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Stephen King reading

Discussion in 'Reader's Corner' started by theQuestion, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. theQuestion

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    Anyone here read Stephen King? My girlfriend got me into Salem's Lot, and that is what i'm reading at the moment. What book do I need to move onto after this one and what are some of his all time best? Thanks!
     
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    "It" Is on my read list. other than that i dont know much about him
     
  3. theQuestion

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    Do you know what "It" is about?
     
  4. Wolfy

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    Hmm. Stephen King, great stuff.

    You need to read The Shining, Carrie, It, The Stand, Pet Semetary and Cujo, for sure.

    I'd recomend reading the smaller books first, and eventually work yourself to The Stand - it's an intensely long read.

    Also, It is a story of a bunch of kids who realize that there is this demonic creature named Pennywise that is dressed like a clown and is basically stalking them/wanting to kill them.
    Really good story, and the 'movie' made off it is pretty good as well.
     
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    Read the Dead Zone, Cujo, IT and Different Seasons. He's quite the genius i'd say. :amuse
     
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    read ''IT" get confused wet your pants

    read " pet semetary" wet your pants get confused

    read "the shining" and weep

    my recommendations :noworry
     
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    Read Hearts in Atlantis, it's an awesome book, written by an awesome novelist.
     
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    I suggest reading Shawshank Redemption and The Body, which are both short stories from Different Seasons. The Green Mile, The Stand, Cujo and The Shining are also favorites of mine.

    I personally hate Misery but everyone else seems to love it so give that one a try. xD
     
  9. Slice

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    Definately "The Shining" i also can recommend "Carrie" and "Christine" - his older books are way better than the new ones. After you have read some of these you could start the "Dark Tower" series but there are lots of connections to his other books - so it helps if you have read them.
     
  10. theQuestion

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    I'm going to read "the shining" next. I'm also interested in reading the short stories. I hear most of his movies aren't good. There's a new movie coming out though that i want to see.
     
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    oh man, so much Cujo love

    <3

    but yeah, the definitive Stephen King works, are imo:

    Carrie
    The Shining
    Christine
    IT
    The Tommyknockers
    Pet Semetary
    Salem's Lot

    and once you got the fortitude to go through it, The Stand

    correct me if i'm wrong, but did King connect all his supernatural-horror stories together in the Dark Tower series? As in he explained where all these supernatural elements have originated from and such. Not too sure, twas what a friend of me said
     
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    The body is also what the movie Stand By Me was based off of :D. Awesome story awesome movie.
     
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    Yes off the top of my head connected to the 7 Dark Tower books (AWESOME series btw)
    Salem's Lot, The Stand, IT, Eyes of the Dragon, The Talisman/The Black House (with Peter Straub), Hearts in Atlantis (first half), Desperation/Regulators. More may be connected but those are the only ones I've read that were.

    I definitely recommend checking out IT, Eyes of the Dragon, and The Talisman. After those move onto the long ones like the Stand and the Dark Tower (aside from the first 2 the books are all goodly length.) Salem's Lot was my favorite single non series book of his though. It the book was exceptionally more creepy than the movie. But then my overactive imagination makes any creepy book 10x worse.
     
  14. theQuestion

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    lol I cant read the Dark Tower series until i've read most of his 'tie ins'...
     
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    Not true, I was done with 1-4 before I read most of the tie ins. Of course that was before books 5-7 were released also. Usually the tie in is nothing too big.
     
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    Oh I had no idea. I might check out one then. Thanks
     
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    Definitely should the first book "The Gunslinger" is very short though, also don't stop with #2(The Drawing of the Three) a lot of people I know found that to be a "down" book, but by the end of #3(The Wasteland, my personal fav) you should be as hooked as a person can get.
     
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    I didn't like Carrie at all.
    It bored me.
     
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    It's been a long time since i've read any stephen king but, I remember Cujo was good and Carrie was ok and Christine and it and I enloyed his Dark Tower series and Firestarter.
     
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    I'd personally start with The Dark Tower series. While it does have quite a few tie-ins, it's a brilliantly done series. Unlike a lot of his earlier works, though, it has a much more different feeling to it. Regardless, you should read at least the first three books of The Dark Tower. IT was a great book. The Talisman was a very entertaining read.

    I'd highly suggest you don't read The Stand until you've read at least a few of the afore mentioned books. It's nightmarishly long and it will test your endurance and loyalty in a book. Nonetheless, once you get into the book, it's a journey like none other. Definitely one of my favorite King books.
     
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    The Dark Tower is a masterpiece (as well as King's magnum opus) and in a way kind of together his entire career as a writer by tying in the countless stories he's crafted. Of the Dark Tower Series, Wizard and Glass is in my opinion the best one as well as one of his best books period.

    As far as Non Dark Tower books go, three have completely moved me:

    Pet Semetary (King is right when he says this is the scariest novel he's ever done, it's just so...personal)

    The Green Mile (A beautiful and exquisitely haunting piece as well as the best of the movie adaptations)

    It (A wonderful manifestation of our childhood fears and his scariest book outside of Pet Semetary - also the scariest movie adaptation)
     
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    I have to say, I like Steven King but I think he got a little bit lazy with his newer stuff.

    But definitely read The Shining. That book scared the shit out of me, way more than the movie.

    Oh and definitely read Black House. It's long but it is worth the read.
     
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    I Read the Shining after seen the movie, And thats it.
     
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    The Stand was pretty creepy IMo, but read...damn i forgot the name...well it's about some people who survive some kinda of killer virus that wipes out the earth's population and it's basically like a war between good and evil...literally
     
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    ^That would be "The Stand".
     
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    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, my bad, i hadnt read it in awhile so i kinda forgot, thanks though.
     
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    The Green Mile, Langoliers, Pet Cemetary, It (my favorite- read it in 8th grade), The long walk (i think that's what it's called : the one where you have to keep a pace of 3 mph in a race or the fear of death), aand The Shining ~ all great books
     
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    I'm almost done with Cell and so far it's been great. I want to finish it before Harry Potter 7 comes out :p
    I wouldn't recommend you The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon,though. That one was really boring.
     
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    The Stand would have to be my absolute favourite.
     
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    Dark Tower. I don't even like King books, but the Dark Tower series is just, wow. So amazing.
     
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