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Old 07-02-2009, 06:58 PM
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Stephen King's books are an institution of American literature, and total nearly 50 novels and many more short stories written over his career. I just started another of his novels, Needful Things, and I find myself captivated again. I read Christine and Four Past Midnight before this, and I must say there aren't many authors who can create such a total atmosphere for a story into which one can submerge oneself.

Does anybody here read his books? Anybody else have an opinion on his writing?
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I've read most of his short stories. The man has an amazing talent for placing the reader right smack dab in the midst of the action. I loved almost all the stories I've read from him, and I intend to get ahold of some of his actual books some time in the near future...
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I've read most of his short stories. The man has an amazing talent for placing the reader right smack dab in the midst of the action. I loved almost all the stories I've read from him, and I intend to get ahold of some of his actual books some time in the near future...
Have you read The Langoliers? That was one of the novellas from Four Past Midnight, and was absolutely creepy!
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I read "Pet Cemetary" and "Salem's Lot", a long time ago. They were well written and pulse pounding enough, but I must confess, I've long since lost any fascination I ever had for horror fiction. I still like the classics well enough, but for different reasons than scaring the crap out of myself. Novels like Frankenstien and Dracula seem to have more lessons to teach than just that monsters can kill you. An errant taxicab or contaminated food can do that. Monster's just don't scare me anymore. Except human one's like Stalin and Hitler.
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I've never actually read any King but his film/TV adaptions vary in quality from the brilliant (Shawshank, Misery, The Mist) to the truly awful (Dreamcatcher, Thinner). That could depend on who's making the films though I guess.
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I've never actually read any King but his film/TV adaptions vary in quality from the brilliant (Shawshank, Misery, The Mist) to the truly awful (Dreamcatcher, Thinner). That could depend on who's making the films though I guess.
I've seen two rather awful King adaptations: Christine, and The Langoliers. They both appeared to be of more "B" quality.
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I've never actually read any King but his film/TV adaptions vary in quality from the brilliant (Shawshank, Misery, The Mist) to the truly awful (Dreamcatcher, Thinner). That could depend on who's making the films though I guess.
You bet.
"The Shining" alone was made by the most brilliant director known to man.
But good King adaptions have also often great actors: Nicholson, Spacek, Richard Dreyfuss, James Caan and last but not least Wil Wheaton.
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Have you read The Langoliers? That was one of the novellas from Four Past Midnight, and was absolutely creepy!
Four Past Midnight is the only short story collection I have not read yet. I have read both Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, and I loved both. I am itching to read The Langoliers, since the premise sounds really quite fascinating.
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Four Past Midnight is the only short story collection I have not read yet. I have read both Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, and I loved both. I am itching to read The Langoliers, since the premise sounds really quite fascinating.
I just started reading the third part of that book, The Library Policeman, and I'm now afraid to ever check out a book at the library ever again!
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i hated the movie IT that scared me so much i couldnt go in the shower or even wash my face
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