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Reviews of Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales (2002)

Review by Beaver (2003-05-14)
Everything's Eventual is the newest collection of Stephen King's short stories. Stephen King is one of my favorite short story authors (right up there with O. Henry). The stories in this collection were pretty good. It's definitely not his best (I would say either Different Seasons or Skeleton Crew), but it was a fun, quick read. Some of the stories I liked included: a story about John Dillinger (The Death of Jack Hamilton), a haunted hotel story (1408), and the title story - which fit in with the Dark Tower mythos. 8/10

Review by nzilla (2003-05-13)
Everything's Eventual is a very solid short story collection. It's actually got more of a literary bent on the whole than a scary one. I enjoyed all but one of the stories and it contains a few that are worth the price of the book alone.

"Autopsy Room Four" is a little story that is not for the weak-stomached. The ending is rather funny.

"The Man in the Black Suit" is a wondefully written story that won an O'Henry award and is quite creepy.

"All That You Love Will Be Carried Away" is a very weird little story that is darkly funny.

"The Death of Jack Hamilton" is a story of the type that could easilly get adapted into a movie several times its lenghth. It's quite good, though not really even Twilight Zone-esque like a lot of the other stories in this collection.

"In the Deathroom" is an interesting little scene that could be part of a longer novel, though more like a Tom Clancy one than a Stephen King.

"The Little Sisters of Eluria" is an absolutely wonderful story. It is quite possibly the best short story I have ever read. It's part of the Dark Tower series and is written in the same style as the other Dark Tower books. It is dark in a very dreamlike wau. Without this story I would've given this collection a fairly lower score, though I still would've reccomended it.

The title story is very enjoyable. It starts out with you knowing nothing about what's going on and then gradually tells you more and more of what has gotten the protagonist into the strange situation he is in, and then moves on to a twist ending

"L.T.'s Theory of Pets" is another decent story with a twist. It is a pretty funny one.

"The Road Virus Heads North" is the one story I don't like in this collection. It's one that's really just a shocker without any "redeeming qualies," which is OK, but it just wasn't all that scary and fealt contrived. It's not so horrible that you stop reading the book, but it's probably the only thing of King's that I've read so far that I don't like.

"Lunch at the Gotham Cafè" is another one that is not for the weak-stomached. It's kind of weird, but not like "The Little Sisters of Eluria."

"That Feeling, You Can Only Say What it is In French" is a very weird Twilight Zone type story that uses repetition nicely.

"1408" is a very spooky story about a haunted hotel room.

The famous "Riding the Bullet" is pretty good, not as good as "The Little Sisters of Eluria," but quite good.

"Lucky Quarter" is a funny little end to the collection.

Overall a great collection. 8/10




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