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Old 29-11-2011, 08:58   #81
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I keep meaning to get the complete set at some point - but there doesn't seem to be one

The only full set of books I've seen has the first three or four in one size book, and the others in another size. Keep looking out for decent deals on them too, but nothing
Wouldn't be surprised if they put out a new set of the seven books in April when the "eighth" book hits hardcover.
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Old 04-12-2011, 20:35   #82
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Yeah can't wait for The Wind Through the Keyhole!

Currently doing The Stand instead of IT as the missus hasn't been able to read a single word cause of work. Nearly 300 pages in and it's hotting up nicely. Really feeling like a truly serious epidemic kicking off.
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Old 04-12-2011, 22:57   #83
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11.22.63 is ******* incredible. I'm about three quarters of the way through. I've hardly put it down all day.
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Old 04-12-2011, 23:59   #84
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It is fantastic. Bang back on form.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:48   #85
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I finished it about ten minutes ago. It might just be one of the best books I've ever read.
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Finished it. Loved it.

I thought it dragged a bit in the middle, but it worked to sell the ending, which I like more and more when I think about it.

Really good stuff. Easily King's best in fifteen, maybe twenty, years.
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I loved 11.22.63.

I really liked the ending and was plesently surprised by it.

Now to find my next good book, I will need to invstigate other Stephen King books.
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:08   #88
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This 11.22.63 is a bit ace, isn't it? Around a third into it after the sort of lengthy, solid reading sessions I only do when something is this good...
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My sister bought me 11.22.63 for Christmas. I am now really looking forward to reading it...
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Loved it, really loved it and read the book in three days, in fact I didn't do much during those days when I had spare time but read it.

It's been a while since I've read any of King's novels - The Girl who loved Tom Gordon is the most recent, though I have Under the Dome ready to run on Audible - so I really can't answer for how much he has matured as a writer, but one of the things I really liked about 11.22.63 is how he subverted many of his own conventions, for instance...



Anyway, I'm pleased I got it - the ending was truly satisfying and for once didn't fall short after all those pages of build-up (in comparison, I thought the ending of 'It' sucked after cranking up the tension over so many chapters).
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I'm currently working my way through Full Dark, No Stars

it's very good, if a little morbid!
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Old 21-02-2012, 12:15   #92
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Just finished The Stand (extended edition) about two nights ago after about 4 months of on/off reading. Thought it was really good, with some brilliant 'moments' and the general atmosphere and feel of the desolated world was very well drawn but in terms of narrative, it was essentially a pretty simple story in three parts (hence the 3 'books') but it felt vastly overwritten - probably due to the extended-ness.



Taking a break from King to read His Dark Materials now after much badgering. Will probably return with Desperation (don't think I can handle IT directly after this, lol).
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Good timing on the thread revival.

I’ve very close to finishing Under the Dome – 20 pages or so left. I’ve surprised myself at how quickly I’ve got through it – certainly a very easy read – though I’m wondering whether I’ll be let down by the ending (which often seems to be the case with King for some reason).

Thought it ws a very good read, and only major annoyance with the book is the sloppy way he fits the various folks into his regular pre-defined categories, and particularly how dumb the majority of the town seem to be.

May have to give him a break before coming back – either to the Shining or, more likely, 11.22.63 (love a good time travel yarn!)
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IT is more long winded than The Stand IMO. Definitely avoid those two back to back I'd go for something like Gerald's Game or Rose Madder.
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Nearing the end of Night Shift...just finished the Children of the corn story. Really enjoying the punchy format. Nother sure if i should start Skeleton Crew next or move onto a novel from the 26 King book set I got for Christmas!
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Nearing the end of Night Shift...just finished the Children of the corn story. Really enjoying the punchy format. Nother sure if i should start Skeleton Crew next or move onto a novel from the 26 King book set I got for Christmas!
Enjoyed Nightshift, but thought it was more hit and miss than the amazing reviews suggested. Thinking about that story about the giant rats always sends a shiver down my spine though
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Enjoyed Nightshift, but thought it was more hit and miss than the amazing reviews suggested. Thinking about that story about the giant rats always sends a shiver down my spine though
Found Graveyard shift to be the weakest tale so far...the very fact that the blokes went back down into the cave (especially after all the bedlam they heard) made me roll my eyes!
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New Dark Tower book next month:

http://www.stephenking.com/DarkTower...e_keyhole.html
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Got to go against the majority (or even unanimous) opinion on 11.22.63 which I thought was dreadful. I'm a King fan in general, although he does have his flaws, and he could probably write rings around many in the literary establishment that consider him a pulp trash machine. But this wont help his cause. Harold Bloom would have a field day.

Silly story, badly constructed, poorly thought out, not well written and a lead character who is so one dimensional he makes Dan Brown's Robert Langdon seem like Indiana Jones. You've seen all of it - even the 'twist' which you can see coming before you start reading - in the Back to the Future films. It flirts with working in some interesting ideas quite frequently, but never delivers on any of them.

Hard to believe this came from the writer of Hearts In Atlantis never mind the best works from the glory years.

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Just to keep the thread alive, I got through The Running Man last week – very entertaining pulp novel, and I flew through it (though it’s admittedly a pretty short book!).

Have to admit I was hoping there’d be an opera singing psychopath chasing Ben Richards though!

Was thinking of getting back into The Dark Tower next – only got about a third of the way into the second book and drifted onto something else…
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