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Default  Posted: 7:39 AM, June 23rd (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I haven't read the "Mist" but I have the teleplay on CD and I love it. I did not go see the movie or rent it. I don't want to ruin the story for myself.

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Default  Posted: 7:43 AM, June 23rd (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Langoliers is the only SK story I have been able to get my husband to read. He loved it. The miniseries is awesome, we watch it every time it comes on.

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Default  Posted: 11:34 AM, June 23rd (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Good reads : Just Past Midnight,
Skeleton Crew, IT

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Default  Posted: 2:36 PM, June 23rd (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have read and reread "Pet Sematary: more times than I would care to admit. Read it for the first time in 7th grade, and I LOVE it. So scary.

I really enjoyed Hearts in Atlantis, and Gerald's Game is good. The Shining is excellent.

Lots of good ones.

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Default  Posted: 10:50 AM, June 28th (Thursday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Oh I LOVED Gerald's Game! The psychological mind fuck is always the scariest thing!

Christine was a good book, The Langoliers, and Skeleton Crew, too!

Have you read any of his Bachman books?

Thinner, The Running Man, Roadwork, The Long Walk...Blaze...The Regulators (man what a fucked up story that is! Along with the companion Stephen King's Desperation)

1408 is one of my favoite King stort's included in "Everything's Eventual". The movie with John Cusak was very good, I thought. Pretty true to the story.

I think there's a new show coming to primetime TV called "666 Park Avenue" or something that is supposed to be loosely based on 1408.

'Salem's Lot is another is The Dead Zone.

Also, if you have the writing bug, King's "On Writing" has to be hand's down, one of the best books out there dedicated to the craft.

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Default  Posted: 11:39 AM, June 28th (Thursday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Oh man. I thought they did SUCH a great job with the movie for 1408. So creepy, so very very creepy.

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Default  Posted: 11:50 AM, June 28th (Thursday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Forgiveness is giving up the possibility of a better past.

Nobody forgets what happens, the secret is learning to live with it.

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Default  Posted: 9:51 PM, June 29th (Friday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

itainteasy, of the Bachman books, I'd have to say that The Long Walk is my favorite. Kinda 1984ish, if you know what I mean. In my younger days I could have probably done the walk but never would have kept up the minimum 4 mph.

Anyhoo, I liked most of his short story collections that I've read. Mostly good stories but some meh stories as well. The guy's a great writer but even he has off days like most writers.

Of the last few books of his I admit that I bought them just because he wrote them. The fact that they were very good if not great stories (IMO) is not really surprising to me. I wish I had even a quarter of his talent...

But a question for those who have or will post on this thread: does anyone but me also enjoy reading his intros as much as the story?

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Default  Posted: 1:54 PM, July 3rd (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

What about Dolores Claiborne? I read the book but I think the movie was even better.

I bought the movie and watch it often.

I was worried that after his accident he would never write again. And I think his writing is different since then.

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Default  Posted: 2:16 PM, July 3rd (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I do enjoy his intros.

I also love his letters to CR (Constant Reader) at the end of his books.

I used to wonder what bedtime stories at the King house were like, with both him and Tabby being horror story novelists.

I liked Dolores Claiborne. It was a very interesting story.

I really get into his...."wrong feeling" place stories. Like The Shining, and Rose Red.

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Cool  Posted: 3:54 AM, July 4th (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Long time SK reader here, & one of my fave's is Needful Things. It is great to show the unpleasant domino effect of some people's choices. ummm!

"A new shop named "Needful Things" opens in the town of Castle Rock, Maine, sparking the curiosity of its citizens.

The proprietor, Leland Gaunt, is a charming elderly gentleman who always seems to have an item in stock that is perfectly suited to any customer who comes through his door.

The prices are surprisingly low, considering the merchandise - such as a rare Sandy Koufax baseball card, a carnival glass lampshade, & a fragment of wood believed to be from Noah's Ark - but he expects each customer to also play a little prank on someone else in Castle Rock.

Gaunt knows about the long-standing private grudges, arguments, & feuds between the various townspeople, & the pranks are his means of forcing them to escalate until the whole town is eventually caught up in madness & violence."

11/02 Busted WH 4+ cheating yrs, 11/06 Busted [Month Long Lustfest]. 2/1/08 admits false version of betrayals, so no full disclosure / "whole truth" yet. '09 Together, great work in progress. '12 Still gladly united.

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Default  Posted: 10:15 AM, July 7th (Saturday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

If you are looking for more female centric king books ... which is what it sounds like . There's rose madder, liseys story, Delores Claiborne, Gerald's game, and fire starter ... can't think of others right now.

Personally I love the dark tower series I haven't read the new one yet ... still reading the song of fire and ice series by George rr Martin .. which is the basis for the game of thrones ... I'm almost done with book two and its a great series

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Default  Posted: 12:09 PM, July 9th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Lisey's story was a good book.

I almost forgot it was a Stephen King---and then, there it was..the supernatural scary.

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Default  Posted: 12:38 PM, July 9th (Monday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Carrie is some very early works by SK. nothing comes close to the girl whom everyone treated so badly. That is a one of a kind book by him. He almost threw it away!!! He had written part of it based on a girl he had went to school with. He didn't like the way it was going so threw it in the trash beside his desk. His wife picked it out of there and began reading it. She told him she wanted to know more about this girl. So he finished it and it is his wife's favorite book. I love it too. I could be Carrie (without the powers though)

Anyway.. if you like the scary SK writing, go for Bag of Bones. Truly one of the best and scariest ghost stories ever writtten! And then there is The Shining. Another scary ass book lol

I just finished his book about the JFK assasination and it is not scary but it's a great read with lots of twists and turns. Really you can't go wrong with any of books. they are all really good

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Default  Posted: 9:17 PM, July 17th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Anybody read The Wind Through the Keyhole yet? It's Dark Tower book 4.5 (more or less), and it was his best DT book since Drawing of the Three, in my opinion. He really got his groove back! A story within a story within a story, and all 3 are fascinating to me.

And I loved Sma'Toot!

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Default  Posted: 11:21 PM, July 17th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

2 words. Dark. Tower.

I read the entire series (almost as many pages as the old encyclopedia Britannica!) and....honestly....near the end of the series I was rationing how many pages I would allow myself to read each day. It was so good I didn't want it to end! I felt a real connection to the characters and also felt like I was living in the story.

I've just started the newest book in the series (a story that was written as a supplement between two of the already published volumes) and it's like visiting with old friends.

The Dark Tower (Gunslinger) series is the very, very best!!!

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Default  Posted: 8:17 PM, July 22nd (Sunday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I came across a tattered paperback edition of "The Stand" left behind in a laundromat years ago..and I was hooked. It is still my favorite; when it was re-released in it's entirety I got it in hardcover. "It" is a close second favorite. I started the "Dark Tower" series, but fell off from them.

For a while, I lost interest in SK's books..not sure when, but I read a book or two that just didn't do it for me. Insomnia was good; I remember Rose Madder and Geralds Game. I am thinking of 11/22/63 because I've heard a LOT of good reviews on it, so maybe that will rekindle my interest.

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Default  Posted: 9:33 AM, July 24th (Tuesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I like his Bachman stuff. Running Man is one of my favorite Dystopia/Sci-Fi stories. Really liked the first 3 Gunslinger books, thought the rest were blah, couldn't even finish the 6th one.

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Default  Posted: 9:29 PM, July 25th (Wednesday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Haven't read any Stephen King in years...20 or more!!!

Just read 11/22/63. Reminded me why I read his work to begin with. I just love how he ties up every last string (no pun intended with the book).

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Default  Posted: 6:00 AM, July 26th (Thursday), 2012View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Just read 11/22/63

I'm reading it now, Punky. It's King at his best.

She packed up her potential and all she had learned and headed out to change a few things.

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