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Title: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
Post by: chinton on February 04, 2007, 09:53:57 AM
I'm a big King fan and I was wondering what your favorite King books were?


Favorite Book:

The Shining
Salems Lot
Bag Of Bones
The Dark Tower Series
The Stand
IT

Favorite Stories:

"The Reach"
"Night Surf"
"The Mist"
"The Raft"
"The End Of The Whole Mess"
"1408"




Least Favorite Books

Rose Madder
Geralds Game
Tommyknockers
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Post by: mrbasehart on February 04, 2007, 10:05:40 AM
I haven't read a lot of Stephen King, but I've enjoyed some of his work.  I liked The Stand, even though it's the size of phonebook (I liked large novels, however).  Dolores Claiborne was pretty good, but the movie adaptation was better.  Misery, I think, is the best book I've read by him, as you can feel the King's own paranoia in the plot.
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Post by: mrbakasan on February 04, 2007, 08:52:03 PM
I've read the majority of King's works and I'd certainly say the he is one of my favorite authors.  So here's my list in no particular order.

Favorite Books:

Insomnia
Black House
It
Skeleton Crew
From a Buick 8 (although I don't know why I liked this one so much)
The Drawing of the Three
Dreamcatcher (didn't like the movie so much though)

Favorite Stories:

"Everything's Eventual" (the story not the entire book)
"Uncle Auto's Truck"
"The Mist" (a movie of The Mist is coming late 2007!)
"Sun Dog"
"1408" (which is also going to be a movie, the trailer for it looks great)
"Lunch at the Gotham Cafe" (Blood and Smoke was great if anyone is looking for a good audiobook)
"Chattery Teeth"

Desperation used to be high up on my list of my favorite King books, but I disliked the miniseries so much it made me question if the book was actually as good as I remember. 

Chinton, if you haven't heard of it there is a great rendition of "The Mist" on audio CD that is really interesting.  I bought it years ago and I think it was called the Mist 3-D or something.  It has a full cast and uses some really interesting techonology that makes it sound as thought it is in 3-D.  Its hard to explain, but very cool.
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Post by: Hobbit on February 04, 2007, 09:49:32 PM
I love King's writitng, but so far, the only two of his books I've finished are "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," and "The Green Mile."
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Post by: Rufus T on February 04, 2007, 10:25:27 PM
IT. I liked the story and I appreciated the time he put into the detail of it. (no pun intended) ;D
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Post by: Steve-O on February 04, 2007, 11:07:39 PM
I used to love King, and absorbed everything he wrote.  Then I read Needful Things.  It was pretty good, except for the really long, drawn out, torturously dull part from the dedication to the back cover.

Actually, that's not entirely fair.  The ad for Other Signet Paperbacks By This Author was somewhat entertaining.

I never looked back.

On the upside, in searching for an author to fill the unnecessarily large gap left by King, I discovered the works of Robert McCammon.  Terrific stuff.  I highly recommend him to fans of early King, particularly Swan Song, They Thirst, and The Wolf's Hour.
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Post by: chinton on February 05, 2007, 04:33:36 PM
I used to love King, and absorbed everything he wrote.  Then I read Needful Things.  It was pretty good, except for the really long, drawn out, torturously dull part from the dedication to the back cover.

Actually, that's not entirely fair.  The ad for Other Signet Paperbacks By This Author was somewhat entertaining.

I never looked back.

On the upside, in searching for an author to fill the unnecessarily large gap left by King, I discovered the works of Robert McCammon.  Terrific stuff.  I highly recommend him to fans of early King, particularly Swan Song, They Thirst, and The Wolf's Hour.


That's said you've stopped reading King just becuase of Needful Things. I thought the book was great but you're missing some great King recent stuff.


Anyway McCammon is great but he's never written anything as amazing as Boy's Life. That's a masterpiece of fiction right there.
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Post by: Wheaty Petestraw on February 06, 2007, 08:30:16 PM
The Dark Tower series is great, though I have yet to read the last couple of books. I love how he started tying a lot of his stories into it, such as Insomnia and if I remember correctly, Dreamcatcher.
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Post by: Minnesota on February 06, 2007, 08:53:55 PM
Well, I guess the great thing about Stephen King is that everything eventually gets made into a movie and you never have to do any pesky reading... sorry, its not that I don't like reading (university minor in English to prove it) I just don't have time for reading... also I realize this is the book forum so "give me what I want and I'll go away" actually come to think of it I really didn't want anything to begin with so I guess I'll just go away :)

Also, I love what King has done for the tv mini-series... again though wrong forum section, just thought I'd mention what a big fan of King I am... maybe some audio books are in my future, lol.
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Post by: Hobbit on February 08, 2007, 12:17:44 AM
Well, I guess the great thing about Stephen King is that everything eventually gets made into a movie and you never have to do any pesky reading... sorry, its not that I don't like reading (university minor in English to prove it) I just don't have time for reading... also I realize this is the book forum so "give me what I want and I'll go away" actually come to think of it I really didn't want anything to begin with so I guess I'll just go away :)

Also, I love what King has done for the tv mini-series... again though wrong forum section, just thought I'd mention what a big fan of King I am... maybe some audio books are in my future, lol.

Only "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile" get even close to capturing a King book on the screen.  The rest of them suck.
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Post by: Bob on February 08, 2007, 05:30:05 AM
Dont forget, "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon".

Out of all his books, this one would seem the easiest to make into a movie, I wonder why no one has?
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Post by: Grillslinger on February 08, 2007, 06:43:17 AM
Dont forget, "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon".

Out of all his books, this one would seem the easiest to make into a movie, I wonder why no one has?

They have a screenplay and it was slated for porduction, but it currently seems to be lost in Deveopment Hell.

I disagree that all other King movies suck. I'll admit that there are very few close adaptations. I just don't believe that if a movie does not follow the book word for word, it's automatically a bad movie.

Misery, for instance, had a lot of changes. The spirit of the story was well captured, and the movie was pretty solid.
The Kubrik version of The Shining was very scary...a good flick. Was it a good adaptation? Not at all.

I am really excited about The Mist....it's always been one of my favorites. Frank Darabont(The Green Mile, Shawshak Redemption) is going to direct it.
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Post by: Hobbit on February 08, 2007, 11:37:51 AM
Dont forget, "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon".

Out of all his books, this one would seem the easiest to make into a movie, I wonder why no one has?

They have a screenplay and it was slated for porduction, but it currently seems to be lost in Deveopment Hell.

I disagree that all other King movies suck. I'll admit that there are very few close adaptations. I just don't believe that if a movie does not follow the book word for word, it's automatically a bad movie.

Misery, for instance, had a lot of changes. The spirit of the story was well captured, and the movie was pretty solid.
The Kubrik version of The Shining was very scary...a good flick. Was it a good adaptation? Not at all.

I am really excited about The Mist....it's always been one of my favorites. Frank Darabont(The Green Mile, Shawshak Redemption) is going to direct it.


Forgot about those two.  Let me ammend my statement.  Those two I mentioned are still the only ones that mostly capture a King book on screen.  The Shining and Misery are both really good, but not faithful adaptations of the book.  Carrie, book or movie, I wouldn't recommend because they're depressing and horrible, no matter how 'good' they are.  All the other King movies I can think of suck.
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Post by: Grillslinger on February 08, 2007, 12:19:52 PM
I liked Pet Sematary as well...

A lot of the crappy ones start out well...and then I get madder because with a great scene or two, you see that they are capable of doing a good job.


Needful Things was good and there was a definite point near the end where it turned into a bowl of stupid(served with Ranch).

Dreamcatched had an pretty good start...again, the director seemed to make a concious decision that everything after that point would be bad.

A lot of those movies should be flushed from the bowls they're floating in...especially The Langoliers.
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Post by: Hobbit on February 08, 2007, 01:58:47 PM
I liked Pet Sematary as well...

A lot of the crappy ones start out well...and then I get madder because with a great scene or two, you see that they are capable of doing a good job.


Needful Things was good and there was a definite point near the end where it turned into a bowl of stupid(served with Ranch).

Dreamcatched had an pretty good start...again, the director seemed to make a concious decision that everything after that point would be bad.

A lot of those movies should be flushed from the bowls they're floating in...especially The Langoliers.

Damn you for bringing back to cursed repressed memories!
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Post by: chinton on February 08, 2007, 03:42:15 PM
I liked Pet Sematary as well...

A lot of the crappy ones start out well...and then I get madder because with a great scene or two, you see that they are capable of doing a good job.


Needful Things was good and there was a definite point near the end where it turned into a bowl of stupid(served with Ranch).

Dreamcatched had an pretty good start...again, the director seemed to make a concious decision that everything after that point would be bad.

A lot of those movies should be flushed from the bowls they're floating in...especially The Langoliers.


I don't understand your post. You start out by talking about his books then you talk about movies based on his books? Which one are you talking about?
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Post by: shortstack on February 08, 2007, 03:49:12 PM
Favourite books:

-The Gunslinger
-The Talisman
-Rose Madder (vastly underrated- I loved it)
-It
-Hearts in Atlantis (The movie sucked balls, by the way)

Favourite story:

-Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption

SK movies that I think have any merit:

-Carrie
-Shawshank Redemption
-The Green Mile
-The Dead Zone
-Stand by Me (it was based on The Body)
possibly -Firestarter

That being said, they are ALL very riffable.  Though, if I had the choice of which one to riff, I would choose Quicksilver Highway, possibly because it was the most rediculous thing I'd ever seen.
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Post by: mrbakasan on February 08, 2007, 04:39:24 PM
Christopher Lloyd's character on Quicksilver Highway is possibly one of the most painful things to ever be put on celluloid.  That being said, I enjoyed Quicksilver Highway when it first came on TV, altough I haven't seen it for years so it may not have stood the test of time.  I do remember Clive Barker's story on it about a revolution of people's hands were they started cutting themselves off of their attached arms, which I thought was pretty funny at the time.

Storm of the Century will always be one of my favorite King works done on film (even though it was never a book).  Silver Bullet and Graveyard Shift were always enjoyable to me.  Not good movies, but fun none-the-less.
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Post by: Minnesota on February 08, 2007, 07:46:59 PM

Storm of the Century will always be one of my favorite King works done on film

2nd, love that miniseries, I also liked Kingdom Hospital a lot too
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Post by: Kiiml on February 12, 2007, 10:14:46 AM
I like some of the aliens and trans-dimensional stuff Stephen King has done, but there are several books and stories that I could've gladly gone my whole life without reading.

He's good at creating realistic characters, but at the same time, he includes a lot of unnecissary profanity and language. When reading his books, the sweeping tide of sexual content distracts and overwhelms the rest of the story. The one thing I do admire about Stephen King is the interesting and creatively designed aliens he comes up with.



favorites:

From a Buick 8:
probably my favorite out of all his books. It contains language, but miraculously, there are no references to explicit sexual content! The only profane thing I can remember in the book was one reference to the alien "tree leaves" melting into a semen-like substance. Other than that, he did a good job with the aliens and the human characters.

The Sun Dog:
I just really like the alien dog-monster from this story. Sadly, he couldn't help himself from making a masturbation reference.

Shawshank Redemption:
Okay, I admit it, I didn't read the story, but I loved the movie.

The Girl who loved Tom Gordon:
He was able to write a good story, and the worst he had was some language and several references to human waste. I loved the rest of the story, however.

Hated Stephen King works:

It:
kids having sex? No thanks. I don't think there's any excuse for some of the things he wrote in It.

Skeleton Crew:
Almost every story in that book pissed me off, and ultimately turned me off of Stephen King for good.

Apt pupil:
I hate that story with all my heart. It's Stephen King toying with all of his worst writing flaws.
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Post by: chinton on February 12, 2007, 02:21:59 PM
I like some of the aliens and trans-dimensional stuff Stephen King has done, but there are several books and stories that I could've gladly gone my whole life without reading.

He's good at creating realistic characters, but at the same time, he includes a lot of unnecissary profanity and language. When reading his books, the sweeping tide of sexual content distracts and overwhelms the rest of the story. The one thing I do admire about Stephen King is the interesting and creatively designed aliens he comes up with.



favorites:

From a Buick 8:
probably my favorite out of all his books. It contains language, but miraculously, there are no references to explicit sexual content! The only profane thing I can remember in the book was one reference to the alien "tree leaves" melting into a semen-like substance. Other than that, he did a good job with the aliens and the human characters.

The Sun Dog:
I just really like the alien dog-monster from this story. Sadly, he couldn't help himself from making a masturbation reference.

Shawshank Redemption:
Okay, I admit it, I didn't read the story, but I loved the movie.

The Girl who loved Tom Gordon:
He was able to write a good story, and the worst he had was some language and several references to human waste. I loved the rest of the story, however.

Hated Stephen King works:

It:
kids having sex? No thanks. I don't think there's any excuse for some of the things he wrote in It.

Skeleton Crew:
Almost every story in that book pissed me off, and ultimately turned me off of Stephen King for good.

Apt pupil:
I hate that story with all my heart. It's Stephen King toying with all of his worst writing flaws.



I have to disagree with Skeleton Crew. It has "The Mist" which is one of my favorite things by him.
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Post by: Fuzzy Necromancer on February 14, 2007, 04:20:15 PM
The Shining.

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Post by: Grillslinger on February 14, 2007, 05:05:30 PM
I'm working on an SK tour on Google Earth. I'd love to hear some opinions. What should stay in what should go out...

You can download it HERE. (http://thegrillslinger.com/images/misc/StephenKingTour.kmz)

Let me know what you think! 

Thanks,
A.
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Post by: dignan on February 14, 2007, 05:15:32 PM
Stand By Me was a pretty good King movie, too.

Okay, favorite books by King:  IT, Eyes of the Dragon, The Long Walk.

All three of those were books that I just about couldn't put down once I started reading them.  I'd love to see them try and make The Long Walk into a movie. 
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Post by: homerjayla on February 24, 2007, 07:14:09 PM
Right now I'm reading the end of Misery. The book is way better than the movie. It's more creepy. Carrie the book was also better than the movie. The first Shining movie was better than the book.


Pet Sematary and The Green Mile both suck. Books and the movies. Also the TV movie The Shining sucked.
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Post by: timechaser on February 28, 2007, 12:09:10 PM
I haven't read much King, but I do like the first half of The Stand. I saw the Langoliers movie and laughed my arse off.
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Post by: SmilinJackRoss on February 28, 2007, 01:56:52 PM
I was a Dark Tower junkie, but I was let down by the conclusion of the story in the last few books.  My favorite books by him are Eyes of the Dragon, The Stand, and From a Buick 8.  I've read Eyes of the Dragon 3 or 4 times, and I NEVER re-read books.
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Post by: Fire Maiden on March 02, 2007, 07:28:49 PM
I really like The Dark Tower series. I had no idea how he would end it, but by the time I got to the end of the last book, I could see how he got there. It was great. I like it because he includes fantasy, myth, scifi, and horror, all wrapped up in one looonnng series. But while I was reading them, I was there.

I like The Stand, 'Salems Lot, and a couple other of his older books whose names escape me at the moment. If you haven't read On Writing, I highly recommend it. It explains a lot about why some of his work sucked so horribly for a while.
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Post by: rexdart on March 03, 2007, 12:46:06 PM
Slightly off topic...any one ever look in the back of Nightmares and Dreamscapes and read The Beggar and the Diamond.?

My favourite ST book is The Stand, followed by IT.  Christine kicks as well.
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Post by: sarcasm_made_Easy on March 03, 2007, 03:03:38 PM
the langoleres?
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Post by: JonM229 on March 07, 2007, 04:45:26 PM
I'd have to say that my favorite books by Stephen King are:
It
Salems' Lot (kept me up at night the first time I read it)
The Dark Tower Series (the end of Wizards and Glass made me cry, cause I'm a wuss like that)
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Post by: Nick on March 11, 2007, 08:23:42 AM
      The only King stories i've read so far are The Tommyknockers and his new one Cell. Of the two, I liked Tommyknockers. Cell just didn't seem as good as I would have hoped it been. Maybe I had too high of expectations.