02-09-2007 11:27 AM
I truly love "Rose Madder" and the Dark Tower series, and a newer one, "Cell" really caught me offguard, I couldn't put it down. "Bag of Bones" was also quite good. My favorite thing is that now that I have read the Dark Tower series, I see how a lot of the books are intertwined. King is the only author I never tire of reading.
02-10-2007 12:04 PM
Have yet to read Cell and Lisey's Story...
02-13-2007 11:57 AM
The last time we counted, Stephen King was the author of over sixty works of fiction and nonfiction -- from compelling short stories to psychological dramas, to multi-volume fantasies, and of course his classic works of modern horror.
What's your favorite King? Do you prefer the author in fantasy or realist mode? At uncut, Stand-length, or as a writer of deft novellas such as the stories in Different Seasons?
You never know what your going to get when you pick up a SK book. Some are my favorites and some I don't care for. My favorites are The Green Mile, Misery, Desperation, Hearts in Atlantis and Gerald's Game. I have not been able to get into the Gunslinger series. I have read the first three books, but it's not done it for me. Although I do like the references to the Tailsman series. I do think it is amazing how King can take a character and pin him to one spot and come up with a entire book.
02-13-2007 12:11 PM
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02-14-2007 10:49 AM
I think that the book most like Gerald's Game is not Misery, but A Girl with Tom Gordon. In both, there is very little going on except what is happening in the (female) narrator's head.
I am finding that King has gotten even more long-winded most recently than he was earlier in his career. I still love him (#1 fan and all that but find his latest works (since the car accident???) a bit droning...
02-16-2007 09:32 AM
I have found that several authors have a tendency to get long winded toward the end of there careers. Orson Scott Card is one of my very favorites and his early stuff is full of wonder and great ideas. His later stuff sounds more like Preaching. Crichton's last two books "State of Fear" and "Next" are less story and more talking.
It even happens on TV. Early MASH episodes are fall on the ground laugh out loud funny. In the latter ones Alan Alda preaches the whole episode.
I think with some authors the pressure becomes to intense to put out another book, that they write when don't have a story to tell. I also think that some get told how great they are for so long that think we all want the hear what they have to say.
02-17-2007 12:54 PM
The heroes were so oedinary, fallible, less than perfect. And then there was Tom!
03-02-2007 11:24 PM
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03-09-2007 12:38 PM
I guess the ones that really stand out to me are The Stand, The Talisman, Eyes of the Dragon, and Hearts in Atlantis.
03-11-2007 05:40 AM
03-12-2007 12:53 PM
As for newer stuff. I just read Cell and loved it.(Made me want to cancel my service)
I am starting on Lisey's story next.
03-13-2007 02:07 PM
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06-07-2007 08:25 PM
"Rose Madder" is my favorite of them all.
I loved the Shining-kept me up at night. I also enjoyed the film version. A lot of SK's books have been adapted to film...with mixed results. Carrie was a good example, along with Misery but some have been truly aweful. I am new to this club, so I hope I'm doing this right. Does anyone else have a Stephen King film they liked? I also enjoyed Shawshank Redemption.
06-11-2007 12:29 AM
06-11-2007 03:41 PM
I like most stephen king films, even the crappy one's are entertaining if for nothing more than a laugh. two of my favorites are misery and the dark half.
That's true. I read It when I was about 17 and it scared the pants off me. I found the movie a hoot. Did SK also write 'Sometimes They Come Back'? That movie was terrible-and hilarious. Is it true that SK didn't like the Stanley Kubrick version of The Shining? i still have to hide under a blanket whenever that movie is on, (Jack was great) although I haven't seen the newer version so maybe I should compare the 2 and see if the second is more true to the book. Any thoughts on which is better?