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Old 23-08-2011, 05:57   #41
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Re-read Carrie after many years. Really enjoyed it, reminded me more of his later novels for some reason (cell?).
Cell was another modern King book I really enjoyed. IIRC it wasn't too popular and got some negative reviews here.
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Old 23-08-2011, 05:59   #42
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Never read any Stephen King - just ordered Different Seasons.
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Of the most recent reads by King, I really enjoyed Duma Key, which is much, much better than the rather pedestrian and plodding Under the Dome, that people seemed to love.
I think Under the Dome was possbily the hardest of his new stuff to get through, it's taken me ages and tbh im not that impressed and agree Duma Key was a lot better.
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Old 23-08-2011, 07:53   #44
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Cell was another modern King book I really enjoyed. IIRC it wasn't too popular and got some negative reviews here.
Loved Cell. It was the book that got me back into King (and reading in general).
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Old 23-08-2011, 10:57   #45
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Out of his 90's work, I really enjoyed Hearts in Atlantis.
The first story "Low Men in Yellow Coats" is classic King.
I liked Insomnia as well, which will appeal to anyone with a dark sense of humour.

Both books have slight Dark Tower connections, but you don't need to have read that series.
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Another vote for From a Buick 8. After a while you can detect a very clear style to Stephen Kings writing with a number of (sometimes quite irritating) quirks but Buick felt fresh and original right from page one and I found that I read it very quickly. Also it doesn't hurt that it makes no effort to explain everything away with pseudo-science or any other claptrap.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:01   #47
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Have recently read Duma key and Lisey's story

The latter takes a lot of ****, I personally loved it

Truly haunting, yes it's brutal, long winded and more than a little pretentious but it clicked with me.. still a tough read tho.

A friend who Mr. King himself would call a 'constant reader' absolutely hated what she could manage to read of the book, enough to leave me an A4 page detailing exactly why!

Oh and Cell is the biggest piece of **** Stephen King has put his name to
I came away from it thinking he didn't even write it

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Old 01-09-2011, 11:09   #48
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Another vote for From a Buick 8. After a while you can detect a very clear style to Stephen Kings writing with a number of (sometimes quite irritating) quirks but Buick felt fresh and original right from page one and I found that I read it very quickly. Also it doesn't hurt that it makes no effort to explain everything away with pseudo-science or any other claptrap.
I like those quirks

For me, nobody writes like King, he's in a class of his own.

You take him for granted then you read other fiction of the same genre and the divide is clear

i enjoy Dean Koontz, he works the prose thing very well. then you go back to King and its not there, because he doesn't need it.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:18   #49
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I think 'Lisey's Story' is the best thing he's done in the past decade or so, by some distance.

That said, has anyone read 'Full Dark, No Stars' ? The first story, '1922', is superb, technically very impressive. It's written from the viewpoint of a farmer who murders his wife (not a spoiler) and it has a really strong hold on viewpoint (you can't really 'hear' King and some of his tics and devices that surface so often in his contemporary work), character and a sense of place and of time. Really beautifully gothic in the truest sense with a black and sly wit. It's not just been tossed off; you can see the research. Read it blind and you probably wouldn't guess who'd written it.
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Have just finished a mammoth reading of The Dark Tower series (which blew me away) and have picked up some stand alone Kings from various charity shops/car boots - Salem's Lot, Pet Cemetary, IT and Desperation. Looking forward to them - looking to grab The Stand and Insomnia too.
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Old 07-09-2011, 20:54   #51
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Salem's Lot is excellent. Quite amazing second novel really when you consider the circumstances in which he wrote it - indeed, 'Cujo' is one of his favourite books, and even he can't remember writing it, as he was so strung out on booze and drugs . Currently reading Bag of Bones which I'm enjoying.

IT is brilliant too, although it's pacing, and structure, are a little disorientating at first.

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Have started listening to The Dark Tower audiobooks and honestly cant believe they are written by Mr King.

Very dull and hard to listen to, nothing seems to happen at all so far. Will try and stick with it but just not grabbed me at all like most of his other stuff.
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What!?
Its been a while but I remember 'The Drawing of the Three' (2nd book) was an absolute page turner, very fast paced with all sorts going on
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Funny, I listened to the first Dark Tower audiobook and absolutely loved it – in no small part down to the wonderful narration by George Guidall.

Started listening to the second book but it didn’t maintain my interest and I kept jumping in and out of it. Really need to get back into those…
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Its been a while but I remember 'The Drawing of the Three' (2nd book) was an absolute page turner, very fast paced with all sorts going on
Yeah book one is the odd one out, and a very different style. It became more King-like from book two, and as you say, lots of interesting stuff happens as you are introduced to the major characters.

I was almost ready to stop reading after book one, but book two hooked me. I still need to finish the series though, as I only got to book five (Wolves of the Calla)!
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I've never read the 'remastered' version of book one. I seem to remember hearing it's not a great deal different, though.
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I'm only about a third of the way through the first book so will struggle on and see how I go.
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I'm only about a third of the way through the first book so will struggle on and see how I go.
Yeah the first one is definitely very different. I appreciate it now but when I first tried it back in the 80s when I was in school (on audio book too I think) I wasn't sure what to make of it and only persevered because my mate said the 2nd book was good. And she was right. It's very much like a classic King read in my view.
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Yeah looking back, the first Dark Tower book really is the exception - a small handful of the major players (Eddie, Suzannah) yet to be introduced etc - but I think it feels the most like the 'fantasy western' that the series' concept is built around (apart from book 5), but that's mainly due to the desert landscape.

Having had time to digest, the DT series really is my favourite saga that I've read. The final book, for me, was perfect. I think my main gripe with the series would be book 6 having no real identity of it's own and it feels like an extended prologue to the events that unfold in the final book.

I've now read 'Salem's Lot - utterly fantastic and one of the definitive vampire stories for me. It's such a shame vampires are so overexposed in today's movie landscape as I think a new film adaptation of this would really raise the bar.

And literally just finished Pet Semetary too - I liked it, not at all what I thought it was (tongue in cheek horror about an army of zombie animals, ) and I was surprised at just how dark it went.

IT next I think, as the missus is on The Stand and she reads about a page per week so I don't think I'm ever getting that back.
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IT is great but boy is it a drag! Working through the Regulators/Desperation double-hitter currently, and while I found Desperation pretty damn good, I'm struggling with The Regulators.
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