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Martin
02-07-2018, 04:45 AM
Looks like Mr. Kings next Castle Rock Novella will be out this fall.

http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Elevation/Stephen-King/9781982102319

jeffingoff
02-07-2018, 02:53 PM
Interesting! Seems very different from what Steve usually writes. I recall he panned Bachman's BLAZE as a "three hanky weeper" and a book he should have left in the trunk. I liked BLAZE. This book seems to be similar in tone if not content.

Martin
02-07-2018, 06:53 PM
Interesting! Seems very different from what Steve usually writes. I recall he panned Bachman's BLAZE as a "three hanky weeper" and a book he should have left in the trunk. I liked BLAZE. This book seems to be similar in tone if not content.

Interesting take, I did not think Blaze when I read the synopsis. More current social commentary which I think King does pretty regularly but probably a little more obvious than he often does.

JJ123
02-08-2018, 10:02 PM
I think you both may be correct on this -- the tone may be the same, while the commentary different. Should be a pretty good story given the times.

I also wonder: did we essentially receive the release date for the Castle Rock Hulu show at the same time? Really looking forward to that. Hopefully it is Hulu's partial answer to Stranger Things. (I say partial because since it won't center on younger characters, it's not exactly the same in terms of marketability; it will have a different feel to it.)

Dan Hocker
02-08-2018, 10:27 PM
I don't usually post announcements for other publisher's books, but since there's a thread for this one already I'll post a link in here. As is often the case we're selling this book as well, and we're producing a slipcase for it. You can find that here:

http://www.cemeterydance.com/elevation-stephen-king.html?mc_cid=8272846e86&mc_eid=a711291b78

Martin
02-09-2018, 01:58 AM
I think you both may be correct on this -- the tone may be the same, while the commentary different. Should be a pretty good story given the times.

I also wonder: did we essentially receive the release date for the Castle Rock Hulu show at the same time? Really looking forward to that. Hopefully it is Hulu's partial answer to Stranger Things. (I say partial because since it won't center on younger characters, it's not exactly the same in terms of marketability; it will have a different feel to it.)

I have heard summer 2018 for Castle Rock so hopefully it will air before this book is released.

JJ123
02-10-2018, 08:41 PM
I have heard summer 2018 for Castle Rock so hopefully it will air before this book is released.

Thanks for that info. Looking forward to it. Summer should be a good period for the show...

Martin
05-14-2018, 05:30 PM
While all the focus is on the pending release of 'The Outsider' Simon and Schuster is released some additional information on Elevation. First time I have heard a comparison to It's A Wonderful Life regarding a King story.

From: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Elevation/Stephen-King/9781982102319


Elevation
By Stephen King

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.”

Martin
05-29-2018, 10:17 PM
Elevation cover revealed:

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http://ew.com/books/2018/05/29/stephen-king-elevation-first-look/

Martin
07-31-2018, 10:42 PM
Stephen King announced today that he will be narrating the audio for this one.

bookworm 1
11-01-2018, 01:53 AM
Not sure how I feel about reading this one any time soon. I have it but the reviews I have read say it's his worst book in years. I hear he really let's his political beliefs run the story. I don't mind some of that in a story but I read to get away from that stuff. Interested in what some forum members have thought of this if they have read it yet or are reading it.

TacomaDiver
11-01-2018, 01:59 AM
My copy arrived yesterday (along with my complete Batman the Animated Series Blu-ray and a gorgeous Charles Vess illustrated edition of Le Guin’s Earthsea stories) but still have quite a few other books ahead of it in my TBR pile.

Martin
11-01-2018, 03:04 AM
Not sure how I feel about reading this one any time soon. I have it but the reviews I have read say it's his worst book in years. I hear he really let's his political beliefs run the story. I don't mind some of that in a story but I read to get away from that stuff. Interested in what some forum members have thought of this if they have read it yet or are reading it.

I read it today. I do not think it is overly political but deals strongly with kindness. Some will disagree with my view as it does deal with homosexuality and acceptance of others lifestyles. Some stories try to deliver a subtle message with a sledge hammer, I did not feel that here. Although I enjoyed the story it left me wanting more out of it. Overall I enjoyed it but did not love it.

Ben Staad
11-01-2018, 01:56 PM
Either way I'm looking forward to reading this. Need to swing by Target or the dreaded Wally World and pick up a copy.

Even books like UTD, which to me was heavy handed in political viewpoints, wasn't the detractor from that book. It was the story that killed it for me.

At 144 pages I can understand wanting more. It just barely gets into the range of what is considered a novel.


I read it today. I do not think it is overly political but deals strongly with kindness. Some will disagree with my view as it does deal with homosexuality and acceptance of others lifestyles. Some stories try to deliver a subtle message with a sledge hammer, I did not feel that here. Although I enjoyed the story it left me wanting more out of it. Overall I enjoyed it but did not love it.

Martin
11-01-2018, 03:34 PM
Either way I'm looking forward to reading this. Need to swing by Target or the dreaded Wally World and pick up a copy.

Even books like UTD, which to me was heavy handed in political viewpoints, wasn't the detractor from that book. It was the story that killed it for me.

At 144 pages I can understand wanting more. It just barely gets into the range of what is considered a novel.

Under The Dome is a prime example of a novel being overtly political. I also agree with you, the politics didn't ruin that book, the completely useless ending did. Elevation focuses on being kind and treating people with respect, not political differences.

Dan Hocker
11-01-2018, 03:58 PM
At 144 pages I can understand wanting more. It just barely gets into the range of what is considered a novel.

I'm pretty sure the only reason that tacked the phrase "A Novel" on the book was because the masses have no idea what a "novella" is.

Martin
11-01-2018, 04:09 PM
I'm pretty sure the only reason that tacked the phrase "A Novel" on the book was because the masses have no idea what a "novella" is.

The 144 pages was in a mini book format as well. In a regular size book it would probably run about 100 pages. Defiantly a novella, about a three hour read.

Brian James Freeman
11-01-2018, 04:12 PM
I'm pretty sure the only reason that tacked the phrase "A Novel" on the book was because the masses have no idea what a "novella" is.

Yeah, expect a lot of low reviews on Amazon simply because people will say "I wanted a novel, not a short story!" Sigh...

Martin
11-01-2018, 04:20 PM
Yeah, expect a lot of low reviews on Amazon simply because people will say "I wanted a novel, not a short story!" Sigh...

And people who don't read it complaining about King's politics.

Brian James Freeman
11-01-2018, 04:32 PM
And people who don't read it complaining about King's politics.

Oh yeah, that too. I really think the "political" message of the book was "be kind to everyone regardless of your perceived differences" but I know some people will take it the wrong way without even reading the book because of the nature of the couple involved...

Don't want to say too much, even though it isn't really a spoiler, but I know some readers don't even read the sales copy so they go in completely blank on what the book will be about!

Brian

TacomaDiver
11-01-2018, 04:59 PM
Yeah, expect a lot of low reviews on Amazon simply because people will say "I wanted a novel, not a short story!" Sigh...

Amazon reviews are the worst at things like this. You ordered the wrong sized shirt? One star! You don’t like the cardboard cover to a Blu-ray that hasn’t even come out yet? One star!

bookworm 1
11-01-2018, 06:03 PM
All good points . I have not heard a review that said the length was the issue .
Even the couple wasnít an issue in the reviews I have read . Guess when Iím done with my current book I am just going to have to read it for myself. I just found it interesting that there was so much negativity about the book on the release day .

Martin
11-01-2018, 06:10 PM
Oh yeah, that too. I really think the "political" message of the book was "be kind to everyone regardless of your perceived differences" but I know some people will take it the wrong way without even reading the book because of the nature of the couple involved...

Don't want to say too much, even though it isn't really a spoiler, but I know some readers don't even read the sales copy so they go in completely blank on what the book will be about!

Brian

I could not agree more with you view of the message of the book.

Martin
11-01-2018, 06:12 PM
All good points . I have not heard a review that said the length was the issue .
Even the couple wasn’t an issue in the reviews I have read . Guess when I’m done with my current book I am just going to have to read it for myself. I just found it interesting that there was so much negativity about the book on the release day .

I think several of the reviews on Amazon are complaining about the length of the story.

Marmaduke Grigsby
11-01-2018, 09:33 PM
I think I ordered the slipcased hardcover from CD back on February 7. I haven't received a shipping notice, and I can't find anything about the Elevation book on the CD web site. Is CD waiting on the slipcases to be made before they ship the books?

Dan Hocker
11-01-2018, 09:43 PM
I think I ordered the slipcased hardcover from CD back on February 7. I haven't received a shipping notice, and I can't find anything about the Elevation book an the CD web site. Is CD waiting on the slipcases to be made before they ship the books?

Nope. Our copies aren't here yet (should be soon though I think) if you're in a rush shoot me an email and I've got some copies we're using for people who ask (until I run out). Plus we're still bogged down with Gwendy and now the Halloween sale orders.

Marmaduke Grigsby
11-01-2018, 09:52 PM
Nope. Our copies aren't here yet (should be soon though I think) if you're in a rush shoot me an email and I've got some copies we're using for people who ask (until I run out). Plus we're still bogged down with Gwendy and now the Halloween sale orders.

Thanks, Dan. That's OK, I can wait. I don't want to muddy the waters. I was just curious.

telconamja
11-02-2018, 03:49 AM
I liked the book however the same goes for most shorter stories (Novellas) The character building and main body of the story takes a lot of time to build up to and then once everything is done building up, the story ends. Guess since we are all so use to 2 hour movies we try to envision the story as a movie as we are reading it. All in all, worth the money I spent on it I am not disappointed but definitely would of liked a little more.

Ben Staad
11-04-2018, 07:02 PM
I think this will be the 1st time in many years I don't run out to buy a new SK book. Based on many factors I will just pick this up some other time.

bookworm 1
11-05-2018, 02:28 AM
I think this will be the 1st time in many years I don't run out to buy a new SK book. Based on many factors I will just pick this up some other time.

The one thing about this one is you like it or you don't. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground with this one. I liked it .

Brian861
07-20-2019, 05:47 PM
Slipcase due to arrive today.