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Old 06-22-17, 09:24 AM   #26
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Can anyone recommend a few good King books that aren't scary? I have read Joyland, 11/26/63, and Under The Dome. I wouldn't consider those very scary. I was going to try to read IT for the first time this summer, but I had a pretty traumatic incident happen to me last week and don't know if that would be the best reading material for me right now.
His fantasy novels (Eye of the Dragon, Dark Tower series, the Straub collaborations Talisman and Black House) seem like they would fit into what you're looking for. They all have some horror elements, but nothing too heavy (and from the examples you gave, that seems like it would be ok). Id recommend all of them, though the Dark Tower series is rather uneven (especially with the post accident books). But I'm still glad I read them.

The Green Mile is another of his "gentler" books. The collection Different Seasons has what is considered his best non-horror stories (the basis of the movies Stand by Me and Shawshank Redemption).
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Old 07-05-17, 08:10 PM   #27
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Re: The Stephen King Catch-All Potpourri Thread

I can second Eyes of the Dragon, Green Mile and Different Seasons.

I'll add the Bill Hodges Trilogy(Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch) even though I haven't gotten to End of Watch yet. The first two books are phenomenal.
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I'll add the Bill Hodges Trilogy(Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch) even though I haven't gotten to End of Watch yet. The first two books are phenomenal.
I recently read all three. They were all very good, though I wouldn't recommend them for someone looking for something light and non-scary. The kind of terrorism featured in Mr. Mercedes is all too real in today's world. End of Watch was originally titled The Suicide Prince, to give you an idea of where the subject matter goes. In addition:
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End of Watch, contrary to the first two books in the series, is a full-on supernatural horror story.
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Can anyone recommend a few good King books that aren't scary? I have read Joyland, 11/26/63, and Under The Dome. I wouldn't consider those very scary. I was going to try to read IT for the first time this summer, but I had a pretty traumatic incident happen to me last week and don't know if that would be the best reading material for me right now.
Based on the little bit I've read of your thread in Otter (I need to catch up) I would actually tell you not to read the Dark Tower at the moment ...
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Based on the little bit I've read of your thread in Otter (I need to catch up) I would actually tell you not to read the Dark Tower at the moment ...
I should probably just hold off on reading any King for awhile then....
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I recently read all three. They were all very good, though I wouldn't recommend them for someone looking for something light and non-scary. The kind of terrorism featured in Mr. Mercedes is all too real in today's world.
True, but I wouldn't say they are scary. Not much different than a Patterson crime mystery. There are only two real "events" in Mr. Mercedes. The setup and something about mid-way through the book. The climax is pretty tame. If one can get through the opening setup in the first 10 pages or so, then the rest of the novel shouldn't be an issue.

Finders Keepers was even better, IMO, and like Mr. M, once you get past the opening setup, it's smooth sailing except for one more "event" later on.
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I'm a big Stephen King fan based on his short story collections, but I've always been hesitant to start one of his novels.

I tried some years back with Lisey's Story. It was in the sale bin at Borders for like $5. I couldn't get through it. The made up words really grated on my nerves, and I felt like I was reading how the author sees himself. The story itself felt made up as I was reading, and I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief.

I first read "Morality" a novella of King's in Esquire. I was pretty excited that they had some fiction in there, AND it was by Stephen King! Didn't like it. I was looking forward to some horror and it wasn't.

His best stuff in my opinion was Nightshift, Skeleton Crew, Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Everything's Eventual wasn't so great until I read "The Man in the Black Suit" and "1408."
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I'm a big Stephen King fan based on his short story collections, but I've always been hesitant to start one of his novels.

I tried some years back with Lisey's Story. It was in the sale bin at Borders for like $5. I couldn't get through it. The made up words really grated on my nerves, and I felt like I was reading how the author sees himself. The story itself felt made up as I was reading, and I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief.
I don't think Lisey's Story is the novel to judge King by. Even in the more generous reviews by King fans, it ranks low compared to his other novels.

If you like his older short story collections, I would think one of his classics from the 70s and 80s would be a better introduction to his novels. Something lean and mean like Pet Sematary or Salems Lot.
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Old 07-19-17, 10:20 PM   #34
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Summer Reading Roundup: Batch 2

Finders Keepers Bill Hodges is back...sorta, in the middle chapter of the trilogy. This is easily the best of the three. Fantastic story about a murdered author who walked away from publishing his work only to squirrel away everything from that point forward, making said works a highly sought after treasure. Hodges had little to do in this one and didn't even show up until nearly halfway into the book, but the story is so riviting it didn't really matter. It kinda brushes on/reminds me of a cross between Misery & A Simple Plan with a retired detective trying to piece everything together. The topic begs the question, is King squirrelling away any works intentionally for post-humous release? A+

From a Buick 8 This is a tough one. The story is interesting, as are the characters but there seems to be a missing climax or satisfying conclusion. I will say the 'hook' of the novel (keeping it spoiler free) has been done better in other King novels. The story just never seems to go anywhere. Had it been trimmed into a tighter novella it could have been something. Even making it longer to flesh out the "hook" and/or the "outcome" to give the reader something meatier than what we got would have been welcome. As it stands, it exists in some nether-region between the two, which is oddly appropriate. B-

Duma Key This one is heartbreaking, not the story but the book as a whole. The first 400 pages are phenomenal. King brings an amazing cast of characters in Edgar, Wireman, Elizabeth & Jack that you care about. Even secondary characters like Pam and Ilse are finely crafted. King also steps out of his comfort zone to bring us a story about an artist (instead of yet another author) much to my delight. He also manages to create a locale that is a character the likes of which we haven't seen since Derry and Castle Rock. The story is wonderful and pretty straight forward about a character who leaves and old life in construction to reinvent himself as an artist. The story just hints at the supernatural which is a good balance and works. Then around page 401 things start to change. The story takes a left turn and I was willing to roll with it, then after another 100 pages or so the story just goes off the deep end. Maybe if it was handled better it would have worked but the characters were in the dark as much as the reader, then all of a sudden the protagonist just magically knows everything and we get pages and pages of exposition to explain to the reader what the hell is going on. He also off's a character that I felt was unnecessary. It seemed like a "just because" death. I've never been one of those that thinks King sucks at endings (except for Under the Dome, that has to be the worst), but this is stunningly bad. By the last 50 pages I was just skimming it just to finish the damn thing. B+ (A solid A for the first 400 pages, and a D for the rest)

End of Watch Oh, Bill, Holly and Jerome, it's been a helluva ride. A quick one too. Three of the easiest reads of King's work. This is probably the weakest of the trilogy, but it's still a damn good book. Unlike Duma Key, which I read prior, it has a very satisfying ending to not just EoW, but the whole trilogy. I gotta ding this one though because of King's reliance on the supernatural in a series that didn't need it. The first two books were fantastic, straight forward crime novels that didn't rely on any of King's tropes and crutches. So to toss away those sucesses to jump back into familiar territory and tropes to advance the story(and to bring back Brady) was disappointing. That being said, the sci-fi/supernatural stuff kinda lightens up (detracts?) from a seriously dark and twisted subject matter that is right out of the headlines. Had the supernatural stuff not been in there and just stuck with the hypnosis and suicide plot, it would have been a really dark crime novel, but sci-fi stuff just reminds you at every turn that this is a fluff piece of fiction instead of pulling you into the story. It doesn't necessarily make it bad, but it makes it different than the two books that came before. A-

The final 4 novels:
Tommyknockers
Talisman
Black House
Danse Macabre


I already started Tommyknockers, so I'll probably tackle them in that order.

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Old 07-21-17, 12:42 AM   #35
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Good luck with Tommyknockers. That was the only King book I almost couldn't finish. His drug use was pretty out of control at that point, and the book suffers from it.
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Yeah, Tommyknockers is a rough go, I could barely get through it. Talisman is fantastic, I remember first reading it when I was around 16, on a road trip with my parents, it was magical! Black House is a worthy sequel (after a bit of a rough start). Danse Macabre is a good (non-fiction) read if you are interested in the horror genre in general.
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