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“Spellbinding…King is a master at invoking the supernatural through the powerful emotions of his characters, and his depiction of Jacobs as a man unhinged by grief but driven by insatiable scientific curiosity is as believable as it is frightening. The novel’s ending – one of King’s best – stuns like lightning.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“King continues to point out the unspeakably spooky weirdness that lies on the fringes of ordinary life… No one does psychological terror better than King. Another spine-tingling pleasure for his fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“King fans won’t find anything to complain about here. At just over 400 pages it’s one of his quicker reads and any hint of the supernatural is blended with tender moments that ground the characters….If this is your first King novel, it’s not a bad choice. You don’t need to know anything about his oeuvre coming in, and if you like the writing style, there are dozens of other King books you’ll probably enjoy.” (Associated Press)

Revival finds King writing with the infectious glee that has always been at the heart of his popular success… Older and wiser each time he writes, Mr. King has moved on from the physical fear that haunted him after he was struck by a van while out walking to a more metaphysical, universal terror. He writes about things so inevitable that he speaks to us all.” (The New York Times)

“Stephen King’s splendid new novel offers the atavistic pleasure of drawing closer to a campfire in the dark to hear a tale recounted by someone who knows exactly how to make every listener’s flesh crawl." (Washington Post)

Revival is dark, disquieting and pretty horrifying, revealing a mind (the narrator’s, for sure; King’s, perhaps) searching for answers to life’s age-old questions about life and death.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Revival is among King’s very best…tender, moving and terrifying.” (New York Daily News)

“Worshippers at the Universal Church of Stephen King have a lot to rejoice about with his latest literary sermon. Revival is a dark and haunting tale about old-time religion and one man's search for a mythic ‘secret electricity.’ At the same time it's an emotional and spectacular coming-of-age tale that spans 50 years of horrific tragedy and human redemption… Revival is often heartfelt, as characters deal with painful loss, and the author invests you wholly in the separate journeys of Jamie and Charlie as they arrive at their inevitable crossroads and a voltaic endgame. Say hallelujah, for the King has risen to the occasion once again.” (USA Today)

“This is King’s darkest novel in quite a while… King retains his aw-shucks accessibility and writes about addiction and shattered bones with the insight of personal experience… Revival is a wrestling match between faith and science, and watching King throw himself into that eternal theological debate within the context of a horror novel is fascinating. This is the sort of book he couldn’t have written when he was younger; it’s the work of someone who has lived a long life and experienced its highs and lows.” (Miami Herald)

“It’s a good, scary story, but it’s so much more. Every page is a treasure trove of detail about daily life in America, in the 1960s or whatever decade King’s story lights on. There are tiny stories within stories, and headlines, road signs, soapsuds, state fairs, storefronts … It’s pure poetry.” (Raleigh News and Observer)

Revival is easily his best work in years…fresh…an excellent, simply written story…filled with suspense and curiosity, it’s a one-day read for King fans.” (Boston Herald)

“As with most of his work Mr. King excels at capturing the small moments of the real world, the things that are human and common to everyone. This is a world we all know and recognize. It makes the darkness that lies just beyond our perception seem more real as well.” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

“All of the elements that have made King the preeminent American horror author come alive in this ultra-creepy tale of love, loss, evil and electricity…. Riveting.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Revival buzzes with allusions to horror classics….Revival gives familiar themes—the relationship between science and religion, the fine line between grief and madness—new power. It’s King in electrifyingly fine form.” (Tampa Bay Times)

“As the Kingian references pile up, and become layered into the events of the fictional world, you fall deeper and deeper under the story’s spell, almost believing that Jamie’s nightmarish experiences actually happened…reading Revival is experiencing a master storyteller having the time of his life. All of his favorite elements are at play – small town Maine, the supernatural, the evil genius, the obsessive addict, the power of belief to transform a life…it is fun to map it all out, to experience King’s mind at work.” (New York Times Book Review)

“A fresh adrenaline rush of terror from Stephen King…Maine, rock and roll, engaging characters and a pounding build to a grisly end – this is vintage King.” (People)

Présentation de l'éditeur

A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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  • Relié: 416 pages
  • Editeur : Scribner (11 novembre 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1476770387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476770383
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,5 x 3,6 x 23,5 cm
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Stephen King est l'auteur de plus de cinquante livres, tous best-sellers d'entre eux à travers le monde. Parmi ses plus récentes sont les romans La Tour Sombre, Cell, Du Hearts Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, en Atlantide, La Petite Fille qui aimait Tom Gordon, et Sac d'os. Son livre documentaire acclamé, sur l'écriture, a également été un best-seller. Il est le récipiendaire de la Médaille nationale de 2003 Réservez Fondation pour contribution exceptionnelle aux lettres américaines. Il vit à Bangor, Maine, avec son épouse, la romancière Tabitha King.

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Jamie Morton is six when he meets Reverend Charles Jacob for the first time. He is a kid living happily amongst three brothers and a sister. The Reverend is a kind young man, married with a small kid. He has a passion for electricity and builds devices for the children of the parish, until he uses his skill on a more miraculous trick, involving Jamie’s brother Conrad. Everything goes well in the best of worlds, until tragedy strikes, followed by the “terrible sermon”, which costs the reverend his job.

Jamie and Charles Jacob will meet only a couple more times, but each time these encounters will define the path Jamie’s life will take: once in 1992, after Jamie, who became a guitar player and a junkie, is expelled from the band and sick, once in 2008, when Charles Jacobs has acquired some fame thanks to unusual skills, and a final time in 2013, for a striking finale.

"Revival" has been announced by King on Twitter as “a straight-ahead horror novel”, and it is that. But "Revival" is also unusual in the sense that the suspense and the horror build very slowly, creeping up by small degrees until the mind-blowing finale. For a while, we even comfort ourselves that this is a smooth ride and that the baddie is not that bad and that King is mellowing with age.
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This ain't no fooling around. 5 novembre 2014
Par Nathan Webster - Publié sur
Finally, a return to the form of Stephen King we've been waiting for. Or at least I was - I'm one of those annoying Stephen King fans who says "nothing's as good as his first five books, blah blah" like I'm expecting everyone to stay the same writer they were at 65 as they were at 35.

The dustjacket promises King's "most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written," and that's a bold claim to make - especially when stacked up against "Pet Sematery" or "Salem's Lot." I'm not sure I would call the conclusion 'terrifying,' but I would absolutely call it dreadful - with a capital D.

But I will avoid even the hint of spoilers to say what worked.

First and foremost - the overall editing is very tight, very controlled and on-point. I felt like a few of his recent books were overwritten and bloated; they looked good on a bookshelf maybe, but at 700+ pages the stories just went on so long. And there's a point where the tension fades away too much, and the reader is waiting for the next event to occur. For a thriller/horror that's not what I want as a reader.

Here, in about 400 pages, the story always connects together. There were never any long lulls of boring exposition and mundane diversions. Everything matters to the story, and keeps the flow of the action moving.

The story's overall villain may or may not be who you expect. What matters is that the motivations and reasonings behind various decisions makes sense - nobody behaves in a way that I feel like cheats the reader or jumps to an unearned conclusion or revelation. I'm accepting the actions of everyone, and again, earning that credibility is big for a thriller - it lets the reader invest with the story, and not get diverted by unrealistic events (even though the plot is of course unrealistic).

I wanted to see what would happen next. I plodded through "Dr Sleep" over weeks - I was just bored with it. Here, I actively wanted to get to the reading so I could find out how it was all going to conclude. I was invested, thrilled and dreading each new step.

Dialogue is not one of King's present-day strengths, I'm sad to say, and that's not different here. People don't sound real. And the conclusion could have worked better if he'd been a little more subtle. He gets a little carried away with some over-the-top descriptions that might have achieved more horror with a little less reliance on shock value (again - not a spoiler, the dustjacket tells you it's going to be horrifying!). But I dunno - still very satisfying.

I could easily have given this five stars, but it's tough with Stephen King where I automatically compare his recent books to the older books I loved so much. Fair? No. But whatever. It's just a star. This was my favorite ending since "Pet Sematery." And by favorite, I mean the one that creeped me out or unsettled me. Like I said, terrifying, maybe not. But dreadful? As in the dictionary definition - "terror or apprehension as to something in the future?"

Like I said - with a capital D.

I read a free review copy.
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because I had to believe it would get better. But it didn't 21 novembre 2014
Par cjean99 - Publié sur
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Let me start by saying I am a huge Stephen King fan. I anxiously await the next novel, and was extremely relieved that the "retirement" did not last. That being said, it doesn't mean he can't write a stinker - yeah, I've read a few of his books I wasn't crazy about. Sadly, this is one of them. Except for a few really lengthy books (i.e., The Stand), I cannot put his books down for long, and can read them in a couple of days. This one took a week. I'd read for a while, then put it down. And then pick it back up and trudge on, because I had to believe it would get better. But it didn't. It was slow, it was boring, and I couldn't figure out where it was going. Once I found out where it was going, all I could think was, "Really? Is that it? Is that really all there is to this story?" This failure won't stop me from buying his next release, but I definitely won't recommend this one or loan it out to anyone else to read.
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Vintage Stephen King Presents True-to-Life Characters Confronted with Their Own Demons. Fabulous Story. 12 novembre 2014
Par Charles Wm Anderson @wordpress - Publié sur
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Length: 417 pages.

UPDATED December 15, 2014:

I had the great good fortune to read an advance copy of The Evil Hours, a biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's an outstanding nonfiction book about PTSDS, but what struck me most was the similarity of the victims of PTSD and Stephen King's writing of several of the characters in Revival, in their side effects following their 'miraculous cures.

My point is this: we all know King, just as does any respectable author, a good deal of research before writing. In Revival, it is obvious King researched certain aspects, which also served as a premise utilized by Lovecraft.

What is not so readily deduced is the, at least I think, research King did in regards to PTSD and how well he slipped it into this story. In my opinion, this is masterfully done. Why? Because he never refers to it as PTSD, and nevers draws any parallels with combat veterans. Yet, I now am certain, he discussed the issue with either victims, medical staff, or VA counsellors.

Therefore, I encourage readers to read Revival AND to read The Evil Hours when it becomes available January 26, 2015.
There are four Stephen Kings.

1 Nonfiction Stephen King. This is probably the Stephen King I like most. When he introduces a novel, or writes about himself, or On Writing, he connects with me in some deep ancestral recess hidden from entry by most anybody.

2 Phone it in Stephen King writes novels that are better than 90 percent of all the writers out there, but that seem to be just rehashes of other stories or that just didn't seem worthy of the master.

3 Milkman Stephen King. This is when he has clearly written a story from a different angle but that is meant to sell to those who bought the original and wanted more of the same.

4 Vintage, Master Stephen King. This is the guy who wrote Carrie, Misery, The Stand, and The Green Mile. This is also the author who wrote Revival.

Don't get me wrong. Even the worst book authored by Stephen King exceeds the best writing that I or most any contemporary writer will ever achieve. For my money, the great writers who have shown an uncanny ability to pen fiction and nonfiction are limited to a handful. My favorites? Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan.

What King does best is developing characters whom I feel are every bit as real as my boyhood chums and nemeses. But, usually, I think he is writing about the goofballs and geeks that he knew in the classes he taught in school. Or else he was writing of youngsters he knew but did not associate with while he was young. What I mean is that he objectively observed other kids who were friends of his younger brothers or cousins or something, since I don't believe he had any siblings.

But I digress. My point is, Revival is so very different. King, I think, is writing more from his own recollections of his own childhood, to a degree, than he did in his other novels. I really feel that, if readers want to see how Stephen King sees himself, at his core, they have got to read this book.

The ending, I hope, is not a premonition. I already lived long enough to learn how tragic life was for Robin Williams. That is more dread than I care to feel.

My point is simply this: if you have ever enjoyed a Stephen King novel, this is a must read. If you are a writer wanting to understand what makes for good, mesmerizing reading, read Revival. If you are a psychologist desiring an understanding of the genius that makes Stephen King tick, read Revival.

I am delighted to see Vintage Stephen King developing characters that I can call my friends and adversaries from 1960-ish Southern California.
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A classic suspense and horror novel, in trademark King style 24 octobre 2014
Par outwest - Publié sur
The Stephen King horror book is back! After a bit of a hiatus from his tried-and-true genre, King does not disappoint with this dark and terrifying read. And no worries, this review is spoiler-free.

The book starts in a small New England village over 50 years ago and relates the story of a young boy and a new minister who has come to town. As time passes youthful hope and faith are crushed in a horrible event send the characters down a different path. The fresh-faced preacher is left questioning his faith and abandons his flock, while the young boy goes off to quell the inner demons that remain in him. The path that they go on, and where it leads, builds in trademark King style, where the plot leaves the reader just dying to find out where it goes next.

With many of the characteristic Stephen King themes of the twisting of youth, faith, and hope, the story winds deeper and deeper down into madness and flat-out terror. This will certainly be a classic King horror story, and one that his fans will love.
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Fun, quick read (for King) but deeply flawed. 19 novembre 2014
Par Justin Coope - Publié sur
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Man, I really wanted to love this book - it has a lot going for it. As is the case for most Stephen King books the characters are well developed, "whole cloth" folks and the central idea is a fascinating philosophical piece on the nature of belief, loss, and the realities of faith.

My big problem with this novel is that I was WAY MORE interested in the Jacob's character then the idiotic borderline-stupid protagonist. I mean, he spends half the book just talking about his rock and roll career that amounts to absolutely nothing but a run of the mill heroin addiction. Meanwhile Jacob's is out there harnessing the power of the universe with crazy awesome sounding inventions! It's like picking up a book hoping it'll be about Nikola Tesla but it turns out it's about Tesla's cleaning lady, from her point of view, where she meets Tesla like 5 times and each time she's like "Hey, Tesla, why can't you be nicer? I know you're cool and you seem to make cool stuff but why can't you be like, nicer?".

ALSO - the protagonist's petty moralizing is just grating and annoying. Jacob's makes his point eloquently: If a doctor had only a 3% failure rate they'd be lauded as an AMAZING HEALER. Can you imagine if the protagonist was going up to the worlds most famous cardiovascular surgeon's house over and over and just repeating "Yeah, but what about that one guy who died? Huh? What about that guy that died? Don't you feel bad about that?". This is literally what the main character does like THREE TIMES in this book.

On top of that, Jacob's reveals later in the novel that he's built a generator capable of powering the entire western seaboard with no waste and no fuel required. Our hero says something like "Wow, that's neat" and then promptly forgets about this, in order to go back to complaining about the few people that didn't get healed by Jacob's miracle healing. If I were that guy, I might say something like "HOLY SH*T. THAT'S THE MOST AMAZING GD THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. THIS COULD CHANGE THE ENTIRE WORLD FOR THE BETTER." But no, it's glossed over with a shrug and it's back to talking about what chords certain rock songs are played in. Riveting.

DESPITE ALL THIS, I read the whole book in a day because I couldn't wait to get to the finale, and the finale was quite good. Also, I was in it the whole time to see what crazy awesome Pastor Jacobs was really up to. I'd say in the end it's worth the read. You can safely skip like the middle 200 pages, though, and if I met the narrator in real life I'd strangle him.
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