Grace at the Rest Stop and Other Short Stories

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Mile 81 by Stephen King Goodreads Author. At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It's a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It's the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who's supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play "paratroopers over the side. Published September 1st by Scribner first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about Mile 81 , please sign up. Does anyone wonder the who, what, where of where the car came from, what life form it was, and are there more or was it a rouge being? Sue Wegloski I think it's been here all along. We just haven't witnessed it in action yet.

In quantum physics we only see a small percentage of reality, that our …more I think it's been here all along. In quantum physics we only see a small percentage of reality, that our brain is able to recognize. Missing ppl throughout history? Makayla It's included in his new short story collection, Bazaar of Bad Dreams. See all 3 questions about Mile 81…. Lists with This Book. Little Rachel is one of the best "little kid" characters I've read in a while. View all 7 comments. May 05, Emily rated it did not like it. It was actually embarrassing to read. I've read a long, long list of SK books, and found something good in all of them.

This had me wishing he had actually retired. Let's start with the names. Every character had a made-up sounding name. Or at least one that didn't make sense for the story being set in the present day. I mean seriously, it's and the kids are Pete and George?

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Then there's the cringe-worthy self-referencing. Pete has American Vampire in his bag This was crap. Pete has American Vampire in his bag? Characters are thinking about Christine? There's weird child-adult thing, too. What 6 year old thinks "you asshole" when talking to someone? And Pete- I just kept thinking to myself "adult writing as a child And lastly, the ending. It's like he got called for dinner and had to just stop writing. Where did it come from? Who were these people? Why is it funny? What the hell happened?

I left with questions, mostly about Mr. View all 6 comments. Sep 01, Lou rated it really liked it Shelves: It is two weeks surrounding the Easter holidays the slowest time of the year on the nation's turnpikes, and the afternoon is the second-slowest time of the day, the hours between midnight and 5 am is the slowest time. One abandoned service stop on Mile 81 is about to receive some helpful traffic.

We have all driven on the rapid fast lane but time and tiredness takes it toll on our souls and a long overdue rest is always advised but where? After reading this you may think twice on exactly where y It is two weeks surrounding the Easter holidays the slowest time of the year on the nation's turnpikes, and the afternoon is the second-slowest time of the day, the hours between midnight and 5 am is the slowest time. After reading this you may think twice on exactly where you stop.

When out there in your motor vehicle you see desperate souls looking like they are stranded its best to leave it to the Breakdown services or the Police, for might not be what it seems and you don't want to get caught up in a Venus fly trap of a point of no return stop. The skill of the Masterful writer Stephen King is he uses everyday people and everyday objects and throws them into mayhem and macabre he creates stories of gore and horror with themes of survival and triumph.

This story flowed by fast and was put together in a good fashion which became a enjoyable short read. May 28, Ruth Turner rated it it was ok Shelves: I loved Christine…didn't even like Buick 8…and this one? And as for the ending Sep 03, Kristopher Kelly rated it liked it. Great story for a quick flight from Logan to New York. I'm not going to say too much about the plot, since the story's so short, but I'll say that, once again, it's the people not the monsters that King draws best. Something bad happens at an abandoned rest stop, do you really need more?

Most of the characters meet a terrible fate, and it's King's ability to make you care so quickly about them that steals the show. Also, the atmosphere of the abandoned rest stop is outstanding. Loved every creep Great story for a quick flight from Logan to New York. Loved every creepy detail. All that said, the "big bad" of the story, to borrow a phrase from the Buffyverse, is laughable. King writes the hell out of it, of course, but it's still an embarrassing concept. Again, I won't spoil anything, but I do want to say that there's a wobble effect described here that seems like King's trying to describe some really terrible CGI.

Two things about that: The effect King sells in this story is some Syfy Channel-level work, at best.

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Giving this one four stars for being compelling and filled with great details and characters; docking it a star for having a worthless, uninspired and rather recycled, in terms of the King-verse central villain. Es un relato breve pero intenso, con grandes momentos, y que he disfrutado enormemente. Sep 20, Denisse rated it really liked it. A good Sunday fast read.

No estoy segura si me gusto el final o no, pero disfrute mucho la lectura. Te tomara a lo mucho 3 horas. Creo que es una de sus mayores aptitudes. La verdad, no seria nada del otro mundo si no te gusta el autor. Pero funciona como escape para el fin de semana. Jul 19, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: OK, who am I kidding. D I really enjoyed this story. I liked the fact that we have two different stories converging in this little novella - a kind of self-discovery adventure and a classic gore-horror.

But there is more to it than even that. The little things are what make King's books and stories so awesome. The little details that bring his characters to life, and have us rooting for them, despite only knowing them f 4. The little details that bring his characters to life, and have us rooting for them, despite only knowing them for half a page.

And King creates a pattern I do wish that we'd got to see a little of the aftermath for this one, but I think that where it ended was good.


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It's enough of an ending to let me carry it on if I choose, and sometimes those are the best ones. View all 14 comments. Sep 02, Adam Wilson rated it liked it. All right, Mile 81 seems to be a little novella thrown out there to make us desperate and starving King fans happy, if only for an hour or so. It did not impress me at all though. The story was fun, but it seemed like different versions of several of King's short stories and novels including Christine obviously , From A Buick 8, The Raft, and The Mangler.

A car comes out of nowhere and for some reason decides to stop at a closed road stop at Mile If anyone touches it, they die, horribly. I All right, Mile 81 seems to be a little novella thrown out there to make us desperate and starving King fans happy, if only for an hour or so. I enjoyed the main kid, Pete, and his experience with seeing his first "shaved pussy" and his first taste of vodka, but overall, the story is a bit like a chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate chips, an Oreo without the delicious white stuff, or an empty swimming pool on a hot summer afternoon.


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Also, at the end, we get a short preview of I understand the gesture but I hate when publishers do that. Oh wait, we onlyhave one piece left. Oh wait, actually we just have this half of a cold, burnt pepperoni which wasn't even good enough for that rat over there. Sep 04, Andy rated it really liked it.

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A long time ago I remember seeing Stephen King on a talk show telling the host about this idea he had for a story. I think it was going to start with this guy who pulls over at a rest stop area so his wife can use the restroom. She runs in and he waits in the car. The guy keeps waiting and waiting for his wife to come out of the damn bathroom.

But she never does. Then he notices a whole bunch of people have gone into the women's bathroom, but no one seems to be coming ou A long time ago I remember seeing Stephen King on a talk show telling the host about this idea he had for a story. Then he notices a whole bunch of people have gone into the women's bathroom, but no one seems to be coming out, people only go in. Then he asks a fellow traveller if she can see if his wife is in there He tries to warn strangers about the bathroom but they think he is crazy. Eventually he goes in himself. Of course, he never comes out.

Later, the police come, I think at some point the army got involved -- people keep going in there and never come out. Anyway, I remember him telling this as a funny bit on some stupid talk show. I remember him saying he never ended up writing the story because he couldn't figure out how to finish it.

I think with Mile 81 he took his basic idea from years ago and changed it around a bit by turning it into a pretty good creepy short story. Rest stops always creep me out, anyway.

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Sep 01, Kealan Burke rated it liked it. Ten year old Pete Simmons, brushed off by his older brother and his gang and looking for something to do, decides to investigate a nearby rest area, which, once a popular stop for hungry and weary travelers on the I stretch of highway, is now little more than a dilapidated hangout for local teens looking for somewhere safe to get high and get lucky. Once there, Pete finds a bottle of vodka and samples it, which proves enough to knock him out for a few hours. The door swings open, and nobody steps out.

We get a nice setup, which reads like it would for a novel, in which Pete is introduced and sets off looking for mischief or adventure, whichever comes first. Then we get the car and the ensuing creepiness, and then and this is my main beef with the story , we get a hurried, unsatisfying ending.

Within the space of a page, we know them, which makes us care about what happens to them. Still, I recommend reading it, particularly if, like me, anything King writes is an automatic purchase for you. Sep 04, Marvin rated it liked it Shelves: Yes I gave it three stars but this little not-quite-a-novella irritates the hell out of me for two reasons. First, that Goodreads description and half the reviews. Dykstra is too timid and frightened to act, but he assumes the mentality of his alter-ego, Hardin, and attacks the man with a tire iron.

Hardin calls the police and orders the woman to leave the scene in the car, and much to her protest, Hardin smashes the man's glasses to ensure the man doesn't follow him on the road in retaliation. After some time, Hardin mentally reverts to Dykstra, who begins to vomit out the side of his vehicle when the adrenaline rush of the incident wears off.

He stops at a gas station and thoroughly searches to make sure the man has not followed him. Upon returning home, Dykstra locks his doors and activates his burglar alarm system. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved June 30, Just After Sunset by Stephen King.