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2013-07-06 03:22:55 AM
I have to wait until tomorrow?...

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2013-07-06 03:44:03 AM
King doesn't even write like King any more.  That said, my money is on the fourth one.
 
2013-07-06 03:45:40 AM
If your writing style is so utterly predictable that it is this easily copycatted, you fail as a writer. No one could do this to Vladimir Nabokov. People have tried and failed to do it to Frank Herbert, William Gibson and Robert Heinlein.
 
2013-07-06 03:51:13 AM
I'm going to go with the last one.

/wouldn't bet money on it
 
2013-07-06 03:55:06 AM
Every excerpt sounds like it came out of every single one of his books.
 
2013-07-06 04:19:47 AM
Its the third one, the rock and roll story.
 
2013-07-06 04:20:00 AM
I thought it was "Rock & Roll Dead Zone", but it mentioned Dave Barry, and  that farked with my thoughts.  Tempted to say THAT'S Dave Barry.  I could picture Dave writing that as well, but the name might be a double-bluff.  I wouldn't put it past King to fark with our expectations and write differently.

fark it, I'll got with "Rock & Roll Dead Zone" as the King story.  "ROBERT JOHNSON'S FLAT-TOP " reminds me more of King subject-material, though.
 
2013-07-06 05:12:04 AM
Which one has been adapted to a crappy movie/TV series?
 
2013-07-06 05:33:47 AM
They all look like they are written by Richard Bachman.
 
2013-07-06 05:44:34 AM
you all know the answer was included in the post.....right?
/and it was there when the thread still had zero comments


Dead Zone threw me off, I figured he couldn't possibly recycle a used title....
 
2013-07-06 06:25:18 AM
OK...I give up.  Personally I think it's "In the Woods."  But the damn website says "click and drag" or "<ctrl> A."  I clicked and dragged and then control A'd, and still don't have an answer.  What am I missing?
 
2013-07-06 07:27:28 AM
Going with Rock & Roll Dead Zone; it feels like King doing a bit of a parody on himself (especially the Gooch nickname bit).
 
2013-07-06 08:46:35 AM
First and third excerpts are pretty good. Almost too good - like caricatures of a guy who does caricatures.
Anyway, I can't pull the answer on this phone, so I'll go with the last one.
 
2013-07-06 08:54:40 AM
TL/DR
 
2013-07-06 09:10:14 AM

HotWingAgenda: If your writing style is so utterly predictable that it is this easily copycatted, you fail as a writer. No one could do this to Vladimir Nabokov. People have tried and failed to do it to Frank Herbert, William Gibson and Robert Heinlein.


I don't think so. He's such a failure that he'll never go hungry, nor his children, nor their children. Yup, quite the failure.
 
2013-07-06 09:50:14 AM
My guess is the fourth one, though it's probably going to end up being the most ridiculous sounding one.
 
2013-07-06 10:16:44 AM
Gotta be the third one. King has a weird obsession with Ked sneakers, fat kids, and weird nicknames.
 
2013-07-06 10:32:23 AM
Guessed it, the rock n roll deadzone.  Easy especially with this line "Sure. I'm totally hip to metaphor."
 
2013-07-06 10:34:58 AM

HotWingAgenda: If your writing style is so utterly predictable that it is this easily copycatted, you fail as a writer. No one could do this to Vladimir Nabokov. People have tried and failed to do it to Frank Herbert, William Gibson and Robert Heinlein.


Read Walter Jon Williams cyberpunk stuff, much of it could easily pass for Gibson.  Especially Voice of the Whirlwind.  As for Heinlein closest is Allen Steele, but there is no time traveling incestuous mother or sister farking in it.
 
2013-07-06 10:35:50 AM

Lost_in_Korea: OK...I give up.  Personally I think it's "In the Woods."  But the damn website says "click and drag" or "<ctrl> A."  I clicked and dragged and then control A'd, and still don't have an answer.  What am I missing?


White text to hide it. Here's the answers.

UPDATE: Here's the solution. Click and drag or hit "Control-A" to see it: The correct story-author pairing is: "Black Mambo" by Ridley Pearson, "In the Woods" by Dave Barry, "The Rock and Roll Dead Zone" by Stephen King, and "Robert Johnson's Flat-Top" by Greg Iles.
The following are four s
 
2013-07-06 10:56:56 AM
19 Kilo


King doesn't even write like King any more.

^This. His post-van work is utter crap.
 
2013-07-06 11:05:12 AM
So, in a quick, spoiler light way, can someone explain why they don't just dig under the dome?
 
2013-07-06 11:15:05 AM

Mentalpatient87: So, in a quick, spoiler light way, can someone explain why they don't just dig under the dome?


If we assume they can't dig out under the dome, why do you think that would be?

/That's likely your reason.
 
2013-07-06 11:17:35 AM
TL/DR.  But without looking, which one just ends mid-sentence with no plot resolution?
 
2013-07-06 12:35:15 PM
I haven't read any King in years and years, but the first two were obviously not him  It was a coinflip between three and four.
 
2013-07-06 01:21:31 PM
I've read some Dave Barry and a lot of Stephen King, nothing from the other two that I know of.  I saw the answer in the thread, but I would have said, in order of likeliness, 4 - 3 - 1 - 2
 
2013-07-06 01:39:49 PM

Madbassist1: Mentalpatient87: So, in a quick, spoiler light way, can someone explain why they don't just dig under the dome?

If we assume they can't dig out under the dome, why do you think that would be?

/That's likely your reason.


The best I can think of is "alien thought suppression making everyone forget how to shovel," but that sounds more like M Night Shamylan.
 
2013-07-06 01:54:55 PM
"and he thought he might like it.  And he did like it, with a wan smile."

-every Stephen King book ever.
 
2013-07-06 01:57:02 PM

19 Kilo: That said, my money is on the fourth one.


That was also my guess.
 
2013-07-06 02:12:57 PM
I liked Dave Barry's the most.
 
2013-07-06 02:19:58 PM
I guessed it correctly just barely skimming them. I've read too much King in my life I think.
 
2013-07-06 02:20:44 PM

Mentalpatient87: So, in a quick, spoiler light way, can someone explain why they don't just dig under the dome?


A dome can be considered half of what shape?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?
 
2013-07-06 02:21:21 PM

Mentalpatient87: So, in a quick, spoiler light way, can someone explain why they don't just dig under the dome?


Think less dome, more egg.
 
2013-07-06 02:35:28 PM
The plot to many of King's books: Precocious kids living in Maine with some kind of inner-strength and/or superpowers that manifests itself and saves the town/state/world.
 
2013-07-06 03:31:03 PM

Thosw: Mentalpatient87: So, in a quick, spoiler light way, can someone explain why they don't just dig under the dome?

A dome can be considered half of what shape?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?


Robots are Strong: Mentalpatient87: So, in a quick, spoiler light way, can someone explain why they don't just dig under the dome?

Think less dome, more egg.


That'd be "the answer I dismissed as too easy." Plus, I though it specifically came down and hit a certain spot. So it grew into a sphere from there?

/screw the spoilers, not gonna read it
//just tell me
 
2013-07-06 05:59:27 PM
Whichever one is way too long and desperately needs the work of an editor.


Robots are Strong: Mentalpatient87: So, in a quick, spoiler light way, can someone explain why they don't just dig under the dome?

Think less dome, more egg.


My thought as well. But I'm basically watching because of Brian K Vaughan and my latest crush:

www3.images.coolspotters.com

Saw her on Craig Ferguson before "Dome" started and instantly fell in love.

*drool*
 
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