Who here reads Stephen King?

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Postby El Squibbonator » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:00 pm

Like the title says, who here is a fan of Stephen King? I've read Firestarter, Dreamcatcher, The Tommyknockers, Under The Dome, Blockade Billy, Desperation, Gerald's Game, Duma Key, Joyland, Black House, From a Buick 8, 'Salem's Lot, Christine, 11/22/63, The Eyes Of The Dragon, It, and the entire Dark Tower series.
Overall, I have to say that he's at his best when he's writing things other than horror stories. My favorite works by him tend to be in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
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Postby Blue Monday » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:16 pm

You need to go and read The Stand.
Quickly now.
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Postby Guy Nacks » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:25 pm

I've read The Dead Zone, The Shining, Misery, and IT.



View Original PostBlue Monday wrote:You need to go and read The Stand.
Quickly now.



But The Stand is my favorite by far.
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Postby Dartz » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:03 pm

Not quite a Constant Reader.... but I enjoyed The Bachmann Books when I was still in school. Had to buy a well-thumbed second hand copy to get all four stories because it seemed someone had taken one of them too literally.

I read all of The Dark Tower series and loved it for being a fantasy novel that wasn't about fucking wizards and elves, but having a proper, desolate and intriguing worldbuilding behind it.

My copy of The Stand however, was left unfinished on the back seat of a No. 19 bus....
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Postby El Squibbonator » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:03 pm

View Original PostBlue Monday wrote:You need to go and read The Stand.
Quickly now.


I have read that. Wasn't a big fan though, because I thought it was just too anti-intellectual.
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Postby caragnafog dog » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:13 pm

Different Seasons is a favorite of mine. I'm unlikely to read any of his stuff soon but I have been meaning to find a copy of The Stand for a while.
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Postby Guy Nacks » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:45 pm

It's an appropriate time to start reading it, what with the Ebola outbreak and such.
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Postby cyharding » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:57 pm

Outside of the Dark Tower series, I haven't read much of his fiction. The only book of his I actually own is On Writing.

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Postby Atropos » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:05 am

View Original PostGuy Nacks wrote:It's an appropriate time to start reading it, what with the Ebola outbreak and such.

Ordinarily, I'd say the opposite.

Stephen King is great—and not just as a writer; he also has amazing insights into life and art that have personally affected me. Try On Writing sometime.

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Postby TomasJC » Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:09 am

I decided to read The Green Mile before watching the movie, and ohmygoodness was it rewarding. It wrapped up a little better in my opinion, despite the movie being great.
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Postby Chuckman » Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:59 am

After I saw that movie I remember I sat down and figured out

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how long Edgecomb would live, assuming that the extension of his life scaled to the extension of Mister Jingles' life. Given the average lifespan of a mouse, Paul could live for anywhere from 4,000 to 8,000 years. Even if the extra life he was given just adds extra years instead of multiplying his lifespan he's easily looking at another hundred years to go.


Kinda freaked me out.

Also ties into how all of King's books are centered around the horror inherent in nostalgia. They're all about losing touch with some past golden age or treasured relationships.
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Postby Gob Hobblin » Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:33 am

That's one of his greatest strengths, I feel: the ability to pull horror and cosmic implication out of the most mundane things.
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Postby Quiddity » Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:31 am

Just finished up The Shining within the last week or so. Read The Dead Zone earlier this year as well. The only other King novels I've read are The Stand and The Green Mile, which I read as a kid 15-20 years ago. Plan on reading some more later this year after I read some books by other authors.
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Postby Chuckman » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:01 am

Not having read every single thing he's ever written, I consider It to be the quintessential King, followed closely by Christine. The Shining falls in with The Tommyknockers, The Dark Half and some of his more personal works focusing on addiction and inner conflict over the violence in his writing. He's a deeply humanist writer and during his most productive and observant period I think he created a string of novels that will catch on and be studied far into the future when some of the more literary stuff favored by his critics has been dismissed as self indulgent.
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Postby StarShaper7 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:41 am

I've always been interested in reading Stephen King's books. Actually, I guess I've been interested in reading more literature in general. But for someone who's only seen snippets of the It mini-series, what would be a good starting point?

It seems that The Stand is his most acclaimed novel, so I'll read that at some point. I'm looking for a book that serves as a good introduction to King, so... It? The Green Mile? Cujo?

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Postby Chuckman » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:44 am

The Stand is pretty ponderous and, for lack of a better term, very 70's.

I'd begin with a book of his short stories. He's a master of the form. Skeleton Crew would probably be best to start.
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Postby ElMariachi » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:23 am

I only read the first novel of The Bachman Books, which is Rage, the first novel by Stephen King, my cousin owned a copy of the novel in French.

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Postby Kazuki_Fuse » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:30 am

Pet Sematary stands as my favorite novel of his. The movie is also my favorite adaptation of his work.
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Postby Blue Monday » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:30 am

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Postby Chuckman » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:49 am

View Original PostKazuki_Fuse wrote:Pet Sematary stands as my favorite novel of his. The movie is also my favorite adaptation of his work.


The last line of that book is up there with 1984.
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