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Review #1

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The first chapter of the book wastes no time and immediately introduces a disturbing and chilling atmosphere, accompanied by graphic scenes that send shivers down your spine. This unsettling tone is consistently maintained throughout the novel, particularly through the antagonist Starks’ point of view. His actions are undeniably grotesque, to the point where I found myself wanting to shield my eyes until those moments passed, a futile desire when engrossed in a book.

While reading, there were instances where the narrative seemed to lose momentum. The details provided about characters’ backgrounds and the novel’s landscapes occasionally slowed the pacing, prompting me to rush through those sections. However, my overall engagement with the story remained steadfast. The desire to uncover the secrets of both Thad and Stark kept me eager to progress, despite occasional narrative lulls.

Thad, as the central character, proved to be intriguing. As a fellow writer, I immediately connected with his tendency to become absorbed in his writing, almost as if inhabited by another entity. While some aspects of his portrayal, such as the stereotypical portrayal of a smoking, drinking patriarch, irked me, I appreciated his intelligence, creativity, and willingness to take risks. His multifaceted nature, blending imperfections with admirable qualities, resonated with me.

Similarly, Thad’s wife Liz struck a chord with me. Her fierce protectiveness over her twin children evoked the imagery of provoking a protective mother bear. Though she embodied the quintessential homemaker, her readiness to fiercely react when her family’s safety was jeopardized showcased her tenacity and strength, commanding respect.

Sheriff Alan Pangborn, serving as the rational counterpart to the supernatural elements, played a crucial role. His skepticism, grounded in evidence and facts, provided a necessary balance. His perspective lent credence to the intuitive knowledge possessed by Thad and his wife.

The well-developed cast each contributed a unique dimension to the storyline, enhancing its realism. Despite the plot’s occasional extended stretches, the pacing leading up to the eventual climax maintained my interest. Stephen King’s distinctive writing style was evident, with a more intimate tone compared to his earlier works. Remarkably, despite its nearly 600-page length, the book was a swift read.

Though the book contained moments of eerie and gory content, it struck a balance that made it accessible for the genre without overwhelming the reader. While the suspenseful elements were relatively light, the narrative’s quality would undoubtedly ignite the imagination of any aspiring writer.

Slightly trimming the length and intensifying certain aspects could have strengthened the impact. A more emphatic conclusion would have been preferable, but overall, I would readily recommend this novel. It finds a place in the upper echelon of my favorite works by King.

Ironically, only after composing this review did I learn about the 1993 film adaptation of ‘The Dark Half.’ Given the trend of many of King’s titles being adapted for the screen, perhaps I should have anticipated such an adaptation.

Review #2

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I’ve delved into the world of Bachman books and I must say, they left me astounded. My personal favorite among them is “The Long Walk.” Some may argue against its merit, but what truly captivates me is King’s ability to forge deep connections between characters within a relatively confined narrative space.

Now, turning to this particular work, it arrived after the era of Bachman, and I must admit, I’m not particularly impressed. It appears that King harnessed a fantastic concept, a concept that could instantly draw readers in due to its promising storyline, and he poured his energy into it. However, regrettably, it failed to live up to the lofty expectations that such an exceptional idea naturally garners.

Upon initially perusing the synopsis, I speculated that it might resemble the plot of “Secret Window” (assuming you’re familiar with the film—remember how all the turmoil in Depp’s life was being orchestrated by his own invented alter ego?). However, this narrative took an entirely different path. The alter ego morphed into a real individual. Admittedly, I felt a twinge of disappointment at this divergence, finding it too far-fetched for my taste. Nevertheless, I sensed potential within this altered trajectory. I pondered, “How on earth will he demonstrate that a non-existent person is behind this chaos, and not himself?” It had the makings of a challenging conundrum with a potentially intricate resolution.

Ultimately, the conclusion arrived, and while it did conclude in a manner that could be deemed satisfactory, it did so abruptly. Many unresolved issues lingered—how Thad, the protagonist, would tackle the myriad of remaining challenges, considering that in the eyes of many, he was still the perpetrator of the destruction. But this tendency isn’t unique to King’s storytelling style, so I won’t belabor my desire for a more extended ending to tie up loose ends.

One of my reservations pertains to the instances where climactic elements were intended to augment the narrative. Take, for instance, the sheriff finally connecting with the doctor, who then shared the revelation about the operation that extracted the “tumor,” which was, in truth, Thad’s undeveloped twin. Early on, the story alluded to the phenomenon where one twin absorbs the other in certain cases. Hence, when the “big reveal” transpired towards the story’s close, it felt redundant to those who had been attentive. The shock factor was diminished by our prior knowledge.

To conclude, I was genuinely intrigued by the concept and its potential, and the ending possessed a certain level of satisfaction. However, the story’s pacing dragged, making it challenging to persevere through the final stretches. The narrative failed to generate the excitement expected at crucial junctures intended to serve as climaxes, and many unresolved questions lingered. On a personal note, the characters proved somewhat irksome to me. Thad, portraying a nerdy and unremarkable demeanor, came across as weak, lacking a genuine sense of fear despite the looming possibility of being accused of numerous murders—a prospect that would surely terrify anyone. Liz, while strong, grated on my nerves with her excessive verbosity. Interestingly, the sheriff, a pivotal character, emerged as my favorite throughout the tale.

In summary, this work doesn’t rank among the worst, yet it falls considerably short of King’s potential to craft remarkable stories, even in his earlier days.

Review #3

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This novel stands among Stephen King’s more remarkable works. The experience of reading it for a second time was thoroughly satisfying. The prose is exquisitely crafted, infused with both horror and a profound sense of anguish. The narrative unfolds seamlessly, introducing the ominous presence of George Stark. Throughout the book, Thad Beaumont’s courageous endeavors and unwavering determination to rectify the dire situation created by his Dark Half take center stage. Alan Pangborn’s determined pursuit to unravel the mysteries and comprehend the supernatural aspects of the case also play a significant role, along with his unique ability to conjure shadow animals. Undoubtedly, it’s a superbly crafted book, a genuine fusion of chilling suspense and thrilling intrigue from the master himself. Once again, the sparrows take flight, adding a final touch to this exceptional tale.

Review #4

Audio The Dark Half narrated by Grover Gardner

“The Dark Half,” fittingly aligned with its subject matter, encapsulates the convergence of an author’s personal life and creative endeavors. Stephen King, having published several early books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, eventually ‘retired’ Bachman’s persona upon revelation. In “The Dark Half,” novelist Thad Beaumont leads a dual writing life—producing literary works under his own name and gritty pulp thrillers under the moniker George Stark. However, when a desperate opportunist uncovers this secret, Thad resolves to eliminate Stark to preempt potential blackmail. Yet, Stark stubbornly defies death.

The foundation of “The Dark Half” arguably offers one of the finest premises any horror novel could hope for: a respected novelist inhabiting a placid, middle-class American existence, complete with family and comfort, finds himself ensnared by a menacing alter ego that defies logical existence. King appears to have revelled in this concept, resulting in a deliciously over-the-top homage that intertwines the duality of Jekyll and Hyde and the themes of Dorian Gray with the lurid essence of mid-1950s pulp EC Comics, most notably “Tales from the Crypt.” The novel’s tagline, ‘George Stark. Not a very nice guy,’ encapsulates the character well as he embarks on a frenzied killing spree, eliminating interfering law enforcement, prying journalists, and even literary agents before targeting Thad and his wife. This portrayal, though inherently vile, curiously evokes an odd sense of admiration for Stark. While he may lack legitimacy, having sprung forth from the shadowy depths of an author’s imagination, he is resolute in his determination to persist in reality.

Though I contend that King has authored more profound and intricate novels—such as “It,” “The Stand,” and “The Shining”—few can rival the relentless narrative propulsion found in “The Dark Half.” George Stark emerges as a compelling creation, his ability to identify and eliminate targets reminiscent of the Terminator, and his gradual physical decay adds an extra layer of visceral horror to the tale. Equally enthralling is how King delves into the investigation of fiction’s essence, exploring the fusion of factual experiences into narratives and the intricate stages of writing, from initial idea to final draft. The novel serves as an intriguing exploration of an individual’s manifested nightmare.

The phrase ‘George Stark. Not a nice guy’ aptly captures the essence of the character once more. Indeed, it’s a sentiment worth echoing.

Review #5

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Not one of his best but still an extremely good read.

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