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William Halleck a lawyer with a happy family needs to lose some weight, or he's headed into heart-attack field. One day he runs over a gypsie's daughter, and kills her. He is cursed by the girl's father. "Thinner," he says to William. And from then on, William rapidly loses more and more weight to the point of emaciation. William may die, unless someone can do something to remove the curse. And that may take the gypsies.
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The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

First published under the name of his alter ego, Richard Bachman, "Thinner" is one of Stephen King's best books. More than anything else it is a psychological study, exploring the lengths that a man's mind can go to alter what happens to his body. The story of Billy Halleck whose life is irrevocably set on a course of destruction by a single-worded curse by an old gypsy woman who he bumps into on the street, "Thinner" is fascinating and scary as all get out. The final scene of the book is one of the most frightening endings one is likely to encounter.
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Brumlow

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Mid-Atlantic states

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Unusual forms of death    -   fright Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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