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Old 09-07-17, 08:50 AM   #51
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Re: The Stephen King Catch-All Potpourri Thread

Salems Lot: is still tops for me - that book is just masterfully written, the way he sets up the town in the beginning without boring you once...not an easy feat to pull off and you feel like you're in the town. Just love it - creep factor gets pretty high as well.

Gerald's game: Heard this one is going to be a movie soon - hope they do it justice...one hell of an intro.

Thinner: "The fun Bachman book" as I like to call it - the movie was horrendous.

IT: so confession, I read about half of this book as a kid...just never went back to it - not because of the length or because I thought it was bad or anything - quite the opposite - I just simply never went back to it.

Misery: Wish the movie took more elements from the book - think anyone who has read it knows what I'm talking about.

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Dolores Claiborne: I just couldn't get into this one - here's a cool spoiler for those of you not in the know
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Gerald's Game has a moment where the protagonist has a vision of Dolores Claiborne and the Dolores Claibrone novel addresses this as well - pretty cool
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Old 09-10-17, 05:35 PM   #52
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Salems Lot: is still tops for me - that book is just masterfully written, the way he sets up the town in the beginning without boring you once...not an easy feat to pull off and you feel like you're in the town. Just love it - creep factor gets pretty high as well.
I think the reason I love 'Salem's Lot so much is that it is so like Peyton Place, a classic "bad trash" novel. King borrowed a lot of elements of small town secrecy from that one. I read or listen to 'Salem's Lot every fall to get me in the mood for Halloween. I started listening today while I was working in my kitchen.
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Old 09-12-17, 06:58 AM   #53
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Over in the movie forum, I'm hosting a Stephen King movie game. Players can submit answers through Monday.
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Old 09-18-17, 06:17 PM   #54
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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.
Thanks for the recommendations. I've already seen Pet Sematary so I don't kno if I want to read it in book form. Salem's Lot sounds interesting though so I'll try and check that out.
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Old 09-22-17, 12:47 AM   #55
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While one of the better adaptations of SK's work, the movie version of Pet Sematary doesn't hold a candle to the book.

Also, happy belated birthday to the master. Yesterday was Stephen King's 70th.
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I'm 800 pages into the long version of The Stand, and it's starting to drag. I must be in the part where King was feeling writer's block, and took drastic action. I still have 400 pages to go in this doorstopper.
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Old 09-27-17, 11:25 AM   #57
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I finished Talisman. It was okay. thats about all i can say about it, haha
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I bailed and started the Mist again.
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Old 10-02-17, 08:07 PM   #59
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I liked The Stand. It also had a satisfying ending.
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Old 10-08-17, 07:55 PM   #60
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I've got a pile of spare SK stuff, as well. Mainly paperbacks.

Does the site have a book exchange?
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So I started reading King's books in order recently, and I started wondering if I should skip the Dark Towers books for now or just stay in publication order and read them as I come to them. Any suggestions?
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So I started reading King's books in order recently, and I started wondering if I should skip the Dark Towers books for now or just stay in publication order and read them as I come to them. Any suggestions?
Skip. Take that on as a separate/collective project.
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So I started reading King's books in order recently, and I started wondering if I should skip the Dark Towers books for now or just stay in publication order and read them as I come to them. Any suggestions?
If you're reading King's oeuvre in publication order, I'd probably read the DT books in there in publication order. Since the DT books draw from almost everything else King has written, then by doing that you can see how he developed his mythology in realtime.
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