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« Reply #855 on: July 31, 2020, 03:34:21 AM »

and am beginning Misery by Stephen King.

This book scared the ever living shit out of me when I read it at 12 or so. I think  my favourite Stephen King book.
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« Reply #856 on: July 31, 2020, 04:15:23 AM »

and am beginning Misery by Stephen King.

This book scared the ever living shit out of me when I read it at 12 or so. I think  my favourite Stephen King book.

I like it a lot so far (so far it seems to be one of his better novels), though I think my perspective on the book has been altered a bit by the second season of Castle Rock.
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« Reply #857 on: August 14, 2020, 03:21:45 AM »

and am beginning Misery by Stephen King.

This book scared the ever living shit out of me when I read it at 12 or so. I think  my favourite Stephen King book.

I like it a lot so far (so far it seems to be one of his better novels), though I think my perspective on the book has been altered a bit by the second season of Castle Rock.

Holy shit Lizzy Caplan really fucking stunk up that role. That accent will haunt me beyond the grave (and not in the good way!!). Terrible!!

I binge read Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson while on vacation
AST week. I really like the Stormlight Archive series and I’d been waiting for a chance to take in all 1300 pages in a quick timeframe. I enjoyed it, although the paperback took so friggin’ long to be released I think I sort of forgot some plot twists of the last two book.

Currently reading Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Jony Warrick.
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« Reply #858 on: August 14, 2020, 06:06:18 PM »

and am beginning Misery by Stephen King.

This book scared the ever living shit out of me when I read it at 12 or so. I think  my favourite Stephen King book.

I like it a lot so far (so far it seems to be one of his better novels), though I think my perspective on the book has been altered a bit by the second season of Castle Rock.

Holy shit Lizzy Caplan really fucking stunk up that role. That accent will haunt me beyond the grave (and not in the good way!!). Terrible!!


No way, I thought she was great in the role!  It's been a long time since I have seen the movie version of Misery, but I really need to watch it again.

Now reading: 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
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« Reply #859 on: August 15, 2020, 04:10:45 AM »

]No way, I thought she was great in the role!  It's been a long time since I have seen the movie version of Misery, but I really need to watch it again.

Now reading: 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

To each their own my friend! I don’t think she’s a particularly great actress at the best of times but I felt like the accent was way off and she was overacting at the best of times. I don’t love the plot/mashup of the series to behind with so I’m biased - I also rarely appreciate Stephen King on the big screen. More often than not the movies are more miss than hit due to the fact that his books mostly rely on the inner monologue to drive the book and this is always hard to recreate on the big screen.....
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« Reply #860 on: August 15, 2020, 06:12:47 PM »

]No way, I thought she was great in the role!  It's been a long time since I have seen the movie version of Misery, but I really need to watch it again.

Now reading: 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King

To each their own my friend! I don’t think she’s a particularly great actress at the best of times but I felt like the accent was way off and she was overacting at the best of times. I don’t love the plot/mashup of the series to behind with so I’m biased - I also rarely appreciate Stephen King on the big screen. More often than not the movies are more miss than hit due to the fact that his books mostly rely on the inner monologue to drive the book and this is always hard to recreate on the big screen.....

I think that the majority of movies based on Stephen King's books are just not that great, and that the exceptions (The Shining, Stand By Me) are good thanks to either the skill of the filmmaker or a willingness to make the movie really long.  I think that in addition to the emphasis on the internal dialogue in the books, the reason that the movies are rarely good is because King's ideas are often really close to being absurd - it is really easy to leave them sounding funny (like the Pet Semetary movies did).
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« Reply #861 on: August 15, 2020, 09:00:54 PM »

Totally agree - look at Different Seasons. The Shawshank Redemption was a great film, Apt Pupil was a GREAT King story (really one of his best IMO) but that movie adaptation was awful.
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« Reply #862 on: August 15, 2020, 09:22:45 PM »

I see 'The Stand' as almost a prophecy of sorts, in all seriousness.
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« Reply #863 on: August 16, 2020, 05:48:30 PM »

Totally agree - look at Different Seasons. The Shawshank Redemption was a great film, Apt Pupil was a GREAT King story (really one of his best IMO) but that movie adaptation was awful.

I think that King's best stories have always been his realistic (or at least non-supernatural) stories.  Until I read Misery, Apt Pupil was my favorite of his works as well (never saw the movie though, but the trailer certainly did not look great).

And to continue on the realistic King trend, I am going to read Roadwork next.  I hadn't heard of that one until about a month ago, but it sounds interesting enough.
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« Reply #864 on: August 16, 2020, 05:49:48 PM »

I see 'The Stand' as almost a prophecy of sorts, in all seriousness.


In what way?  That a disease will be the ultimate death of humanity, that people will fracture into tribes of good and bad?
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« Reply #865 on: August 16, 2020, 10:11:40 PM »

I see 'The Stand' as almost a prophecy of sorts, in all seriousness.


In what way?  That a disease will be the ultimate death of humanity, that people will fracture into tribes of good and bad?
Yeah, it's just honestly superb writing.
Perhaps I'm wrong, but I sometimes feel that creative writers may have insight into the collective unconsciousness of events.

Maybe the events of The Stand won't occur at all, but if there were a next form of a global disease that wiped out most people, I definitely see people creating new societies.

Honestly, I'm just obsessed with some of the characters in that story. Right up there with H.P. Lovecraft.
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« Reply #866 on: August 17, 2020, 03:41:01 PM »

Totally agree - look at Different Seasons. The Shawshank Redemption was a great film, Apt Pupil was a GREAT King story (really one of his best IMO) but that movie adaptation was awful.

I think that King's best stories have always been his realistic (or at least non-supernatural) stories.  Until I read Misery, Apt Pupil was my favorite of his works as well (never saw the movie though, but the trailer certainly did not look great).

And to continue on the realistic King trend, I am going to read Roadwork next.  I hadn't heard of that one until about a month ago, but it sounds interesting enough.

Have never read Roadwork either - please let me know what you think!

I agree on the supernatural take. Look at The Long Walk, Different Seasons, The Stand & Misery as some of his best. Even “subtle” spooky shit like The Dead Zone or Carrie play out better than others.

I also really like a lot of his short fiction - Night Shift is a great collection. I’d rank “I Know What You Need” and especially “Quitters, Inc” are among his best.

I will say the only King book I was unable to finish was The Talisman. Two guys should not be allowed to write a book together.

My basement flooded about a decade ago and I lost a lot of books that were in storage right when we bought out house, I’ve spent the last few years scouring used bookstores to rebuild my collection. Been a very fun game as vintage King has some of the best graphic design and the new editions just look so lousy!
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« Reply #867 on: August 17, 2020, 04:32:22 PM »

Was away for most of July and finally got around to reading Tom O'Neil's book Chaos on the Manson murders and involvement of US intelligence. Was not able to put it down. Highest recommendations if these sorts of things interest you. Also happily tore through a collection of early PKD stories (Minority Report and others.)
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« Reply #868 on: August 17, 2020, 06:38:05 PM »

Totally agree - look at Different Seasons. The Shawshank Redemption was a great film, Apt Pupil was a GREAT King story (really one of his best IMO) but that movie adaptation was awful.

I think that King's best stories have always been his realistic (or at least non-supernatural) stories.  Until I read Misery, Apt Pupil was my favorite of his works as well (never saw the movie though, but the trailer certainly did not look great).

And to continue on the realistic King trend, I am going to read Roadwork next.  I hadn't heard of that one until about a month ago, but it sounds interesting enough.

Have never read Roadwork either - please let me know what you think!

I agree on the supernatural take. Look at The Long Walk, Different Seasons, The Stand & Misery as some of his best. Even “subtle” spooky shit like The Dead Zone or Carrie play out better than others.

I also really like a lot of his short fiction - Night Shift is a great collection. I’d rank “I Know What You Need” and especially “Quitters, Inc” are among his best.

I will say the only King book I was unable to finish was The Talisman. Two guys should not be allowed to write a book together.

My basement flooded about a decade ago and I lost a lot of books that were in storage right when we bought out house, I’ve spent the last few years scouring used bookstores to rebuild my collection. Been a very fun game as vintage King has some of the best graphic design and the new editions just look so lousy!

Night Shift was a great one, and I remember really liking Skeleton Crew as well (though it has been a while since I read both). 

I think the quality of the new editions really depend on the publisher - the Scribner editions have some really nice simple/clean cover designs.

I will let you know how Roadwork is!
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« Reply #869 on: August 17, 2020, 07:08:39 PM »

Was away for most of July and finally got around to reading Tom O'Neil's book Chaos on the Manson murders and involvement of US intelligence. Was not able to put it down. Highest recommendations if these sorts of things interest you. Also happily tore through a collection of early PKD stories (Minority Report and others.)

Hell yeah Chaos was so great - read it last year and looooooved it!!
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