- Published: 2016
- Number of pages: 802 pages
- Format: EPUB
- File Size: 0.00 MB
- Authors: Stephen King
A #1 national bestseller—“A yarn so packed with suspense, romance, literary reference, fascinating miscellaneous knowledge, and heart that only Stephen King could have written it. Marvelous—that is, full of marvels” (Booklist).Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier, until he’s barely sleeping at all. During his late night walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people’s heads, two strange little men wandering around town after dark, and more. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought on by lack of sleep. There’s a definite mean streak running through this small New England city; underneath its ordinary surface awesome and terrifying forces are at work. The dying has been going on in Derry for a long, long time. Now Ralph is part of it…and lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Returning to the same Maine town where It took place, a town that has haunted Stephen King for decades, Insomnia blends King’s trademark bone-chilling realism with supernatural terror to create yet another masterpiece of suspense.
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⭐Sometimes ill read a book and it changes me. In little ways, small things like a random reference or a fly-away comment resonate in a new way, in a different light maybe. Such occurrences may remind me of childhood or teenagehood or, now, in the years labeled as adulthood, i find myself thinking, and even stronger, feeling, its too much. Im grateful Mr. King. Ive read much, but not nearly all, and ill continue the journey. As always, thank you. I hope i come out the other end, eventually.
⭐I’ve made at least seven trips with Roland and his Ka-Tet and I’ve read a few of they tie in books over the years but back in June of 2019 I decided to read all of Kings works from the very beginning and now reading this novel for the first time I can’t believe it took me this long to read this book. Everything about it was great the world building and going back to Derry was amazing. I highly recommend to any king fan who has read the Tower but not all of the tie in novels.
⭐This is literally my most favorite book so I’m reading it again…yes again, it’s that good! You just won’t be able to put it down it’s so interesting and it has it all. The writer, Stephan King, is ingenious, truly a gifted and intelligent writer…how does he do that? Makes me wonder how the writer comes up with these great novels…did I say he’s truly gifted! I highly recommend this book, it is a classic!
⭐How did I miss this one? I know…I’m very late to the “Insomnia” party. I lost touch with SK for awhile in the 90s and early aughts. I’ve had to go back and discover the “Dark Tower” series along with several of his other works from that era. I’m glad to have finally found this one and was pleasantly surprised to discover the references to some of the “Dark Tower” lore. I found “Insomnia” very enjoyable. It was suspenseful and compelling but it also had deeply insightful moments of reflection and philosophizing. I read in several of the reviews that you had to “slog through” the first 150-200 pages or so before “Insomnia” really got going. I certainly do not agree. There is a slower burn to the build in this story than many of his “strap in and hold on” books, but I like that! I recently got around to “Desperation”. It’s a fun story, but the action was so immediate and breakneck that I never felt the characters really developed. The build to “The Stand” (one of my favorites from Mr. King) was a long, slow burn. Sure, it featured a world-destroying plague…but the slow and steady spread of the plague worked perfectly as a device to introduce and establish characters then set the scene for the post-apocalyptic battle to come. “Insomnia”, in a much smaller setting, does the same thing. Sure, once the action catches hold and the hero’s goals are in place, you’d better have your seatbelt firmly fastened. But I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Ralph and slowly descending into his altered plane of perception. He fully develops as a character, we understand what he’s going through, how it changes him and why he is the perfect choice for his mission. I’m also a sucker for the follow-ups…and the follow-up to the follow-ups…once I become invested in a character, I want to know more! The coda and epilogue to this story is immensely compelling and a satisfying conclusion to Ralph’s story arc.
⭐One of my all-time favorite King books! Loved the story and the characters. Wish I could “visit” Stephen King’s mind, to ascertain how he comes up with such unforgettable characters.
⭐Insomnia covers just about everything in life we “short timers” ponder: birth, death, homosexuality, insanity, feminism, battered wives, varied religious views, randomness, purpose fullness, promises, levels of existence, etc. I could go on and on but read for yourself and ponder life as you do!
⭐I have read many Stephen King books but this one had slipped past me. It was a side of Stephen King that had the character of depth to it. Highly recommended this book.
⭐If you have read a few of SK books you know what I mean! It has a little bit of everything to offer! Or it will spark many interests! Love it!
⭐I loved this book. Took me all of four days to read. Which believe me is a huge feat.The characters are wonderful, and are so vivid as well as grounded within the story told, that I never once felt like I was reading about fictional characters.It was actually exciting for me to get a glimpse of Derry before reading “IT” (I know I am hanging my head in shame.) Because Stephen King’s Maine is so well thought out and executed you forget it’s not real. And the more I’m reading of his work, the more little threads I’m seeing that bind his universe together.The story itself, without giving spoilers, has a Stephen King signature; blending the surreal and incredible with what could quite easily feel like anyone’s Tuesday. That is what makes him brilliant and what makes Insomnia amazing! You almost feel like you’ve accidentally stumbled across something that you’re not entirely comfortable looking at, like car crash or someone having an emotional meltdown, but you just can’t stop looking at it.Plus take it from an insomniac, King did his research. And I have had a few times when I was entirely convinced some crazy stuff was happening due to a week with no sleep.So worth reading not just for the Stephen King fans, but for anyone who is a lover of Thrillers, Suspense and Horror done the right way.Stay Twisted my lovelies Xxx
⭐I read this book a very long time ago and it’s still my favourite Stephen King story. It’s a fantasy rather than a horror – although, it has its horrific moments – but it’s far more optimistic than many of his stories.The idea of auras is fascinating, and that otherworld feeling…what if…?Ralph was a likeable character and perfect for the tale, and it was wonderful to read about the older generation for a change.There were villains and other characters that filled their roles and it was great to read about ordinary folk and ‘life’, too.Overall, a fantastic, imaginative story, written in the usual flowing style of this author that captured my interest just as much as it did the first time I read it.Highly recommended.
⭐Although I usually love Kings story telling I found myself getting bored reading this at times. You can read several pages without gaining any interesting knowledge about anything and loads of pages without the story hardly moving on.Strangely, I didn’t get the usual clarity of the characters and surroundings, something for me was just missing.The worst part for me was that although the storyline was ok there was nothing to bind it together; what was the big picture? Why were things the way they were? There is nothing that relates to the horrors we are aware of at all.
⭐Kindle version 903 pages.Set in Derry and features references, characters and locations familiar to readers of IT, Dark Tower series etc.Constant King readers will find great enjoyment from their familiarisation with Derry and earlier novels set in that town.Those new too King will not appreciate past reference to various works that refer to Derry.Anyone suffering from Insomnia will be hoping they do not start seeing colourful auras.Great read.
⭐The book was very enjoyable. I loved Ralphe, the central character and found both him and is relationships well drawn and authentic. The book was of scary in the slightest. It read more like a children’s fairytale. It got four stars because it was far too long and needed editing.
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