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Old 23-06-2012, 23:33   #121
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Well the Dark Tower series has won me over now, first book was painfully hard going but really picks up and now on Wizard & Glass. Listening to them all as audiobooks in the car which I highly recommend as guy who reads it is very good.
Yeah, I found the first book a bit pants but after that it's incredible, like a different author has taken over. Book 6 was the only let down, but it's really short and just a filler. Books 5 and 7 were amazing, but most people seem to dislike them.

I'm not sure I'll read Wind Through the Keyhole if it goes back and tells a story from Roland's youth. When I was reading book 4 I was actually annoyed that the story went back in time and was desperate to get on with the main journey.
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Old 24-06-2012, 15:38   #122
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I never finished the whole series, read up to and including wizard and glass before the rest were out. Now i'm finally going through them from the beginning, it's been so long it's almost like I'm reading 2 & 3 for the first time i've forgotten so much!

What's all this dislike for The Gunslinger!?



He's a total ******* badass!

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Old 25-06-2012, 07:24   #123
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Do we do spoilers in this thread???

- might be worth covering a 'little' of that last post, on the offchance someone is planning on getting into that awesome series
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Old 09-07-2012, 13:23   #124
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Just bought the new paperback of 11.22.63 for £3.99 from WHSmiths after hearing the great feedback on here. I'll get on that after Wind through the Keyhole
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Old 10-07-2012, 13:51   #125
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11.22.63 is now £4.99 for kindle readers
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Old 23-08-2012, 09:42   #126
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Finished reading 11.22.63 after picking it up at ASDA for £3.85. Whilst I enjoyed the ride a lot, and found it a real pager turner, it certainly had some dips in quality where I ended up skimming paragraphs.

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I almost gave up at that point, but the first third of the book after this stupid McGuffin was very entertaining and final third was quite good too until the stupid ending, but the middle really was weak.
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Old 23-08-2012, 10:27   #127
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Im just under halfway through and been reminded that as an early teen i loved King
Going to go dig them out and start from beginning
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Old 25-08-2012, 12:30   #128
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Finished reading 11.22.63 after picking it up at ASDA for £3.85. Whilst I enjoyed the ride a lot, and found it a real pager turner, it certainly had some dips in quality where I ended up skimming paragraphs.

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I almost gave up at that point, but the first third of the book after this stupid McGuffin was very entertaining and final third was quite good too until the stupid ending, but the middle really was weak.
Successive writers have sought to solve the various contradictions and impossibilities of time-travel. King does as good a job as any and, as you say, he creates a great ride. I am happy to forgive the problems you mention, however: the book seems effortless, and wends its way
Brilliant.
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Old 19-09-2012, 21:10   #129
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Doctor Sleep, sequel to The Shining announced for Sept 2013

http://www.stephenking.com/library/n...tor_sleep.html
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Old 21-09-2012, 12:12   #130
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Sounds good from the description, Shining bored the pants off me though.

I'm still plowing through the Dark Tower, now on what I thought was the last book ("The Dark Tower") but see from his website another is due later this year so I guess not!
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Old 22-09-2012, 11:57   #131
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Sounds good from the description, Shining bored the pants off me though.

I'm still plowing through the Dark Tower, now on what I thought was the last book ("The Dark Tower") but see from his website another is due later this year so I guess not!
Don't know what to make of an 8th Dark Tower.

However, a Shining sequel could be good. I guess it'll feel a bit like Black House.
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Old 29-12-2012, 15:41   #132
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I finished 11/22/63 the other day and really rated it. Definitely his best work in a while. An interesting take on time travel too, what with the reset mechanic. While it was probably unnecesarily long as he prepares to save JFK/live his second life with Sadie but the continued discoveries about messing around in the past
kept it very interesting and the finale delivered lots of thrills and a surprising emotional heft too.

How's Under the Dome? Quite fancy that now.
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Old 30-12-2012, 11:16   #133
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Salem's Lot is my favourite - not just King novel, but vampire novel. Mercifully before the current vogue for fey vampires pining for their mortal loves whilst flitting about in their fashion boutique clothing. Barlow is a modern yet classic vampire: pure evil, fangs, sleeps in a coffin, drinks blood and is scared of crucifixes (well, if you have faith). I simply can't be doing with the legions of Twilight-style teenage angst ridden pretty boy vamps that currently crowd the shelves.

Liked The Tommyknockers, Christine, Needful Things and Thinner. Found Under the Dome terribly slow, turgid and predictable though.
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Old 30-12-2012, 19:06   #135
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Salem's Lot is my favourite - not just King novel, but vampire novel. Mercifully before the current vogue for fey vampires pining for their mortal loves whilst flitting about in their fashion boutique clothing. Barlow is a modern yet classic vampire: pure evil, fangs, sleeps in a coffin, drinks blood and is scared of crucifixes (well, if you have faith).
Dont forget he's a postman too.
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I finished 11/22/63 the other day and really rated it. Definitely his best work in a while. An interesting take on time travel too, what with the reset mechanic. While it was probably unnecesarily long as he prepares to save JFK/live his second life with Sadie but the continued discoveries about messing around in the past
kept it very interesting and the finale delivered lots of thrills and a surprising emotional heft too.

How's Under the Dome? Quite fancy that now.
First half I was proclaiming 11/22/63 as best book ever read. Loved it. Clever and intelligent. A time story novel with a twist and reasoning. As the second half kicked in it became hard going and bored the arse of me for the most part

A good hundred to maybe two hundred pages could have gone and made th book much better. Def another one with film / mini series in mind.

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I think that's how most of King's books have been for me. They start out well enough, and then he pads them so much that I lose interest. I always thought he was the target when Douglas Adams said (paraphrasing from memory!) "Those thick books that Americans like to read". That being said, I still loved It.
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Doctor Sleep, sequel to The Shining announced for Sept 2013

http://www.stephenking.com/library/n...tor_sleep.html
Really excited for this. Thanks for that information.
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If people are interested there's a excerpt of Dr. Sleep in 'in the tall grass' which is a novella written by king and his son
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