Stephen King Thread!!!

LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
edited June 2012 in Less Rokk More Talk
I've been a Stephen King fan for a long time and I didnt see one of these on here (if theres already one let me know) so I figured I would make one. So post anything about Stephen King like your favorite books by him, what youre reading by him and what you think about that book, or post what you think about some of his book that have been turned into films.

As of right now I'm finishing up one of his newer novels Under The Dome. I'm about 200 pages toward the end and it's been a really good book. Going in to it I thought it wouldnt be as great as some of his newer novels have been. It has a lot in common with another one of his great novels The Stand.

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  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited August 2010
    I haven't read a whole lot of books, but Stephen King is easily my most-read author. One of the first books with real chapters and no pictures that I was actually motivated to finish reading was Firestarter, and once in a while I still have to pick it up and read it again. I was an only child being raised by a single parent, and while I never developed any ability to set anything on fire just by looking at it, the two-against-the-world theme of the book resonated with me.

    My other favorite of his is The Stand, particularly the expanded edition. I love a good apocalyptic story, which is why Alas, Babylon and the "Left Behind" series are also among my favorite reads.

    Other King books I enjoyed are The Dead Zone, Cujo, 'Salem's Lot, Misery and Needful Things. I also read Rose Madder, which started good but finished a bit "meh." Then there was Thinner, which King wrote using his Richard Bachman alias. It was well written, but I got the impression you are supposed to hate pretty much every character in the book, and to me that doesn't make for an enjoyable story.
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    BevoTheWarrior;3910983 said:
    Yeah, I thought about saying something when you said you were about to start it but I figured I'd hold back and let you form your own opinion. I wasn't very impressed with that one - it was kinda boring.
    Yeah, some parts of it has it's ups but I found myself trying to keep interested in it. I even dozed off for a couple of minutes reading through it last night.
  • Lawdog1521Lawdog1521 Squirrel Chasing Expert
    edited August 2010
    Gerald's Game, Rose Madder, and Dolores Claiborne were all written around the same time and were dedicated to the diffrent women in King's life. The pacing's a little diffrent but overall are still good novels.
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Lawdog1521;3911494 said:
    Gerald's Game, Rose Madder, and Dolores Claiborne were all written around the same time and were dedicated to the diffrent women in King's life. The pacing's a little diffrent but overall are still good novels.
    Geralds Game is good and I like the plot to it, but like you said about the pacing, I guess it just loses me here and there. I plan on reading Dolores Claiborne in the future it's supposed to be linked somewhat to the story Geralds Game.
  • SayburrSayburr The Always Informative Rock Band Forum Guru
    edited August 2010
    My favorite has always been The Shinning.

    Reading insomnia now.

    Oh, Thinner was a great read, almost forgot about that one.
  • Mega-TallicaMega-Tallica Washed Up
    edited August 2010
    Sayburr;3913239 said:

    Oh, Thinner was a great read, almost forgot about that one.
    The movie actually wasn't that bad either.

    I've been thinking about getting back into King lately. Any suggestions?

    I've already read all the Dark Towers, The Stand and IT.
  • FujiSkunkFujiSkunk Headliner
    edited August 2010
    Mega-Tallica;3913247 said:
    The movie actually wasn't that bad either.

    I've been thinking about getting back into King lately. Any suggestions?

    I've already read all the Dark Towers, The Stand and IT.
    Go through the Castle Rock novels: The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half and Needful Things. There are also a number of Castle Rock short stories, including The Body which is what became the movie Stand by Me. The Body was published in the book Different Seasons.
  • Mega-TallicaMega-Tallica Washed Up
    edited August 2010
    FujiSkunk;3913336 said:
    Go through the Castle Rock novels: The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half and Needful Things. There are also a number of Castle Rock short stories, including The Body which is what became the movie Stand by Me. The Body was published in the book Different Seasons.
    Cool. I'll look into those. Thank you. :)
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Mega-Tallica;3913340 said:
    Cool. I'll look into those. Thank you. :)
    Yeah pretty much what that guy said. Diffrent seasons is my favorite collection of novellas by King, The Body is awsome and Cujo is one of my favorite novels.
  • BevoTheWarriorBevoTheWarrior Cow Patty
    edited August 2010
    Mega-Tallica;3913247 said:
    The movie actually wasn't that bad either.

    I've been thinking about getting back into King lately. Any suggestions?

    I've already read all the Dark Towers, The Stand and IT.
    I'd recommend Bag of Bones, Desperation and for something very different but very cool, Eyes of the Dragon.
  • edited August 2010
    Eyes of the Dragon is fantastic.

    I also really like the short story collection Nightmares and Dreamscapes. 'You Know They've got a Hell of a Band' should be required reading for any RB player. :D
  • Mega-TallicaMega-Tallica Washed Up
    edited August 2010
    I'll definitely give all these a look next time I'm at Border's. Thanks guys. :)
  • zack10housezack10house Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    I went on a King binge this past school year. I read IT, Pet Semetary, Misery, Salem's Lot, The Dark Half, Thinner, The Shining, and Cujo within the span of maybe 2 months...I've got literally all of his stuff on my ipad, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I wasn't a big fan of The Dark Half, I fell asleep several times while reading it, but the rest were good
  • SayburrSayburr The Always Informative Rock Band Forum Guru
    edited August 2010
    zack10house;3916024 said:
    I went on a King binge this past school year. I read IT, Pet Semetary, Misery, Salem's Lot, The Dark Half, Thinner, The Shining, and Cujo within the span of maybe 2 months...I've got literally all of his stuff on my ipad, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I wasn't a big fan of The Dark Half, I fell asleep several times while reading it, but the rest were good
    Yeah, the Dark Half book was sub-par but the movie based on it was great. Top notch acting is what brought it up to a great level...
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Going to start From A Buick 8 tonight, anyone read it?
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Just finished From A Buick 8 (friend just told me it gets it's name from a Bob Dylan song "From A Buick 6":D)and thought it was really good. It started off kind of slow but turned out to be really good. I especially loved the theme of the book, sometimes there are things in life we can not explain. Hopefully the movie adaptation of it directed by Tobe Hooper will be good. I think it's scheduled for a release this Fall.
  • RockBandRockerRockBandRocker Love Is A Battleship
    edited August 2010
    I'm reading "The Stand".

    So far I've only read 6 chapters (plus the prologue) and it's interesting, but nothing really seems to be happening, expect that apparently the military was experimenting with some sort of virus that ended up getting out into the public.


    It's good so far, but so many character introductions.
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    RockBandRocker;3927444 said:
    I'm reading "The Stand".

    So far I've only read 6 chapters (plus the prologue) and it's interesting, but nothing really seems to be happening, expect that apparently the military was experimenting with some sort of virus that ended up getting out into the public.


    It's good so far, but so many character introductions.
    Stay with it, it gets better imo and yeah it does have a lot of characters to keep up with, King does this a lot in his longer novels.
  • Wave57Wave57 Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    I'm not an avid reader. I gave Cell and Pet Semetary a try, but gave up. Which one should I try to read again?
  • candysellcandysell Opening Act
    edited August 2010
    i saw the book of i think it was called Dome. cant remember but by reading the back it looked so interesting and i want to get it it. that book is Bible size man. over 1000 pages
  • RockBandRockerRockBandRocker Love Is A Battleship
    edited August 2010
    Well, I read 10 more chapters of "The Stand".

    It's picking up in pace a bit, and making me extremely paranoid.


    That said, there were sections that read like plot elements of the movie "Outbreak" (minus the monkey).
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Wave57;3927566 said:
    I'm not an avid reader. I gave Cell and Pet Semetary a try, but gave up. Which one should I try to read again?
    I would say in my opinion Pet Semetary, but it depends on which one is more insteresting to you. Cell is a great survivor/zombie story and Pet Semetary is just a great horror story and a Stephen King classic.
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    candysell;3927640 said:
    i saw the book of i think it was called Dome. cant remember but by reading the back it looked so interesting and i want to get it it. that book is Bible size man. over 1000 pages
    Under The Dome is a great novel by Stephen King. I read it a couple of weeks ago and I highly recommend it.
  • DeviateRogueDeviateRogue Opening Act
    edited August 2010
    I loved The Stand, and It. Personally the only thing I didn't like in these 2 books was all the introductions for the different characters in the beginning chapters
  • gosox333gosox333 Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    I finished Under the Dome, and it's my favorite from King so far. Sorry Cell.
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    gosox333;3929219 said:
    I finished Under the Dome, and it's my favorite from King so far. Sorry Cell.
    Agree!:D
  • Mega-TallicaMega-Tallica Washed Up
    edited August 2010
    You guys are really convincing me to read Under The Dome next. But, I'm a slow reader, it may take me all year to read that one. :p
  • gosox333gosox333 Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    I gave it a nickname while reading it. I got everybody around me to start calling it that too. I hear it's a common nickname.

    The Bible :D
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Mega-Tallica;3929317 said:
    You guys are really convincing me to read Under The Dome next. But, I'm a slow reader, it may take me all year to read that one. :p
    You should try it, there was a 1074 pages in the hardback I borrowed I think.:D
  • LedZeppTroyLedZeppTroy Road Warrior
    edited August 2010
    Going to start on Cujo tonight, I havent read it in a few years.
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