Re-reading Stephen King

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Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Postby Duff » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:04 pm

I enjoy his short stories but I can't be having his full length books, bar Salem's Lot. Just too bloated, and often a bit boring.
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Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Postby Cosmotiger » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:16 pm

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Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Postby Clayface » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:17 am

a lot of King's later stuff is utter shite - but 'the Stand' is not just his best book, it may be one of the best books. Don't make the mistake of buying one of his 'updated' versions - the original is far superior and tighter, if you can call a book that big 'tight'.

I read it aged about 12 and was utterly enchanted and terrified. It's a genuinely creepy book.

I SWEAR this is a true - the first time I read it, in one sitting, i was sat up in bed at about 2 AM, at the point where the characters are starting to have the dreams - and there is a TAP! TAP! on my window. I stumble, literally whimpering in fear, to my window and look out - and there is a tall dark figure standing on our flat roof looking up at me.

It was my brother, drunk and without his keys - but i thought The walking Dude had come for me - I almost got religion.

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Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Postby mr tough guy » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:19 pm

I've been meaning to read the Stand and reread Eyes of the Dragon ever since I've read the Dark Tower series, but I just can't be arsed at the moment as my to read pile is huge and is only growing as I buy books faster then I read them.
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Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Postby Vermis » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:42 am

My username around the nerd-net came from a story in a Stephen King anthology. :P Although I can't say I've read much else apart from The Shining, from which I can barely remember the events and tone different to the movie, except a sense of dragging.
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Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Postby Ajsalium » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:49 pm

Duff wrote:I enjoy his short stories but I can't be having his full length books, bar Salem's Lot. Just too bloated, and often a bit boring.


But I'm a sucker for short stories, I admit. Specially in the horror genre. I've always thought that horror is about a shocking revelation that the world is not like you thought it was; a single "reality twist" that only needs a few pages to be exposed, not hundreds.
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Re: Re-reading Stephen King

Postby carsjr » Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:46 pm

mr tough guy wrote:the Green Mile, Shawshank redemption, Carrie, Apt Pupil, Misery, Stand By Me
Haven't read any of them, but they're all excellent movies, but yeah for every good adaptation there's half a dozen crappy ones

This. The Mist was mentioned as well. Another very fine (Frank Darabont) adaptation; and an 'alternate' ending SK himself wished he'd thought up.

I absolutely loved the Dark Tower series. 11/22/63 was fantastic as well. 'Salem's Lot scared the bejeezus out of me when I was 13. I haven't read it in 30 years, but the image of the vampire boy scratching at the window has stuck with me since 1984
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