I liked Wolves of the Calla, even if it was all a bit pointless.
― justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ok so I just reread "It's a Good Life" and man, there's an argument that Stephen King never in his great career matched this.
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
Looks like Under the Dome is going to be my first foray into King's 21st century works since it was the one that peaked my interest the most and has been getting favorable talk here... I absolutely loved him and Anne Rice in junior high.
I think my favorite thing ever of his though is his non-fiction book on horror called Danse Macabre. That and the first third of The Stand.
― I will transmit this information to (Viceroy), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 20:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
Danse Macabre is great
― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 20:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
not really on-topic but whenever I get a crushing I headache I secretly hope it's my unformed evil twin plotting to take me over a la the Dark Half
i vote for this:http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/30/stephen-king-tax-me-for-f-s-sake.html
― one dis leads to another (ian), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
the last three, tbh. Once SPOILER
he turns up for fuck's sake
it was a struggle to stay into it
I've read the whole series a few times and yet I struggle to recall anything from him showing up, yet I can remember details about how Cuthbert supposedly looked etc.
Also, this reminds me, I have the new Dark Tower one which I have to read now.
― gyac, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
I forgot how he wrote himself in
god I hated that
― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:37 (1 year ago) Permalink
re: Bag of Bones being more "literary" than his previous stuff -- the book is nominally about a house/town that's haunted by a malevolent spirit, but the first 3/4ths of the book is surprisingly realist, for king. the main character is a lolwriter who's dealing with the loss of his wife and unborn child, his feelings for a new woman, his grief and writer's block, etc. the last quarter of the book eventually does go full-on thriller, but until that point the paranormal stuff is handled with a pretty light touch.
bear in mind i haven't read it in forever, so these are my remembered opinions from when i stanned for it in high school.
― supreme sundae (reddening), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
All the shit with Cuthbert and his "lookout" in Wizard & Glass is serious LOLz.
― i love the large auns pictures! (Phil D.), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 22:49 (1 year ago) Permalink
Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.
― System, Thursday, 3 May 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
I have read zero of these books, though I think I read everything up through The Dark Half. The only post 1990 books I've read are the Dark Tower series (mixed bag) and On Writing (the best of his I've read). I'm going to use the results of this as a guide to the last 20-odd years of King.
― EZ Snappin, Thursday, 3 May 2012 00:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Friday, 4 May 2012 00:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 4 May 2012 00:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
well that isn't helpful at all!
― Number None, Friday, 4 May 2012 00:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
On Writing (the best of his I've read).
I actually don't like On Writing as much as I like Danse Macabre, but they're both up there for me.
I don't feel like Tom Gordon getting 3 votes over a whole cluster that got two votes is any indicator that I should start with Tom Gordon. I'm most intrigued by ideas behind Under the Dome, the Regulators, and Cell though, so maybe I'll start with one of them.
― how's life, Friday, 4 May 2012 12:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
I mean, if two people each agree they don't totally blow...
― how's life, Friday, 4 May 2012 12:41 (1 year ago) Permalink
More than one person out there thinks Dolores Claiborne doesn't totally blow. Don't know how that one ended up so underrated.
― jungleous butterflies strange birds (Eric H.), Friday, 4 May 2012 12:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
tom gordon was only ok for me, but i enjoyed the pulpiness of the regulators.
― underleg aeroboots i have smithed (darraghmac), Friday, 4 May 2012 12:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
Cell has a virtuoso first act but never really figures out what to do afterwards.
Ahhhhhh, worried about this. I'm about halfway through the book at this point (when they get ready to leave the boarding school) and it hasn't faltered a step for me so far. Very vivid and well-paced.
Regulators was really good too. Although it was almost too brief (I guess there's more to learn about Tak in the companion novel) the ending and epilogue are satisfying.
― coat news for people who love boat shoes (how's life), Thursday, 12 July 2012 00:27 (11 months ago) Permalink
The main problem with later SK novels is the way WTF is so often replaced by smh.
― bit.ly sno cone maker (Jon Lewis)
― deems irreverent (darraghmac), Thursday, 12 July 2012 00:32 (11 months ago) Permalink
Ahhhhhh, worried about this.
You should be. King can't write an ending that isn't utter shit.
― an inevitable disappointment (James Morrison), Thursday, 12 July 2012 00:35 (11 months ago) Permalink