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'Finn', a Scribd exclusive, is set in Ireland and tells the story of a young man, unlucky since birth, who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity. The darkly funny, unsettling tale takes Finn through existential and psychological crises in a world where bullies and madmen upend the lives of the innocent. 'Finn', a Scribd exclusive, is set in Ireland and tells the story of a young man, unlucky since birth, who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity. The darkly funny, unsettling tale takes Finn through existential and psychological crises in a world where bullies and madmen upend the lives of the innocent.


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'Finn', a Scribd exclusive, is set in Ireland and tells the story of a young man, unlucky since birth, who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity. The darkly funny, unsettling tale takes Finn through existential and psychological crises in a world where bullies and madmen upend the lives of the innocent. 'Finn', a Scribd exclusive, is set in Ireland and tells the story of a young man, unlucky since birth, who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity. The darkly funny, unsettling tale takes Finn through existential and psychological crises in a world where bullies and madmen upend the lives of the innocent.

30 review for Finn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Appu Sasidharan

    I was so excited when Scribd gave me early access to this Book, Finn, written by Stephen King. King tells us the story of Finn, living in an Irish city, who has been unlucky in everything he did since his birth (He was dropped at birth and even had to survive a lightning strike). His only respite is the hope given by her grandmother, saying that he will have a good life one day. One night he was walking back home alone. Then he runs into another kid who looks like him, wearing a similar dress whi I was so excited when Scribd gave me early access to this Book, Finn, written by Stephen King. King tells us the story of Finn, living in an Irish city, who has been unlucky in everything he did since his birth (He was dropped at birth and even had to survive a lightning strike). His only respite is the hope given by her grandmother, saying that he will have a good life one day. One night he was walking back home alone. Then he runs into another kid who looks like him, wearing a similar dress which he was wearing. A van comes after a few minutes, and some unknown people kidnap him. Who was the doppelgänger he ran himself into? Why did those men kidnap him? Was it due to something terrible that Finn did in his life? Will he be able to escape from them? King gives answers to all these questions through this book. My favorite three lines from this book. “For every stroke of bad luck two strokes of good, grandma had said.” “Most people will be reasonable if he speaks soft and gives them a chance.” “In this city, it was the uniform of the young, men and women.” The plot for this book was interesting. I was expecting something spectacular from the master of suspense. I waited until the end of this book, but nothing extraordinary happened. I just felt that this is a book that King wrote in a hurry to meet the deadline without fleshing out the plot or the characters. I never felt like that with any of the other Stephen King books I have read in my life. Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought that I would have to associate the word disappointed with a Stephen King book, but sadly that was the case with this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    myo (myonna reads)

    meh this was boring also nothing to do with the audiobook and more so on scribd but the audiobook itself was bad and it kept pausing

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    Thanking Scribd for granting me early access to read/review this short story exclusively for their platform. oh my gosh, how does Stephen King do it? He taps those innermost fears, that all of us have, that we don't even communicate out loud and then suddenly, here it is in a short story. I was so invested in the character Finn, I just wanted to see him survive his weird situation; something we would never want to find ourselves in. Really, really high energy, fast-paced story once again from the Thanking Scribd for granting me early access to read/review this short story exclusively for their platform. oh my gosh, how does Stephen King do it? He taps those innermost fears, that all of us have, that we don't even communicate out loud and then suddenly, here it is in a short story. I was so invested in the character Finn, I just wanted to see him survive his weird situation; something we would never want to find ourselves in. Really, really high energy, fast-paced story once again from the master of Horror.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Meh. I'm not entirely sure what the point of this was. It had promise - Finn our main character is born unlucky and as a result ends up in many unfortunate scrapes as a youngster. But that's where the promise stops, as this quickly unravels into a case of mistaken identity and just.... oddness. It's like the first draft of a good idea that's not yet fully fleshed out. Don't bother unless you like a quick trip into various torture techniques with unhinged criminals. Meh. I'm not entirely sure what the point of this was. It had promise - Finn our main character is born unlucky and as a result ends up in many unfortunate scrapes as a youngster. But that's where the promise stops, as this quickly unravels into a case of mistaken identity and just.... oddness. It's like the first draft of a good idea that's not yet fully fleshed out. Don't bother unless you like a quick trip into various torture techniques with unhinged criminals.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fereshte

    i only read it because scribd recommended it and it was just pointless 😐 also, finn donavan? like, is that a finlay donovan reference or something?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    This felt no more like a SK story than The Gunslinger did 40 years ago when I read it. Finn has a very different feel from King's typical writing. Only the ending, which was cool, felt like his work. This felt no more like a SK story than The Gunslinger did 40 years ago when I read it. Finn has a very different feel from King's typical writing. Only the ending, which was cool, felt like his work.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This was an absolute roller coaster. The ending definitely had me questioning my own life 👀 what is even real?!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    I was going to give this three stars, but as I was collecting my thoughts for this review it occurred to me that there are a LOT of references only a Constant Reader and King stalker fan would catch, and really, I love that! While I am going to list the references, I am going to try not to spoil anything. The main character Finn lives in Ireland, and is 19. He lives at 19 Rowan Lane (Anne Rice reference, maybe?), and runs into a doppelganger! (so many 19s!!!!) For us CRs, that could be a twinner, I was going to give this three stars, but as I was collecting my thoughts for this review it occurred to me that there are a LOT of references only a Constant Reader and King stalker fan would catch, and really, I love that! While I am going to list the references, I am going to try not to spoil anything. The main character Finn lives in Ireland, and is 19. He lives at 19 Rowan Lane (Anne Rice reference, maybe?), and runs into a doppelganger! (so many 19s!!!!) For us CRs, that could be a twinner, a la Jack Sawyer. Not only that, but the twinner (I am sticking with this!) has the initials RF. Again, this will thrill CRs. Another character has two names/personalities and Elvis Presley's twin figures heavily in the plot. Is this a nod to The Talisman? Finn wears a tee with the band Nazareth on it. He is subjected to loud bits of music by bands King has said he loves, and water in an unpleasant way. The water may solidify the possible Anne Rice connection, since her Rowan is a witch, and water is used to test witches. Despite being the author of over 60 novels, King is always up to try new formats and platforms. This tale is only available on Scribd, and while that irritates me, since they have a history of making it impossible to unsubscribe, I have to applaud King always trying new things. This felt more like a Bachman story than a King story, maybe even George Stark. Not King's usual fare, at any rate. We are left with no real resolution, much like King leaves us at the end of The Colorado Kid, but I'm ok with that. My very favorite thing included is a weird little pamphlet. I think some enterprising person could mock up a physical copy of this and I would buy it. Anyone?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Josh Olds

    Stephen King’s latest short story is a Scribd original, making it—at least for now—exclusive to that platform. King has always played around with different publishing avenues, particularly for his short stories, and it’s interesting to see Scribd function as a sort-of literary magazine publishing this story. Finn is the story of a very unlucky young man who has never had anything go right his whole life. The first thing he did in life outside the womb was get dropped and it only got worse from t Stephen King’s latest short story is a Scribd original, making it—at least for now—exclusive to that platform. King has always played around with different publishing avenues, particularly for his short stories, and it’s interesting to see Scribd function as a sort-of literary magazine publishing this story. Finn is the story of a very unlucky young man who has never had anything go right his whole life. The first thing he did in life outside the womb was get dropped and it only got worse from there. But that’s the backstory. Finn is really about the time he was kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity. Scribd notes that, in its originals, they’re looking for works that “thrive in the space between magazines and full-length books, and often don’t have a place in the traditional publishing marketplace.” That’s a good description of a lot of King’s short story work, particularly ones that aren’t thematically paired with other short stories. There’ve been 12 Scribd originals, both fiction and non-fiction, with some other names you’ll recognize. Chuck Palahniuk has written one. Margaret Atwood has written one. So, of course, King will throw his hat in the ring as well. Finn is an evocative story, told in the typical King fashion. If there’s a deeper theme, I’m too dumb to understand it, and I’m of the opinion that short stories need to make up for their length in thematic richness. As stories go, it’s fine. It’s not King’s best (that place belongs to The Jaunt), not his worst (see Milkman #1 or Milkman #2). It’s a recognizably King short story that begins and ends without much fanfare either way. Knowing King, the kidnapping organization might play a larger role in a future story—there are certainly hints that way. In any case, I probably wouldn’t purchase a Scribd subscription (subScribdtion?) just to read this story, but if you already use Scribd (or want to check out their 14 day trial), it’s worth the 30 minutes or so it’ll take you to read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kemora

    The master of horror is back at it again!! Also, what a lovely narrator !?!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily Hurricane

    Loved it, perfect blend of horror and humour. Perfect bite of King!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dave Musson

    I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of this by Scribd in return for a review… Stephen King cut his teeth writing short stories, and this Scribd exclusive shows he’s still a master of the mini tale. Finn has Bachman vibes galore, and constant readers will love the 19s and hard rock bands referenced - I even reckon I spotted a nod to a certain RF. But what’s really great about Finn is that even this far into his career, with nothing left to prove, King is trying new things - new locations, plots I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of this by Scribd in return for a review… Stephen King cut his teeth writing short stories, and this Scribd exclusive shows he’s still a master of the mini tale. Finn has Bachman vibes galore, and constant readers will love the 19s and hard rock bands referenced - I even reckon I spotted a nod to a certain RF. But what’s really great about Finn is that even this far into his career, with nothing left to prove, King is trying new things - new locations, plots and even voices. Finn is a captivating little cracker!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    Finn is a quick, entertaining read, it's not particularly memorable but it is perfect as a palate cleanser between books. Finn is a quick, entertaining read, it's not particularly memorable but it is perfect as a palate cleanser between books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    You can read this one FOR FREE!! A very likable Main Chacarcter: Finn Stephen King has said many times before that he loves writing short stories, like he used to do when they were published on magazines. And I love to read short stories, so I was really excited about this one (I mean, just look at that flawless cover). And I’m not disappointed. Overall, it is a good story and I do think that the best about this one is the title character, Finn. He is actually likable so we do feel sorry for him You can read this one FOR FREE!! A very likable Main Chacarcter: Finn Stephen King has said many times before that he loves writing short stories, like he used to do when they were published on magazines. And I love to read short stories, so I was really excited about this one (I mean, just look at that flawless cover). And I’m not disappointed. Overall, it is a good story and I do think that the best about this one is the title character, Finn. He is actually likable so we do feel sorry for him when the bad luck strikes him. The story reminds me to Lucky Quarter, an story featured on King’s Everything’s Eventual ( and you can read my review here: Todo Es Eventual ) as they both seem to share the same concept (similar, at least). However, Finn’s store is more darkly and raw. The plot is fast-paced (although I’d say not very suitable for younger readers), but its main flaw, as usually happens with Stephen King’s books, is the ending. It feels rushed like if the author had to stop the story at an specific number of pages. An audiobook version is also available, and I’ll share my review of it later. Note: This short story is a Scribd original, and it is exclusive to that platform. You can read it for free as well as any other Story on the platform, if you use my promo code: https://es.scribd.com/g/8f0dlm Note #2 Espero que sea traducido al español para que mas gente pueda disfrutarlo. Aunque por el momento no hay noticias de ello.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This short tale of mistaken identity is a decent read, as you'd expect from Stephen King. There were a few good laughs along the way, but overall, I got the same feeling that I've gotten from a lot of the recent King works that I've read: What was the point? There's a potentially great idea at the very end that is too-briefly touched upon, and the story suffers from the maddening ambiguity that King seems to favor as he grows older. THE COLORADO KID drove me nuts because there were no answers t This short tale of mistaken identity is a decent read, as you'd expect from Stephen King. There were a few good laughs along the way, but overall, I got the same feeling that I've gotten from a lot of the recent King works that I've read: What was the point? There's a potentially great idea at the very end that is too-briefly touched upon, and the story suffers from the maddening ambiguity that King seems to favor as he grows older. THE COLORADO KID drove me nuts because there were no answers to the mystery. FINN is more of the same. Witty, well-written, but forgettable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This incredibly Short story is only 35 pages, so it’s a quick read. It is also a Scribd exclusive. Scribd gives the option of reading "Finn" in ebook format or of listening to an audiobook. I listened to the audiobook, of course. Since this apparently occurs somewhere in Ireland (or there-abouts), they got Kellen Boyle to do the narration for this story. He was grand. I adored his accents. They were superb. But this novel wasn’t nearly long enough…. So I was quite disappointed in the length of it This incredibly Short story is only 35 pages, so it’s a quick read. It is also a Scribd exclusive. Scribd gives the option of reading "Finn" in ebook format or of listening to an audiobook. I listened to the audiobook, of course. Since this apparently occurs somewhere in Ireland (or there-abouts), they got Kellen Boyle to do the narration for this story. He was grand. I adored his accents. They were superb. But this novel wasn’t nearly long enough…. So I was quite disappointed in the length of it. It took no time at all to get through. I’ve no idea what to make of the main baddie character, or the open ended ending King wrote for this story. 3 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rox

    As far as short stories go, this was brilliant. I'm of the belief that short fiction is always best with an open ending, so seeing so many hate this element of the story, does not really sit well with me, and I strongly disagree. I thought the setting was very descriptive, especially in making me understand it, and I understood the glimpse of the bad luck Finn experiences on the daily. We need more short stories from great authors. Short stories are such a punch to the gut, and Finn does not dis As far as short stories go, this was brilliant. I'm of the belief that short fiction is always best with an open ending, so seeing so many hate this element of the story, does not really sit well with me, and I strongly disagree. I thought the setting was very descriptive, especially in making me understand it, and I understood the glimpse of the bad luck Finn experiences on the daily. We need more short stories from great authors. Short stories are such a punch to the gut, and Finn does not disappoint.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Pannone

    3.5 rounding up to 4 for GoodReads. It was a nice short story that I could see potentially being in a collection years down the line. Nothing too special about it but I did like the ending a lot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)

    Stephen King is my all time favourite author and I was super excited to read his latest short story - Finn - a Scribd exclusive. Set in Ireland, this is an unsettling tale about Finn, a young man who is born unlucky and got himself entangled in a case of mistaken identity. I am feeling conflicted about this book. There are parts I like and also parts that didn't work for me. I like the dark humour in it and as always King gives us a great endearing character. Although this was short story, I cou Stephen King is my all time favourite author and I was super excited to read his latest short story - Finn - a Scribd exclusive. Set in Ireland, this is an unsettling tale about Finn, a young man who is born unlucky and got himself entangled in a case of mistaken identity. I am feeling conflicted about this book. There are parts I like and also parts that didn't work for me. I like the dark humour in it and as always King gives us a great endearing character. Although this was short story, I could still connect with Finn. This book did not really wow me but hey, I would read anything by Stephen King!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    Just when I was thinking I needed a break from Stephen King I found this little gem on Scribd. This really worked as an audio book. Finn’s character is charming, and doubly so with an Irish accent (which I’ve always been a sucker for). Finn is a guy who seems to have more than a fair share of improbable bad luck and his current situation seems to fulfill what he’s come to expect in his life. His Granny has assured him for every piece of bad luck, double that will come back to a person in good, t Just when I was thinking I needed a break from Stephen King I found this little gem on Scribd. This really worked as an audio book. Finn’s character is charming, and doubly so with an Irish accent (which I’ve always been a sucker for). Finn is a guy who seems to have more than a fair share of improbable bad luck and his current situation seems to fulfill what he’s come to expect in his life. His Granny has assured him for every piece of bad luck, double that will come back to a person in good, though that’s not been his experience if he were asked. This story is exploring Finn’s idea of whether that is true or not. Not a bad way to pass a wee bit of time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    Finn has very bad luck, Such bad luck that he has now been the victim of mistaken identity and needs to convince his kidnappers of this fact. This is a very short story by Stephen King. Now, don't get me wrong, I love so many of the old King books, they're masterpieces. But, sometimes it seems a very famous author's name will be the sole reason for a book being published, they're so famous it's assumed people will read and love anything they write. This short story seems to be an example of that. Finn has very bad luck, Such bad luck that he has now been the victim of mistaken identity and needs to convince his kidnappers of this fact. This is a very short story by Stephen King. Now, don't get me wrong, I love so many of the old King books, they're masterpieces. But, sometimes it seems a very famous author's name will be the sole reason for a book being published, they're so famous it's assumed people will read and love anything they write. This short story seems to be an example of that. In a short story, I need it all to happen very quickly and for there to be an extremely interesting / shocking twist at the end. This just....did not have that. There was a vague insinuation of a twist, but it just wasn't enough for the story to be something that left me thinking afterwards. The writing was good - obviously - Stephen King knows how to write, but it felt like the first few pages of an introduction to a novel, not a short story in it's own right.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    I hesitate to log this, but I want to track this just so I remember when I first tried the Scribd service. So far, I'm impressed. If I could get the ebooks onto my e-ink reader, subscribing would be a slam dunk. Anyhow, I really like it when King branches out and does a more untraditional release. This reminds me of the Riding the Bullet ebook and the serialized Green Mile releases. Not quite those heights, but this is still a cool way to get people thinking about other ways to consume books. The I hesitate to log this, but I want to track this just so I remember when I first tried the Scribd service. So far, I'm impressed. If I could get the ebooks onto my e-ink reader, subscribing would be a slam dunk. Anyhow, I really like it when King branches out and does a more untraditional release. This reminds me of the Riding the Bullet ebook and the serialized Green Mile releases. Not quite those heights, but this is still a cool way to get people thinking about other ways to consume books. The story itself is certainly worth the free scribd trial, with some dark humor and a rocking soundtrack. I really enjoyed the ending, which harkens back to a lot of classic King short stories (I just wish it was one of many because I'm greedy like that).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anja Henriksen

    Not sure what I try think of this one

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dallas Reads

    I love King, but this was by far one of my least favorite stories by him. I don’t mind the shortness, The Boogeyman is my favorite of his short stories, and that one is only 13 pages. But Finn never really seemed to go anywhere or serve a purpose. It was just random information that prompted unsolved questions. 2.25/5.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Kensinger

    Included with a Scribd membership. Use this link for 60 days FREE https://www.scribd.com/g/8mehzi I haven't read much King, and this is my first short story by him. I actually listened to it twice because I was positive I was missing something but no, it was just the classic King WTF moment I should have expected. We have a teen boy with extremely bad luck who gets mistakeningly kidnapped by some goons looking for something he doesn't have, because they have the wrong person. It's a bit of a roll Included with a Scribd membership. Use this link for 60 days FREE https://www.scribd.com/g/8mehzi I haven't read much King, and this is my first short story by him. I actually listened to it twice because I was positive I was missing something but no, it was just the classic King WTF moment I should have expected. We have a teen boy with extremely bad luck who gets mistakeningly kidnapped by some goons looking for something he doesn't have, because they have the wrong person. It's a bit of a rollercoaster that keeps you hanging on to find out if Finn can convince them they have the wrong guy and to see if he gets away. Not going to say much more because it's literally like 20-30 listen time and I gave you the link so you can get it for free.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anya

    I guess I didn't get it.. short, entertaining.. but just that kind of "too short to be meaningful" with an open ending I can't really get my head aroud... I guess I didn't get it.. short, entertaining.. but just that kind of "too short to be meaningful" with an open ending I can't really get my head aroud...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah✨

    Well I’ve never read King like this before! Amazing short novella that packs a punch and throws you straight into the action. This read like a thriller movie - great characters, grittiness, dark twists and turns. A very strong story that will get you back into reading King, or starting with him if you’ve been intimidated by the 500+ page books previously! Thanks to Scribd for kindly allowing me to read this before it’s publication :) #ad #gifted

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meghan-Alice

    i have read all of kings works bar eye of the dragon, and this is BY FAR my least favourite. the entire thing seemed pointless, and it's 2022 are we not past using f****t and gay as an insult in books?! i have read all of kings works bar eye of the dragon, and this is BY FAR my least favourite. the entire thing seemed pointless, and it's 2022 are we not past using f****t and gay as an insult in books?!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Generous

    A wee bit comedic with a strong case of hopelessness. Good literary bent at the end with that choice to close it out (a move I've seen a few times, one King even referenced). Good stuff. A wee bit comedic with a strong case of hopelessness. Good literary bent at the end with that choice to close it out (a move I've seen a few times, one King even referenced). Good stuff.

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