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Response to The Stephen King Club Dec. 12th, 2011 @ 08:53 PM Reply

I started reading Stephen King just last summer. I started with The Eyes of the Dragon, then I read It, then I read The Dark Half, and now I'm reading The Talisman. So far I'm really liking it. My dad hates Stephen King though. Says he's too repetitive. The only books he likes are Dark Half, Misery, and he likes the movie Shawshank Redemption.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Dec. 12th, 2011 @ 08:56 PM Reply

Oh, he also likes The Shining. And another thing, I live in the city that Bag of Bones was filmed in.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Dec. 12th, 2011 @ 09:22 PM Reply

The ending of the Dark Tower is appropriate; its just not what most people want to read. That said, I liked the series and I generally stay away from horror. I'd recommend it to anyone that likes a good epic but is looking for a change of pace away from high fantasy or the common sci fi adventure.

Anyhow, like I said, I enjoyed it, but I don't feel very motivated to read anything other of his than perhaps The Stand at some point.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Dec. 29th, 2011 @ 06:21 PM Reply

I just finished Misery.

I liked it very much. It's very thrilling and exciting and especially the third act really had me hooked. Furthermore, I think Annie Wilkes was an interesting bad guy (or lady...). Not your usual evil genius, but just a crazy, obsessed housewive. Makes a change.

I'm going to watch the film adaption soon, see if it's any good.

I'm also definitely going to read more Stephen King novels in the future. Some woman at the underground, who has read a lot of his work, recommended me Cell. Do you guys think that book is any good or am I better off picking something else?


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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 3rd, 2012 @ 10:07 PM Reply

These are the books I got for Christmas...

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It
Different Seasons
Gerald's Game
Full Dark, No Stars
Blaze (Richard Bachman)

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The Talisman
Black House

I was hoping to get The Bachman Books as well, but I guess I'll just hold off on that until I read these, which is going to take a while. I just started Gerald's Game earlier today but I'm only about 20 pages in so far.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 4th, 2012 @ 11:08 PM Reply

I haven't read any Stephen King books, but my mom has and it shows. A long time ago, we had a couple Stephen King movies in the house and we ended up watching them. The first one we watched, "It" the one with the clown in it....Creeped me out. Although now when I look back and remember it, the movie seems kind of silly. Like c'mon, the clown feeds on people ever 30 years and happens to be a diguised spider? Really weird but I enjoyed it.
Another movie by Stephen King I watched was Pet Cemetery. It was very scary. The first ten minutes of the movie showed the guy getting hit by a car, and comes back to life with blood all over him. At the time I was 7 though, so you can see why I was so scared of that movie. The whole movie is based on this cemetery that when you bury people or animals in it, they come back and murder people. First off, either the cat or the boy gets hit by a truck and dies and comes back to kill Jud(the old man). And the father buries them. Then the boy comes back demon possessed and kills the mom, the husband buries the body in the cemetery ignoring what happened to his son and hopes for her t come back normal. He waits up the whole night playing solitaire until he hears his now demonic wife calling him.

Yep, Stephen king has some weird stuff. Good author though. I don't know how many other authors are out there that even compare to him.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 5th, 2012 @ 09:02 AM Reply

At 12/29/11 06:21 PM, Auz wrote: I'm also definitely going to read more Stephen King novels in the future. Some woman at the underground, who has read a lot of his work, recommended me Cell. Do you guys think that book is any good or am I better off picking something else?

Definitely give Cell a shot. It's a great book. I'd also recommend 'Salem's Lot, Carrie, IT and Dreamcatcher for you to really get into his books. I absolutely love his novels!!! I started The Stand awhile ago, but haven't picked it up in ages. Really gotta start it after I finish The Hunger Games, which is also a great novel as well :)

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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 7th, 2012 @ 03:53 PM Reply

At 1/5/12 09:02 AM, UnknownFear wrote: Definitely give Cell a shot.

Alright, I will then, but first I gotta finish the books I got for Christmas.

Really gotta start it after I finish The Hunger Games, which is also a great novel as well :)

That series is very blatantly advertised as "the next Twilight"(-hype) here, which I find a bit odd as, judging from the film trailer I saw, it seemed a lot less chick flick-ish and seemed to have a much more interesting idea behind it. Having a bunch of teenagers dropped into an arena and fight each other to the death sounds like classic B-film material to me and not something teenage girls who wet themselves over Robert Pattinson would enjoy.

I could be wrong, but at first glance it looks like a film I'd actually want to see.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 10th, 2012 @ 04:45 PM Reply

At 1/3/12 10:07 PM, chiefindomer wrote: Stephen King & Peter Straub

The Talisman
Black House

I got these for Christmas too. I also got Pet Cemetery (which was the only one I asked for), 11.22.63, and Under The Dome.

I've not read anything by Stephen King before and I'm going to start with Pet Cemetery.

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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 18th, 2012 @ 08:48 AM Reply

At 1/3/12 10:07 PM, chiefindomer wrote: I was hoping to get The Bachman Books as well, but I guess I'll just hold off on that until I read these,

Scratch that. I just got the Bachman Books over the weekend as a late Christmas gift from my brother, he ordered it online but it didn't arrive until January.

Anyway, I finished Gerald's Game and it turned out to be pretty good. About half way through the book I was thinking it was just ok but it did start to pick up and get more intense shortly after. I thought the twist at the end, or "the kicker" as King put it, was really cool. I also started Different Seasons and have finished the first story so far, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. I already knew I would like this one because of how much I loved the movie. I just wish it was longer, a 300+ page novel all by itself would have been nice because it could have gone into greater detail on some of the characters and their interactions with each other, but still a great read.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 18th, 2012 @ 06:16 PM Reply

Bought the Kindle version of 11/22/63 and it is amazing!!! I can't stop reading it. It's so...unbelievable. There are some interesting surprises for anyone who has read most of his books tucked away inside :P

Hint: IT :P
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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 18th, 2012 @ 06:25 PM Reply

At 1/18/12 06:16 PM, UnknownFear wrote: Bought the Kindle version of 11/22/63 and it is amazing!!! I can't stop reading it. It's so...unbelievable. There are some interesting surprises for anyone who has read most of his books tucked away inside :P

Hint: IT :P

Halfway through The Dark Tower. 11/22/63 is my next read, really looking forward to IT. (pun)


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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 23rd, 2012 @ 04:56 AM Reply

At 10/11/11 07:42 AM, JaY11 wrote: Is Misery worth a read if i've already seen the movie? Also, which out of his books could be considered the most disturbing/horrifying?

Yeah, they're both pretty different.
Gerald's Game.

11/22/63 turned out really good, recommended for those who are wondering what to pick up next. There's not much of a horror influence save some small aspects. It also got good reviews from some of King's more damning critics which surprised me. Think of it as a departure from his horror core he's been selling for years.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 28th, 2012 @ 03:05 PM Reply

I actually LIVE like 20 minutes away from him.

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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 30th, 2012 @ 01:42 AM Reply

At 1/28/12 03:05 PM, CeliciaPaearl wrote: I actually LIVE like 20 minutes away from him.

Seen any walk-ins lately?


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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 30th, 2012 @ 07:18 PM Reply

At 1/30/12 01:42 AM, Aci6 wrote:
At 1/28/12 03:05 PM, CeliciaPaearl wrote: I actually LIVE like 20 minutes away from him.
Seen any walk-ins lately?

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Response to The Stephen King Club Jan. 31st, 2012 @ 01:58 PM Reply

At 1/31/12 01:23 PM, Austerity wrote: I am pleased with SK's rate of coming out with new books. Some authors take years but this dude comes out with a huge ass book every year or less.

He definitely comes up with a lot of ideas to write about, I don't know how he does it but I'm glad that he does.

Also, just finished Different Seasons which I really enjoyed, especially the first 3 stories. The last story was pretty good too but the first 3 were outstanding imo. Just got started on The Bachman Books.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Feb. 1st, 2012 @ 09:27 AM Reply

At 1/31/12 01:23 PM, Austerity wrote: I am pleased with SK's rate of coming out with new books. Some authors take years but this dude comes out with a huge ass book every year or less.

He cheats a little though, his books aren't as well planned as other writers. I remember reading a book other than Stephen King a while back and thinking to myself, 'holy shit this is going to be awesome to see how it pans out' because I knew the writer planned the book, could tell. Stephen King just writes and writes and if it doesn't make sense he says 'fuck it' and still publishes it. I've tried to explain/work out Rose Madder in my mind but it still comes off as a great start to an otherwise ordinary book. I always tread with hesitance with his new books since they all seem to bounce all over the place.


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At 1/31/12 01:58 PM, chiefindomer wrote:
Also, just finished Different Seasons which I really enjoyed, especially the first 3 stories. The last story was pretty good too but the first 3 were outstanding imo.

Just saw this post. I thought Apt Pupil was so amazing. Easily one of my favourite novellas from him, up there with The Langoliers and Fair Extension. I'm surprised there hasn't been a dark morbid movie adaptation.

Just got started on The Bachman Books.

The Long Walk is the best.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Feb. 1st, 2012 @ 02:38 PM Reply

At 2/1/12 09:31 AM, Aci6 wrote: I'm surprised there hasn't been a dark morbid movie adaptation.

It actually was made into a movie and I remember seeing it a while back but I don't really remember how similar it was to the story. I doubt it was as dark as the story was though and probably not nearly as good because I would have remembered it better if it impressed me as much as King's novella did.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Feb. 5th, 2012 @ 06:45 AM Reply

At 2/1/12 02:38 PM, chiefindomer wrote: It actually was made into a movie and I remember seeing it a while back but I don't really remember how similar it was to the story.

That looks awesome, I've got to track down a copy sometime soon. There's a lot of SK movies I haven't seen that I would like to.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Feb. 8th, 2012 @ 02:09 AM Reply

Started watching The Stand on Youtube with my sister this morning and we were enjoying it. I think its kind of odd with the character combos but I guess that's a trick you have to use when the material is bigger than what you're producing (or trying to produce).
Anyone else getting psyched up for The Wind Through the Keyhole?
I'm pretty sure its coming out sometime this month. Another DT book would be welcome although I'm really looking super-forward to The Shinning's sequel Dr. Sleep.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Feb. 17th, 2012 @ 06:36 PM Reply

Just finished The Dark Tower. I nearly cried to be honest, King proves his power as a talespinner.

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Cant wait for Wind through the Keyhole, reading Insomnia ATM.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Feb. 22nd, 2012 @ 12:16 PM Reply

At 4 days ago, TheRipper00 wrote:
Cant wait for Wind through the Keyhole, reading Insomnia ATM.

Such an ordinary book. Well-written, developed but horribly under-baked.


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Response to The Stephen King Club May. 2nd, 2012 @ 04:52 AM Reply

Wow, no one's posted here in a while so I'll bump it with some new developments.
I bought The Wind Through The Keyhole a few days ago just after release. I'd actually forgotten it was coming out so I nabbed a copy for twenty-odd dollars (AUS) and read it over a few days. Needless to say it was AMAZING. I loved how it was a tale within a tale and the fairy tail side was magical and amazing at the same time. You could read it to a kid, it just makes the perfect sort of fairy tail you could read a kid. It had the magic elements, the twist and the darkness and everything else all the while shedding some light on the back history of the world.
It made me wonder too, I like how the world moving on and the fall of Gilead are mentioned and have little vague moments in the story but I would love to read a Dark Tower prequel that shows the fall of Gilead and the War with the Good Man John Farson. I reckon that would sell very well but at the same time I like the vague sense of history surrounding it.
I picked up the last 2 Dark Tower books I needed which happen to be my favourites (The Drawing of the Three and Wizard and Glass) and I'm considering buying the other books in their new publication form since they look sick as. I started reading The Drawing of the Three and it reminded me how much the characters develop and change over the course of the books. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
Can't wait for Doctor Sleep now which is meant to be balls to the wall horror. It'll be good to get back to SK's horror since he's been doing thriller lately and then there's Joyland which is going to be about a serial killer in an amusement park which sounds hell sick.
In other, semi-related SK stuff I started working on a new book which is partially expired by SK. It's called "Asylum" and follows a man named Perkins who is in an institution for criminally insane people and sees 'white people' who may or may not be ghosts...


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Response to The Stephen King Club Aug. 27th, 2012 @ 01:41 PM Reply

At 5/2/12 04:52 AM, Aci6 wrote: Wow, no one's posted here in a while so I'll bump it with some new developments.
Can't wait for Doctor Sleep now which is meant to be balls to the wall horror. It'll be good to get back to SK's horror since he's been doing thriller lately and then there's Joyland which is going to be about a serial killer in an amusement park which sounds hell sick.
In other, semi-related SK stuff I started working on a new book which is partially expired by SK. It's called "Asylum" and follows a man named Perkins who is in an institution for criminally insane people and sees 'white people' who may or may not be ghosts...

Have not got the New DT yet, but I have been catching up on a ton of Sk books I had not read or forgotten. Just finished The Tommy-knockers, Blockade Billy, and Under The Dome. Tommy-knockers was classic king, Blockade billy was a straight up baseball story till the end flips it on its head. Under The Dome was AMAZING!!.

I am in the middle of 11/23/63 and so far this is a fantastic read. Love how deeply king has researched and immersed us into the 1950-60's. The time travel paradoxs and the slowly churning darkness you can sense is King to the core. Its an amazing build up and I am no doubt in for a fantastic finish.

Dr. Dream, Joyland are both on my Must Read. Your story sounds interesting as well, would love to read a selection from it.


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Response to The Stephen King Club Sep. 4th, 2012 @ 12:11 AM Reply

At 1/18/12 06:25 PM, TheRipper00 wrote:
At 1/18/12 06:16 PM, UnknownFear wrote: Bought the Kindle version of 11/22/63 and it is amazing!!! I can't stop reading it. It's so...unbelievable. There are some interesting surprises for anyone who has read most of his books tucked away inside :P

Hint: IT :P
Halfway through The Dark Tower. 11/22/63 is my next read, really looking forward to IT. (pun)

You mean book 7 of The Dark Tower series or halfway though the series?

Wizard and Glass (4) is a mammoth read, and for me, the least enjoyable of the Dark Tower books..... King admits that after he got plastered by that van, he was kinda drugged up for most of the writing. It makes sense and has a narrative, but it just seemed to have way too much detail.

The Wind Through The Keyhole (4.5), which just came out a month or so ago (I got King's audiobook - you get used to him reading after a while), kicks butt - a real treat in the epic! Like Wizard and Glass, it's another flashback story of young Roland, but with another story/fable inside of that one... now it's on to Wolves of The Calla (5), the rootenest tootenest Western of them all :3 I guess this will be my 3rd time through the whole epic...


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Response to The Stephen King Club Sep. 4th, 2012 @ 08:01 PM Reply

Since my last post in this thread I've finished the Bachman Books, Blaze, and It. With It, I was pleasantly surprised with just how much better the book was than the TV mini series. Granted it was a long time ago when I saw the mini series but it seemed like 90% of the good stuff from the book was cut. I understand that a lot needed to be cut because a lot of the stuff in the book would be deemed too graphic for TV but in the book you also get to know the characters so much better.

At 8/27/12 01:41 PM, TheRipper00 wrote: Under The Dome.

This is one I really want to read. Maybe I'll get it for Christmas because I still have The Talisman, Black House, and The Stand to keep me occupied until then. I'm currently about 100 pages into The Talisman.

Joyland

This is one I'm also anticipating. I don't know much about it but "amusement park serial killer" sounds pretty good to me.


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At 9/4/12 08:01 PM, chiefindomer wrote: Since my last post in this thread I've finished the Bachman Books, Blaze, and It. With It, I was pleasantly surprised with just how much better the book was than the TV mini series. Granted it was a long time ago when I saw the mini series but it seemed like 90% of the good stuff from the book was cut. I understand that a lot needed to be cut because a lot of the stuff in the book would be deemed too graphic for TV but in the book you also get to know the characters so much better.

The Stephen King movies/miniseries never do the books justice. Usually they are pretty atrocious in my opinion. The only one that came close was Misery, but even then there were some psychological aspects missing and the ending of the movie was changed from the book, even though it would have been just as easy to do the book ending, which was so much better.


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At 9/5/12 08:20 AM, FattyWhale wrote:
At 9/4/12 08:01 PM, chiefindomer wrote: Since my last post in this thread I've finished the Bachman Books, Blaze, and It. With It, I was pleasantly surprised with just how much better the book was than the TV mini series. Granted it was a long time ago when I saw the mini series but it seemed like 90% of the good stuff from the book was cut. I understand that a lot needed to be cut because a lot of the stuff in the book would be deemed too graphic for TV but in the book you also get to know the characters so much better.
The Stephen King movies/miniseries never do the books justice. Usually they are pretty atrocious in my opinion. The only one that came close was Misery, but even then there were some psychological aspects missing and the ending of the movie was changed from the book, even though it would have been just as easy to do the book ending, which was so much better.

Awww, you didn't like Maximum Overdrive (based on the short story Trucks)? Granted that movie was kinda meant to be campish... "Fuckin' truck's supposed to be depot-ed... dat was depot-ed fo sho!"

Yeah, I do your see your point unfortunately. I agree with you on your analysis of Misery, but how was the author's thoughts supposed to have been done/portayed?

King has mentioned this problem in the past... one good example of crap book/movie translation was The Mist. Good gravy, I had such high hopes for that flick :| Even the audioplay I found years ago beat the pants outta that flick. Maybe it was the perfectly metrosexually shaped eyebrows on the 'actor' who played the Army guy or the slipshot translation from story to screenplay.... either way, that movie just sucked donkey dong.


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