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  1. I'm a die hard Stephen King fan and I've only ever started one of his books and decided that I didn't like it (The Gunslinger, part one of the Dark Tower series) and I've been reading him for a very long time. I have started a few that I decided were too horrific for me to read! That said I enjoy his horror fiction most but had to stop reading that as it was affecting my personality, or so my brother told me. The Institute isn't horror fiction, not by my definition of an SK horror, but it's engaging anyway. It's about children who are kidnapped, their parents killed and the childr
  2. Stephen King’s latest book is a novella of just 132 pages. Whilst I love his doorsteps, I often think he is at his best with shorter novels and short stories. Elevation is the tale of an ordinary man who has something extraordinary happen to him, as often is the case in King’s books. Scott starts to lose weight rapidly - the scales show a 2-3lb loss every day but his size and frame and importantly, his clothes don’t change. He realises that the loss isn’t going to slow down and the book is his reckoning with “zero day”. Yes, I am a die hard King fan so I am always going to be a bi
  3. Has anyone read this? Does anyone think there should be a sequel? I think Leigh is an amazing character, but why oh why, didi they have to spilt up at the end?!!!! Oh and can anyone recommend some King novels for a massive fan of Christine, who has only managed to get halfway through other King novles? mj x x x x
  4. I think Stephen King stopped being classed as horror a long time ago but still this is where people would expect to find of his reviews. This is his most recent collection of short stories - I will say straight off the bat that it's not as good as his last two collections but it is still full of dark treats. What sets this collection apart, is that King gives a little intro at the start of each story telling his constant readers where the inspiration came from for the coming tale. Given that On Writing is so good, these little intros are a delicious bonus. The stories within are each fanta
  5. Stephen King gets a lot of stick and Stephen King fans bear a fair amount too but I am a happy-to-be fan. What I like about reading Stephen King is that you are guaranteed a story. Yes, one that the plot takes precedent to prose, but that's why we humans read and have a history of story-telling. But you are guaranteed a story. You are also guaranteed characters that you immediately 'get'. His characters are steeped in the ordinary, normalcy and therefore you buy it, allowing King to introduce the extraordinary which you automatically accept. Revival is no different. The extraordinary in th
  6. A man drives a Mercedes into a people waiting in a job queue. As Mr King is wont to do, he introduces us to a couple of the soon-to-be bumper-fodder before he introduces the bumper of the Mercedes. A desperate man. A young mother with her baby. Bill Hodges retired cop is haunted by this unsolved crime. He leads sedentary, junk food-filled daily existence until he receives a letter in the post from the killer laughing at Hodges' inability to catch him. Hodges ignores the claim but begins to put the case together. The owner of the stolen Mercedes, the murder weapon, dies some time after the
  7. This is a novella from the book Different Seasons. Said book contains three other novellas of King's. King has always been a treasured favourite of mine but I felt the need to give up reading his books twenty years ago as it was pointed out to me, by my brother, that my behaviour was changing and he suggested giving up King. Much to my regret he was right. I should point out that I did not come close to being an axe-weilding murderer. Curiously, this experience was an aid to making the Apt Pupil story very real. The Apt Pupil is Todd Bowden, a straight A student of 13 when he s
  8. Horns has recently been made into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe in the main role I believe. I can see why it would make a good film, it's a good read. Ig is rich, son of a musician, brother to a TV star and he has a girlfriend that he adores, Merrin. He befriends an odd boy at school and the three of them, over summer, forge a bond. Merrin is later killed and Ig is believed by all to be the culprit. Then one day Ig grows horns and with them the ability to hear what people are really saying. Their thoughts. Their truths. So he decides to use his new power to find out who killed his belov
  9. The hotly anticipated follow up to the classic The Shining doesn't disappoint. It is a very different novel to The Shining - much less frightening but still the 'kids-in-peril' kind of scary. Danny Torrance, the ickle boy from The Shining, is all grown up. For the first third of the novel he is a suffering alcoholic, trying to put the events at The Overlook behind him and contend with the shining within him. His mother has since died and he is all alone. Predictably he reaches rock bottom and ends up working in a hospice where he and a very special cat provide great comfort and dignity to
  10. If I think Stephen King and fairground, I get a chill and think of Pennywise. But this time King takes us to a off-season fairground called Joyland where Devin joins the staff and an all too human evil is lurking. When Devin Jones joins the staff at Joyland he is told about a girl who had her throat slit in the Ghost Train and continues to haunt the fairground to this day. Meanwhile Devin meets a young mother, her child is very ill and in a wheelchair. These two parts of Devin's life collide and Devin find he has to try and make everything right. This was a very good read indeed. Devin
  11. I reckon that Stephen King should just give up writing novels. Yes, I added novels to the end of that sentence just in case some books snobs paraphrase me. His last full length book, Under the Dome, I found bloated and similar in oh-so-many ways to most of his previous books. I gave up on it. But I still have fresh in my mind his excellent short story collection, Just After Sunset, so the warm buzz of that persuaded me to give his new collection, Full Dark, No Stars a go. This collection comprises of 4 stories, 2 rather long, 2 short: 1922 is 124 pages long, Big Driver about the same, fol
  12. Just finished this mahoosive tome, it took me ages! I mostly enjoyed reading it - it seems that King can still weave a fairly good old yarn. It tries hard to be of his more epic style, like It or The Stand, but it felt rather more forced to me, and most of the characters were unlikeable, so it was hard to care tuppence for any of them. Most characters came across as very stereotypical - reluctant hero? Check. Misunderstood weirdo? Check. Brave kids? Check. And the narrative followed a predictable path too - although the reason the Dome existed is...well, it's pointless saying fa
  13. This is a mystery story, an unresolved mystery story. First published in 2005 this is short and tight. 178 pages in a small sized book; about three quarters the size of an ordinary paperback. But inside it’s King. Instant characters you feel as if you know, have known them all your life. Two ‘old timer’ newshounds, Dave and Vince, telling their island stories in the local paper, their local paper, the Weekly Islander and Stephanie a post grad finding her feet and her voice as the Arts N Things reporter. On this island off the coast of Maine (where else I hear you say), an unknown man
  14. I got given the first two in this series for Christmas, but decided not to read them until after my exams. Unfortunately two days ago I made the mistake of having a "quick look" at The Gunslinger (book one). I just finished it. All I can say is that it was amazing. I've never read anything by Stephen King before, I always thought he wrote horror stories, but this was amazing, and I think I'll have to be checking out some more of his work in the near future. I'm not quite sure what genre this should come under, as far as I can tell it's set in the future, but there seems to be magic of a
  15. Terribly lazy of me to stick Mr. King in the Horror section, but that's generally where you find the man. After a long King-hiatus, I couldn't resist the pull of good reviews for his new collection of short stories, Just After Sunset, and so I started it the other night. My plan here, is to write a little about each story as I read it, otherwise I'll have to do a lot of flicking through it at a later date, and I am far too lazy to do that. So first up - Willa - It takes a while to realize why such a disparate cast of characters, who seem to know each other very well (to the point of bei
  16. Hi Just thought i would start a thread. have just recently started reading The Stand (i haven't finished it yet so please do not spoil it) and so far i am really enjoying it. It strange, the book was written in the late 70's - its almost as old as me. But still 25 or so years on its really relevant - Captain Tripps the mysterious flu bug - could that be Bird Flu or the Sars of a few years back. Germ warfare - was certainly an issue when we started this war in Iraq - a weapon of mass destrucion - as far as i have read it appears to be doing that job well!!! Am i reading to much in
  17. I really enjoyed this. I haven't read much of King's output (apart from The Dark Tower series) in the last 20 years, and was surprised at the content of the story. It is very much a love story covering various levels of flashbacks to different eras of Lisey's (and her husband's) lives. I thought it was very sensitively handled and whilst some of the style could become a little irritating if you let it, for me it worked and gets a resounding 4 stars, even though it had a lot less action than we might be used to with King. I often read reviews of books from critics after I have read them
  18. I had an argument with my friend who kept on insiting that Tommyknockers was the King's best book ever. I have read that book but in the middle of it I sort of felt fed up!I thought that the story was exaggerated to an annoying extent.I like King but this one did not appeal me as much as his Firestarter and Different Seasons had done. What do you guys say?
  19. Rescued thread that I'll format nicely if there's a call for it. My Friend Jack 16th February 2006 08:49 AM Cell I've just had an email from Amazon, letting me know that this book will be available at the end of February. Sounds good to me - here's the Amazon synopsis:- Don't miss "Cell": A topical and terrifyingly plausible novel from the hard drive of the King of contemporary horror. 'Civilization slipped into its second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. By Halloween, every major
  20. Hooray. A nice easy read from King. If I ws given this book without the authors name I would have said Dean Koontz or John Grisham. The writing style, narrative & twist in the tail made for a page turner. I also feel that with King it is a bit of a lottery. Some books are very good & some are down right rubbish like from a Buick 8. This one (Dead Zone) ranks very high in my top ten. "IT" though remains at an all time no 1. CJ
  21. I read this book a few months ago, and although it's meant to be one of the scariest books ever written (or someting like that) I didn't find so much so.... Has anyone else read this book, because I really enjoyed it. The film too, was quite good, but the special effects were more funny than anything else. The "Here's Johnny" bit was scary, but as Harriet would put it; "Johnny's here!" (To anyone else this probably sounds stupid, but at the time it was vair vair funny. ;P) Sorry, this should go in Horror, but I'm not sure how to move it.... Good lord... sorry!
  22. This appears to be the best-selling horror book of the moment. <iframe width="180" height="180" scrolling="no" frameborder=0 src="http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=bookgrouponli-21&l=st1&search=%20%20Song%20Susannah%20Dark%20Tower%20king&mode=books-uk&p=33&o=2&f=ifr&bg1=C6E7DE&lc1=082984&lt1=_blank"> <table border='0' cellpadding='0' cellspacing='0' width='468' height='362'><tr><td><A HREF='http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/redirect-home/bookgrouponli-21' target=_blank ><img src="http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/G/02
  23. The final volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the dark tower. A journey which means he must leave his faithful friends Eddie, Susannah, Jake, even Oy, as he closes on the Tower. His steps are followed only by Mordred, half-human, half-terrifying creature heir to the Crimson King. In the end, it is an unlikely ally who will hold to key to the Tower itself, centre of all time and all place. <iframe width="180" height="180" scrolling="no" frameborder=0 src="http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=bookg
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