Kundenrezensionen


166 Rezensionen
5 Sterne:
 (125)
4 Sterne:
 (26)
3 Sterne:
 (8)
2 Sterne:
 (1)
1 Sterne:
 (6)
 
 
 
 
 
Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung
Sagen Sie Ihre Meinung zu diesem Artikel
Eigene Rezension erstellen
 
 

Die hilfreichste positive Rezension
Die hilfreichste kritische Rezension


3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic King!
This is classic Stephen King, written long before he was a brand name, when he was still writing to mostly entertain himself. And doing that, he entertains the reader. "Salem's Lot" begins mysteriously but soon becomes a straightforward chiller, with plenty of comfortable characters, believable suspense, tragedy, and awesome horror.
The main...
Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2000 von Will Errickson

versus
3.0 von 5 Sternen Starts off slow, gets better towards the end
Being a big King fan myslef, and hearing other King fans descibe this as his greatest work, I decided to read Salem's Lot. Stephen King+Vampires=Good Book, right? Well, not exactly. The main flaw this novel has is it takes too long for any vampires to show up! It takes half the book before any vampires surface. Before that we have a lame love story and so many characters...
Am 1. Juli 1998 veröffentlicht


‹ Zurück | 1 217 | Weiter ›
Hilfreichste Bewertungen zuerst | Neueste Bewertungen zuerst

3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic King!, 1. August 2000
Von 
Will Errickson (Portland, OR United States) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Salem's Lot (Taschenbuch)
This is classic Stephen King, written long before he was a brand name, when he was still writing to mostly entertain himself. And doing that, he entertains the reader. "Salem's Lot" begins mysteriously but soon becomes a straightforward chiller, with plenty of comfortable characters, believable suspense, tragedy, and awesome horror.
The main characters--Ben Mears, Sue Norton, Mark Petrie, Matt Burke--are very well-drawn. Other townspeople, like the Glick family, the town constable, Father Flanagan, are also drawn with simple skill and strength, making them as known to us as our own neighbors. We enjoy reading about their everyday pursuits--and are thus horrified by the horrible deaths they will come to....
Mr. King here, as in many of his other later works, has a many great insights into childhood--and adult--fears, whether rational or not. King can write about adultery and its repurcussions as well as vampire attacks, and make them both fascinating and convincing. He understands the writer's mind, the lives of the working class, and the pace of small-town life. Some of the best writing here is in the chapters entitled "The Lot," in which he explores both the secret lives of many of the characters as well as the town itself... secrets that will eventually materialize into the forms of Straker and Barlow... and the innocent will suffer along with the guilty.
This book is one of the few that made me feel a physical fear, a dread the crept over me as I read. The writing is plain and this contributes to the general sense of mounting fear and unease. King really knows what he's doing!
I can't imagine any horror or Steve King fan that HASN'T read this book, but if you haven't, read it now, for it is a milestone in horror/vampire fiction.
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


9 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen More Than A Modern 'Dracula', 13. März 2003
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Salem's Lot (Taschenbuch)
People always talk of Stephen King as somebody who writes horror stories. 'Blood & guts' is what people think when they hear the name Stephen King. King has became a brand-name for the bizarre, macabre, dark places in our world. But apart from being totally untrue, it is one of the world's biggest underestimations. Stephen King is not merely a horror writer.
He's a writer. Just that. A writer. And if you really need an adjective - he's a humanistic writer. Stephen King writes about people, about lives that took an ill turn somewhere, stranding the ones who live them on a bleak island of desperation and hopelessness. He writes about the dark places in unsuspected corners of life as we know it - and most often than not, those dark places are to be found in our very hearts. Stephen King's stories are based on relationships, how they work and what makes them keep working, and also what ruins them - relationships between husbands and wives, friends, fathers and sons, parents and kids, and so on. And Stephen King writes about horror, darkness that invades these characters, these ill-fated lives, and already hopless hopelessness. It is in this hopelessness that the true heros are born who sometimes find a new strength in the very hour of destruction, enabling them to avert their doom at the last moment. There are monsters and evil men and haunted cars, haunted houses, haunted cemeteries, haunted shops, haunted ironers, haunted towns ... and most of all, haunted hearts.
This book, 'Salem's Lot, is about vampires. And if you watch closely (and that really doesn't have to be that close) you are likely to find quite a few similiarities between SL and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Is it just a modern version of Dracula?
No. It is not. First of all, the story concentrates on the town's inhabitants, on the people who live and die (and there are a couple of handfuls) in 'Salem's Lot (which stands for Jerusalem's Lot). The basic plot is really rather reminiscent of Dracula and need no further mention here, but that doesn't really matter, because that's just stage-setting for a story that goes far deeper than infiltrating vampires.
'Salem's Lot is about writer Ben Mears who - after several years abroad - returns to his childhood hometown, bringing with him quite a few demons of his home, to write a novel about 'Salem's Lot and its evil nexus The Marsten House which has terrified him since boyhood. You better read the details about this in the book.
Ben Mears falls in love with the towngirl Susan, whose only dream is to escape the small town monotony of 'Salem's Lot. When bad things start to happen, Ben Mear's is painfully separated from his new-found love and in turn has to make a decision which is almost maddening and is deeply woven with the one childhood terror that actually drove him to return to SL.
Together with the English professor Matt, the physician Jimmy, Father Callahan, the priest, and eleven-year-old Mark Petrie, Ben sets out to destroy the evil that has settled in the Marsten House. What follows is an eerily intense story, full of gruesome twists and heart-stopping suspense that reaches far beyond the ending of the book.
Scary, deeply intriguing, and utterly remorseless in the pull it has on the reader, SL is the best book about vampires that I have read post-Dracula. It even excells the terrific 'I am Legend' by Richard Matheson. A suberp tale only Stephen King could have written.
If you liked 'Salem's Lot, I also recommend 'Night Shift' - a collection of short stories featuring two tales that deal with the this infamous township!
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Vampire story - not so many vampires, 31. Januar 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Salem's Lot (Taschenbuch)
I got interested in Stephen King's work after having read his legendary "The Dark Tower" collection. This collection intertwines with several of King's other books; "Salem's Lot" is one of them. This made me interested and I bought this book to read more about Father Callahan who was an important figure in the last Dark Tower books. It really surprised me though that the alcoholic "vampire specialist" didn't have play a bigger part in this book than he actually did.
I was never a fan of vampire stories at all. Things that couldn't happen in real life just never intrigued me. Still, Stephen King manages to write a book about modern-day vampires that is hard to put away once started. I knew the book was about vampires so I expected all 600+ pages to be filled with biting and garlic and blood, but instead I got a book about a calm little American town called Jerusalem's Lot, suddenly terrorized by the blood-sucking creatures. King writes straight-forward and easy-to-read literature; descriptive and entertaining. He takes a lot of time describing the town and its inhabitants, their daily life and their backgrounds.
Salem's Lot is an easy-to-read vampire story about a little American town, as always situated in King's own state of Maine. If you like Stephen King's work, you'll definitely like this one.
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of King's most horrific!, 17. September 1997
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: 'Salem's Lot (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I remember reading "'Salem's Lot" years ago. Every night, I'd finish reading half an hour before bedtime and hide the book under the couch cushions in the living room. Then I'd involve myself in another activity so that I wouldn't be thinking about it while lying alone in my dark bedroom. Sometimes my mom would find it and bring it to my room. The moonlight would shine through my windown on the cover as images of what I'd read would flash through my head. Perhaps that's why I didn't get much sleep as a kid....

In this book, Stephen King takes a small New England town with the expected gossip and scandals, and he adds the element of evil. His vampires aren't the comic book variety with black capes and long fangs, but are instead a sinister presense that's right before our eyes, yet unknown. Strangers in our midst that seem normal, yet why do we feel a slight chill when they pass?

"'Salem's Lot" is a story of evil, of vampires, and of the small town they invade. It will suck you in from the beginning and keep you lying awake at night.
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


5.0 von 5 Sternen A Small Town + Newcomers + Vampires = A Great Story, 4. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Salem's Lot (Signet) (Taschenbuch)
'Salem's Lot is one of the best vampire stories I have ever read. The novel is written in a way such that the suspense slowly creeps up on you until the reader is in the middle of the action. This gripping story of a small isolated town called Jerusalem's Lot will draw you into a dark world where you are not sure whether or not it is safe to go out at night.
Stephen King is very good at setting the stage for the action later on in the novel. He introduces all of the characters, gives some insight into some of the main characters (Ben Mears, Straker, etc.), and describes the drab life of a small town with nothing to do. From here, King introduces little incidents that begin to pique the interest of the town's residents. Someone suddenly moves into the Marsten House (which is generally considered to be haunted), a boy disappears in the woods, and from there the action starts picking up at a dramatic rate.
When it is clear to the reader that vampires are up and about during the night, a small group of people (consisting of Ben Mears, Matt Burke, Dr. James Cody, Susan Norton, and Mark Petrie) decide to do something about it before it is too late. Their struggle is a captivating one, filled with many twists and turns that have helped define King as a horror writer. The suspense continues to build until it reaches a climax near the end of the story (to find out what happens, you are going to have to read it). Then, in a short epilogue, a somewhat unexpected yet interesting, almost justifiable action ends the novel, bring 'Salem's Lot to a nice ending.
If you have read any of Stephen King's novels before, you will not be disappointed with 'Salem's Lot. If you have not read any of his novels, you will still not be disappointed because this story is a good testament to King's ability as an author. I recommend 'Salem's Lot to anyone who is not afraid of a little bit of the supernatural and is willing to let the imagination run wild with the suspense...
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


5.0 von 5 Sternen EXCELLLENT!, 4. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: 'Salem's Lot (Gebundene Ausgabe)
No author is better than Stephen King. He's definitely outdone himself this time in Salem's Lot. This book is the best I've read in a long time. Although this writing is the conventional horror, I was still scared. I enjoyed the book a lot, especially the main character. I like the main character because he has a lot of good qualities, and he's a really decent person. Ben Mears has a lot of talent, and he is very determined in everything he does. He has come a long way in writing and is very good at what he writes. He's young and has already published a few books. That's more than I can say for most of the characters in the book. He's also very determined to save this town, which he grew up in, by trying to kill the vampires. Ben could just up and leave and never look back, but he's too decent to do that. That's another great quality I love about Ben. I like how he takes pride in killing these monstrous creatures. I also love the detail King uses to write in his stories, like how Ben would take a wooden stake and plunge it deep within the heart of the vampire and how dark, evil blood came gushing out of the wound. I also like how he could feel the presence of the evil spirit just disappear into thin air. This kind of writing makes the book better and more interesting to read. Ben actually has the nerve to go back and write about the situations that had happened a long time ago. This is another way Ben shows that he's determined. Ben Mears is nothing like my least favorite character in this horror novel. This character is the head vampire of the story, the one that started this whole calamity. I hate how he has no problem killing a kid or turning a child into a vampire. I hate how Straker sends other vampires to do this, except when Jimmy, who is helping Ben hunt down Straker, gets tricked and ends up getting killed. Instead of the other vampires hunting him down, Straker kills Jimmy himself. Like when Jimmy came into the house where Straker was, he ended up falling down the basement stairs right into Straker's plan. From then on the detail got even better. I love how these vampires know everything about people, like where they are and where they go, even what they're thinking. Well, come to find out that was not all Straker had planned for poor Jimmy. He also cut part of the railing off so Jimmy could not tell the stairs had been cut, and, of course, the light in the basement was broken. That just made the scene ten times worse. The best part was how Straker had taken the knives from the kitchen and laid them out under the stairs, so when Jimmy fell to his death he would not only break a few bones but also plunge into the knives and eventually bleed to death. This is still by far the most interesting way I've heard a vampire kill someone. Definitely, Salem's Lot is positively the best book I have read in a long time. I honestly do not think that anyone could possible be a more detailed and terrific writer ever known. Among being popular with the younger generation, he is also popular with the older generation as well. Anyone can enjoy one of his stories or one of the movies he has made life like. Stephen King is the best author, and I cannot wait to read another novel by him.
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


5.0 von 5 Sternen Does it matter what one has to say about King's work? Yes., 15. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Salem's Lot (Signet) (Taschenbuch)
In fact, the man, I was surprised to find, can really write. His prose doesn't have William Styron's polish or Kurt Vonnegut humor, but it ain't half bad. In fact, this book is quite good. But let's not confuse this with, say, "Madame Bovary." It's not the highest order of capital 'F' Fiction--but that isn't a bad thing necessarily. I mean, if everyone wrote like Flaubert, the world would be a boring place, right? There needs to be other voices, other stories and King seems capable enough to tell these kinds of stories. His stories are different than Styron's or Vonnegut's (needless to say) and should be judged in and of themselves, not against other, different writers with different aims.
Having said that, does "'Salem's Lot" chill? Is it compulsively readable? Does King make interesting choices to stir up a been-there, done-that story? Does the reader get instant gratification for his/her efforts at reading this novel? Yes to all the above.
The man obviously possesses talent, vision, knowledge, gusto--all of which are evdident here in his second published book. There's also a dash of O. Henry, EC Comics, Hammer horror films, pop pschoanalysis and Sherwood Anderson thrown in to boot. But, again, these aren't bad things. For what it is, it's terrific. (In fact, I think some of the "better" capital F fiction writers like Don Delillo could take a lesson or three from King in warming up their characters.)
But remember one caveat: "It's good for what it is". It's a book about vampires, OK? Can you really care about vampires? I can't. But I can care about these characters and their situation to a degree more than I might if the story were told by a lesser writer than King because of the elemental human fear that he taps into seemingly at his leisure.
What I would beg, nay, implore the rabid King fans (some of whom I've met and fear) to do is to read other things every now and then. There are other ways to tell stories and other stories to tell besides the ones King tells. (Well, duh, you say.) I only mention this because I've always been gun-shy about reading King because I didn't want to be thought of or associated with Stephen King fans whom I would categorize, from my experience, as being sheltered, overly dramatic, boring, TV-loving, Goth hounds. And they all seemed not a little cracked, like those sad sacks who camped out for the last "Star Wars" movie. Sure, it's all mostly harmless, but these people are living in a vaccum. I mean, chocolate ice cream is good, but do you want it every single meal? (Think about that first scene in the movie "Seven" before you answer that.)
Stephen King's work is chocolate ice cream. Good for what it is, but don't expect to add much protein to your diet.
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book Overlooked, 19. April 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Salem's Lot (Signet) (Taschenbuch)
First of all I have to say this is my favorite Stephen King book that I have read. At I also think it's very overlooked. The story is about a small town that becomes a ghost town because a vampire has come to the town and is taking control of the towns people one by one and using those people to take over other people. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone, by giving out to much detail, but basically the story is about a vampires. I absolutely loved this book. I'm a huge King fan and this book is just wonderful. He's written so many great stories like Carrie, the Shining, The Stand, and It that a lot of his work gets overlooked and that's the way I feel about this book. No one ever talks about this book or even really knows this book. I think I may of even had a hard time finding it in a local book store, whatever the reason is I don't understand. A lot of King's books have been turned into movies as has Salems Lot, now I don't know what the deal is, but I rented it and hated it, but what I watched was a single video, since then I have seen a double video version of the movie. The single tape version is terrible and is one of the worst movies I saw, probably because I knew so much about the characters and nothing was brought out in the movie, perhaps the double shows more, but if you've seen the movie I wouldn't base the book on that because the book is great the movie is horrible and does not do justice for the book. Salem's Lot is not terribly long, but not short either. It's a very underated book and should receive more credit than it has. If you haven't read and like Vampires or Stephen King run to the store and buy it, you won't be disapointed.
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


5.0 von 5 Sternen Vampires? Who Said Anything About Vampires?, 25. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: 'Salem's Lot (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This is King's best book. I read it fifteen years ago, when I was the last student still living in my gothic dormitory at Yale. It scared the hell out of me. Too bad, but by now, almost everyone knows that 'Salem's Lot is a vampire novel. I consider that a spoiler. What was so frightening for me the first time through was not quite knowing what was wrong with this town. Much is made of the old vacant Marsten house, and I thought I was reading a haunted house story. It's not until well into the book that King makes any overt reference to vampires, and when he finally does, it is with a sense of both discovery and inevitability that the reader learns the true nature of what is afflicting the town. Why, of course it's vampires. What else could it be but but vampires?
As for the book being a ripoff of Dracula--well, yes. In the same sense that the movies Blade or The Hunger rip off Dracula, or that the novel Mary Reilly is a ripoff of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. They are retellings. The Dracula thing isn't much more than an imaginative launching point. As someone who's actually read Stoker's Dracula, I think it's an important Gothic novel and preFreudian allegory -- but not all that scary. Not nearly as frightening as 'Salem's Lot.
King is at the top of his game here, and he portrays people who make sense, who belong in this story, and whose character is their destiny.
For all his prolific output, I wish King would do a sequel. This remains his most elegant, most successful, taut and transporting novel.
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen Scary!, 18. Juli 2012
Verifizierter Kauf(Was ist das?)
Rezension bezieht sich auf: 'Salem's Lot (Taschenbuch)
Now before I tell you anything about the well-thought-out plot or the genuis writing in this book, let me give you this advice: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IN THE DARK. I mean it. Stephen King's always had the talent to scare me shitless with his books (except of Dreamcatcher, that bored the hell out of me) but this one is really one of the scary ones.... If you expect gloomy and brooding vampires you're cleary one the wrong path - it's predators we deal with in this book and that's the way it's supposed to be. Don't get me wrong, I love Anne Rice novels and (most of) her characters, but it's good to know there are some people out there who can grasp the animalistic concept of vampires, too.

One of the charms of this book is exactly that. You can discern the dark side from the light in a flash and it makes you want to hunt these vampire bast**** with the good guys and avenge all your fallen neighbours and friends. And that's another thing - You really grow fond of all of these people, not only the good guys but even the ones you wouldn't want as an ideal for your child. This is thanks to Kings writing. He starts concentrating on the two main characters but after a while he describes the whole town - their everyday life from 4.00 to 11.59 and you even get a feeling he even describes the town as an indipendent character. Because you get to know all these characters and their way of life and relationships among each other it's easier to understand what's happening later in the book, how they get turned, who turns them and who they want to turn. As one after another changes sides I definitely sensed the despair in the main characters and understood their acting perfectly.

Another reason why you've got to love the characters is because King writes them pretty authentic. There's no character in this book who hasn't got a little episode with something of his past haunting him or just a simple anectode of better times, they all stick to their rights and wrongs and you get to understand them as the book progresses and you learn more and more about their life in Jerusalem's Lot (some things pretty disturbing).

While the book is fairly good until page 200 you CAN NOT put it down after that. I started it sometime around noon yesterday and had to put it down because I was meeting a friend, but after that there was no stopping me - I finished it at 1.30 a.m. tonight. And was afraid to turn off the lights and see a white face of someone I know starting at me from the window. The pace of this book speeds up around page 200 and it gets far more intense than the previous chapters. You can also sense a change in the characters and their behaviour, especially in Matt as the story advances it's climax but it happens slowly and so credibly you wouldn't believe it otherwise. Sometimes I get the feeling it's too piled on, though, but that's only when I think Matt's talking more like a priest than the priest himself.

Speaking (or writing) of priests: Another thing I've really enjoyed is the old-fashioned way the vampires are seen and can perish - any objections to a good old stake-in-the-heart chopped-off-head and garlic-filled-mouth way of killing a vampire? Well, you've got to know that this book was written in 1975... so there are no light-resistent wannabe vamps (sorry, but I really despise that twilight-crap) and a cross and some holy water is enough to keep you safe for the night. I missed these kinds of vampire-fiction and was glad to find one again.

Allthough their leader could have been a better one. He was old, allright, but he was a little bit too old-fashioned for my taste - his meetings with the townspeople seemed a little bit too unreal for me even though the hypnosis was a good thing, but his speech just wouldn't fit to the rest of the story. It's not so bad in the second half of the book, but it really annoyed me in the first one. Also I think it sometimes gets a little bit too melodramatic, especially towards the end.

The one thing I loved the most in this book is that King linked the fear of vampires and death to the irrational fear of children in the dark. He really did this quite well: He had enough flashbacks to haunted child memories, enough mentioning of monsters in the wardrobe (even by name) and I would like to share a passage of the book that really got me thinking about this:

"Before drifting away entirely, he found himself reflecting - not for the first time - on the peculiarity of adults. They took laxatives, liquor or sleeping pills to drive away their terrors so that sleep would come, and their terrors were so tame and domestic; the job, the money, what the teacher will think if I can't get Jenny nicer clothes, does my wife still love me, who are my friends. They are pallid compared to the fears every child lies cheek and jowl with in his dark bed, with no one to confess to in hope of perfect understanding but another child. There is no group therapy or psychiatry or community social services for the child who must cope with the thing under the bed or in the cellar every night, the thing which leers and capers and threatens just beyond the point where vision will reach. The same lonely battle must be fought night after night and the only cure is the eventual ossification of the imaginary faculties, and that is called adulthood. [...] Such is the difference between man and boys." (Stephen King, Salem's Lot, page 372/373)

This is the passage that got me falling for Mark Petrie, the only child in our little group of survivors, and even though he's not on the first place (that's Jimmy) in my ranking he's definitly one of my favortive characters in this book. I loved the Houdini-Stunt he pulled....

Summing up I can really recommend this book either if you have never read Stephen King before or are a huge fan (although you probably read it anyway if you are) and do yourself a favour and switch on the light.

This review is also feature on [...]
Helfen Sie anderen Kunden bei der Suche nach den hilfreichsten Rezensionen 
War diese Rezension für Sie hilfreich? Ja Nein


‹ Zurück | 1 217 | Weiter ›
Hilfreichste Bewertungen zuerst | Neueste Bewertungen zuerst

Dieses Produkt

'Salem's Lot
'Salem's Lot von Stephen King
EUR 4,52
Auf meinen Wunschzettel Zahlungsmöglichkeiten ansehen
Nur in den Rezensionen zu diesem Produkt suchen