I'm reading my first Stephen king book. This asshole likes his own writing so much he mentioned himself in his his books.
Stephen King loves Stephen Kings writing so much.
Thoughts? Favorite books by him? Least favorite?
The guy is a legend so he can get away with it.
Imo his books of short stories are the best. I love Just After Sunset. There's a story in there where the antagonist is mainly referred to as the Motherfucker.
> never read a book
> gets info of The Simpsons
The Stand is fucking God Tier (book not movie)
Dark Tower series is legit, too. The first volume is slow, but the next 3 are epic. Especially Wizard and Glass.
Also... Anyone else hear theres been conversation about Ron Howard remaking a The Stand movie?
This guy gets it
OP is a massive tool and hasn't read up on King. Many of the universes in which his books take place are intertwined. Because some of them take place in our universe and others do not, it makes sense that his books would wind up appearing in other books
Read the dark tower saga. I cannot stress this enough. It is, by far , King's masterpiece.
Favorite: Salem's Lot.
Favorite that's not a horror: Lisey's Story
Least favorite: The Girl who loved Tom Gordon.
I'm a fan of King, at least some of his works.
I agree with most of the negative things said in this thread, though. Especially the fact that he makes a lot of shit books every year now.
Under the Dome looked....interesting?
Anyone read it?
The Stand isn't terrible, but it's too long. In terms of his new stuff, Under the Dome is probably one of the worst books I've ever made it all the way through.
I really enjoyed 11/22/63 though. But I'm into historical fiction and time travel, so.
Bruh wizard and glass was the slowest of them all. Drawing of the three is where it's at ! Non stop action and mindfuckery at every corner.
dud-a-chuck confirmed for greatest onomatopoeia of all time
>Carrie (because /Chlo/)
>Under the Dome
>Doctor Sleep [spoiler] but gave up half way through [/spoiler]
11/22/63 is by far the best imo. Anyone who hasn't read it should do so immediately, shit is legit.
The only other books that I'd say are worth the time are On Writing and Pet Sematary.
I want to read It, The Stand, and the Dark Tower series. I've heard the second half of the series is dogshit though, can any anons confirm?
1. Wizard and Glass
2. The Waste Lands (the train was perfect)
3. Drawing of the Three
4. The Gunslinger
The first 3 were so good I couldnt argue with any way you wanted to rank them.
I found The Gunslinger to be the slowest. Best opening line ever, though.
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
Downhill from there, though
And after he got hit by that van.
Honestly, as much as I love Dark Tower, that shit got so bad after Wizard and Glass.
I really like 11/22/63, but that's probably his only post-van novel I enjoyed.
11/22/63 is a fun ride.
Stephen King (aside from his short stories) is not meant for an impatient reader.
You have to go into his books willing and ready to submit and submerge yourself into this world that he slowly builds around you.
If you're looking for a straight to the point kind of writer-prepare to get disappointed. A bunch of his books are 400+ pages and he LOVES describing things in detail.
First time someone told me about Stephen king books, they said "he takes 10 pages to write about a guy turning a door knob"
You should read all of the Bachman books. Actually, if you see "The Bachman Books" in a used bookstore, that's pretty much the only way you can read "Rage," which was a really good story. King suppressed its publication because the news media loves to exploit school shootings for ratings, and somehow he felt responsible for that shit.
I think the second half of books were disappointments because the writing had drastically changed. There were some great parts later on, but man, Song of Susannah felt.. rushed? Uninspired? Boring?
The series in general ended perfectly. What a mind fuck.
I think Stephen King is awesome at writing an interesting ten pages.. then another interesting ten pages.. and so on and so on, but there is never anything to tie the ideas together so you end up feeling like you wasted your time (I've read about half a dozen of his books because an old girlfriend was into him).
I like King. Very entertaining.
Biggest problem is he's a little verbose. Writes a lot about dumb shit, but sometimes this "diarrhea of the typing" is exactly what draws me into his stories.
I liked Bag of Bones, From A Buick 8, Misery, Pet Semetary, It, Needful Things, and all the short story books a lot.
Didn't like Delores Claiborne, Mr. Mercedes, or Revival very much at all.
Duma Key is my absolute favorite.
Cell is good, and very fast paced, but I didn't think it "felt" like a King novel. Seemed more like The Walking Dead before it was popular.
I heard the Ron Howard remake of "The Stand" will be 2 (possibly 3) movies made for theatrical release.
Howard is also working on a possible miniseries of "The Dark Tower" thats being shopped to AMC, HBO, etc.
Next King project to get released will be movie version of "The Cell" released later this year
God, you are all terrible at reading.
His best book is The Shining. It's the modern American gothic novel--it's fucking great.
The rest of his work is best in short story form. He writes the best Lovecraftian stories since... since whenever--they are the best.
The Dark Tower starts ok, gets awesome, then jumps off a fucking monorail into terribletown. Stop after The Wastelands. The Drawing of the Three kicks ass.
The original edit of The Stand is WAY better than the 1000+ monster he was allowed to publish later. He needs an editor to keep him paced and once he sold a zillion books he could do whatever he wanted. This was not a good thing.
i was gonna say this one
when i was a teenager i think i read that book like 9 times haha...
check out the running man, thats pretty dystopian.
also under his pseudonym check out The Regulators and its companion Desperation. I prefer Desperation but both were cool.
needful things was great
and the green mile of course
definitely read The Bachman Books. They are great! Here is the list of his i remember that I read, All worth checking out. I havent read any of his stuff for years (and i mean over a decade)...
- Salem's Lot
- The Shining
- Pet Sematary
- The Talisman
- Skeleton Crew
- The Bachman Books (novel collection)
1987 - Misery
- The Tommyknockers
- The Dark Half
- The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition
- Four Past Midnight (stories)
- Needful Things
Is that the one about senior citizens, and the main old guy would make a pistol gesture with his hand, then shoot lazers or some shit?
I think thats how it went, but its been a really long time.
Needless to say.... That book was utter shit
Same with the revision of The Gunslinger. As much as I loved the original Stand, I feel that the original version of The Gunslinger is THE defining work of Stephen King.
He gets so full of himself in his later works. The earlier stuff is a much better way to experience King's writing before he realized, "waituhgoddamned minute... I'm motherfucking Stephen King!"
Still not as bad as Robert Jordan though. Why didn't THAT motherfucker have an editor?
Like most of his stuff. Nice readable, not hard work or challenging but then you don't need great Literature all the time.
That Dark Tower spinoff was good, hope for more. Wind through the keyhole.
oldfag again. i remember reading the bachman books when i was about 14. Thinner was aesome. The film was crappy, but they all are. The one about the guy who is going to have his house taken down for a bypass is good, he takes mesculine etc. and the school shootout one that was excellent. i remember there was a part in there that really aroused my teenage self lol
I hate it when people feel the need to state this shit when discussing Stephen King. It's genre fiction. No one is expecting Tolstoy or Burroughs. There's a reason that there's pretty much only one genre author who is widely recognized as literature (yes, it's Philip K. Dick). It's still damn good genre fic.
No shit. King wrote has Rage, which features a school shooting and The Running Man, wherein a large jet is crashed into a building.
Still waiting for The Long Walk to become a reality show on Bravo.
thats it, rage. i think the one about the guy with the house being knocked down for bypass was roadwork, and running man...and thinner... they were all re-published as a single book called the bachman books (he originally wrote them as pseudonym richard bachman for anyone who didnt know)
sorry i was wrong, thinner was publish seperately. good read, shit film.
bachman books were
>>Rage, (school shooter)
>>The Long Walk, (lethal walk-athon with groin cramp)
>>Roadwork, (middle aged rebel on mesculine)
>>The Running Man (get to the choppperrrrr but actuall good)
Yet you have no idea what "genre fiction" means, or why it exists as a category.
Talk about what you read or enjoy, but don't pretend to know things you don't.
And yes, I am pissed that Margaret Atwood isn't usually considered sci-fi.
Mostly a fan of his short stories / novellas
>"The Mist" - Person favorite AND translated well to film ( with the nice fuck you to Hollywood endings
>"The Jaunt" - Fucked with me big time. Kept thinking about the premise of this shirt story over and over and over... Gave me nightmares
no the guy who directed FAULt in our stars is making it
But he is a Stephen king nut and got multiple movies to tell the story with. Listen to the podcast with him and kevin smith
>The film was crappy, but they all are.
Cujo, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, Apt Pupil, Secret Window, The Mist.
All of those are great, and Shawshank is regularly on best movies of all time lists.
Generalizing doesn't work all that great sometime.
That said, there are a lot of shit movies based on his stories, too.
He's alright. The Dark Tower series is a MUST READ for anyone. Fucking masterpiece, it is. Favorite one for me is a tie between The Waste Lands and Drawing of the Three. Books 5 and 6 are boring as fuck but worth it to get to 7, which has the best fucking ending.
Read about halfway into Mr. Mercedes and put it down. It seemed like it would be pretty rad but the story is boring, the characters are boring, boring as fuck. So maybe his recent stuff isn't so good.
Exhibit A: former uk prime minister John Major
always get them confused
"our" generation's weird fiction writer.
He is the only one doing it who has mass apeal
He also cribs off of the old greats which for someone who loves old fiction is great. He is an amazing and (sometimes too) prolific writer deserving of all the accolades.
he also coached a team in the little league world series... so thats something
"If you say, ‘Well, OK, I don’t believe in God. There’s no evidence of God,’ then you’re missing the stars in the sky and you’re missing the sunrises and sunsets and you’re missing the fact that bees pollinate all these crops and keep us alive and the way that everything seems to work together. Everything is sort of built in a way that to me suggests intelligent design."
he got lucky.
go read the bachman books...
basically he put out 3 books under a different name... sortof a test to see if his writing would sell... or if he was just running on the name...
he later re-released them as stephen king... which is why we know about them at all...
he got lucky, got published and now has enough mass market exposure that he can make millions by shitting on paper and putting his name on it...
in the words of tom clancy
"I don't write because I love it. I write because it pays the bills"
Wizards and Glass is where I dropped King. I waited SO LONG for it to come, after Waste Lands. I have the limited edition hardcover with crazy artwork and everything.
Fucking flashbacks to some old witch put me to sleep. Jesus Christ, is he paid by the word?
he's a fucking hack. talk about lowering the bar. it's sad to me that he's so popular, but then again, when i was 14, i thought he was awesome. but i agree with you. this man lives to make money, like so many others. how does he do so? by selling books about monsters, gods, and fairy tales. he's a leech upon the collective reserve of ignorance.
yeah its in a collection of short stories
but almost everything is in the movie that is in the book,,, other than Red is not a white man (red is still an Irishman in the movie)
His son is a pretty good writer though
Writes under the name "Joe Hill" to distance himself from his father.
I give him a lot of credit for that - If I was his son and wanted to be a writer I would change my name to "Stephen King Jr."
That's how it ends. Long as epic, turns out he's in limbo chasing that fuck for ever. Literally the last line of the last book. Almost as bullshit as a 'he woke up and it was all just a dream' ending