>>By Chemist (Tuesday, 1 Jul 2003 18:27)
Wolves of the calla..hm...thought steven was retired..And released 11/2003...hmm diddnt know i was living in the past...will this be the last of the dark tower series some one tell me..becouse he said there would be 4 more hm....nice.
>>By axonax (Thursday, 3 Jul 2003 07:33)
HE is a good writer Desperation is a damn good book its amazing with what he came up with in that book if you havent read it you should
>>By wickedlette (Tuesday, 8 Jul 2003 07:04)
I have been a long time fan of Stephen King. I began reading his works in the 7 th grade, and havent stopped yet. I have actually read several of his novels, more than once. (very unusual for me)
The last book I read by him was DreamCatcher (before the movie) and I have yet to see the movie.
I recently read an article that stated, "after King finished the deal, by writting 3 Dark Tower novels (you remember Randell Flagg, right?) he will no longer publish." This will be a sad day, imo. That of course doesn't mean he will stop writting, just that he will stop publishing new books. Sad day.
Let's hope Dean R. Koontz doesn't do this as well.
>>By PixieBright (Wednesday, 16 Jul 2003 18:51)
The widespread state of near-illiteracy on this board is appalling!
I think 99% of the people who have posted here need to put
the King books aside for a while and hit the schoolbooks!
Anyway, my personal favorites are:
'The Talisman' and 'The Black House' (with Peter Straub)
Dreamcatcher (I have not seen the film, but the book is AMAZING)
Night Shift (short stories)
Skeleton Crew (short stories)
...and many more
I am currently (and finally) tackling the 'Dark Tower' series.
>>By Tangento (Friday, 18 Jul 2003 04:29)
God! What an ignorant site! Incredible spelling mistakes, no coherence and accurate grammer in the sentences and on top of everything else, someone asked if Stephen King was female....I could not believe my damned eyes! Ha ha ha! This is the funniest (and the most fearsome) thing that I have come across in my entire life! Yes, a guy that left a message here is right: Those incredibly illiterate ones should promptly start reading school text books (grammer books, how to spell books, hell even some mathematics book- anything that CONTAIN correct sentences)
By the way I am from Turkey and King may be one of the best things the USA has offered to the world (considering that Americans are not too generous in this respect except for Rock'n'Roll and the help in WW2); he is a real genious no matter what people say (hack, pathetic, not literary, too rich to tell a good story, too meandering in telling a thing bla bla bla) I consider him to be one of the best three story tellers in 20th century and to rank among the best ten in the history of publishing books. My favourites are
IT (ýs there another chance?)
Bag of Bones
Dreamcatcher (leave the film aside; the book is simply SUBERP)
The Dark Half
From a Buick 8
I don't care about the STAND and the Dark Towers except that the last two volumes are wonderful (particularly the last one; I did not know King might tell a love story so touchily and passionately) and I simply hate Needful Things. By the way Regulators, the companion to Desparation is much much better than its sibling imho.
Green Mile is something I wish King has never published (too sentimental for me) but the serial publishing was an awesome idea!
He may be very rich and he deserves it in the most profound manner! He never cheated us (except may be he is retiring too early)
And finally people who think Dean Koontz or Robert McCammon is better than King are either living in a hallucinatory world or are incurably jealous of him. What those writers do is simply recycyling what King has done [examples: Dean Koontz's Mr Murder (Dark Half) Door to December (Firestarter) (meanwhile this is nothing new for Koontz; he also recycles himself, too); Robert McCammon Swan Song (Stand)] OK you may say they are inspirations but the results are not satisfying as King's experiments
>>By Haris Baki (Sunday, 20 Jul 2003 17:26)
i suggest you read Delores Claiborne. Yup. Good Book.
>>By superduper (Sunday, 27 Jul 2003 02:55)
It has been a very long wait, five years to the day, between Wizard and Glass and the Wolves of Calla. Nothing else King has written has even come close to the Gunslinger series. Any serious Dark Tower fans should check out a series of short stories he released about a year ago called "Everything is Eventual." One of the stories, "The Little Sisters of ....." ( I dont remember what they were the little sisters of) is a short story about the early days of the travels of Roland, after the world had moved on, but long before he laid waste to the town of Tull. It is a good story, but when you are dying of thirst, it is like a half full shot glass of flat water. "I cry your pardon, Gunslinger, but please give me MORE!!!"
"Black House" was a good story, but a let down from the power and magic of "The Talisman." Difficult to imagine Jack Sawyer going from the youth holding the glowing sphere of eternal power to a burned out detective fleeing his own past. The story of the Fisherman murders was interesting, but the lack of flipping back to the territories or the companionship of characters like Wolf, left me a bit cold. Breezer just wasn't a side kick that could match up to the protector of the flock. I am glad I read it, and own it in hardback, but I doubt it will be a book I read again in the future. The chemistry between King and Straub did not seem to be as strong as in the original.
I recently finished "Dreamcatcher." It was a solid read, but, once again, not a book that I will read again in the future. "From a Buick 8" sucked in much the same way other titles like "Tommyknockers" and "Insomnia." Such works would have been solid from other writers, but from King, they were lame at best. November 4th is coming soon and finally we will be able to get on with the story. I suppose we will find out what happened after Roland and gang rode away from the destruction of Hambry, but more importantly, we will get past the Crystal Palace and see what part Randy Flagg has to play in the next book. The Tick Tock man is not dead and after uttering the words, "My life for you," he is coming for revenge. There are more worlds than this one.
>>By Gunslinger (Wednesday, 20 Aug 2003 11:20)
The Shining has to be my all time favourite, not only because the book was great but Jack Nicholson created one of the most memorable images from a film. Close second would be Christine. Didn't like Wizard and Glass.
>>By Bethan (Friday, 29 Aug 2003 12:19)
I read my first King book 25 years ago(The Dead Zone) and got addicted right away.
Most of his books I read more than once.
However, I didn't like Tommyknockers a lot, and most books after that.
Bag of Bones was great again though.
My favorites: Pet Sematary, Christine, The Talisman, The Shining, Firestarter, The Stand, The Dead Zone.
I think his first books were better than his later books.
>>By Lethe (Friday, 29 Aug 2003 12:50)
We meet on this board too! I didn't like Tommyknockers either I stopped reading it halfway through. His short stories are cool. Can't remember the title but he does one about a man being autopsied but he's still alive but can't signal to them, very good ending to that if you like latex action ha.
>>By Bethan (Friday, 29 Aug 2003 15:34)
I used to really love Stephen King, but his last few books have been a real disappointmen to me. The last one I actually enjoyed reading was Bag of Bones.
>>By PuzzledOne (Wednesday, 17 Sep 2003 00:47)
I really like reading his work he just has a way of expressing his charters that makes me enjoy reading his books
>>By Chrissy16 (Sunday, 19 Oct 2003 23:54)
I like his short stories best. He is one of the best.
>>By RottenJohnny (Saturday, 15 Nov 2003 14:56)
I thought it was brilliant how he blasted the "mucky-mucks" at a particular literary awards gala stateside recently. He bought several tables and brought several large fanbased popular fiction authors with him (Tom Clancy was one). You should look for the article before it sinks into the mire of "whats massaging the amygdala today?"
>>By Sexibeast (Saturday, 22 Nov 2003 11:46)
I've been a King fan for a long time, but I haven't read anything of his in a few years. His work seemed to take a dip after The Tommyknockers. My favorites are The Dead Zone, Different Seasons, The Long Walk, and Skeleton Crew. He gets shunned a lot because of the genre, but he is a very, very good writer. His character development is among the best. I'm disappointed to hear of his retirement, but as much as he loves writing, I'm sure he'll continue to craft his stories.
>>By AxnJxn (Friday, 5 Dec 2003 17:45)
I have read everyhting of King's work. Just got Wolves of the Calla, but I need to reread Wastelands and Wizard & Glass to reacquaint myself with the story
Faves--Bag of Bones, It, Dark Tower series, short stories
Dislikes--Tommyknockers, Dreamcatcher, Apt Pupil
>>By agrimorfee (Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 21:25)
do you have a fuck'ing mental problem you weirdo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so do u?
>>By chillin_99 (Sunday, 1 Feb 2004 02:34)
Don't u find King a bit boring? Yes, he has this huge talent to describe enviroment, ppl, towns etc. but don't u think he sometimes writes just too much? I remember in "IT" there is a scene, when one person calls the other to tell him that "it" has come back and that they all need to meet to fight it once again. He hangs up and goes to bathroom, and before the reader finds out that he's committed suicide, the reader aknowledges different unneeded stuff written on 5 pages...That's always makes me angry...
>>By Morith (Monday, 23 Feb 2004 16:13)
i just read my first steven king novel and it was really good he is an awesome writer
by the way i read salem's lot
>>By Jackthepumpkinking (Monday, 22 Mar 2004 22:53)
I read the first 100 pages of Desperation, then proceeded to lock myself in a closet with the light on and rock back and forth telling myself its only a story. By the way, I read Swan Song by McCammon and I think it is a lot like The Stand. Anyone else see similarities? I actually liked Swan Song better. I'm never driving through a desert. Peas.
>>By tooloot (Tuesday, 23 Mar 2004 03:22)
I HAVE ONLY READED A FEW OF HIS BOOKS BUT SOFAR THEY ARE GOOD!
>>By amelia06 (Sunday, 4 Apr 2004 01:44)
hey there everyone who cn read this.......try to check stephen kings "ROSE RED" a horrofying yet truw story about a house in seatle.it totaly scary and amzing........
>>By stereophonic freak (Saturday, 17 Apr 2004 13:47)
What I like best about King is his characters, his male characters are riveting! The only thing that gets in the way of his genius storytelling is his plots!!!!!
The Long Walk is utterly terrifying and there isn't a single chariot driving devil- Imagine that.
I have always heard that the most important part of any book is the ending (True? got me.) But the ending is always what King does the worst. The following quote pretty much sums his books up for me
"...I have always loved the journey and hated the destination!"
>>By Celtgal (Wednesday, 21 Apr 2004 20:32)
First Things First-
Rose Red, and Kingdom Hospital... they WERE NOT based on true stories... I liked them as stories but the propaganda went too far when they were suposedly based on true stories...
Mr. King is Ancient... and he's had his... Stages shall we say?
Ages ago when He first began...(before I was born) he wrote some fantastic stuff...
The Shining is one of my Faves...
and IT.... IT was ok i guess... Carrie was great... and then he became constant... Dolores Clairbourne, Tommyknockers, Desperation, Needful things...
these werent so excellent...
Danse Macabre was really good... i liked to hear from King about his view on movies...
And then came The Dark Tower
I love the Dark Tower...
right now im reading The Drawing of the three...
now he's mellowing out... alot of his new books are just weird (weird is good, by the way) like Hearts in atlantis was pure fantasy... Beautiful... The Green Mile... Beautiful...
and then came his television shows... not the best...
the things i dont like about King
highly innapropriate Sex scenes...
I think... King is a Fantasy writer... not a horror writer
>>By bagelboy13 (Saturday, 3 Jul 2004 06:01)
For those who want to read Red Rose, the real title is "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" As far as I remember the book was written after the concept of a film had come out.. But the film was good..the book...well, A bit boring...no surprise...
If u don't like endings of King, u should read Graham Masterton, I wonder what will u say then...
>>By Morith (Thursday, 12 Aug 2004 22:53)
Hi there, been told about a book by Stephen King, that I would like to read. I am afraid the description given was sketchy, but maybe you could help. The book is supposedly about a serial killer or killers joining up together for some reason. Thats all I have to go on, pretty vague, and no title. Does a book exist or have been thrown a wildcard ?
>>By jason bourne (Saturday, 14 Aug 2004 15:10)
Jason - have not heard of a book about serial killers joining up - I think you've been mislead
Bagelboy - Stephen King is hardly ancient, the man is in his fifties. As for the things you don't like, how else are you meant to write a horror story without swearing? It's not like the characters could say "oh cripes, I think we may die" Get real, the swearing makes it convincing.
Stephen King is a God - pure genius, I absolutely crapped it when he had his accident, but he pulled through and keeps churning them out. I hope he never stops.
Best book ever - "The Stand" - reading between the lines American paranoia and fear of the stranger is just crazy, but the story is great.
Best series is The Dark Tower, just one more book to go - bummer!
>>By Lady Intrigue (Wednesday, 25 Aug 2004 10:59)
I personally think the Dark Tower has gone downhill. I thought the Gunslinger was brilliant. It was gothic, dark and full of intrigue. I kept wondering about who the gunslinger was and why he was following the man in black. Now I've read up to Wolves of the Calla and most of it has been revealed, and it's just not that interesting anymore. Wizard and Glass was excellent, with the balance between the characters and the fragility of the situation just perfect, and most of Wolves of the Calla was similar, but it got to the end and all the stuff from Star Wars and Harry Potter found its way in and I kind of didn't know what to think.
Apparently he's put himself in Song of Susannah, and I don't like the sound of that.
Anyway, his best books imo are The Stand (note my name), Desperation, The Long Walk and The Dead Zone. I haven't actually read any of his really famous ones.
>>By Flagg (Friday, 15 Oct 2004 20:23)
My favourite books by Stephen King are:
From A Buick 8
I really love Fire Starter its amazing ive read it 4 times and ive read Rose Madder 5 times!! i know thats execive but i love them.
>>By LeeValo (Tuesday, 19 Oct 2004 14:14)
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