stuhayes2010: Whew!Your blog is wordy.
frestcrallen: I quit his fiction after Gerald's Game. Either I'd changed or he'd changed, but remember coming away from it with the first definite impression that he was written out and just going through the motions at the behest of publishers. A bit sad really, but natural. On Writing was enjoyable though. They should team him up with Frank Miller to script the next goddamn Batman movie in rural Maine with vampires./Lydia respect to your vocab but that was a bit of a slog
Omahawg: the last king book I enjoyed was the tommyknockers.
Omahawg: the last king book I enjoyed was the tommyknockers. that was a long time ago, mandid I grow up and out of juvenilia or did king just turn to shiat once he gave up coke?
Fano: Ladyfingers they taste like ladyfingers"Longer than you think, Dad! Longer than you think!"
A Terrible Human: Fano: Ladyfingers they taste like ladyfingers"Longer than you think, Dad! Longer than you think!"/Then you claw out your eyes.
Funbags: As a lifelong King reader, I hate to say his Fornits abandoned him sometime in the early 90's. He presented a very interesting narrative style in Dolores Claiborne, but the well has been pretty dry since. Two of his most abysmal works since have been Cell (of which King is desperately trying to sell a screenplay) and Under The Dome, which was somehow turned into a TV series. As in, multiple seasons being greened. For anyone who's actually read the terribly contrived story, and its terribly contrived ending, this makes zero sense. Either you find out who made the dome, or you don't care and stop watching, like rational people who realize King is a egotistic idiot who can no longer write an ending even if his life were at stake.
thatguyoverthere70: It's so weird to see others echo my own experience. I was a big Stephen King fan right up untilDolores Claiborne finally tested my patience and I gave him up. I've only read two or three novels and his short story collections since then. I think he started to go off the rails with It, and The Tommyknockers something was clearly off. (He says that's the time he started giving up drugs.) The Dark Half was the first King book I read that I felt didn't have anything at all redeeming about it. I struggled my way through 2/3rds of Hearts In Atlantis before I couldn't take any more. On Writing was okay, but it's not even close to Danse Macabe goodness.I'll give Joyland a try because I've heard good things from people I trust, but man his previous pulp one The Colorado Kid was hideously bad, so my expectations are low.That said, I will probably shell out the money for Shining II: Electric Boogaloo next month. It's hard to keep low expectations for that one.
Fano: Dolores Claiborne wasn't bad, but boy, Rose Madder and Gerald's Game, his odd eclipse trilogy of women, was not good as a whole.
henryhill: Stephen King = Dan Brown + boo! scared ya
Ishkur: henryhill: Stephen King = Dan Brown + boo! scared yaI wouldn't make that comparison. Stephen King is at least functional as a writer. Dan Brown is sincerely and objectively awful.
PizzaJedi81: I quite enjoyed Angels & Demons, and Da Vinci Code was at the very least a quick enough read that the semi sized plot holes were gone before you noticed them.
A Terrible Human: Fano: Dolores Claiborne wasn't bad, but boy, Rose Madder and Gerald's Game, his odd eclipse trilogy of women, was not good as a whole.Dolores Claiborne,the movie,wasinspirational for my mom,sister and me when I was growing up. If only we would've had a hole in the yard big enough....
Ishkur: poetic sophistication of a James Joyce
give me doughnuts: Here is everything you ever need to learn about American from King's novels:STAY THE fark OUT OF MAINE.
PizzaJedi81: Ishkur: poetic sophistication of a James JoyceThat's the point at which I was lost. Nobody likes reading Joyce, INCLUDING James Joyce.For the record, my favorite writers are Terry Pratchett and Jim Butcher, with George RR Martin a close third.Also, the Da Vinci Code books are now a QUADrilogy.
frestcrallen: PizzaJedi81: Ishkur: poetic sophistication of a James JoyceThat's the point at which I was lost. Nobody likes reading Joyce, INCLUDING James Joyce.For the record, my favorite writers are Terry Pratchett and Jim Butcher, with George RR Martin a close third.Also, the Da Vinci Code books are now a QUADrilogy.Zoom forward a bit from Joyce, Joyce is an extreme example. He's just saying that huge, meditative, digressive novels that were in bestseller lists 30 or 40 years ago can't be supported by audiences today. It's not because people are less thoughtful, it's because they're more impatient. History's accelerating, and that's reflected in fiction as much as anywhere else.
Smackledorfer: I want the director of walking dead to remake The Stand. Full unedited version please.
Ryker's Peninsula: I'm actually kind of surprised that the "author" of that article took time off from playing with herself while looking in a mirror to type it.
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