by Stephen King
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Ralph Roberts has a problem: he isn't sleeping so well these days.
In fact, he's hardly sleeping at all. Each morning, the news conveyed by the
bedside clock is a little worse: 3:15 ... 3:02 ... 2:45 ... 2:15. The books
call it "premature waking"; Ralph, who is still learning to be a widower, calls
it a season in hell. He's begun to notice a strangeness in his familiar
surroundings, to experience visual phenomena that he can't quite believe are
hallucinations. Soon, Ralph thinks, he won't be sleeping at all, and what then?
A problem, yes -- though perhaps not so uncommon, you might say. But
Ralph has lived his entire life in Derry, Maine, and Derry isn't like other
places, as millions of Stephen King readers will gladly testify. They remember It, also set in Derry, and know there's a mean streak running through
this small New England city; underneath its ordinary surface awesome and terrifying forces
are at work. The dying, natural and otherwise, has been going on in Derry for a long, long
time. Now Ralph is part of it. So are his friends. And so are the
strangers they encounter.
You, Gentle Reader, may never sleep again. Welcome to Insomnia.
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