12-14-2006 12:09 PM
What is it about Gerald's Game? That book kept me up until 4 a.m. one terrible night, and then I sat up for the rest of the night, until my husband woke and the sun came up. It was definitely gripping, but it was the most horrific King book I've read- and it put me off his work for quite a while. I could never put my finger on just why it bothered me so much - the vulnerability factor, perhaps? - but it was a different kind of frightening. For those who've read it, what do you think it was about that book?
It's been some years since I read it, so I don't remember it very well. However, what I seem to recall was that it just went on and on and nothing really happened. There were hints that there might have been someone there, but nothing ever materialized. Of course, I might be remembering it wrong.
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12-15-2006 01:47 PM
At this point in time (drum roll please) my favorite Stephen King book would have to be Black House (I know it's not completely SK), but it was the most satifying conclusion to any set of books I have ever read (including Dark Tower ... which has to be my next favorite). And for all of you Stand Fans, I will let you know I carried a 1st edition paperback of the Stand every where with me, until well after the front and back covers had fallen off and I had completely coated the outside of that book with scotch tape (yes the magic kind), that book has gone on to a better place, and has since been replaced in my heart.
And Eddie Dean I cry your pardon (I once declared in a book club that he was my all time favorite ficitonal character, which for me is quite a statement, and I would say he probably still is). But I would agree with a previous poster, that the Dark Tower does not seem complete, but the Talisman/Black House some how makes me feel that all is right in the world (maybe even the universe) So although I have so many favorites as to cloud my opinion a bit ( I have read everything he has written, including college commencement speeches, and articles in EW and Playboy) I still have to say Black House is the one that makes my heart ache everytime I read it.
12-16-2006 07:43 PM
My favorite I believe will always be tthe "Shining" to me it is King's scariest and I think I have read just about everything else. After it I would currently choose the "Green Mile." I read the "Cell" earlier this year and enjoyed it. What a premise with the ubiquitousness of cell phones today.
01-16-2007 09:43 AM
I have only just found this site.
What is it about this book?
Well it describes something that anybody can do easily and cheaply.
Travelling round the world by yacht or aircraft or even walking or cycling costs as does being a champion at anything. These activities also eat up a huge proportion of your 25,000 days. So here is a little hobby that is cheap and exciting. You don't have to put in hours of practice. You don't have to be fit, after all you just have simply to lie there. Not much choice really.
UNTIL IT ALL GOES WRONG!
It grips because you can visualise yourself doing it much more easily than being a lone yachts person.
The book is quite frightening and I rarely play those games now. At 66 death is coming anyway.
01-16-2007 09:24 PM
Great point about the plot of Gerald's Game being the sort of situation that regular folks could relate to. The "villain" of that story was also extremely creepy... I could not get the visual King gave me of him out of my head. Horrible!
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01-27-2007 12:49 PM
It gives me shivers when the Outlook surrounds them as they enter for the first time.
I have been reading Stephen King for at least 20 years (probably more) and he is one of those authors who is able to reach out and grab you and hold you in the story, even though it is so awful sometimes!!
01-27-2007 03:04 PM
I for one, have put Roland upon his path many many times over.
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01-28-2007 02:52 PM
I read Lisey's Story recently and enjoyed it even though I have been off Stephan King for years. Then I rented Secret Window with Johnny Depp. The stories were so similar and it really made me think how a story line can be developed in many different ways. Just a slightly different twist here or there. Anyway, I enjoyed them both but I'm still back "on" SK like I was 20 years ago. I just think the writing quality has been sacrified for quantity.
02-01-2007 08:47 AM
In my very humble opinion, anyone who doubts King’s extraordinary storytelling talent needs to read the entire “Dark Tower” series.
02-02-2007 08:17 PM
I also liked Gerald's Game. I know a lot of people seemed really freaked out by it and I agree, however, it was great writing from a very vulnerable psychological perspective. Very dark and it scared the heck out of me.
Needful Things is also at the top of my list.
02-07-2007 01:47 PM