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View Poll Results: Which Stephen King books are worth more than one read?

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  • Bag of Bones

    3 12.50%
  • Carrie

    1 4.17%
  • Christine

    0 0%
  • Cujo

    1 4.17%
  • The Dark Half

    1 4.17%
  • The Dark Tower series (comment on individual books below)

    3 12.50%
  • The Dead Zone

    1 4.17%
  • Different Seasons

    4 16.67%
  • Dolores Claiborne

    1 4.17%
  • Firestarter

    3 12.50%
  • The Green Mile

    3 12.50%
  • It

    8 33.33%
  • Salem's Lot

    4 16.67%
  • Misery

    5 20.83%
  • Pet Sematary

    2 8.33%
  • The Shining

    10 41.67%
  • The Stand

    12 50.00%
  • The Talisman

    0 0%
  • Tommyknockers

    4 16.67%
  • Other (see below)

    8 33.33%
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Cell looked like a filler book.
    Yes.. a Trunk book. He got bored, cranked it out in a week, then filed it and pulled it out when the publisher needed to make some money.

    One of those books I lump in with The Dreamcatcher, just kind of by the numbers horror that King doesn't invest a lot in. It's like he does it to clear his throat (or cache if you want a computer metaphor) so he can write something better.
    I put Insomnia in that same category. But you're right, maybe he uses those the same way... like instead of taking the car out for a real run, he's just dumping engine cleaner into the tank and driving around the block to scrub things out.

    Dreamcatcher started with some nice characterization but went downhill from there... as soon as the plot got involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Yes.. a Trunk book. He got bored, cranked it out in a week, then filed it and pulled it out when the publisher needed to make some money.
    Yes, that's the phrase he uses.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I put Insomnia in that same category. But you're right, maybe he uses those the same way... like instead of taking the car out for a real run, he's just dumping engine cleaner into the tank and driving around the block to scrub things out.

    Dreamcatcher started with some nice characterization but went downhill from there... as soon as the plot got involved.
    I think Insomnia isn't a Trunk book, there were a lot of ideas and threads to other works in it, it was just a mess.

    I liked the start of Dreamcatcher too! Esp. the descriptions of going out into the woods and the snowstorm.

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    I think I read a lot of his work when I was too young to appreciate it (I'm guessing 8-12) and since seldom touched any titles with his name on. Except for The Stand, which I've read several times and count among my favourite books. Originally I picked it out from the library shelf (I think I was 10 or something) because it was the hugest book I could find, so it wouldn't end too fast. I don't remember who brought up Gone With the Wind as a bad book, but I've read that at least ten times as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    The more you swing, the more you strike out. Which ones do you think King hit out of the park?

    Not enough slots for all the titles -- so comment on any you think were unfairly skipped.

    Full List of Books/Writings here.
    Prolific, isn't he.

    I had only heard of Carrie, Salem's Lot and The Shining.

    I cannot tolerate scary stories, so I have never read anything of his.

    I have seen snippets of Carrie on tv.

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    I personally find him highly overrated. But then...so is Lovecraft.
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