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« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2014, 08:04:33 AM »
The TV series is laughably bad. I gave up after about 6 episodes. It's also gone in a completely different direction to the book.

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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2014, 12:16:18 AM »
The TV series is laughably bad. I gave up after about 6 episodes. It's also gone in a completely different direction to the book.
It is. I really only watch it now so I can read the reviews on Tor.com. They are hysterically funny. Either Stephen King was paid a lot or he actually likes what she show has done to his work, because he wrote the first episode this season and did a cameo (I know he likes to pop up in things now and then). One of the best TV adaptations I've seen of his work, and it's very very loose, is Haven. We also tend to forget that he wrote stories that they based movies like Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption on.
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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2014, 12:24:07 AM »
Are King's books worth the read? Umm...uh huh. It would be different if we were talking about an author that got lucky on a series, made it big, then fizzled out (or maybe that doesn't matter either). But King has stood the test of time...because his books are awesome, as a writer...he is awesome...and as a person, well I don't know him, but I bet he's pretty awesome.
I haven't read all of King's books, but I've read enough to know that I'll always read his works. The Shining, The Stand...these are stick with you forever reads. I read through some of the comments and didn't see a mention of The Tommyknockers. OMG ya'll that's a freakin' great book. The movie SUCKS in comparison, as most do, but really this one craps all over the book.
So yesyesyesyes, read his books. You won't be sorry. Unless you are, and then I guess I'll apologize or something.
By the way, for those of you who write, you should read his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. It's part biography part writing advice; all worth the read:)

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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2014, 12:28:50 AM »
Because King has written so much you'll find good and bad. It's a bit of a lucky dip and because there are so many and they are quite varied what one person likes another may not. I've had mixed reactions to his work, but years after reading the book I still really love It.
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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2014, 12:48:03 AM »
I wonder if Stephen King has the same issue with horror readers that Tolkien sometimes does with fantasy readers.  As in, they're so influential and successful in their genre that a lot of new writers just copy them.  Then when readers finally read them, it just seems like more of the same.   (Granted King was majorly influenced by Lovecraft so...there's that)

I believe the Dark Tower series was rushed due to him wanting it finished after his infamous brush with death.   Add to the fact that King is an admitted "pantser", as they call it, and you can see how the last few books ended up the way they did.   Course I liked them, but that's just me


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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2014, 02:35:16 AM »
Man. My wallet's gonna take a hit after this...
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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2014, 09:23:24 PM »
I have read a few of King's novels but my stand out favourite is IT.  While this is a hefty tone there is something that something draws me back to it from time to time, something about you worst nightmares becoming reality and sometimes in the shape of a clown, creepy but brilliant stuff shame about the film adaptation though
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« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2014, 11:49:34 PM »
I have read a few of King's novels but my stand out favourite is IT.  While this is a hefty tone there is something that something draws me back to it from time to time, something about you worst nightmares becoming reality and sometimes in the shape of a clown, creepy but brilliant stuff shame about the film adaptation though
It is my favourite too. It is a big book, but it's a classic page turner. You start reading and keep thinking 'just a bit more', 'just another page' and before you know it, it's 2 in the morning and the book is finished. I wonder how many people that book has instilled a fear of clowns in?
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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2014, 09:28:18 PM »
Stephen King seems to be having a bit of a renaissance. I am quite intrigued by his new book, Revival. What are people's opinions on his recent output?
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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2014, 09:44:59 PM »
Stephen King seems to be having a bit of a renaissance. I am quite intrigued by his new book, Revival. What are people's opinions on his recent output?

I quite enjoyed Joyland. It was short and different. But I have to confess I haven't read much else recent by him. It all is sitting on my TBR. I am hoping to read Revival.
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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2014, 09:53:45 PM »
I haven't read any new King for some time now. I was briefly interested in Under the Dome, but I think the TV show scared me away from ever reading the book. I did just read Horns by Joe Hill and that was good enough that I'd like to read more of him.
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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2014, 07:05:17 PM »
Stephen King's new novel Revival has been reduced to £2.99 on Kindle a mere 4 days after publication. I had no qualms returning my order for a refund and buying again immediately!! 45% in and enjoying it immensely. Lots of King's back catalogue has been reduced to around £4 too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Revival-Stephen-King-ebook/dp/B00IJZRUUQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415991700&sr=1-1&keywords=Revival
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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2014, 11:44:33 PM »
Stephen King's new novel Revival has been reduced to £2.99 on Kindle a mere 4 days after publication. I had no qualms returning my order for a refund and buying again immediately!! 45% in and enjoying it immensely. Lots of King's back catalogue has been reduced to around £4 too.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Revival-Stephen-King-ebook/dp/B00IJZRUUQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415991700&sr=1-1&keywords=Revival

Thanks for the tip! Just did the same thing! 55% in. Brilliant book. Could be my favourite of 2014 if King pulls of the ending!
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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #28 on: November 16, 2014, 06:00:36 PM »
Ok. I have finished Revival.  First of all I haven't read King in a while and I had only read his early output from the 70s/80s before so I was pleasantly surprised by how good his writing has got. While books like The Stand and It were real page turners, I wouldn't say the actual writing was that brilliant, but here I found myself really impressed by it.  The first half of the book really is outstanding. For me I don't think there is a better writer writing about life in small town America. I loved the description of a childhood in the 60s and joining a rock band in 70s America. I even loved the descriptions of life at the Carnival and the descriptions of evangelist lay preaching.  Sadly about 60% of the way through I felt it seriously went off piste.  The actual concept was good - the fear of what lies beyond death but can't say I cared for how King pulled it off.  If anyone else has finished and wants to set a SPOILERS ALERT thread for the book, I'd love to discuss it further. But I think this book summed up my ongoing frustration with King. Bloody brilliant set ups but awful pay offs.

Having said that I was really impressed with his writing and I loved the first 60% of the book so I will read later day King again.  I heard good things about his Kennedy book. Anyone read that and can recommend it?
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Re: Stephen King
« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2014, 08:11:49 PM »
f anyone else has finished and wants to set a SPOILERS ALERT thread for the book, I'd love to discuss it further. But I think this book summed up my ongoing frustration with King. Bloody brilliant set ups but awful pay offs.

I just finished Revival. Started a spoiler discussion here: Revival Spoiler Discussion
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