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(ew)   Stephen King's diet tips to scare you thin. Gypsy pie strangely not in plan   ( divider line
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2006-08-13 12:03:22 AM  
You know what I admire most about Stephen King?

Stories and words pour out of him faster than he can keep up with. He's always said that writers write because they have no choice, but I think he doesn't understand how unique he is.

He gets up every day at 7 AM to write, as I understand, but he has more money than God. He just has stories to tell and needs to get them out on paper.

I'm very jealous of his madness.
2006-08-13 12:14:01 AM  
Five Minute Standup: I don't think I've ever heard anyone say that.

let me put it this way - SK wrote 2 books w/ peter straub. those two also "read quickly" (to me) and i loved every g'dmned word of both... but now go read Mystery or The Throat or The Hellfire Club or Koko.

not the same, not even close. dense text. at times i found myself saying: o.k. you're 30min from dozing off & you're about to miss s'th critical. stop now while you're still twitching w/ fear. somehow that doesn't seem to happen to me w/ SK stories. maybe i'm not explaining it well here...

re: PS's "Ghost Story" - you might have seen the movie w/ John Houseman, which was o.k.... but take it from me - read the book.
2006-08-13 12:18:57 AM  
Odd, the article is dated yesterday but I remember reading this weeks ago.

/Has problems
//Liked the DT ending though
2006-08-13 12:25:14 AM  
If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, you should try any of his read-by-the-author stuff. Bag of Bones is a lovely little nightmare to fall asleep to.
2006-08-13 12:40:26 AM  
A Pretty Flower

2006-08-13 12:52:07 AM  

Try Straubs "Lost boy, lost girl" I still remember sitting stunned when I finished it, and then immediately read it again. Truly an awsome book.

People also seem to forget the SK stories made into movies, that had nothing to do with Horror genre. Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me leap to mind. That and Green Mile was incredible, both the book and the movie.

No his books don't read like Tolstoy or Steinbeck. They are not supposed to. They appeal to people because most of them put ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and they react like we would. I once heard King giving a speech, to paraphrase:

When someone is in an elavator that is plummeting 100 stories to their certain death, in real life they don't say inane crap like "tell my wife I love her" they scream
" OHHHHHH shiat!!1"
His books are closer to what we would do if confronted by those situations. So we identify more easily with the characters.
2006-08-13 01:12:05 AM  
neocowboy: Lost boy, lost girl

will do - thanks!

re: Stand By Me: don't forget SK called that story "The Body". once hollywood threw the young wesley crusher and that vampire from lost boys into it (and river phoenix who i loved - RIP), it just wasn't quite the same... still great no doubt, just not nearly as dark...

BTW i actually have original editions of all the green mile mininovellas or whatever they were called then - each like 40 pages long. what a PITA it was to have to collect all that to keep up actually.. now everyone just buys the whole thing - lucky dogs

oh, and to survive a plummeting elevator, just jump up at the end... ;-)

2006-08-13 01:22:01 AM  
mmmmm Gypsy pie......
2006-08-13 01:28:51 AM

A Guido "must read."

/and I normally don't care for King's works
//although when he does get a hit he knocks it outta de park
2006-08-13 04:09:18 AM  
I've always wanted to read "The Mist." I heard that Half-Life was based on it, but have been able to find it.
2006-08-13 04:47:03 AM  

SK once described his writing as "...a burger and fries." I go back and reread his books even though I read "Carrie" 30 years ago. He is the best dialogist I've ever encountered. "Delores Claiborne" is written in the first person which is the most difficult of all tenses. Name me one other author who can keep your attention with a monologue of several hundred pages--and with the cajones to attempt it. "On Writing" should be a standard for creative writing classes,IMHO.

From "The Body"

"Did you ever have friends like you did when you were twelve? Jesus, does anybody?"

2006-08-13 04:51:51 AM  
You can check out "The Mist" in his short story collection "Skeleton Crew." It's one of his longer mini-novella deals, and it is really good. There's a lot of freaky stuff that happens, and some of the descriptions of couple of the ... creatures ... ohhh man.

Definitely worth picking up.
2006-08-13 04:58:43 AM  
It was his characters in "The Mist" which got to me. Remember Mrs. Carmody? Read it and you'll never look the same at fat, old church ladies in yellow polyester pantsuits.
2006-08-13 05:24:33 AM  
Skanklips: I've got a suggestion, go re-write the ending to the Dark Tower series. The ending and the last three books suxored. Thankee sai.

In case you hadn't noticed, the ending was written long before Stephen King wrote, and he was kind enough to include in the final volume of the series.

You did read "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came", didn't you?

Though I don't completely disagree... I really wish it had kept with the Walter -> Ageless Stranger -> Beast -> Tower idea that was in the original Gunslinger. Also, the pussification of Flagg just sucked.

/waiting for the sequal to the Black House
//I thought Jack Sawyer had some work to do near End-World
2006-08-13 05:24:39 AM  
Miss Anne Thrope --

Oh yeah, I'm with you there. Though I have to say (not wanting to give away too much), the stuff that happens in the store next to the grocery story ...



2006-08-13 07:50:14 AM  
DTVII was one of the few books that made me cry, especially with the illustrations, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING scared me more than "The Boogeyman" when I was a kid. I still get freaked out by closets.

/yes, I'm a pussy
2006-08-13 10:55:36 AM  
Have every published book of his.

Read em all many times,,,

One of his short stories,"Dolans Cadillac" was one of my favorite's. "Chattery Teeth" Was also fiendishly good.

You keep writin, and I'll keep reading, Mr.King !!
//UMM,Yummy,Yummy Revenge
///"Barkeep! Drinks For All My Prick Writer Friends!"
2006-08-13 11:01:13 AM  

"Actually, while I AM a fan of his writing, I've heard from a lot of people that he's an arrogant prick in person. I know people from his hometown, I guess they all hate him."

I don't know about that. I come from the town in which he spends most of his time, and he's pretty much beloved. He gives a LOT of money to needy people around Maine. He even took an abandoned wealthy-people's lake camp and turned it into a summer camp for inner city kids.
2006-08-13 11:02:59 AM  
1. Avoid trans fat like the plague (anything partially or fully hydrogenated, even things that say 0g just have less than 1 per serving, so if you eat the whole bag of chips you still get like 4g of trans).
Trans kills you, not "saturated fat". This is why margarine eaters have a higher rate of coronary heart disease than butter eaters (better find that study before I get ripped up).
2. Avoid refined sugars in any form (sucrose or high fructose corn syrup, etc.) Cancer fuel.
3. Avoid refined flour. Same as #2.
4. Try for organic (more vitamins and minerals)
5. Animal products from grassfed/pastured animals.
You're 99% of the way there, and you don't even need to listen to crazies who want to sell books.
2006-08-13 11:47:06 AM  
TyroneShews: One of his short stories,"Dolans Cadillac" was one of my favorite's. "Chattery Teeth" Was also fiendishly good.

Both fantastic stories. Those were in "Nightmares and Dreamscapes", right? There were some impressive stories in "Everything's Eventual" as well. Hell, he's got great stories in almost all of his books.

/my favorite author
2006-08-13 02:13:58 PM  
I love Uncle Stephen! Always have since his first book under his own name.

His characters are so incredibly portrayed, way beyond the physical -- he creates them complete with emotional mannerisms and cadences.

His use of vocabulary is exceptional.

Long live Uncle Stephen!
2006-08-13 08:08:42 PM  
I guess I should stop in and say 'hi'.

/The Stand - best book ever
//Trashy was the hero.
/// Flagg can DIAF
2006-08-14 12:15:35 AM  
Yanoo...I was really annoyed at first by the ending of TD, but not as much as how what I saw as the "main battles" ended. Flagg? Mordred killed him. The Crimson King? The Artist erased him.
WTF? Why didn't Roland kick ass?!?! I was expectimg some Jerico Hill stuff happening!!! The only gun-play had to do with the (errr harry potter things) the Crimsom Kind threw at him.
I would LOVE to see a Perter Jacksonesque Dark Tower movie series(sp) made, but I would be more than happy to see ONE movie made about Jerico Hill.
2006-08-14 09:51:45 AM  
Flagg's end was the worst ending for a supervillian ever. Mordred was dull and uninspired a villian from start to end.

V - VII were sorely lacking.

That's because I - IV were so spectacular and so vivid and so much of his other work was so incredible. For hit-n-miss, he hits SO damn much, his gift (its a gift not a skill) is unmatched. You want really pedestrian horror genre, might I suggest Koontz? He's right next door alphabetically, and a decent read if you want to waste a few hours and can buy used paperbacks for a dollar.

King's little works are as impressive as his doorstop novels. You give a damn about his characters, you see yourself in them. You feel horrid when they fail or die.

You stare at a parked car that you hear ticking and cooling down because of Christine

You always get just a little nervous when you come down with the flu, because of Captain Trips.

You see Roland in every goddamn spaghetti western. In fact you look for Beatles records in the bars.

You hate clowns because of Pennywise.

You wonder if each zoo you visit might have a turtle of enormous girth.

You never quite trust the PA voice on the subway, because Blaine is a pain and that is the truth.

You always have a flash of whether you should trust that big loving sloppy galoot of a neighbor's dog, because of Cujo.

King's characters... they linger. They become fables. For that, you have to give him credit.
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