Fairy Tale

A #1 New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice!

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher--for that world or ours.

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a horrific accident when he was seven, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself--and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

Magnificent, terrifying, and "spellbinding...packed with glorious flights of imagination and characteristic tenderness about childhood, Fairy Tale is vintage King at his finest" (Esquire).

"Good, evil, a kingdom to save, monsters to slay--these are the stuff that page-turners are made from." --Laura Miller, Slate
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608 pages

Average rating: 7.72




Community Reviews

Jun 12, 2024
4/10 stars
I sadly didn’t finish this. It took way too long to get to the point and I lost interest. Very surprising for me for a book from Mr. King.

DNF @ 72%.
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May 19, 2024
10/10 stars
I had this on my TBR list for a long time, but the length of the book kept me from starting it. I finally got it because it was a bookclub read. I'm so glad that I finally read it.

I was originally put off because of the length and, because I was familiar with the author and his work, I assumed it was going to be a gory horror story, but it wasn't. It was definitely more of a fantasy. It did have its share of blood and gore, but it wouldn't be a Stephen King book without that.

I do recommend this book. It's worth reading all those pages.
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Apr 07, 2024
10/10 stars
Brilliant fantasy writing from classic horror author, new favorite read recently
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Mar 13, 2024
8/10 stars
At times I felt like this book was a return to the Dark Tower, albeit if that world was PG13.  The beginning was slow. The narrator was excellent. He reminded me of James Marsters but without the weird ASMR sounds he makes in the Dresden Files. Seth Numrich is definitely someone I'll watch out for in the future. The middle was tough and the old dog stuff was a trigger for me.  Even though he didn't die, the details brought me back to a sad place of saying goodbye to my best friend.   It was a lot of drudgery followed by a decent ending.  Overall, the characters were engaging and multifaceted enough to pull me through when the magic didn't suffice.
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Mar 11, 2024
10/10 stars
Outstanding. The painting of worlds and characters was exquisite
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