Elevation

Elevation

eBook - 2018
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Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. Although Scott Carey doesn't look any different, he's been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn't want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis. In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King's most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott's lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott's affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others. From Stephen King, our "most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work" (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as "It's a Wonderful Life."
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9781982102333
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Tam2Noa
Jun 30, 2019

A pretty good short King read. Although I could of done without his political views.

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faeldaz
Jun 09, 2019

I got far enough into it to realize that King's politics, not the story, were going to be the focus of the book and returned it. I read fiction to escape, not to be preached to, whether or not I agree with what's being preached.

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Bookworm2228
May 17, 2019

4 stars. This was a short and quick read. Scott has a problem. On the outside, he's the same overweight guy, but when he goes to weigh himself, he's losing weight, quickly. His friend Doctor Bob Ellis can't figure out what's wrong with him, but Scott won't go for tests. Scott has a couple of new neighbours who he got off on the wrong foot with and keeps on getting it wrong when he tries to make it right. The Thanksgiving Fun Run gives Scott the chance to show his new energy and to try to make up to the two ladies, as one of the gals is a great runner. I thought this was a light and interesting read and I loved how it ended. King's books are always interesting and this was no exception. A good read.

For Stephen King, this is an incredibly thoughtful, even charming, short story! I enjoyed the premise and the characters, even if it was a tad predictable. I'd call it a morality tale, and an enjoyable one at that. I'd also recommend the audiobook, which is narrated by King himself and includes another story called "Laurie" (which you can only get in the audio format!)

Hillsboro_RobP Apr 22, 2019

Kind of a silly premise written, of course, convincingly well. Which is, I guess, what Stephen King does. It's not a horror title, and at 80 pages it's easily worth your time for a strange but engaging novella. I would not expect to feel satisfied at the end, but the race chapter is just fantastic writing.
For runners, readers, and those looking for a quick smile.

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loudem
Apr 22, 2019

Brief book. Good solid story, King-esk as usual. The premise is far-fetched, but it's the characters that deal with the situation that makes it a good read. Short and sweet. Very enjoyable.

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samsue
Apr 21, 2019

Forgettable. A quick read not worth waiting the three months I was waiting for it.

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BWilsoned
Apr 05, 2019

I enjoyed this novella from King, and things didn't unravel and descend into madness and mayhem. The idea that the main character is losing weight, but not mass is quite intriguing. When he starts having problems with gravity, then it REALLY 'takes off'. I also appreciated the plotline of the his married neighbors trying to make a go of a restaurant in a small New England town--not easy, even it you aren't two women.

StephanieOne Mar 13, 2019

This almost seemed like King was trying to make an alternative plot to Thinner. Like "forget the gypsy curse, forget redemption, forget the drawn-out story telling. Let's just see what happens if someone loses weight...... but they also don't lose weight!"
It was a quick, enjoyable read though.

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

What is the point? I finished this novella and wondered for ages if I was missing something? But alas, I don't think I was. King's weird obsession with the lesbian couple was off-putting but aside from that, it was enjoyable enough to read but so dissatisfying. There was no time to truly bond with any character, not that I'd want to since they all seemed bland. But there was no big revelation and the fact that 20 pages are wasted describing a foot race really added to that.

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Why feel bad about what you couldn’t change? Why not embrace it?”
― Stephen King, Elevation

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“life is what we make it and acceptance is the key to all our affairs.”
― Stephen King, Elevation

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Mar 05, 2019

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