Stephen King

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  1. PC Principle

    PC Principle New Member

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    In the middle of his Just After Sunset short story collection on audiobook and it is pretty interesting. Really the first Stephen King I've ever read and pretty awesome. Any SK book recommendations for after I am done with this one?
     
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    The_Ratt Hedepnaw

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    The Stand
    Insomnia
    Dark Tower Series
     
  3. Tikiman

    Tikiman The Internet has left me in despair.

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    I read alot of Stephen King back in high school and most of his stuff is pretty average and generic. The Stand is amazing and The Dark Tower series is really uneven, but overall pretty good. The first 4 books at least are worth reading and then the rest just to get the whole story.
     
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    The Stand should be mandatory reading for everyone, IMO. Other than that I am a fan of It, and the rest of his stuff is entertaining, but not as good as these 2.
     
  5. Jimeigh

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    i enjoyed The Shining. the only other Steven King book i read was Gunslinger, which i did not enjoy as much
     
  6. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I'd recommend, before you dive into the heavy novels, you read the other short story collections:
    Night Shift
    Skeleton Crew
    Nightmares And Dreamscapes
    Everything's Eventual

    Then you might also enjoy the novella collections:
    The Bachman Books
    Different Seasons
    Four Past Midnight

    But if you really want to jump right in and get buried in the novels, these are my favorites:
    The Talisman and its sequel Black House
    Insomnia
    Desperation (I haven't read The Regulators, but it's a companion novel that's sort of in an alternate universe)
    Rose Madder
    The Stand
    The Dark Half
    Thinner
    Salem's Lot
    Cujo
     
  7. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    And of course the Dark Tower series, but really save those for later. They tie in with so many other novels and short stories, you won't fully appreciate them if you read them first. Terrible place to start.
     
  8. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I forgot about It. :bowdown:
     
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    :o Really? That's pretty cool... what else Dark Tower tie into?
     
  10. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I'm pretty sure it ties into all the novels I listed, including the late addition IT. Plus several others IIRC.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Dark_Tower/connections

    It's not complete, but it's a good start.
     
  11. PC Principle

    PC Principle New Member

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    Everyone seems to be recommending the stand so I guess either that or more short stories will be next.
     
  12. gino85

    gino85 fuck your honda civic, i've a horse outside

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    im 3 books in and so far its :bowdown: only part i didnt like was detta walker, she pissed me the fuck off while i was reading it
     
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    RougeOgre FS Librarian and MOD

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    I love his older stuff ('Salems Lot, Carrie, Christine, Cujo, The Bachman Books...) but right about the time of Tommyknockers it seemed that he started to write for the money only, so I stopped devouring his books and now rarely read anything of his.

    I've been reading a lot more Dean Koontz instead.
     
  14. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Either way, you can't go wrong.
     
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    The Cell is the only one of his new books that I rally enjoyed, I would definately recommend it.
     
  16. Hard to pick one favourite, but I think I'll cast a vote for "Pet Semetary". Creepy, that book is.
     
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    ForgottenSpiral Hope and Irony OT Supporter

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    I'm reading his book On Writing right now. Very interesting as he tells a bunch of stories about his life from childhood on.

    Also The Mist is awesome
     
  18. kit99bar

    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    I loved the short story collections
     
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    Chitty Chitty Gang Bang OTCC

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    I was going to say, Someone needs to mention 'IT' :bowdown:
     
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    lol, shit, i'm on the 4th book... first KING books i've read
     
  21. BoomBoomBoy

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    I've read just about everything SK has written. My two favorites are:

    The Stand
    The Shining

    Both were made into movies, and I knew before I saw them, they would never match the books.
     
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    The Dark Tower series are great. Insomnia, It, and the Stand are all great reads. Once I read the DT series, I was motivated to go back and read everything he's written.

    The Cell is his newest book I've read.
     
  23. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I saw the movie The Shining before I read the book, and I love the movie so much that I didn't really enjoy the book when I read it. I know that doesn't make sense, but oh well. :o

    And The Stand miniseries wasn't as good as the book, but it was about as close as it's possible to get. Loved that too.
     
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    I've just started The Dark Tower book 6, and can't believe I didn't start this series earlier. An excellent read.

    Hearts in Atlantis is one of my favorites, and I was glad I'd read this before starting DT.
     
  25. TheOkapi

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    Actually, I think it's better that way. This way, when you read the other king books, you'll actually get the references to the Tower series. If you do it the way Joe said, you'd have to read everything else a second time to get it all.
     

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