in Thrill Village, Laconia, New Hampshire. In 2009, Lonely Road Books announced the impending release of Riding the Bullet: The Deluxe Special Edition Double, by Stephen King and Mick Garris,[5] as an oversized slipcased hardcover bound in the flip book or tête-bêche format (like an Ace Double) featuring the novella Riding the Bullet, the original script for the eponymous 2004 film by Mick Garris, and artwork by Alan M. Clark and Bernie Wrightson. It's no surprise that no one tells such a story as well as Stephen King. This work marked King's debut on the Internet. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. I usually can't abide short stories, mostly because there isn't enough time to get to know the characters and then just when you get into the story, it ends. "[8], In contrast, The New York Times' Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, who read the book in both available online formats (computer download and an e-book supplied by the publisher, neither of which permitted a user to print out a copy), was more critical. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. See full terms and conditions and this month's choices. Oboy, this was classic Stephen King, stressing psychological horror rather than blood and guts. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime.

Please try again. Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit. He concludes: "reading 'Riding the Bullet,' I sorely missed the solidity of good old print on paper. Stephen King's books are always the best surprise because no two stories are ever alike so you never know what's coming.

[6], His first ride is with an old man who continually tugs at his crotch in a car that stinks of urine. A great read in the style of classic KIng. Initially offered at $2.50 by SoftLock and then Simon & Schuster, it was later available free for download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.[4]. 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! ), so it's too bad he tried; everything else about this reading is delightful. The main character and narrater is a college student hitching a ride to visit his mother who was just hospitalized after having a stroke. Lacking a functioning car, Parker decides to hitchhike the 120 miles (200 km) south to visit his mother. :).

When you turn the book over to the back side and then upside down, you now have the screenplay of Riding the Bullet by Mick Garris, who also directed the film. The way he crafted a deserted cemetary in the middle of nowhere and made you feel like you were there reminded me of "Salem's Lot" and was almost as scary. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. 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. He eventually reaches the hospital, where he learns that despite his guilt and the impending feeling that his mother is dead or will die any moment, she is fine.

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Almost from the very first page I knew & liked the main character. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. "[9], "For Softlock, the Rights Stuff Wasn't Good Enough", That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Collector's Gift Edition: limited to 3000 slipcased copies (not signed), Limited Edition of 500 copies (signed by Mick Garris and the artist), Lettered Edition of 52 copies (signed by Stephen King), This page was last edited on 18 August 2020, at 05:21. [2], With over 500,000 downloads, Stephen King seemed to pave the way for the future of publishing. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2015.

Classic King, a good old fashioned ghost story, Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2014. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Stephen King has gone off the boil if this is the best he can do. On the front side of the book you have Stephen King's 48 page novella. Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2014.

The moral of the story I think is try before you buy! This type of language makes it hard got me to read and understand. Take my mother.".