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Elevation

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Oct 30, 2018
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9781982102333
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From world-renowned legendary storyteller Stephen King comes a horror novella unlike anything else. A New York Times bestseller, Elevation follows Scott Carey a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together. This work is a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.

As he begins to rapidly lose weight despite not looking any different, Scott is engaged in a low grade — but escalating — battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face—including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

Set in the iconic Castle Rock, Maine, Elevation is a delightful tale that draws readers in with King’s signature style, perfect for fans of small town settings, magic, and the joyful challenges of doing the right thing.

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Oct 30, 2018
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Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


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CHAPTER 1

Losing Weight

Scott Carey knocked on the door of the Ellis condo unit, and Bob Ellis (everyone in Highland Acres still called him Doctor Bob, although he was five years retired) let him in. Well, Scott, here you are. Ten on the dot. Now what can I do for you?

Scott was a big man, six-feet-four in his stocking feet, with a bit of a belly growing in front. I’m not sure. Probably nothing, but . . . I have a problem. I hope not a big one, but it might be.

One you don’t want to talk to your regular doctor about? Ellis was seventy-four, with thinning silver hair and a small limp that didn’t slow him down much on the tennis court. Which was where he and Scott had met, and become friends. Not close friends, maybe, but friends, sure enough.

Oh, I went, Scott said, and got a checkup. Which was overdue. Bloodwork, urine, prostate, the whole nine yards. Everything checked out. Cholesterol a little high, but still in the normal range. It was diabetes I was worried about. WebMD suggested that was the most likely.

Until he knew about the clothes, that was. The thing with the clothes wasn’t on any website, medical or otherwise. It certainly had nothing to do with diabetes.

Ellis led him into the living room, where a big bay window overlooked the fourteenth green of the Castle Rock gated community where he and his wife now lived. Doctor Bob played the occasional round, but mostly stuck to tennis. It was Ellis’s wife who enjoyed golf, and Scott suspected that was the reason they were living here, when they weren’t spending winters in a similar sports-oriented development in Florida.

Ellis said, If you’re looking for Myra, she’s at her Methodist Women’s group. I think that’s right, although it might be one of her town committees. Tomorrow she’s off to Portland for a meeting of the New England Mycological Society. That woman hops around like a hen on a hot griddle. Take off your coat, sit down, and tell me what’s on your mind.

Although it was early October and not particularly cold, Scott was wearing a North Face parka. When he took it off and laid it beside him on the sofa, the pockets jingled.

Would you like coffee? Tea? I think there’s a breakfast pastry, if—

I’m losing weight, Scott said abruptly. That’s what’s on my mind. It’s sort of funny, you know. I used to steer clear of the bathroom scale, because these last ten years or so, I haven’t been crazy about the news I got from it. Now I’m on it first thing every morning.

Ellis nodded. I see.

No reason for him to avoid the bathroom scale, Scott thought; the man was what his grandmother would have called a stuffed string. He’d probably live another twenty years, if a wild card didn’t come out of the deck. Maybe even make the century.

I certainly understand the scale-avoidance syndrome, saw it all the time when I was practicing. I also saw the opposite, compulsive weighing. Usually in bulimics and anorexics. You hardly look like one of those. He leaned forward, hands clasped between his skinny thighs. "You do understand that I’m retired, don’t you? I can advise, but I can’t prescribe. And my advice will probably be for you to go back to your regular doctor, and make a full disclosure."

Scott smiled. I suspect my doc would want me in the hospital for tests right away, and last month I landed a big job, designing interlocking websites for a department store chain. I won’t go into details, but it’s a plum. I was very fortunate to get the gig. It’s a large step up for me, and I can do it without moving out of Castle Rock. That’s the beauty of the computer age.

But you can’t work if you fall ill, Ellis said. You’re a smart guy, Scott, and I’m sure you know that weight-loss isn’t just a marker for diabetes, it’s a marker for cancer. Among other things. How much weight are we talking about?

Twenty-eight pounds. Scott looked out the window and observed white golf carts moving over green grass beneath a blue sky. As a photograph, it would have looked good on the Highland Acres website. He was sure they had one—everyone did these days, even roadside stands selling corn and apples had websites—but he hadn’t created it. He had moved on to bigger things. So far.

Bob Ellis grinned, showing teeth that were still his own. That’s a fair amount, all right, but my guess is you could stand to lose it. You move very well on the tennis court for a big man, and you put in your time on the machines in the health club, but carrying too many pounds puts a strain not just on the heart but the whole kit and caboodle. As I’m sure you know. From WebMD. He rolled his eyes at this, and Scott smiled. What are you now?

Guess, Scott said.

Bob laughed. What do you think this is, the county fair? I’m fresh out of Kewpie dolls.

You were in general practice for what, thirty-five years?

Forty-two.

So don’t be modest, you’ve weighed thousands of patients thousands of times. Scott stood up, a tall man with a big frame wearing jeans, a flannel shirt, and scuffed-up Georgia Giants. He looked more like a woodsman or a horse-wrangler than a web designer. Guess my weight. We’ll get to my fate later.

Doctor Bob cast the eye of a professional up and down Scott Carey’s seventy-six inches—more like seventy-eight, in the boots. He paid particular attention to the curve of belly over the belt, and the long thigh muscles built up by leg-presses and hack squats on machines Doctor Bob now avoided. Unbutton your shirt and hold it open.

Scott did this, revealing a gray tee with UNIVERSITY OF MAINE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT on the front. Bob saw a broad chest, muscular, but developing those adipose deposits wiseass kids liked to call man-tits.

I’m going to say . . . Ellis paused, interested in the challenge now. I’m going to say 235. Maybe 240. Which means you must have been up around 270 before you started to lose. I must say you carried it well on the tennis court. That much I wouldn’t have guessed.

Scott remembered how happy he had been when he’d finally mustered the courage to get on the scale earlier this month. Delighted, actually. The steady rate of the weight-loss since then was worrisome, yes, but only a little. It was the clothes thing that had changed worry to fright. You didn’t need WebMD to tell you that the clothes thing was more than strange; it was fucking outré.

Outside, a golf cart trundled past. In it were two middle-aged men, one in pink pants, one in green, both overweight. Scott thought they would have done themselves some good by ditching the cart and walking their round, instead.

Scott? Doctor Bob said. Are you there, or did I lose you?

I’m here, Scott said. "The last time we played tennis, I did go 240. I know, because that was when I finally got on the scale. I decided the time had come to drop a few pounds. I was starting to get all out of breath by the third set. But as of this morning, I weigh 212."

He sat down again next to his parka (which gave another jingle). Bob eyed him carefully. You don’t look like 212 to me, Scott. Pardon me for saying, but you look quite a bit heavier than that.

But healthy?

Yes.

Not sick.

No. Not to look at you, anyway, but—

Have you got a scale? I bet you do. Let’s check it out.

Doctor Bob considered him for a moment, wondering if Scott’s actual problem might be in the gray matter above his eyebrows. In his experience, it was mostly women who tended to be neurotic about their weight, but it happened with men, too. All right, let’s do that. Follow me.

Bob led him into a study stocked with bookshelves. There was a framed anatomy chart on one wall and a line of diplomas on another. Scott

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  • (4/5)
    Scott Carey has a mysterious sickness: he is losing weight but not mass. As he fades away, he grows in his closeness to neighbors and friends. A touching story, quite short by Stephen King standards.
  • (4/5)
    I refuse to give any less than four stars to this sweet little story, although had it be written my someone other than Mr. King, I don't know if I would have given it more than three. At least there is something supernatural going on! This story was full of narrow-minded, shallow people, but it is also a reminder that there are still so many of those in the world. Even though it feels that the world has moved on from such bigoted views, there are these communities where you cannot be different from eveyone else. This story goes all the way to prove that small things can make a difference, I hope that it really is so.
  • (4/5)
    I randomly found this book on a library "Lucky Day" shelf (current popular releases, no renewals). I don't think I have read a Stephen King book since high school, though several of his newer works are on my TBR. So I grabbed this. It's short, and hopefully it is nothing like Pet Sematary.It isn't.This easy less-than-a-day read is set in New England, of course, because King. The character and relationship development is a little quick, but the plot--a man (Scott) losing weight while not getting thinner--is an interesting idea. Meanwhile, he has gotten off on the wrong foot with his new neighbors who are struggling to keep their new restaurant afloat as outsiders in town. Friendships are made and strengthened, and so on. King is not the best writer IMO, but his ideas are interesting and he addresses every single thing I could think of about Scott's condition and what it could mean.
  • (5/5)
    Stephen King does it again! Though a quick read, King finds a way to get you into the story and he doesn't let go. You find yourself rooting for the characters and sometimes you find yourself crying for them. I just loved this story. Short but sweet, it is.
  • (4/5)
    A wonderful little gem of a story about a lesbian couple and a man who loses a lot of weight in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. Read it.
  • (5/5)
    Very moving, and a worthy homage to Richard Matheson's "The Shrinking Man".
  • (4/5)
    Scott Carey, a recently divorced, hefty, middle-aged IT specialist, seems to have developed a rather unusual medical problem. He's started to lose weight. A lot of weight. About 2 pounds a day, in fact. He hasn't altered his eating habits, or changed his exercise routine, and despite the weight loss there is no change in his physical size. It's like his body is no longer subject to the laws of gravity. Realising that his zero weight day is looming large, Scott decides to set things right with his Castle Rock neighbours and friends."Elevation" is a charming and easy to read novella, despite the completely unbelievable premise. The characters are relatable and King's descriptions never fail to deliver. A pleasant and quick read.
  • (5/5)
    Elevation by Stephen King is a mysterious book with a man losing weight but looking the same size. He even is the same weight regardless of what he is wearing too! He is losing weight daily and doesn't know why. It gets pretty crazy and there are other things going on in town too! Great characters, plot, and love the strange predicament, the unknown of it all!
  • (4/5)
    This was an interesting story but not at all what I would consider typical Stephen King. I enjoyed the down to earth (no joke intended) nature of Scott Carey, and how what he really wanted was to be a good neighbour. I liked Dr. Bob and the fact that his wife was initially less than a good person in her closed minded attitude and Dr. Bob knew it. I like how everything progressed and the actions Scott took on race day and how they helped turn things around to what they should be.I don't know how I expected that the book would end, but somehow the ending was less than what I hoped for. I almost felt cheated because I wanted to know what happens next after the ending which I won't reveal because I don't want to ruin the book for you... I guess I'm left with the question - where is Scott now?
  • (3/5)
    I feel like this was supposed to be a book about how to ally, and instead it was a book about how a mediocre white dude can fix anything if he tries. It wasn't *bad,* it just wasn't what it was claimed to be.
  • (4/5)
    Quick and eerie read of a man who inexplicably loses weight while appearing to be overweight. There’s so much to like about this- the power of friendship, second chances and hope.
  • (4/5)
    Elevation is a story about a man who starts to lose weight at a very steady pace, but no matter what he is wearing or holding his weight does not change. He starts to realize there is nothing he can do to stop what is happening. I thought this book was thought provoking, funny, charming and I loved the social commentary in it. I would recommend this book!
  • (4/5)
    This is more of a novella than a novel, still it was very enjoyable.
  • (3/5)
    To begin, I LOVE Stephen King, the author! But Stephen King, the businessman, is starting to get on my nerves. When I went to my library to pick this up off the hold shelf, I thought I had the wrong book! I was looking for a novel, and this thing is the size, and width, of a dvd case! Seriously, it fits in the front pocket of my shorts! How is this, as the cover states, "a novel"? And how is the list price $19.95? This is a short story people, 146 pages long with illustrations and blank pages between chapter! I'd bet this is 70-75 pages tops. And I'm guessing the paperback version will fit in my work shirt pocket! Gee whiz, almost $20 for something that can be read as a snack. An expensive snack!---------------------------All that aside, I liked the story, as I usually do. It is not a horror story, and not really even a Castle Rock story, though that is the setting. It's a strange tale about weight loss (?) and small town people, and life. It made me want to eat at the Holy Frijole, with the Dr. Ellis Party and enjoy the good company of those friends. And the ending made me a little sad. A nice, kind, story.----------------------------But it is by no means a "novel". boo.
  • (5/5)
    It's not a bad story...good but not great. In 147 pages it doesn't really have the time to have been either. There's going to be a host of readers that are going to slam the book for not being longer...stating on the front cover that it's a novel when in actuality it's a novella...or treading very close to Stephen Kings book [Thinner]. Overall, in spite of the length it was a good story. I liked the main character of Scott Carey and his attitude to a situation that would have certainly made most people at least paranoid if not out of their minds crazy. Read it if you aren't looking for something like [Salem's Lot] or [It]. After all the King of Horror wrote it.
  • (5/5)
    Great small novelette! Story about a man who keeps losing weight but it doesn't show that he is losing any pounds. Not horror at all. More like Amazing Stories/Twilight Zone. Kudos to putting little easter eggs in the book. Sweet story and a sad ending. I almost teared up.
  • (4/5)
    I've read everything Stephen King has written and was excited to hear he had a new book coming out. Elevation is newly released.Fans will recognize the setting immediately. Castle Rock, Maine. Scott Carey has been losing weight. He can see it on the scale. Oddly enough, the number stays the same even if he's wearing clothes. And his body doesn't look any different. But he's definitely lighter....Even as Scott's weight decreases, a small fracas with his neighbours increases. But it's not just Scott, it's most of the town against this couple. Scott decides to try and turn things around.Elevation is the perfect listen for this time of the year. It's timely in so many ways. Uplifting I would say. ;0) Elevation tackles intolerance, doing the right thing and simple kindness and decency with a classic King supernatural twist.I was thrilled to see that King himself was the narrator. There's nothing like having an author read his own work. The emphasis, the interpretation, the emotion, the quirks and so much more are presented exactly as he intended them to be. A bonus short story, Laurie, is included. And will give regular readers a nice little jolt of King horror....watch out for the 'gators.This listener really enjoyed Elevation. The ending was difficult - sad, but absolutely fitting. A great addition to my library.
  • (5/5)
    This was a very short book about every woman's fantasy - being able to eat anything and everything in large amounts without gaining any weight - even losing it! However, in this tale that fantasy becomes a nightmare as the main character faces his ultimate death but who chooses to make every minute count. Not only does he make each moment count, but he helps to make the lives of those around him better. This is both a sad and uplifting book.
  • (3/5)
    Oddly entertaining with a message for the times.
  • (5/5)
    Castle Rock, Maine citizen Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, but he’s losing weight. A lot of weight. His clothes, no matter how heavy, do not change that weight. As the numbers on his scale continue to plummet, he takes a friend into his confidence.Through an unfortunate encounter, Scott begins to understand the difficulties a local restaurateur faces and makes an effort to help. And, although that effort gets off to a rocky start, he perseveres. Somehow, Scott’s affliction brings out the best in people, especially those who have behaved in the worst ways.But what about Scott’s mysterious weight loss? And what will happen to Scott if his weight never stops dropping? This short, quick-read narrative is a quirky sort of a heartwarming parable for today, a reminder to be kind, to work together, to be understanding. Put this charming little book on the top of your to-be-read pile. You won’t be sorry.Highly recommended.
  • (3/5)
    Slight novella on the usual pattern: something inexplicable happens to an ordinary person, who discovers grace as a result. This is distinguished by not being horror: Scott is losing more and more weight, except his body isn’t changing. It’s just that the scale keeps showing lower numbers, and also whatever he picks up weighs nothing, so standing on the scale with a 15-pound weight produces no difference in the numbers. Oh, and he’s dealing with the hostile lesbian neighbors, whom he’d like to win over (because he’s a nice guy) before he gets to zero and they lose their restaurant to Castle Rock’s conservatism. It was definitely King, but not near his best.
  • (5/5)
    I'm not going to get into whether Elevation is a novel or novella, it doesn't matter in the least to me. Neither am I going into detail on the storyline. I don't want to give anything away. I liked the book. I liked all the characters. I thought King touched on a lot of topics on everyone's mind these days, all the while building an excellent, touching story. I was sad when I got to that last page, not wanting the story to end, but thinking at the same time that the ending was perfect.
  • (4/5)
    This is a rather sweet novella about a man unintentionally losing weight but not mass, plus a short story about a widower given a puppy he doesn't want. Lightweight stuff, but a nice palate cleanser The audio version is read by the author..
  • (3/5)
    It's a good thing Stephen King is a great writer, otherwise, I would never have been able to finish this novella. The story is strung out over 146 pages in a half size book. The same tale could have been told in 10 pages. This book was just not for me.
  • (4/5)
    An enjoyable short story. King always paints perfect images in my mind with his words.
  • (5/5)
    Bob Ellis is the doc in Tommyknockers also. I love Stephen King and his world building so much!!! StephenKingiverse!
  • (3/5)
    Too out-of-the-box for me. Reminds me of S. King's floating-boy book. Didn't like that one at all.
  • (5/5)
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  • (3/5)
    It was an okay read. Wish the ending will be more dramatic ?
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed reading this short story, brought tears to my eyes.