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Offline chinton

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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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #1 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #2 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #3 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #4 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
Aaahh! This movie just throws you violently into the next scene!


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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #5 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #6 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #7 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.
my entry made my girlfriend laugh a few times, the best I can hope for really.

I'd say Whalberg definately qualifies as really good.


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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #8 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #9 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #10 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #11 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #12 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #13 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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Re: What are your favorite King novels? What are your favorite King stories?
« Reply #14 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!