Elevation by Stephen King

Elevation

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 ...


Details Elevation

TitleElevation
ISBN9781982102319
Author
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherScribner
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Horror, Fantasy, Short Stories
Rating

Reviews Elevation

  • Emily May
    2018-09-10
    This was... really disappointing.I love a good Stephen King book. From the classics like The Shining and Carrie, to the recent The Outsider and Sleeping Beauties, I just think he's a really great storyteller with a knack for strong character development. But Elevation didn't even feel like a King story to me.The characters in this story are such one-dimensional stereotypes. I know it's a novella, but maybe it shouldn't be if you can't write ...
  • Matthew
    2018-10-31
    After a couple of recent monsters (both size of book and characters within), King gives us a novella that reads quickly and could easily been a part of a short story collection. In fact, I think it is considerably shorter than several of the novellas in his collections like Four Past Midnight and Different Seasons. But, it is a decent little mysterious story if you need a King fix.Let’s set the record straight on something right up front – th...
  • Justin Tate
    2018-11-04
    Feel-good novel of the year? Here Stephen King steps aside from horror to write a poignant little novella on unity, tolerance and rising above the fray. Of course there is also a supernatural twist. For me it works because of its brevity and not in spite of it. Just enough is explained to inspire reflection, without ever getting too political or caught up in unnecessary adventure. The ending image is mesmerizing. I love the emotional finality of ...
  • jessica
    2018-12-02
    IMPORTANT UPDATE: the fact that this won this years goodreads choice award for horror, when this book is NOT a horror story by any means (!!!!!), is the biggest scandal of 2018. dont @ me. for me, the story is very bland. stephen king is meant to be this legend of a novelist, so for there not to be any sort of depth to the characters or plot is very disappointing, as well as surprising. and i think he tried to hide the lack of substance behind hi...
  • Wil Wheaton
    2019-02-27
    There's some lovely language and imagery in this story, and the characters are all clearly defined. It's a fast and easy read, perfect for an hour or so in the park or on the beach.However, I can't recommend it, because a fundamental aspect of the plot completely turned me off. I'll hide it in a spoiler tag: (view spoiler)[ The fundamental tension in the story is between a lesbian couple and the hero, a middle-aged, heterosexual white guy who is ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    2019-01-10
    This is not a horror book. I don't know why it won the Goodreads Choice Awards in that category... well I do but I digress.(3 maybe?) A quick read that, while currently relevant with the political climate in the US, felt a bit empty.Divorced older man who doesn't get along with his neighbours. His lesbian neighbours. His lesbians married neighbours. A fact, that is apparently too much for the small town. While drama ensues, he starts losing more ...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    2018-11-01
    I’m not going to mess around with this one: me and King are completely through. I’m going to keep my review short and simply say that he doesn’t work for me. I hate the way he writes. I hate the way he puts sentences together and I hate the way he forms characters. I don’t get on with him. After a few chapters of this I remembered exactly why I avoid him. It’s not this book, it’s just King in general. He’s not my cup of tea. (Posts...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    2018-10-31
    "Everything leads to this, he thought. To this elevation."Scott Carey is steadily losing weight, but he doesn't look any different. To make things even weirder, he weighs the same in and out of clothes, no matter how heavy they are…When I'm reading a book, and because my memory is terrible, I will usually make some observations and reminders in the Notes section of my iPhone which are very helpful when I go to write my review. Given the length ...
  • Debra
    2019-02-04
    3.5 starsAn uplifting tale from King - not one of horror - but one with a nice supernatural element to it.At its heart, this book is about people, relationships and overcoming (rising-above) differences. About getting to know your neighbor, about acceptance and about having a sense of community - done the Stephen King way, of course!Scott Carey has been losing weight without even trying. (Most will think of Thinner when reading this book. Heck, e...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    2018-11-04
    Please read this review *after* you've read this book for yourself. For some brief, non spoilerly thoughts, I did a mini review on my Instagram.SPOILERS & PLOT DETAILS BELOWI'm always excited when I hear of a new Stephen King book (of any length, genre, collaboration, collection) hitting the market. I like to wait until the day it releases to go to my local bookstore and find it--this time I went to the University of Washington, Tacoma campus boo...
  • Matt
    2018-11-09
    It is always nice to turn one’s attention to a piece by Stephen King, where reality can sometimes take a backseat to entertainment. Some bemoan this, though is fiction not supposed to be a chance to suspend beliefs, if only for a short time? Scott Carey appears to be a robust man. When he calls upon an old friend whose medical practice closed a number of years before, Scott admits that he has quite the problem. While his appetite is voracious, ...
  • Edward Lorn
    2018-10-31
    I'm crowning this book The Worst Thing Stephen King has Ever Published. Die-hard conservatives are going to hate ELEVATION because of the gender politics. SJWs are going to hate it because the LGBTQ characters in the book literally need a straight cis white man to help them win. Everyone else will hate it because it's god-fucked boring.In summation: This tone-deaf pile of anal drippings reeks of desperation. Trying to please everyone usually does...
  • Larry H
    2018-11-12
    I'm probably at 3.5 stars or a little higher, so I rounded up.When I decided to read Stephen King's new novella, Elevation , at around 11:00 p.m. last night, I will admit I wondered what I was thinking. Would my reward for checking out King's latest be a nightmare or two?I needn't have worried. While Elevation is a little eerie, it's more a story about interpersonal relationships, about how one small action can ripple and truly make a differen...
  • Nnedi
    2018-12-26
    I don’t do that thing where I say it’s this meets that, even when there are familiar elements. Doing that is a great way to make everything you encounter boring, including things that aren't boring. I take each story as its own thing. This novella surprised me and didn’t. It didn’t surprise me because it’s Stephen King and just about everything he writes draws me in. He has a way with story that almost always keeps me reading on, even w...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2018-12-19
    Yikes, y'all. This was... a mess. Middle aged straight man makes it his dying mission to swoop in and save the day for the poor, woebegone lesbians who live next door. I LOVE King's writing, but even that couldn't really save the plot of Elevation for me. This ain't it, sis
  • Sophia Triad
    2018-10-31
    I thought that this would be a nice scary Halloween story. I was wrong. Instead of feeling scared, I cried my eyes out.It was not what I expected, but it was so much much better.P.S. Any resemblance to the book Thinner by Richard Backman is purely coincidental.
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2018-12-25
    Well that was a nice little short story! 😉Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • kat
    2019-01-08
    not a terrible little story, but whoever said this is a horror was dead wrong.
  • Zoeytron
    2018-11-17
    A fine little story and a quick read.  It was, dare I say, uplifting?  Yes, uplifting and explosive, in its own small way.
  • Sid
    2018-11-11
    Since I have never been a fan of horror books so despite knowing King to be good at writing them, I never tried any of his books. But recently, very unexpectedly, I started having a craving for the horror genre. I thought none other than King's would be a better start. But fortunately or unfortunately, I picked up this latest book of his. So, I actually have no idea nor can I compare this book of his to his other writings, rather I am gonna look ...
  • Lars (theatretenor) Skaar
    2018-10-30
    I absolutely loved this book! Oh my god it was so heartwarming and heartbreaking. I don’t care if others end up not liking it lol I loved it! Read it in about 2 hours and it was perfection!
  • ALet
    2018-12-21
    *3.5
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2018-10-31
    الرعب الوحيد في نوفيلا ستيفين كينج الأحدث هو رعب الوقوف علي الميزان وقياس الوزنعدا ذلك، هي قصة إنسانية عن التخفف..النبلالسـمـوThe only horror in this novella is getting on the bathroom scales..Otherwise it's a touching story of 'elevating' above mundane issues..in the small town of..Castle Rock..في مدينة ستيفين كينج الاثي...
  • Linda
    2019-01-04
    Elevation......Beyond the clouds, high octane, pie-in-the-sky, totally energized.Stephen King has side-stepped his usual horror genre in Elevation. Instead, he has slipped in a short little novella that gives pause to the reader. King transports us, once again, to Castle Rock in Maine that seems to exist in a fog of the unexplainable. It's a favorite King setting in which he unrolls the carpet of Strange and we readers smile with anticipation.We ...
  • Kayla Dawn
    2019-03-09
    This was... okay 🤷🏻♀ This was... okay 🤷🏻‍♀️
  • Ron
    2018-11-04
    Fee-fi-fo-fum. I felt like a giant holding this tiny book in my hand. Well, it's been said that good things come in small packages. In this case, the saying is true, for the most part. Deserving of it's own hardcover printing? I don't know my own answer to that question at the moment. I think it's one of those “time will tell” sort of answers. So I'll get back to you on that. What I can say is that I like Scott, our main character. The myster...
  • Carrie
    2018-11-15
    Elevation by Stephen King is a novella length fantasy read…. yes, that’s novella and Stephen King in the same sentence folks. And before you ask, I am labeling this one a fantasy too as there’s nothing scary or horror about it either.Elevation centers around a character named Scott Carey who finds himself mysteriously losing weight, except he looks exactly the same. You see, Scott steps on a scale and the number keeps going down week after ...
  • Jennifer
    2018-11-13
    “Gravity is the anchor that pulls us down into our graves.” Surprisingly philosophical, Stephen King has written an uplifting tale (hehehe) that many readers are enjoying. As the main character's body starts to lose the pounds that trigger gravity, everything he touches gets lighter too. Short and mysterious with a tone that inspires, this story can be easily devoured in one sitting. For readers who like to listen to their books, King self-...
  • Mindi
    2018-10-31
    So this little book has caused quite a stir in the horror community. And it isn't even horror. To be honest, I gave it 4 stars immediately after reading it, and since then I've had numerous chats and read a number of reviews, and I realize that the small problem I originally had with the book is probably a lot bigger than I was willing to admit. However, I'm not going to change the rating, because then it just sounds like I was influenced by my f...