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I would go with his short stories first, they give you a good insight to what to expect, The Ten o clock people, gingerbread girl, last rung of the ladder, not all really horror stories, but certainly ones that push and pull at our failings, I think.

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The most popular of his books are The Stand and IT, so I would start with those (The Stand is my fave). They are huge books, but so worth it.

 

I'm re-reading Christine now. It's been a long time since I read it, and I'm glad that it's as good as I remember. 

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I've read a couple of his books and I'm ok with the Americanisms, I must admit From A Buick 8 did remind me of an extended X Files episode!  I enjoyed it though.  I don't think a similar book set in the UK would work - From a Ford Escort just doesn't sound the same really!

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Has anyone read his latest, Sleeping Beauties? I'm undecided at the moment and waiting for it to be available from the library.

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I am currently reading book five of 'The Dark Tower' series and I absolutely love it. I think so far, my favourite books within 'The Dark Tower' are 'Drawing of the Three' and 'Wizard and Glass', but I love the way that each book has a different feel to it. Most of the time I don't like it when authors mix genres, but I think the way in which this series combines, sci-fi, adventure and westerns together works very well.

 

After reading the first novel, I wasn't sure whether this was a series I would continue, but I'm so glad that I didn't, because this just gets better and better.

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On ‎12‎/‎10‎/‎2017 at 5:01 AM, karen.d said:

I am currently reading book five of 'The Dark Tower' series and I absolutely love it. I think so far, my favourite books within 'The Dark Tower' are 'Drawing of the Three' and 'Wizard and Glass', but I love the way that each book has a different feel to it. Most of the time I don't like it when authors mix genres, but I think the way in which this series combines, sci-fi, adventure and westerns together works very well.

 

After reading the first novel, I wasn't sure whether this was a series I would continue, but I'm so glad that I didn't, because this just gets better and better.

I agree with you. I loved The Dark Tower series. It has been so long since I read them that I can't remember one from the other though. The book with them on the train and trying to figure out the "riddles" was pretty good.

 

I recently finished Sleeping Beauties and enjoyed it. It took a little discipline to stay with the book during the first third but it just kept getting better and better. There was a "lesson" for you nearing the ending of the book if one paid attention. Good book.

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As far as the Game of Thrones series goes its difficult to choose a favourite, as each one was good as I read it. I think the best though was perhaps the last - and now we have waited year after year after year to find out what's happened to our favourite characters.  Frankly it's getting beyond a joke! An author who has made a fortune from his work does owe some loyalty to the fans who have shown loyalty to him, and it's time we had the next book in the series. With due respect Mr. Martin has had a long break' and refreshed himself with other writing. A publication date would at least be something to look forward to.

 

Meanwhile I can't help resenting the total price of the two part story of the Targareyns. Currently the first part is about to be published at over £12 on Amazon. Would be nice as a Christmas present but even if someone would buy me it I wouldn't let 'em.  It may be shocking to say it here, but there is a limit to what I'll pay, or allow to be paid,  for books which I'm not actually gagging to read.:)

Since part two is likely to be the same price that's an estimated £24 for the history of one family from the saga - how many are there again? I'll wait for a second hand paperback! 

 

Am I just being an old grouch? Or one of a growing number? I'm listening ...?!

 

Happy :readingtwo: All

 

 

 

 

Edited by Booknutt
Some rewording

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On 1/20/2018 at 3:19 PM, muggle not said:

I agree with you. I loved The Dark Tower series. It has been so long since I read them that I can't remember one from the other though. The book with them on the train and trying to figure out the "riddles" was pretty good.

 

 

I think you might mean 'The Waste Lands'? I finished the entire series recently and I loved it. I particularly liked 'Drawing of the Three' and 'Wizard and Glass'. I thought the ending of the whole series, was very clever.

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2 hours ago, Booknutt said:

As far as the Game of Thrones series goes its difficult to choose a favourite, as each one was good as I read it. I think the best though was perhaps the last - and now we have waited year after year after year to find out what's happened to our favourite characters.  Frankly it's getting beyond a joke! An author who has made a fortune from his work does owe some loyalty to the fans who have shown loyalty to him, and it's time we had the next book in the series. With due respect Mr. Martin has had a long break' and refreshed himself with other writing. A publication date would at least be something to look forward to.

 

Meanwhile I can't help resenting the cost of the currently published first part of the history of the Targareyns. I'm definitely waiting for a secondhand paperback! Would've been nice as a Christmas present but even if someone would buy me it I wouldn't let 'em.  It may be shocking to say it here, but there is a limit to what I'll pay, or allow to be paid,  for a book which I'm not actually gagging to read.:)

 

 

Am I being an old grouch? or one of a growing number?  I'm listening ... !

 

Happy :readingtwo:All

 

Oh dear, I think you meant to post this in some other thread? 

As for the actual post, I've heard others complain about the same thing, i.e. Martin needing to get a move on with the books! There was, however, a post on imgur or some such place where they had counted how long it had taken other authors to finish their series and so on and they claimed that Martin wasn't taking any longer than other authors of similar series and genres. Personally, I don't know! I haven't started the first book yet. I'm eagerly waiting to see the final season on TV!!! 

 

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Oh for heaven's sake! I'm far too young for senior moments!  Apologies to Stephen King fans for the brief commercial for Game of Thrones. :smile:

Thanks for pointing it out Frankie, I clearly hit the wrong title and didn't even notice. Should be more alert to these things really. 

 

Happy :readingtwo: All

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On 11/17/2018 at 2:15 PM, frankie said:

 

Oh dear, I think you meant to post this in some other thread? 

As for the actual post, I've heard others complain about the same thing, i.e. Martin needing to get a move on with the books! There was, however, a post on imgur or some such place where they had counted how long it had taken other authors to finish their series and so on and they claimed that Martin wasn't taking any longer than other authors of similar series and genres. Personally, I don't know! I haven't started the first book yet. I'm eagerly waiting to see the final season on TV!!! 

 

It took Stephen King 4 decades to complete the Dark Tower series. Glad I started them later so that I didn't have that much of a wait, but, they were worth whatever wait it took.

 

the Dark Tower books

Main article: The Dark Tower (series)

In the late 1970s, King began what became a series of interconnected stories about a lone gunslinger, Roland, who pursues the "Man in Black" in an alternate-reality universe that is a cross between J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth and the American Wild West as depicted by Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone in their spaghetti Westerns. The first of these stories, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, was initially published in five installments by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction under the editorship of Edward L. Ferman, from 1977 to 1981. The Gunslinger was continued as an eight-book epic series called The Dark Tower, whose books King wrote and published infrequently over four decades.

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Currently reading Misery, so good! Its possible this could be my favourite of his that I have read. So far. 

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