Gerald's Game

Gerald s Game A Different Kind Of Bedtime Story GERALD S GAMEA different kind of bedtime story from Stephen King as a game of seduction between a husband and wife ends in death But the nightmare has only just begu

A Different Kind Of Bedtime Story GERALD S GAMEA different kind of bedtime story from Stephen King, as a game of seduction between a husband and wife ends in death But the nightmare has only just begunOn a warm weekday in October, in the lovely summer home of Gerald and Jessie Burlingame, a game is about to begin It s a game to be played between husband and wife, aA Different Kind Of Bedtime Story GERALD S GAMEA different kind of bedtime story from Stephen King, as a game of seduction between a husband and wife ends in death But the nightmare has only just begunOn a warm weekday in October, in the lovely summer home of Gerald and Jessie Burlingame, a game is about to begin It s a game to be played between husband and wife, and a game that has Jessie being innocently handcuffed to the bedposts Then, in one horrible, violent act, Gerald is dead and Jessie well, she s alone and still chained to the bed.But Jessie s about to have company that goes beyond all of her worst nightmares.

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  1. Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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  1. I ve re read Gerald s Game several times since its 1992 publication, and have just finished listening to it as an audiobook Here s what I know for sure 1 this story has lost none of its power over me, despite the fact I know everything that s going to happen quite an impressive feat for a largely plot driven suspense piece 2 it is without question, one of King s most underrated, overlooked novels As of this writing its rating is 3.26 Keeping it company in the basement is the much maligned Tommyk [...]

  2. The regularity in which Stephen King writes 3 plus, 4 and 5 star books is staggering What surprised me with Gerald s Game is after all these years Mr.King chose this book to spit in the face of horror This book commences with a solid, voyeuristic 4 star plot We move into the middle of the book like a hungry dog looking for it s next meal Sniffing around for clues of what may happen next and how we would react 3 plus 4 star writing pulls us into the story until it s no longer voyeuristic It s the [...]

  3. This wasn t the smile, though This was the grin a version of it he seemed to save just for these sessions She had an idea that to Gerald, who was on the inside of it, the grin felt wolfish Piratical, maybe From her angle, however, lying here with her arms raised above her head and nothing on but a pair of bikini panties, it only looked stupid, Notarded He was, after all, no devil may care adventurer like the ones in the mens magazines over which he had spent the furious ejaculations of his lonel [...]

  4. I m revising my previous estimation of this book up one star I m gonna be a little spoilery Why The re read was actually rather satisfying Yes, it s a novel about survival and all the kinds of crap that men make women do to satisfy themselves, but it s also a rather moving novel about keeping or losing one s sanity in the face of all those expectations.Never mind the sheer horror of being handcuffed to a bed without hope of being saved because your lover just keeled over, or watching a dog eat y [...]

  5. Sometimes it takes heart to write about a thing, doesn t it To let that thing out of the room way in the back of your mind and put it up there on the screen.This was, without a doubt, the most fucked up book I ve ever read So of course I loved it.For some reason, I went into this book thinking I m not going to like it Jessie, our main character, is handcuffed to a bed and can t move Doesn t sound that much exciting, right Well, wrong.I thought that the whole novel would be about Jessie trying to [...]

  6. This book and I have a long history When I was 9 or so, my mother gave me permission to read books from the adult section of the library She gave me a note to hand to the librarian and all So, after summer rec, I went into the library and decided I was ready to read some Stephen King My sister read his books and she said they were better than the RL Stine ones I had already gone through all the goosebumps and RL Stine teen books don t know if they are called anything special and was ready to mov [...]

  7. PI CHE UN GIOCO, UNA PRESA IN GIROLo spunto interessante, promette bene purtroppo non mantiene affatto.Si tratta di un idea da racconto, non dovrebbe andare oltre poche decine di pagine.Invece King la tira in lungo e in largo, e questa edizione italiana peggiora tutto 300 pagine fitte fitte rendono la lettura una fatica, la traduzione abborracciata, la copertina orrenda Immagino che la scelta di dilatare oltre misura una storia come questa sia dovuta a ragioni commerciali, il romanzo si vende me [...]

  8. Este libro es bastante oscuro, no es precisamente de terror pero probablemente te deje con una sensaci n de repulsi n y enfermedad mucho peor que cualquier libro de miedo Es expl cito y perturbador, no me esperaba los extremos a los que lleg King, con el pasado de la protagonista definitivamente hay partes que sobran y por momentos se torna aburrido Acabo de ver la pel cula y puedo decir que me gust m s que el libro, muy buena adaptaci n

  9. Some nightmares never completely ended Jessie and Gerald Burlingame head to their holiday home by the lake in Maine for an afternoon of certain activities However, things quickly take a turn when Gerald drops dead from a heart attack, leaving Jessie handcuffed to the bed Jessie is left to face all of her worst fears, as the voices in her head take overAs someone who has a relatively short attention span, the premise of one character trapped in one location for almost the entirety of the novel di [...]

  10. A kinky sex game A heart attack Handcuffed to a bed A serial killer on the loose Scary Just watched the new film on Netflix It is quite good.

  11. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum People who know me are aware that I m not much of a re reader Sure I ve read Harry Potter a few times, but it s not a general practice When I saw Gerald s Game was a new Netflix original, I thought I should give it another go I assumed my mediocre rating was due to the fact that I read this back when I was a wee little high schooler and perhaps my delicate psyche wasn t equipped to deal with it About halfway through my second go round I realized Things mig [...]

  12. DNF 33%Trust me, I really tried I chose to watch the movie instead, which is actually great So if you find yourself stuck like me, tune in to Netflix and save some time

  13. mrsbbookreviews.wordpressWhilst I have read a number of Stephen King books, mostly as a teenager, I was drawn to Gerald s Game, due to the recent Netflix adaptation Normally I would prefer to read the novel before the on screen adaptation, but in this case, I watched the screen version first I enjoyed it immensely and as a result, I was keen to get my hands on the book I always feel the book provides depth and goes that one step further than the screen version.Basically, Gerald s Game is a one [...]

  14. UPDATE The adaptation was phenomenal Captured the tone of the book, well acted absolutely unsettling If anyone ever asks you what panic is, now you can tell them an emotional blank spot that leaves you feeling as if you ve been sucking on a mouthful of pennies I still believe that this is one of King s best and most terrifying books ever He managed to put the characters and the reader in one of the scariest situation, even after re reading this I still hold my breath and anxious throughout capti [...]

  15. This book was so hard to finish However if King had written this book with the whole space cowboy corpse molester freak angle it would have been sooooo much scarier I honestly thought Jessie was imagining a man in her home as she was chained up and it turns out a real man was there If this had been the whole story Her locked up with this man here and there and she doesn t know if he is real or not It would have been so much better Not King s finest Glad it s over Would not recommend.

  16. WOW wirklich das grausamste Buch, dass ich bisher gelesen packend und nichts f r schwache nerven Story war TOP

  17. YIKES This is one scary, creepy and unsettling book Also sometimes disturbing, this horror story has many angles and surprises all the way to the unexpected ending Quite a page turner.

  18. If you were to take a room full of Stephen King fans, hose them down, and ask them what they consider to be the worst Stephen King novel, many if not most of them would probably pick Gerald s Game And I can see why, though this book about a woman who is handcuffed to her bed kinky sex game and all that when her husband dies of a heart attack has its moments.Jessie Burlingame, the book s ensnared heroine, spends almost the whole time handcuffed to a bed Geralyn says she once tried to read the boo [...]

  19. Der absolute Wahnsinn Psychologischer Horror vom aller aller feinsten Anspruchsvoll, poetisch, spannend, grausam King in H chstform

  20. If you are into handcuffs and sex you ll love and then immediately hate this book I guarantee that after reading this book you will never willingly use real handcuffs again Leave it to King to ruin another favorite pasttime.

  21. Oh my gosh So good I bought this book for a quarter and it was the best darn quarter I ever spent What would be a pretty boring subject to work with in most writer s hands, is a true page turner in King s It s full of psychological and physical tension the whole way through with some majorly gross scenes, and creepy ones that make you want to sleep with your light on The majority of the book about 3 4 is just one woman, chained to a bed after her husband dies playing a sex game she decided she d [...]

  22. Well, I suppose we ve all been there at some point Not necessarily handcuffed to the bedpost with only our dead spouse for company, but wondered what we would do if we were trapped and our life was at stake I know I have.In this highly detailed story, a woman is alone with the corpse of her husband and we discover the thoughts she has as she reflects on the discomforts and trauma of her life Amongst these thoughts are her plans to obtain a drink of water and ultimately to escape.The story is gru [...]

  23. This is only a second book I ve read, written by the incredible author Stephen King And I now fully understand why he s so successful, why so many of his books got picked for movies The way he describes things, situations, feelings, people it s the way every author should do it It s so detailed, so real you can almost smell it, feel it, feel the fear, the horror, the pain There were parts in this book, that were so disgusting, wrong, awful that I had to take breaks reading it It was too real, I [...]

  24. I know Stephen King is a legendary author especially when we re talking about the horror genre I know for a fact that many horror movies were adapted from his well written novels but I definitely would not want to see a movie adaptation of this one This book is just gross The images used are just nauseating Perhaps Stephen King deserves credit for being able to create for his readers super vivid imagery, you can just see how horrible it is in the reader s faces This is why, I tagged this as I m [...]

  25. This is the lowest rating I ve ever given a Stephen King book I ve always heard negative comments about Gerald s Game, but decided to read it before the movie comes out later this year Overall, the story was good and entertaining Different However, I feel it was just too drawn and dragged out, overboard A lot of parts started to take too long to develop or seemed repetitive I think if this book was trimmed in half and read as a novella like The Body or The Shawshank Redemption, then we have a wi [...]

  26. this book tells the gripping tale of a woman who, one day, decides it would be sporting to fool around with her husband, even going so far as to allow him to handcuff her to the bed an then, just before the sexing begins, decides to deny him access The husband, righfully angry, then tries to have his way with bound wifey but she busts him in the nads and he conveniently dies So begins her survival saga of trying to unbind herself from the bed post At some point a dog tries to eat her husband and [...]

  27. 3.5 StarsBeing a lifelong King fan has its ups and downs, for sure, but it always makes things interesting Like the time that this book was confiscated by a concerned teacher when I brought it to school with me I think I was somewhere around 14 or 15ish, and had already been reading King for 5 6 years by that point But she didn t care this teacher didn t think Stephen King was appropriate reading material, that he wrote trash, and that I was better off reading, I dunno, Milton or something I thi [...]

  28. This isn t a ground breaking book I can t tell you what about it I loved It s gory, it s graphic, it s disturbing It totally appealed to my sense of horror and fear In fact now that I think about it, this book may be part of the reason that I developed an OCD where I had to check all the doors and windows every night and was convinced when I d wake up in the middle of the night that there was someone in the house But hey, if a book can weave its way into your head like that, it has to mean somet [...]

  29. Gerald s Game is a brutal, exhausting read With this 1992 novel Stephen King did the impossible he wrote a harrowing, haunting novel about one woman trapped in a room and he managed to make it so damn interesting Not only that, I feel this is King s scariest work That s subjective, of course, but it s the opinion of this humble reviewer Jessie and Gerald Burlingame have gone up to their summer cabin on Dark Score Lake in the middle of October for a weekend getaway The community is almost empty [...]

  30. This is one of the sickest of King s books, as well as one of his best No brainless horror gimmicks with silly conclusions here Needful things, I m looking at you and no pointless gore He may be famous for his talent in horror, but with books like Gerald s Game, King has proven he knows how to handle his characters, especially his female ones It can t be easy for a man to portray and give voice to a female character in such depth, and just like in Carrie, he nailed it.The concept of a woman hand [...]

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