12-16-2006 07:22 PM
I am new to the book club and was looking things over when I saw the King discussion group. I have loved King since early in his career and have read almost everything he has written including the Bachman books actually most of the books are behind me on the shelves of my office. I always keep his books and have enjoyed some of them more than once. My favorite (scariest to me) "The Shining" I remember reading it for a second time as I was sunbathing in my backyard and goosebumps were rising on my skin as I read.
I must agree most of his books haven't tranlated to film or haven't been translated well. I think the "Green Mile" and "Shawshank Redemption" are the best I've seen and years ago there was a TV version of "Salem's Lot" that followed the book well.
I have "Lisey's Story" although I haven't yet started it but will soon. Currently I am reading the "Historian" not a King book but a vampire story and came highly recommended.
12-18-2006 02:20 PM
I haven't read his newest novel, Lisey's Story, yet ... but I am confident it will be wonderful and a must-add to my Stephen King library.
A good one to start with might be "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" or "Bag of Bones." "Bag of Bones" is one of my favorites. The imagery is simply breath-taking. Let me know how you like discovering one of the most prolific writers of our times, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12-19-2006 04:23 PM
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01-05-2007 05:28 PM
Lucky you, having Stephen King speak at your college. I also read Tom Gordon quickly - it was one of those books, wasn't it? It simply amazed me how the entire story could take place in the mind of a young girl, causing me to forget completely that it was written by a middle-aged man.
01-08-2007 04:31 PM
READ THE BLACK HOUSE!
Many of you have probably read The Talisman, and if you haven't ... you must. Even though it is not completely written by Stephen King himself, it is quite obviously a Stephen King driven concept tempered by Peter Straub's more conservative style. But please don't let this deter you from reading one of the best books every written. Both The Talisman (read this first) and The Black House are highly emotional books, but The Black House probably has SKs best charterizations to date (barring maybe some characters in The Stand).
I can not express what a profound impact SKs books have had on me (as a wanna be writer). And of all of his books the one that will not leave my head is The Black House. If I ever have a son (three daughters so far) I will probably name him Jack, or maybe Jake, or possibly Eddie ... but never Roland (my children will never have blue eyes).
01-08-2007 08:21 PM
You could do a lot worse as a writer than to emulate Stephen King. While it's true that there are people who say that his brand of fiction isn't up to literary snuff, he is truly a great writer- not just his concepts, not just his plot twists, but his actual writing ability - he knows just the right word, just the right tone, and his phrases and skill with voice are just two aspects of his writing that continue to astound me, book after book.
01-09-2007 11:39 AM
Some of my favorite things to read from him are those things he says as himself, prologues, introduction, "On Being Nineteen" and stuff like that. That is what I really am attracted to in his writing is his ability to narrate with that same voice, and have characters that speak to us like that. Hopefully one day people will say the same of me as a writer, that I told them a good story and that they enjoyed the telling as much as the story.
Have you read The Talisman and The Black House? They are such good examples of this nrrative style, although having read several Straub novels there is a pretty good balance of his more subdued style in there also.
Any ways thanks for setting this up and for the response, it's always good to talk with people who have similar passions as you do.
01-09-2007 04:10 PM
I just registered and read a few of the other posted letters, when i noticed no one had mentioned CELL. i have been reading the book for a few days now and im almost done. I think it is very good so far. has anyone else been reading this one. I am going to start Liseys story after that. i was told that both books werent that good. what does everyone else think?
01-16-2007 03:26 PM
One of my favorite things about SK is his characterization; especially of kids. His language is so perfect. I love the short story, "The Body". And I thought the movie adaption was fantastic. It was called Stand By Me, with the late River Phoenix in a featured role. Not at all a scary story. Just a great story.
01-16-2007 09:20 PM
I'm glad you're "readingagain" - and I completely agree with you about King's characterizations of children, the short story The Body and the movie Stand By Me. Very memorable.
I don't see any posts dated 1/19, so I can't explain for you. Not to worry, I'm sure you haven't entered a time warp of King's making!
01-18-2007 08:38 PM
It is my all-time favorite novel by the fantastic Stephen King.
By George I think I've got it! If this works, thank you!
Would it be redundant to remind about those end tags? They're the ones you use to tell the computer to stop using a particular formatting. Since I noticed your italics continued into the next sentence, when you started using bold, I wasn't sure if this was deliberate, or if you accidentally left off the </i> symbol that tells it not to use italics again (until otherwise instructed).
Otherwise, I see you've got the hang of it! Good job.
01-19-2007 04:07 PM
~Those who do not read are no better off than those who can not.~ Chinese proverb
01-20-2007 09:01 PM
I think you'll find some assistance there.
01-27-2007 10:29 AM
I've read a few of the Stephen King companion books where others dissect his works and I find it interesting how they can interconnect so many of his characters throughout the body of his works. I'm not sure if that is just hype to sell more books or if it really was meant to be that way by Mr. King, but it is definately interesting.
Anyway - Stephen King is an awesome writer, with an amazing imagination. He really thinks 'outside of the box' - even with his marketing strategies. Did anyone catch "The Plant" chapters that he sold by the chapter online? I'm still waiting for the rest of that story.
01-27-2007 11:54 AM
Favorites include The Stand and It for stand-alones, among many others, but I think he'll be remembered for and referenced about the Dark Tower more than any of his other works 50 or more years from now. I loved them all, and the fact that they spanned more than 30 years of his life and intertwined with so many of his other stories continues to amaze me.
I liked Lisey's Story a lot, even though it was unlike much of his other work- maybe because of that? Always a challenge for us Constant Readers, eh? Looking forward to the discussions!
Also, the horror aspects have always been secondary for me- never the reason I bought or read any of his books. I see it as simply the palette he chose to paint his stories with. It is and always has been about characters, and giving them believable voices. Nobody does that better, in my mind.
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