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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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    Default Which Stephen King books are worth reading more than once?

    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.
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    Even though I suspect this was meant to be a poll, and may disappear...


    "On Writing"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashi, K? View Post
    Even though I suspect this was meant to be a poll, and may dissapear...
    "On Writing"
    Oh, snap!!! I forgot that one. Oh well.
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Eh, why (re)read the book when all the good ones are movies?

    I am specifically referring to "Running Man".

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    I chose other: the short story collections.

    After a King rip in the late 80s, where I read King books end-to-end for about a month, I decided that his short stories were significantly more imaginative and better written than his novels. The novels are formulaic and redundant; read one, you've read most.

    I admit I haven't read any pseudonym King. I'm unlikely to do so at this point, either. I gave up fiction in the mid 90s due to excessive indulgence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashi, K? View Post
    Eh, why (re)read the book when all the good ones are movies? I am specifically referring to "Running Man".


    The book was good. By Richard Bachman, of course.
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post


    The book was good. By Richard Bachman, of course.
    Come on, Jenny, admit that Arnie makes everything better.

    I was so upset when I heard "Total Recall II: The Minority Report" was cancelled.
    I mean, what good is a Philip K. Dick adaptation without Schwarzenegger?

    I heard that years later the property was picked up for an unrelated project starring the Topgun guy. Yuk



    I completely agree about the short stories, rivercrow.
    Especially "Different Seasons"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashi, K? View Post
    Come on, Jenny, admit that Arnie makes everything better.
    *groan* NO!!!

    (Although I admit to watching Predator more than once. And the running jokes are cute the first time I hear them...)

    I completely agree about the short stories, rivercrow.
    Especially "Different Seasons"
    Those are novellas -- and Different Seasons is actually an almost "perfect" hit, at least for me. Only The Winter's Tale was a little empty for me, but the other three stories (Rita Hayworth & The Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, and The Body) were among the best things (I think) he has ever written in his life.

    (Which is funny, because none of those three have supernatural elements either, really.)
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Insomnia - love it.

    And as you read along you discover that many of the books overlap into the Gunslinger's universe.

    Stephen King is a sick puppy. And I still want to hurt him for TDT: VII

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    Yeah I'm a big fan of all his short stories. My next favourite would be a toss-up between It and the Stand. It because it is classic horror and The Stand because I love the idea of the world ending and me surviving to pick through the ruins.

    Not saying they are his best writing though. He has definitely improved with age.

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