What King book are you currently reading?
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Salem's Lot is definitely my favorite King novel...but there's so much of his work out there that I've yet to read!
Anyway, (Still @Railbeart) I recently read Just After Sunset and it's really good, it was the first short story collection that I've read from Stephen King. The stories are suprisingly good because they aren't really horror at all; one or two stories have a hint at afterlife like the story 'Willa' but the rest are like kind of psychological thrillers, but a whole different kind of psychological thriller. Lisey's Story and Under the Dome I haven't read, my art teacher has read all of King's books and says that Lisey's Story kind of put her off King for a bit but I've heard good and both bad reviews about Under the Dome. I'm really looking forward to reading it though :D
Thanks Starmap for inviting me to this group!
Thanks for the heads up on the brackets. By the way, King publishes a short story collection every once in a while & over the years there has been quite a few. A lot of his short stories & novellas have become movies as well. Here is a list of collections which you may or may not know about: Night Shift, Different Seasons, Skeleton Crew, Four Past Midnight, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Everything's Eventual & Just After Sunset. I believe that I have listed these in order of publication date. A lot of these books can still be found in used book stores.
I'm so behind in my reading for the group King's Dear Constant Readers. This month is supposed to be part of The Bachman Books which I happen to own several copies of at home.
Duma Key is an excellent choice in my opinion. I read it about a year ago and it kept me hooked all the way through. I like the way that King uses normal, believable characters in way that makes you think that you may know them and puts them into increasingly bizarre situations. A good solid read. Let us know what you think about the book.
Oops, I think I may say that about most of his books though. :)
Has anyone finished Under the Dome? I would like to know what king fans thought of it as I have heard some criticism. I still will read it myself regardless but I always love hearing peoples comments.
Just finished Under the Dome which I liked even though the end was kinda so so, then again, SK's endings are usually not the favourite part of the books for me.
I bet they'd have copies of the book to sell if you're interested in getting a shorter Edition of The Stand. Then go ahead and read the Updated & Uncut version and compare the two different versions of The Stand. Originally I read the 1978 version first and then later on when the 1990s version of The Updated & Uncut version of The Stand came out I bought that as well and read that version.
Thanks a lot for the hint! But right now I'm on page 715 and close to finish it. I'm very anxious to reveal the end of the story and those 300 last pages are really great to read and the flow is dinamic and exciting! Which book (a smaller one) would you recommend for my next reading?
Night Shift which was the very first Stephen King book I ever read
The Eyes of the Dragon
Could you Please define what you mean by a smaller Stephen King book?
Do you mean anything under 500 pages? 400 pages? 1000 pages? 700 pages?
I'm just wondering whether or not you have any specific page numbers in mind?
Maybe you should think about reading some of his books of Short Stories?
Of course there's also books written by other Authors on Stephen King books and movies.
Also The Bachman Books too.
Jennsicu: How did you end up liking the book? I'm also curious to see how you like The Gunslinger when you finish it. I loved the first one, even though I was just 12 when I read it.
I've read conflicting reviews about the Gunslinger, so I've been putting it off for a while. I figured I'd tackle it while still on a great King high.
No, that's it. You gave me good examples, and I'm predisposed to read Misery. Normally I read these books in portuguese, somethimes in english. The Night Shift I don't know the name in portuguese. When I decide to read short stories I always choose H.P Lovecraft, I love his writings. By King I Bought Skelleton Crew, have you ever read? If yes, which tale do you recommend?
By the way, Thanks for your recommendations!
Here There Be Tygers
Mrs. Todd's Shortcut
Word Processor of the Gods
The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet
I've read the book once or twice and I have to Warn you that the Story
Survivor Type will Gross You Out!!!! I know it Grossed me out Big time
when I read that Story. And just thinking about it gives me the Heebie
Jeebies and Freaks me out til this day. Let me know how you like
Skeleton Crew and what you thought of Survivor Type. I haven't
gone back to re-read the book in years. Maybe it's time I finally give it
Soon I have finished "The Stand" (and I'm up to that), I'll try "Survivor Type" and give you my impressions! Thanks again!
By the final entry the protagonist is babbling deliriously from eating his own body and also heavy drug usage for the pain.
Lady fingers are sweet cakes shaped like a big finger I believe but I've never eaten any. He is comparing eating his own body parts to eating Lady finger cakes. How nice! Great story.
dough and then shooting the opening with Cookie Dough from a Wear-Ever
Electric Cookie Press. This recipe is a.k.a Clothes Pin Cookies. It also
doubles to make canapes and can also be used as a Candy maker too.
Of course you can't use the Clothes Pins that clip on to your clothes, towels,
or other laundry items it has to be the old fashiioned kind that you'd pin
down your laundry with on the Clothes Line in a back yard. I guess I'm dating
myself here by even mentioning use a Clothes Line outside in the back yard.
But the clothes smell so much better when they've been blown dry as they
flap in the wind like an Invisible Person is wearing them.
The flashback just completely breaks the pace of the story and I just wanted the story to carry on as normal because I just can't get into the flashback part at all and the flashback takes up about 85% of the story and I'm only halfway through. If you've read the entire Dark Tower cycle can you tell me, will I be able to understand the rest of the story if I skip the flashback? I don't want to skip it, but I just want to enjoy reading the series.
I have read the Shining and it is sooo much better than the movies (they were awesome too). Have fun! You will definitely enjoy it!
#57 I have to agree with Starmap. Don't skip it. It is important to the story. Wizard and Glass was actually my favorite of the series but I have realized I'm an oddity with that. Most people I've talked to about it liked it the least. But you won't know if you don't read it.
You can read summations or the graphic novel adaptation (Gunslinger Born) and do your nerves less damage that way. I literally groaned much of the way through that flashback, not because it didn't contain a decent story - but because he repeated himself so much and stretched it out more than I would have thought possible. I think his editors were asleep at the wheel in a big way for WaG.
That said - I enjoyed Drawing of the Three much more than The Wastelands, so our tastes may be different!
I'm reading Desperation right now. I liked the first half a good bit, but find it to be sliding now. SK and theology don't mix well, IMO - it comes off as simplistic and caricaturish (my biggest complaint about The Stand). The sardines and Ritz crackers made me throw up a little bit in my mouth (and not for disliking either of those foods).
So many of the set-ups are repeated again and again throughout his books. I don't consider my memory to be a very good one - but I remember carbon copies of many of these characters/scenes in other books he's written. This is what I get for reading more than one SK novel in a row - I usually enjoy them most when I take a break from him.
I like it well enough, though - I'll finish it and do plan to take in The Regulators right after. Will see what that's like. May not read any SK for a year following that, though :)
Man, I agree with you when you say that sometimes read SK novels in a row can be harmful. I felt like that once time. About Desperation, I hope you enjoy, I really like this book, it's a kind of survivor horror mixed with theology. About the "the regulators", although is considered a "sequel" of desperation, there're great differences beetween them which make us confused (especially about some characters that have the same name in both novels), but don't pay too much attention to that. Desperation is better than Regulators.
Besides, I'm just starting "Pet Sematary" right now. Some say that's the scariest SK novel ever, so I'll check it out to see if it's true! :D
>65 lsepulveda: I felt that Kubrick made something much better of The Shining than the book itself was. People repeat "The book is better than the movie." as a general mantra (not about The Shining specifically) and I think that doesn't always hold true. Jaws comes to mind. Kubrick made a 10 out of a solid 7, IMO.
I will most likely read it again when I run out of good books to read..which happens.
the stories in the book have been awful dark but of course that's no surprise. I liked Big Driver which is probably my favorite story of the ones in the book. In January I finished Cycle of the Werewolf and The Dark Tower The Gunslinger as I start to read my way
through the entire Dark Tower Series.
Currently reading the talisman. with 80 pages left i am loving it.
Right now I am reading The Drawing of the Three and I am liking it a lot better than I did The Gunslinge.
I didn't read the Dark Tower collection yet, but SK by himself already told that the Drawing of the Three is the first real good book of the series. He thinks the Gunslinger is a little confuse, mostly because he was imature as a writer when he wrote it!
I loved Desperation, I think is an underestimated book! However the Regulators, isn't that good.
Until now, it's far from my SK's favorites, maybe because is not a horror book!
I really envy you, getting to read this masterpiece for the first time! Wish I could do that again!
I'm reading his books in chronological order. I'm up to "IT" and going to begin reading it in the fall.
This is going to be one of those books where nearly everyone dies, isn't it.
I will pick it up again, but if the story doesn't start moving soon, it goes into the garage sale pile.