Thinner

Thinner

Billy Halleck, good husband and loving father, is both beneficiary and victim of the American good life: He has an expensive home, a nice family, and a rewarding career as a lawyer...but he is also fifty pounds overweight and edging into heart attack country....

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Title:Thinner
Author:Richard Bachman
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Thinner Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    William Halleck is a damn fine lawyer, a rising star in his firm, and well liked by judges and police officers. His life was coming together nicely and without too much extrapolation he could probably anticipate the continuing arc of his success. There was really only one thing that he was fighting against on a daily basis...his weight. The scales were not his friend. He was a stress eater, a man who would rather have two Big Macs peeking out of their wrappers than the goosepimple naked Coors Twins cooing his name.

    He is 6’4” and weighs 251 pounds, which isn’t exactly fat if you are a professional football player bristling with heavy musculature, but if you are a white collar worker who doesn’t exercise and eats high calorie, high carb meals from breakfast until bed, the weight gain is going to settle right around your bread basket. I’m 6’4” and weigh 200-205. If I were to put on 50 pounds, I would be obese according to all the BMI charts. Given the fact that I’m retired from any form of athletics except shooting a few hoops in the driveway and going for walks, that 50 pounds would be the worst kind of weight gain, and I would be looking for new pants several sizes larger. Some reviewers/readers have questioned whether Halleck at 6’4” and 251 pounds was actually obese, which might say something about the current state of the American waistline. A nation floating down the river deNILE.

    Halleck was a chubby checker, unable to see his feet when he was standing upright on a scale. Pissing was simply an act of faith because for Halleck to see willie perform, he would need to put mirrored tiles on his bathroom floor and walls.

    Libido is usually the first to go when people become overweight. Their desires and lusts are exchanged for french fries, strawberry pie, and milkshakes, but Halleck didn’t have that problem. In fact, at the moment that his life was about to go off course, he was almost ready to cross off a bucket list item right up until the time he…

    hit a woman with his car.

    His wife, Heidi, out of the wild blue decides to be spontaneous. She’s not a prude, but she has never given any indication that she was uninhibited enough to go searching for Billy’s fishing tackle while he was steering a moving vehicle.

    Now, he didn’t just hit any woman. Oh no, to completely screw up your life you have to hit a gypsy with a vengeful father. Taduz Lemke is a gypsy patriarch who might be anywhere between 106-120 years old. He knows things that the rest of the world has forgotten.

    When he touches Halleck’s cheek and whispers the word…

    , William starts to lose weight at an alarming rate.

    He has been cursed, not just cursed, but gypsy cursed.

    Wait, what was that about Stephen King?

    Back in the late 1970s and through the mid-1980s, Stephen King was writing more books than could be published. In those days publishers believed that an author could only publish one book a year successfully. King decided to create a pseudonym as Richard Bachman so he could publish more than just one book a year. He was also having doubts about his own success. Had he just gotten lucky? Could he produce a best selling book without Stephen King emblazoned on the cover? The Bachman books were doing ok, but they did a lot better after a bookseller named Steve Brown in Washington D.C. thought the style shown by Bachman was very similar to the writing style of Stephen King.

    The truth was out, and

    became a bestseller. Brown showed a lot of class. He went to the publisher first to show what he had discovered and asked what he should do. King called him and asked him if he would like to do an interview to tell the world how he made his discovery. For those interested, here is a link to Brown’s discussion of the discovery:

    So the reference to himself that he put in

    was a tongue in cheek, knee slapping moment of poking fun at himself.

    Halleck is now losing two to three pounds a day, and that is with eating as much food as he can stuff into his stomach. He is desperately searching for the gypsy caravan so he can convince the prehistoric gypsy to take the curse off, but the flame of vengeance still burns in the heart and soul of Taduz Lemke.

    He is going to need some convincing.

    Halleck knows just the guy.

    Richie “The Hammer” Ginelli, an Italian mobster whom Halleck helped defend in court, is a man with a code regarding helping friends in need. Out of all the people Halleck has tried to explain his situation to Ginelli is the only one who believes him.

    Ginelli is a terrific character. He is certainly someone you will not forget. I thought that

    , erhh Richard Bachman, put real flesh on the bones of all the characters. The plot is taut like a quarter bouncing off a nubile bottom and crackles like a corn crib on fire. In my opinion, one of the best

    , erhhh Richard Bachman, books I’ve ever read.

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  • Paul O'Neill

    Loved it, it's every bit as good as I remembered and more. One of my favourites of all time and one of the best / creepiest audiobooks.

    Highly, thoroughly and totally recommended.

  • Carol

    The

    Stephen King novels continue to amaze me......this one grabbed me from page one and did

    let go! When grossly overweight attorney Billy Helleck unintentionally hits

    an old gypsy woman who darts out into the street,

    the incident is not properly investigated, and soon after, he, his buddy Judge Cory who presided plus friend

    The

    Stephen King novels continue to amaze me......this one grabbed me from page one and did

    let go! When grossly overweight attorney Billy Helleck unintentionally hits

    an old gypsy woman who darts out into the street,

    the incident is not properly investigated, and soon after, he, his buddy Judge Cory who presided plus friend, Officer Hopley are

    by a super old, super creepy

    gypsy. As the evil curses begin to erode their bodies, Billy

    takes matters into his own hand

    to try to have the horrors bestowed upon he and his friends reversed

  • Dan Schwent

    Overweight lawyer William Halleck strikes and kills a gypsy woman who is crossing the street. He is acquitted but a relative of the woman touches Halleck's cheek and curses him. Now he's losing three pounds a day with no end in sight. Can he track down the gypsy man and get him to remove the curse or will he waste away to nothing?

    What's so scary about a fat guy losing weight? A lot, it turns out. Never has getting a tug job in the car from your wife gotten someone into so much troubl

    Overweight lawyer William Halleck strikes and kills a gypsy woman who is crossing the street. He is acquitted but a relative of the woman touches Halleck's cheek and curses him. Now he's losing three pounds a day with no end in sight. Can he track down the gypsy man and get him to remove the curse or will he waste away to nothing?

    What's so scary about a fat guy losing weight? A lot, it turns out. Never has getting a tug job in the car from your wife gotten someone into so much trouble. I felt for old William Halleck and his curse. I also shared his anger toward his wife because of her reaction to the whole thing.

    As with most King/Bachman books from this era, the story is shorter than his later works, more killer and less filler. Bachman references Stephen King a couple times, weird since now everyone and their senile grandma knows the two are one and the same.

    The more King I read, the more I realize he returns to the same concepts repeatedly, be it unprepared people going up against staggering odds, preaching against over-reliance on technology, or fascination with drifter/carnie culture and people getting shot in the hand with slingshots. Different parts of this book seemed like dry runs for parts of Wizard and Glass, Joyland, and Doctor Sleep.

    If I had to pick out something to gripe about, it would be the involvement of Ginelli. It seemed like Halleck just stepped aside and let Ginelli do all the heavy lifting near the end. The ending more than made up for that, though.

    Four out of five stars. I'm going to go eat something.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Thinner, Stephen King

    Thinner is a 1984 novel by Stephen King, published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was the last novel King released under the Richard Bachman pseudonym. Billy Halleck, an arrogant and morbidly obese lawyer in Connecticut, has recently fought an agonizing court case in which he was charged with vehicular manslaughter. He cannot seem to lose weight or control his eating. While he had been driving across town, his wife Heidi distracted him by masturbating him, cau

    Thinner, Stephen King

    Thinner is a 1984 novel by Stephen King, published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman. It was the last novel King released under the Richard Bachman pseudonym. Billy Halleck, an arrogant and morbidly obese lawyer in Connecticut, has recently fought an agonizing court case in which he was charged with vehicular manslaughter. He cannot seem to lose weight or control his eating. While he had been driving across town, his wife Heidi distracted him by masturbating him, causing him to run over an old woman who was part of a group of traveling Gypsies. The case is dismissed at a preliminary stage thanks to the judge, who is a close friend of his. However, as Billy leaves the courthouse, the old woman's even more elderly father, Taduz Lemke, strokes Billy's cheek and whispers one word to him: "Thinner". The word, and the old man's behavior, startle Billy. ...

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و هفتم ماه می سال 2012 میلادی

    عنوان: نازکتر (لاغر)؛ نویسنده: استیفن کینگ (ریچارد بچمن)؛

    داستان «بیلی هالک»؛ یک وکیل چاق و مکتبر، در کانتیکت است، که اتفاقی، زمانیکه همسرش حواس او را پرت میکند، با ماشین خویش، به یک کولی میزند. «بیلی» با نفوذ خویش، موجی برعلیه کولیها در شهر راه میاندازد، و در پایان، با یاری دستیار خویش، آنها را بیرون میکنند. پدر قربانی تصادف، «بیلی» را نفرین میکند، و «بیلی» شروع به وزن کم کردن میکند، که پیامدهای دیگری نیز در کنارش دارد. ا. شربیانی

  • Ginger

    It’s a great revenge novel and I enjoyed reading about how Billy Halleck goes from a big, fat man to something rather morbid.

    Billy Halleck, an upscale attorney accidentally hits and kills an old gypsy woman in his car when she steps out from the sidewalk. Now is he guilty of vehicular manslaughter or not? Unfortunately for Billy, an old gypsy man believes he is and puts a curse on him. The old gypsy man touches his check and says "

    It’s a great revenge novel and I enjoyed reading about how Billy Halleck goes from a big, fat man to something rather morbid.

    Billy Halleck, an upscale attorney accidentally hits and kills an old gypsy woman in his car when she steps out from the sidewalk. Now is he guilty of vehicular manslaughter or not? Unfortunately for Billy, an old gypsy man believes he is and puts a curse on him. The old gypsy man touches his check and says "THINNER".

    Or did he? It seems like Billy’s wife, doctor and friends think that he’s losing his mind and reaching for why he’s suddenly losing weight at a very rapid pace.

    "Gypsy curse?!

    You're crazy Billy Halleck."

    So, Billy decides to prove them all wrong and contact the others that were involved with the gypsies that fateful day. This is a story of revenge, being resentful towards others and having to live with the decisions you make in life.

    King really did well on the character development in this book and the ending sure blew me away! I did not see that coming.

    This is a must read for

    fans or anyone that loves creepy ass books.

  • Lyn

    There is a certain directness, a freight train coming down the tracks quality about Stephen King’s early Richard Bachman books that I very much enjoy. King writes an unrelenting cause and effect that is terrifying because it does not jump out and yell BOO! but rather walks quietly up to you with a mask on and a butcher knife, like John Carpenter’s Michael Myers, a slow-motion dream scape of fear.

    Thinner shares these qualities with other of King / Bachman books like

    and

    . From the openin

    There is a certain directness, a freight train coming down the tracks quality about Stephen King’s early Richard Bachman books that I very much enjoy. King writes an unrelenting cause and effect that is terrifying because it does not jump out and yell BOO! but rather walks quietly up to you with a mask on and a butcher knife, like John Carpenter’s Michael Myers, a slow-motion dream scape of fear.

    Thinner shares these qualities with other of King / Bachman books like

    and

    . From the opening pages, we know what the central focus is and King never lets us go, we’ve been strapped into the carnival ride, and we’re off. Like the best roller coasters, we can see the drops and curves ahead, and we’re just clink-clinking and moving towards the fun.

    In Thinner, an overweight lawyer runs over an old gypsy woman and his legal friends work it out so he walks Scott free. Or does he? An old gypsy man seems to have other ideas and perhaps lays down an old-fashioned curse. Paunchy attorney begins to quickly get … thinner.

    Like so much of King’s most successful stories, he plants an otherwise pedestrian idea into the flower pot and then waters it to produce some kind of scary mutant, man eating plant. The normal becomes para-normal and the everyday becomes Samhain with pagan curses raining down with old testament vigor.

    King also populates this book with some of his best characters, Richard Ginelli and Taduz and Gina Lemke breathe fresh and vibrant life into this already good story.

    Relentless, spooky and fun, like the a roller coaster – or a freight train coming down the tracks that you’re stuck on.

  • Kemper

    And I thought the Atkins Diet sounded unhealthy…

    William Halleck is a successful lawyer living in upper middle class splendor in a Connecticut suburb with his wife and daughter, and his biggest problem is that he’s overweight. His perfect life is upset when he accidently ran over an old Gypsy woman when he was *ahem* distracted behind the wheel. Since Billy is one of the solid taxpayers who plays golf with all the right people the whole mess is quickly tidied up in court without him g

    And I thought the Atkins Diet sounded unhealthy…

    William Halleck is a successful lawyer living in upper middle class splendor in a Connecticut suburb with his wife and daughter, and his biggest problem is that he’s overweight. His perfect life is upset when he accidently ran over an old Gypsy woman when he was *ahem* distracted behind the wheel. Since Billy is one of the solid taxpayers who plays golf with all the right people the whole mess is quickly tidied up in court without him getting so much as a ticket. However, another old Gypsy puts a whammy on him and suddenly Billy can’t keep weight on no matter how much he eats. As he becomes a shadow of his former self Billy sets out on a desperate quest to track down the Gypsy and try to convince him to lift the curse of growing thinner.

    This was the last of the novels Stephen King released under the pen name of Richard Bachman before his cover was blown shortly after its publication. (In fact, he gets cute by having a couple of characters describe the situation as sounding like a King novel.) As with the other Bachman books it seems like Uncle Stevie ran leaner and meaner in this one. He keeps the story focused tightly on its key concept, but he’s also delivering some nice subtext about American culture. We’ve got a nicely ironic curse of a man’s thoughtless greedy consumption being turned back on him as well as exploring the hypocritical way that the decent folk of New England will have their fun with the Gypsies and then run them out of town.

    One of the strongest points here is in Halleck as a character. Billy seems like a decent guy who genuinely feels guilty about the death he inadvertently caused, and he’s got the brains and courage to face up to the bizarre situation and act to save himself. However, he also went along with sweeping the whole mess under the rug, and he’s willing to turn to a dangerous friend when he’s really in trouble. So there’s a nice mix in him that he’s both somewhat willing to take responsibility even as he trying to wriggle out of the consequences of it.

    It’s a very solid piece of horror fiction that makes me wish that King would have gotten to do more Bachman books before the secret leaked out. He has published others under the name, but none were ever quite as good as the early ones.

  • Will M.

    The premise really prompted me to read this novel. Aside from the fact that King wrote this, the premise really made me curious as to what the novel was all about. It was about a man who got cursed, and now he's losing weight everyday, and he fears that it will come to a point where he'll turn into nothing.

    Everything was good, but nothing was great. That's the main problem of the novel for me. While the start of the novel was batshit amazing and fast paced, the middle and the end was

    The premise really prompted me to read this novel. Aside from the fact that King wrote this, the premise really made me curious as to what the novel was all about. It was about a man who got cursed, and now he's losing weight everyday, and he fears that it will come to a point where he'll turn into nothing.

    Everything was good, but nothing was great. That's the main problem of the novel for me. While the start of the novel was batshit amazing and fast paced, the middle and the end was a huge dragger and almost made me not finish this. The reason he got cursed was witty, but after King revealed that, everything went downhill. The events were terribly uninteresting, and there was this fucking chapter, chapter fucking 22 that was so boring at first, and was too fucking long, it made me stop reading the novel for a few days. The chapter did improve halfway through, but I'm still annoyed with the length, and the boredom the first half exuded.

    The characters were satisfactory, but all I can say is that I only liked 2 characters in the whole novel. The main character Billy, and his friend Ginelli. All of the others were either mediocre or plain old annoying. I've read a lot of King's books, so I'm safe to say that his characters are most of the time spectacular. This novel was lacking, sad to say.

    I honestly can't really commend the plot development because I didn't like the middle to about 85% of the novel. It was a lot dragging and a bunch of useless things were said. I know the novel is damn short already, but it could've been shorter. The gypsies were a bit interesting, but they also lost their funk sooner than expected.

    The redeeming quality of the novel after that terrible middle part was the ending. It was well thought out and obviously something King would throw in. Such a huge turn of events for the main character. He just can't seem to win.

    3/5 stars. I almost gave this a two, but like I said above, the ending was good. Not my favorite King book, and I'm sadly disappointed with this. I know a lot of my friends enjoyed this, but it just wasn't for me. My favorite thing about the novel was the premise, and that's obviously not a good thing.

  • sue

    I’ve only read a few of Stephen Kings book but I have watched more in movies.

    This is the first one as Richard Bachman.

    And yes, I did enjoy it and would recommend for anyone who likes dark side/light horror.

    I don’t like horror, this is more “jumpy” as you Imagine “stuff” that happens.

    I’m rating this personally as a 3.5 due to I’ve read more psychological thrillers worse than this.

    Great introduction to Bachman’s work though.

    Funny ending.

    I’ve only read a few of Stephen Kings book but I have watched more in movies.

    This is the first one as Richard Bachman.

    And yes, I did enjoy it and would recommend for anyone who likes dark side/light horror.

    I don’t like horror, this is more “jumpy” as you Imagine “stuff” that happens.

    I’m rating this personally as a 3.5 due to I’ve read more psychological thrillers worse than this.

    Great introduction to Bachman’s work though.

    Funny ending. As in odd, strange.

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