Thursday, September 20, 2012

Stephen King Week


Just wanted to spread the word about Stephen King week over at the insatiable booksluts. A lot of good essays about his work, maybe even one of my own if I can finish it on time. Six days ago, I'd never read anything by Stephen King. I've now read Carrie, King's first published novel, and it's given a me a taste for King that I'm still thinking about and enjoying.

I'll be putting up reviews of Carrie, and Sphere in the near future, and Perdido Street Station and Divergent are also in the works.

13 comments:

  1. I still haven't read any King. I've been meaning to for a long while, but you wanna know the main thing that keeps me from reading King? King.
    I'll get around to it at some point, though.

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    1. I'd not been biting at the bit to give him a try, but I was happily surprised by my experience with Carrie. A lot more substance there than I think people assume.

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    2. King is typecasted by those who haven't read him. Consider that he also wrote The Body which inspired the movie "Stand By Me". That's some good writing.

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    3. I've never seen "Stand By Me" all the way through, but there's also The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Hearts in Atlantis to think about, if we're side-stepping his clear-cut horror stuff. As a film major, I looked at all this quality film that was inspired by him, and it's pretty impressive.

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  2. Aaahh, so you've gotten your nose into SK? Good on you! I do recommend his older stuff - like 'Christine', 'The Stand'(ordinary edition not the unabridged as the latter will put you to sleep!), 'The Dead Zone' as well as his other books that he's written like 'The Talisman' and 'Black House' - both of which were written with Peter Straub and are brilliant! My brother finally asked to borrow them off me after I've owned them both for about a decade! Then, there's his series of short stories like 'Nightmares & Dreamscapes' and 'Night Shift' and 'Before Sunset' - these are books that are not to be taken lightly and will definitely keep you up because he can simply do that... especially the short story called 'The Bogeyman'... I haven't been able to have a closet door even a little bit open since reading that stupid story.

    But welcome to the world of SK. :D

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    1. I've heard so much about The Stand I think I might consider that one next.

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    2. A word of warning, don't watch the movie... the first part is good, the second part is crap. I watched it and thought it was awful! Read the book, you'll get everything you need from it.

      And if you want a good idea of how it would look with all the bits in it, try out the unabridged one... there are parts that were supposed to be removed and other parts I think should have stayed in it.
      But, of course, that's only my opinion. :)

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  3. I'm glad that something encouraged you to read King! I think he's such an important author who sometimes gets classified in a negative way, but he is just so worth reading!

    I just did a post today honoring the King's birthday on 11/22/63 over at my blog! It's a historical fiction (with a big emphasis on fiction since it's time travel) but you'd probably enjoy it!

    Here's the exact link in case you're interested: http://loveatfirstbook.com/2012/09/21/112263-by-stephen-king-book-18/

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. Thanks for the link. I've heard buzz about 11/22/63 going around, and it's an intriguing idea.

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  4. Squee, thanks for the link. I think people are lovin' your post!

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  5. I am still the I don't think I will read a King kind of person. But I'm seeing a lot of people like me becoming converts. 11/22/63 looks to be the one I may pick up first.

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    1. I didn't think I was a King person either...but I've got to admit I'm getting more and more intrigued.

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