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#1 Michelle

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 12:24 PM

This guy seems to crop up alot when people I know talk of their favourite authors.. and at least he gives us plenty of varied books to discuss!

Which are your favourites, which don't you like?

As I said in another post, The Shining is one of only 2 books which really scared me.. and is probably due a re-read soon.

Bag of Bones is one I simply enjoyed, and really got involved with the characters.

It is also a good one, but if I recall correctly, I watched the film first.. which always means you come to the book with preconceived ideas.

The Dark Tower series I struggled with.. in fact I don't think I finished the first book.

I could go on... but I'll pass this over to others now! :D :D

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 03:32 PM

I can't post on this board yet. Louise, it's your turn! :D

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 12:23 PM

C'mon, I'm sure we have much more to say about Mr King!

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 12:55 PM

I loved The Green Mile, and I thought the film was the best book adaptation I had ever seen.

I also liked Carrie, The Stand, Tommyknockers, and the one I can't remember the name of with the clown that was an alien spider like creature (was it 'IT'?)

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Posted 01 August 2005 - 12:56 PM

Yep, that was 'IT'. :D

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 11:35 AM

I have read good books and bad books by this guy

I really loved Green Mile and Bag of Bones

I didnt like desparation

I have a whole load of books of his yet to read, im sure there will be more good than bad

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Posted 07 August 2005 - 09:47 PM

Stephen King - awesome author, came to give a talk to our society at Uni. IT is an awesome book, completely let down by the film. I remember being scared witless by the book - completely engaged.

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 05:42 PM

I might read IT then

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 08:56 AM

I haven't actually read any of his books, but have watched a few of his Mini-Series like "Kingdom Hospital" and "The Stand", I've watched "Night Shift" which I thought was terrible and have seen "IT" which is quite scary.

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 09:03 AM

Kingdome Hospital was just WEIRD! I gave up with that one, and I generally like weird things.. I liked Hex, for example! :D

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 09:06 AM

Kingdome Hospital was just WEIRD! I gave up with that one, and I generally like weird things.. I liked Hex, for example! :D


Yeah Kingdom Hospital was a bit weird, seeing as he based it on his own accident when he was knocked down whilst jogging.

Talking about Hex don't forget the new series starts at 9pm on Sky One tonight. :D

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Posted 23 September 2005 - 03:35 PM

Weird - I thought I'd posted here - must have been a previous board incarnation.

I am a HUGE King fan. I own most of his books and have read all of them (except Firestarter, which I hated) at least 4 times. My favourite has to be a close call between The Stand, IT and The Green Mile - all three books are very well written and very emotive.

Do read IT, Louise, it's a brilliant book and a gripping read.

And I think that the Dark Tower series are great, although I found the ending was a real let down. It seems like King couldn't think of a way to end it and had run out of steam for the big final showdown, so he rushed and then took an easy way out. Booo!

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Posted 01 October 2005 - 10:30 PM

Another big King fan here. My most read King book has to be The Stand. He seemed to capture real people living in extraordinary circumstances perfectly and I felt really connected to the characters.

My other favourites are the ones he wrote as Richard Bachman - The Long Walk was truly inspired and stayed with me a long time after I finished it.

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 09:20 PM

I love the Dark Tower Series, I've finished the first 5. For others who enjoyed it, don't miss The Talisman and The Black House, which are Stephen King/Peter Straub collaborations and tied into the Dark Tower books.

My favorite...that's a tough one. I loved Bag of Bones, The Stand, and IT. Also, another one that a lot of people miss is Eyes of the Dragon (?) I think! It's really great, fantasy, evil warlocks, etc.

I absolutely, totally, completely abhorred Dreamcatcher. I was so disappointed in it I almost cried.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 05:05 PM

I used to like his work when I was a kid. He was never a great writer but he always developed good concepts. Ever since his accident he has gone downhill in a big way.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 04:06 PM

I love the Dark Tower Series, I've finished the first 5. For others who enjoyed it, don't miss The Talisman and The Black House, which are Stephen King/Peter Straub collaborations and tied into the Dark Tower books.


Other books you might like to read (connected to the Dark Tower Series) are Hearts in Atlantis (Low Men in Yellow Coats) which is HUGELY connected to the last book in the series, plus Desperation. Also, Father Callahan is in Salem's Lot (yes, the same character), so you can find out what happened to him prior to his arrival in the Dark Tower Series.

IT mentions the Turtle (a guardian of the beams), and you can also read another story about Roland in the short stories book Everything's Eventual (Little Sisters of Eluria).

King also has another 2 books due for publication called 'Cell' (US - February 2006) and 'Lisey's Story (US - November 2006). Nighmares & Dreamscaoes is going to be a TV series (US only, I think).

NB. The Tailsman is being made into a film and is currently in pre-production, and Desperation has been made and should be screened (on TV, made by abc) in the US in May.

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 04:20 PM

:shock: You certainly are our resident King expert! :D

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 12:23 PM

I do know my King novels, but I cheated with all the future publications stuff - http://www.stephenki...index_flash.php

Oh, and another Dark Tower related book is Insomnia which explains more about the Crimson King (there's also the Mike Hanlon/Derry link to IT).

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Posted 18 October 2005 - 03:09 PM

My favourite King by far is The Stand. I have the complete, unabridged version which clockes ni at well over 1000 pages & it totally rocks!

After that, I loved the anthology Different Seasons - it's the book which has spawned 3 films so far: The Body (became Stand By Me), Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption (obvious which movie that became) & The Apt Pupil (the film of the same name wasn't as good as I expected).

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 03:53 PM

Long articles, but interest some..

The Case For Stephen King as Literature




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