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Apr 4, 2007, 9:57 am

I figured I'd branch off from the original topic as well. bmjaspers and I were discussing the Dark Tower, but this could be a space to discuss any Stephen King.

Dark Tower comic #3 comes out today, which is very exciting. I have been very impressed with the contents of the comics so far... especially the added history section in the back of #2 about the wizard's glasses.

One thing I love about King's work is that so many of his books have ties to the Dark Tower, but you don't need to read the series to appreciate them. I read The Stand well before any Dark Tower, and I loved it (my teacher, on the other hand, didn't appreciate the length of my book report based on it). Even some of the short stories, like Dinky Earnshaw's in Everything's Eventual, that are tied in so closely to the Tower are enjoyable on their own.

Apr 4, 2007, 12:24 pm

I haven't read much Stephen King, but the ones I have read, I liked the start of the story and then somewhere along the way it takes a wild tangent and I lose interest. I've decided that's just his style.

But then there are the novellas like The Shawshank Redemption and Secret Window that I do really like.

Apr 4, 2007, 12:33 pm

Speaking of Stephen King, has anyone read his son, Joe Hill's, new book The Heart Shaped Box. Got great reviews so I picked it up at Walmart recently.

Apr 4, 2007, 11:33 pm

I wasn't even aware that King's son had put a book out...I haven't been keeping up with book type news lately. I'll have to check that out sometime.

Up until I first heard about the Dark Tower series, maybe 2 - 3 years ago, I wouldn't even pick King up. I thought all he wrote was horror novels. I'm glad I found out differently. I've read a lot of books in my short time on this earth that I've already forgotten, but I don't think I'll ever be able to forget either the Dark Tower series, or The Stand, which I consider on par with the Tower.

5JTransue First Message
Apr 7, 2007, 4:10 am

I have and really enjoyed "On Writing", but can't seem to get into his proper work. I've tried with both The Stand and The Shining after liking the TV show mini-series versions, but his writing just seems to drag on and on... didn't like it. I may try again soon with Cell.

Apr 7, 2007, 1:15 pm

#5 JTransue I don't recommend Cell if you aren't a King fan. IMHO, its not one of his stronger works. Might I suggest The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon instead. Its shorter than some of his other works, and one of my favorites.

I haven't read the Dark Tower series yet but all of these glowing recs make me want to pick it up. My personal favorites are The Stand and Eyes of the Dragon.

7coloradogirl14 First Message
Apr 7, 2007, 2:11 pm

I agree...if you're trying to get into some of Stephen King's works, don't start with Cell. It has a great storyline, but it drags on much longer than necessary. I'm actually very surprised that you didn't like The Shining...I flew through that one!

Might I suggest Night Shift? It's a collection of 19 of his earlier short stories, all of which are FANTASTIC! You might be able to enjoy it more since the focus changes a bunch of times. Pet Sematary is another novel you might want to try. It's a little long, but the storyline is amazing...very creepy.

8stephanieadney First Message
Apr 7, 2007, 2:29 pm

I've read The Heart Shaped Box and it's amazing. when i statred reading it i thought "wow this is a lot like Stephen king" then later my mom told me she read in the paper that it was actually his son. They are both excellent writers. Can't wait until he writes another book!

Apr 7, 2007, 9:11 pm

I tried reading Firestarter but couldn't finish it; something about the style turned me off. I recently started reading the first Dark Tower book though; I've heard so many good things about those books that I thought I might as well try them out.

Apr 8, 2007, 7:20 am

#6/#7 thanks for the rec's. Both sound good, but Tom Gordon sounds like the type of story I could appreciate, I think I'll give it a try at some point down the line.

Apr 11, 2007, 11:04 am

I love Stephen King! I can recommend Misery. Also, check out what he's written as Richard Bachman. Rage, a short story, being especially awesome.