02-22-2011 10:30 AM
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02-22-2011 11:05 AM
Tia, I can probably answer your question if you can narrow down for me just how long "many years" ago you're talking about. Just working from memory, it could be Misery....or Duma Key....or so many others where he opens on a character who is going to do a flashback and tell the reader his story.
02-22-2011 01:47 PM
I can think of a couple of books off the top of my head, aside from Misery:
02-22-2011 03:18 PM
Needful Things opens with an introduction to the town of Castlerock and it's inhabitants.
As for "Kingdom Hospital", I remember that as being a made-for-television special written by Stephen King. Perhaps it was based on one of his short stories, as I don't think there's a book by that name.
I'm trying to find my copy of The Stand, as I think there's a possibility there.
02-22-2011 11:10 PM
Thre's that short story too where everyone is on the beach dieing.
Not to mention
The Dark Tower II The gunslinger wakes on the beach injured.
02-23-2011 10:17 AM
it looks like Misery. you can read the beginning on Google Books.
02-23-2011 01:10 PM
Gosh, just about every Stephen King story has some sort of "wave of pain," it's one of his favorite expressions, but then how do you adequately describe pain. I think only his books on writing didn't have some sort of pain involved.
Can you remember any more about the story or a character's name or something that happened?
Are you sure it was a novel and not a short story or a collection of stories?
02-24-2011 09:50 AM
02-24-2011 03:12 PM
Ok, I'm pretty sure it is Misery.
The story begins with author Paul Sheldon waking up in an old farmhouse and suffering from the pain of two broken legs and a shattered knee.
I just found a spot where it talks about the pain being east of the sun and south of his ears; and through the haze of pain he remembers a stone piling and the waves washing around it on the beach.
I don't have many King books because I gave up reading him when his language got too graphic and over the top. I was a loyal fan for a while.
I only have the paperback of Misery, but it's about 400 pages. Perhaps it was combined with some other stories in a larger volume like his works Skeleton Crew or Nightmares & Dreamscapes for a larger hardcover.
You can go over to Google books and read the first few pages and see if it fits.
The only other ones might be The Stand (starts out with a super-flu pandemic), or the story Night Surf (sort of the forerunner of The Stand), which did appear in a collection called Night Shift.
Here's a wiki link for King's bibliography:
02-24-2011 10:39 PM
It is DEFINATELY "Misery". I decided to swing by BN tonight on my way home, and I checked Stephen King's titles. "Misery" opens up just as you described, with the main character waking up in pain, agony that washes over him like the tide moving in over the pier.
03-01-2011 12:28 AM