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Gottagetthrough posted 6/16/2012 11:02 AM

i like stephen king books a lot--- sometimes! carrie is prob my favorite. after i read carrie, i picked out another... the girl who loved tom green. not that great.

can you recommend any along the lines of carrie? i also liked insomnia sort of... it was very looooong though!

caregiver9000 posted 6/16/2012 14:45 PM

I really liked "Bag of Bones." It has been years since I read it and I can't really say what I liked about it but I really liked it at the time.

BoardPearl posted 6/16/2012 15:27 PM

This is kind of funny, but I never dared to read any Stephen King books as a teen after seeing Carrie, the movie. And the Shining. I still am unsure If I want to read the actual books.

But I like his style now, after taking a chance and reading 11/22/63. After that I read "The Dead Zone", which is excellent. And now I'm reading "The Stand" and am halfway through and enjoying it.

I don't have any other ideas for books similar to Carrie, but I'm sure you'll find it if you do a search on Stephen King.

Sapphire_blue posted 6/16/2012 15:30 PM

I liked Carrie too.
Thinner would be the closest one to it(included a naive character learning about the other side and using curses to seek revenge too)

I've only seen the movie of Christine (need to read it!) but it seems similar to Carrie too (a naive character crossing over to the dark side)

Misery is my favorite books

Bag of Bones.. not so much (kinda gave me nightmares)

Four Seasons (which is really 4 short stories) had two good stories (which were movies: The Shawshank Redemption and is Stand By Me) and two not so good stories.

Sad in AZ posted 6/16/2012 16:14 PM

If you loved Carrie, read Firestarter, The Dead Zone, The Green Mile and The Dark Half.

I love his supernatural creature books, like The Stand, Salem's Lot, and IT. The others are great, but these are my favorites.

Clarrissa posted 6/16/2012 16:19 PM

Not similar to Carrie but good nonetheless (IMO) is Under The Dome. A good short story collection is Just Past Midnight. One I thought was interesting is From A Buick 8.

I can't really think of any right now that are that similar to Carrie but I have noticed him moving away from the straight horror he's most known for. One bit of advice: if you're even slightly prone to nightmares do not read Pet Sematary. Seriously. It's almost the definition of a horror story. It's the one book even he was thinking "Where the f*ck did *that* come from??" He literally had it locked away for almost ten years. It took some very persuasive talking by his agent to get him to agree to get it published.

Sad in AZ posted 6/16/2012 16:21 PM

I agree Clarrisa! I had such a hard time reading that book, and the movie is the only horror movie I have not been able to watch all the way through.

JanaGreen posted 6/16/2012 20:03 PM

I love love LOVE The Stand.

dirk pitt posted 6/16/2012 20:20 PM

I agree with Sad about the books, but Pet Semetary is my fav film adaptation of his books.

You have to love Fred Gwynne.

Sad in AZ posted 6/16/2012 21:13 PM

But Dirk! The Green Mile? The Shawshank Redemption?? Stand by Me???

Clarrissa posted 6/16/2012 23:18 PM

I like The Green Mile as well. They stayed very faithful to the book. I've read Pet Sematary (twice!) and saw the movie. While the movie was good, it didn't (couldn't really) do justice to the book since, perforce, they had to cut a lot out. No, the movie is much less horrifying than the book.

As for The Stand, it's one of my all time faves of his. I must have read it half a dozen times or more. Saw the mini series as well.

missyb32641 posted 6/17/2012 07:50 AM

I have read most of Kings books and my fave is The Stand I read it at least once a year. My fave short stories are The Long Walk and The Running Man. Running Man is absolutely nothing like the movie. "IT" the book was good the mini series was horrible.
Needful Things is pretty good not true horror but kind of thought provoking, be careful what you wish for, kind of way.

But for a cool read I go for Clive Cussler. Dirk

Gottagetthrough posted 6/17/2012 21:48 PM

thanks for the recs!!

i have to read pet sematary after all the talk of how scary it is!!!!

[This message edited by Gottagetthrough at 9:50 PM, June 17th (Sunday)]

TryingForgivenes posted 6/17/2012 23:48 PM

I too love 'The Stand', but also enjoyed 'The Dark Half'.

itainteasy posted 6/22/2012 14:13 PM


One of the BEST books I have ever read by any author.

I really loved it.

Under the Dome is great. Duma Key was good, too. I like his Dark Tower series.
Everything's Eventual is a good short story collection.
So is Full Dark, No Stars.

Shawshank, The Body, Apt Pupil..those can be found in "Different Seasons".

Nightmares and Dreamscapes has some scary ones in it, also.

I also liked "The Talisman" and the sequal "Black House".

(can you tell I'm a Stephen King nerd? )

JanaGreen posted 6/22/2012 14:17 PM

I couldn't get into the Dark Tower series - is it just me? Although I loved The Talisman and Black House.

Most of his older stuff I read as a teen. I think I need to go on a Stephen King kick and re-read everything.

dirk pitt posted 6/22/2012 17:47 PM

If I remember correctly, the Green mile was released as a 6 volume book. I just couldn't be bothered to pay the money for the books.

But it was a great movie

take care

JustDone posted 6/22/2012 20:36 PM

LOVE Stephen King. I've read them all.

You have to read Skeleton Crew, just for "The Mist", one of his best (long) short stories.


Sad in AZ posted 6/22/2012 20:46 PM

I'm such a SK freak I bought and read Danse Macabre

Clarrissa posted 6/22/2012 20:57 PM

dirk, The Green Mile is out in one volume. That's how I got it. I also saw the individual "episodes" on sale.

Another of his novellas that's really good is The Langoliers. It was made into a two parter for TV and again stayed very faithful to what was written. There was one scene where one of the characters delivers something of a monologue and I'd swear it was taken verbatim from the story.

Some of the movies made from his stories were just plain crap and at least one had absolutely *nothing* to do with the story it was based on, a short story at that. Which leads me to wonder, just how in hell did they get *6* movies from a short story??? (Children Of The Corn)

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