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Old 02-10-2009, 10:49   #21
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This sounds great Really enjoyed Duma Key and suprised Cell hasn't been made into a film yet"
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Old 16-10-2009, 21:33   #22
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Book of the Month in December's SFX magazine, scoring a decent 4.5 out of 5. They compare it favourably with his other large novels, The Stand & It. Definitely a purchase for me.
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Old 16-10-2009, 22:09   #23
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Sounds good Tony, I just finished listening to his Just After Sunset short story collection and some real corkers in there. Particularly the last one involving a portaloo!
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Old 28-10-2009, 18:53   #24
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looking forward to this. prefer paperbacks myself but sure it will be on offer somewhere soon after release...
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Old 28-10-2009, 19:33   #25
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I actually really enjoyed 'IT', and his Bachman Books era, but after reading/ enduring TommyKnockers haven't looked at any of his later work (Tom Gordon is in our bookcase coz the missus bought and read it, but I just can't bring myself to even try). This one does sound more interesting - though I do fear it'll have the TommyKnockers "let's tell the individual stories of how this thing affects everybody in town" to pad out the book.
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Old 28-10-2009, 21:02   #26
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looking forward to this. prefer paperbacks myself but sure it will be on offer somewhere soon after release...
Do what I do... buy both

I can't read hardbacks on the crapper
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Old 29-10-2009, 18:36   #27
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I can't read hardbacks on the crapper
Erm...

No..

No.. I'm not going to ask.
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I'll give this one a pop as it sounds interesting. King was my favourite author between the ages of 17 and 25. Insomnia was the last one I loved - after that, it was all downhill (and a bit before too). I haven't read any of the last 7 or 8 books (I think - last I read was Black House which was a major disappointment) as he seemed to be rewriting his old stories (haunted cars, etc).
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Big King fan. Can't wait for this one.

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Sounds good Tony, I just finished listening to his Just After Sunset short story collection and some real corkers in there. Particularly the last one involving a portaloo!
N was my favourite story in Just after Sunset. I love Lovecraft, but I like the mythology even more, so seeing King's take is always a dream for me.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:16   #31
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King's stuff has been very hit and miss for about 20 years now.
I think The Tommyknockers was his first real stinker, and he's probably released half a dozen more since then.
But for anyone who hasn't read any of his work since the 80's I would recommend Insomnia and Hearts in Atlantis.
Certainly looking forward to this one....
That would be me then. The first time I left a King novel dissatisfied was The Tommyknockers. The Dark Half sounded like a great idea but wasn't a great read. Needful Things was just like an attempt to knock out Salem's Lot once again, and I have to admit Insomnia was the first I put down without finishing.

I didn't know if it was me, having devoured just about everything he wrote previously and perhaps it was a case of too much of a good thing, etc, or had he gone off the boil? Since then, I've read - and enjoyed - Tom Gordon, and On Writing, but nothing else has really grabbed me and demanded I check it out. That said, I would happily dip into Salem's Lot, Misery, Pet Sematary and Eyes of the Dragon again at any time.

And I agree broadly with what others have suggested about his longer novels - maybe something about building up tension, which King does better than most, and because of the broader canvas being unable to deliver the payload. The Stand was fantastic until the end, having built and built and, oh, that's it. As for It, superb book and then
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I'll give this one a pop as it sounds interesting. King was my favourite author between the ages of 17 and 25. Insomnia was the last one I loved - after that, it was all downhill (and a bit before too). I haven't read any of the last 7 or 8 books (I think - last I read was Black House which was a major disappointment) as he seemed to be rewriting his old stories (haunted cars, etc).
You should give Duma Key a try. It's a good story and it does harken back to the King books of old. Also, it's more stand alone than most of its recent output involving the territories in one way or another.

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I found Duma Key very slow going in places but picked up pace toward the end so if you can get past the first half of the book its well worth the effort.

Preferred Cell which I thought was a real return to form for SK, lots of action and a real page turner. Would make a great film if given the right budget.
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Started this today & it's classic King so far. Feels good to get stuck into a huge, meaty hardback like this, although it's a 'mare luggin' it around on the bus/train today.
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Toying with getting this...it is a stand-alone novel isn't it? I guess there will be a few Dark Tower references scattered through-out though.

I have still to dive in a read all of Stephen Kings books...I read Carrie and am about to re-start Salems Lot!
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Started this today & it's classic King so far. Feels good to get stuck into a huge, meaty hardback like this, although it's a 'mare luggin' it around on the bus/train today.
Dragged it into work with me today for lunch and breaks. I think I'll give that a miss next time.

Great stuff so far. Reminds me of Cell at the moment - modern King at the top of his game.
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saw it in Smiths in Liverpool street for a tenner today and was tempted only was just getting on a train and ****** was HUGE!

Gonna just pop up to ASDA - sure they will be selling it cheap.
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It is a Tenner in Asda as well, I just picked it up tonight
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ASDA said they weren't getting it in until Monday in my store. Will nip to local WH Smiths and get it there tomorrow then.
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Have read very little of King's recent stuff.

I still have The Cell to read which has been gathering dust on my shelf, but I started on The Dark Half again recently, so probably won't get to it anytime soon.
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