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    Best novel. (And to keep things interesting it must be by Stephen King)

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    Maximum Overdrive was unarguably the finest film ever put to, uh, film, so the short story it was based on can only be a literature classic!

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    I think Rage, just because he started writing it when he was in Junior high school.
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    Some of his books really capture that depressed post-industrial rural or at least non urban / pre telecommuting New England scene really well. I'm thinking It (is that the one with the slasher clown in the sewers?). I could picture that being relevant to rustbelt places w/ no current 'new economy' option today.

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    (slasher clowns don't spend time in server farms)

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    The Shining is still my favorite.


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    I think It was his best book. There were several other I liked as well. I've read most of them, but I kind of soured on him with the ending of The Dark Tower series. I also don't like how all his characters talk alike (the all sound like Stephen King). I think I'm done with Stephen King.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    I think It was his best book. There were several other I liked as well. I've read most of them, but I kind of soured on him with the ending of The Dark Tower series. I also don't like how all his characters talk alike (the all sound like Stephen King). I think I'm done with Stephen King.
    I actually stopped after Pet Sematary
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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    I think It was his best book. There were several other I liked as well. I've read most of them, but I kind of soured on him with the ending of The Dark Tower series. I also don't like how all his characters talk alike (the all sound like Stephen King). I think I'm done with Stephen King.
    Something I agree with you on. It was by far SK's best book. The Stand was great but IT is the best horror book I have ever read.

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    My top pick is the dark tower series, but I agree on getting soured by the ending. It was so stupid I couldn't believe it.
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    I couldn't get through the 1st Dark Tower book so I never tried the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    My top pick is the dark tower series, but I agree on getting soured by the ending. It was so stupid I couldn't believe it.
    I actually liked what happened to Roland, I think it's the only way it could have ended.

    I just got bored by it. After a while it all just felt like a bunch of stuff that happened for no reason. And since he wrote it over a long period of time, things that were all of a sudden very important in the later books were totally absent in the earlier ones (because King didn't think of them till later, of course). That was unsatisfying to me.

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    Dark Tower series was great. The more I thought about the end, the more it made sense. Especially if you read Kings thoughts behind it.
    His short story collections are incredible. If you read The Running Man, the movie turns into a disappointment because the original story was so good.
    For new stuff, Duma Key is incredible. I really hope they make that into a real movie, not some of the half done versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    I couldn't get through the 1st Dark Tower book so I never tried the others.
    The first book was the best, in my opinion. He was very young when he wrote it, and still had literary aspirations There's also a sense of mystery to the first book that you lose throughout the rest of the series as King tries to explain too much about what's going on.

    Here's how I rank the books in the series:

    1. The Gunslinger
    2. Wizard and Glass
    3. The Drawing of the Three
    4. Wastelands
    5. Wolves of the Calla
    6. Song of Susannah
    7. The Dark Tower

    The last three on my list actually didn't like that much.

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    For the best written, I would say Duma Key is the tops.

    For the best ever, Misery has to be my favorite. They did a very good job with the movie as well. It was a close call between Misery and Christine to me, but Misery won out.

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    I am half way thru Duma Key so dont elaborate much, please.

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    I boycott all things Steven King. He and Hemingway are two of my least favorites. Both are/were sick, sick, sick people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    I am half way thru Duma Key so dont elaborate much, please.
    Lets just say you won't be disappointed.

    Oh yeah. Misery. Top shelf also. Delores Claiborne too. Man, I'm gonna have to go hit my shelves and refresh the brain now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    I couldn't get through the 1st Dark Tower book so I never tried the others.
    One of the most hard core readers I know couldn't stand the first one, so he wouldn't try the rest. Since that happened, I always suggest to people that they start on the second one.
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    The Stand has always been my favorite, but I think The Shining might be his best in terms of literary power. He plots that novel perfectly, slowly building the tension until you feel like you're going to explode. Nothing really happens the first 2/3 of the novel, but it all sets up the terror in the last 1/3.

    I once had a deadline to write an article on IT, so to do my research I ended up reading it three times in one month. Now I can't really stand to look at it.

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    For every King Novel I have read, I was disappointed with the ending.

    The story builds well, the characters are developed, relationships are introduced and grown, and then the story just kind of ends in a whimper.

    It is like he gets to the length he thought the book should be, and then tosses in an ending.

    The worst King novel (that I have read) was the 1942 Buick or something like that... it seemed to miss the parts that usually make the early and middle parts of the King novels good.

    I did really enjoy "It" and "The Stand" other than the disappointment in the endings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocM View Post
    The Stand has always been my favorite, but I think The Shining might be his best in terms of literary power. He plots that novel perfectly, slowly building the tension until you feel like you're going to explode. Nothing really happens the first 2/3 of the novel, but it all sets up the terror in the last 1/3.

    I once had a deadline to write an article on IT, so to do my research I ended up reading it three times in one month. Now I can't really stand to look at it.
    +1 on The Stand and The Shining

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    For every King Novel I have read, I was disappointed with the ending.
    I have always felt the same way. He just does not know how to end a book. I did enjoy the ending of the Dark Tower series, though.

    But I haven't read any of his new books, other than the Dark Tower series. He is pretty much an entertainer and I grew tired of that type of entertainment a while ago.

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