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2018-02-09 04:47:52 PM  
Give me a pound of cocaine and I'll get right to work.
 
2018-02-09 04:56:13 PM  
I look forward to reading about the lamp monster.
 
2018-02-09 04:58:32 PM  
If there is one thing that can definitely be said about King it is that he writes a lot.

I would argue that every one of his stories that I have read would have been better had it been edited with impunity... but that is just me.

Unfortunately, he has total creative freedom now and no one will bother to preen down his over written monstrosities.
 
2018-02-09 04:58:54 PM  
It's a novella.

I'll wait until it's in his next book of those.
 
2018-02-09 04:59:42 PM  
Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3.
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2018-02-09 04:59:43 PM  
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2018-02-09 05:00:46 PM  

Thosw: I look forward to reading about the lamp monster.


/goddamnit
 
2018-02-09 05:01:54 PM  

Rocketboy1313: If there is one thing that can definitely be said about King it is that he writes a lot.

I would argue that every one of his stories that I have read would have been better had it been edited with impunity... but that is just me.

Unfortunately, he has total creative freedom now and no one will bother to preen down his over written monstrosities.


The same could be said for almost any author who reaches a certain level of commercial success.
 
2018-02-09 05:03:42 PM  
Prolific author announces 144 page novella to be released in six months, SyFy "journalist" is bowled over in amazement. "Wow, when does he sleep?!" What are you, 8 years old?
 
2018-02-09 05:05:32 PM  

Rocketboy1313: If there is one thing that can definitely be said about King it is that he writes a lot.

I would argue that every one of his stories that I have read would have been better had it been edited with impunity... but that is just me.

Unfortunately, he has total creative freedom now and no one will bother to preen down his over written monstrosities.


Nope. I have no problem with the length of his books. I like that part. My problem is with the endings to his books. I'm pretty sure he has a compulsive need to write, not just that he likes to, but that he has to. As a result, he starts on one of his books, gets 1,200 pages in, and realizes that he's not even closet to an ending, and whips up something that gets crammed into the last 100 pages. If he wasn't publishing his stuff, it would probably be one continuous story... But I like all of the detail and all of the characters. If I wanted short stories, I'd read short stories. I mean, it's not like he's writing Frank Herbert or JRR Tolkien level shiat. Those are people who could stand to pare down some of the rambling shiat in their books. He at least introduces characters who play a part in the overall story.

But I can see why some people have a problem, I just like the idea of a long book, it lessens the time before I have to make the decision on what I want to read next. :-)
 
2018-02-09 05:06:34 PM  
I thought Castle Rock was done after Needful Things, now there's books, novellas, tv shows. You cheat, sir...you cheat. *kicks can*
 
2018-02-09 05:07:23 PM  
Oh, come on!  I'm totally on chapter four I think.
 
2018-02-09 05:08:03 PM  

Geoff Peterson: I thought Castle Rock was done after Needful Things, now there's books, novellas, tv shows. You cheat, sir...you cheat. *kicks can*


That was like 30 years ago. I'm sure the town rebuilt.
 
2018-02-09 05:14:27 PM  
Yes, subby, I've never finished a novel. But honestly, I enjoy the unfinished story outlines in my cloud drive far more than I enjoy most Stephen King stories...
 
2018-02-09 05:16:15 PM  

Mikey1969: Rocketboy1313: If there is one thing that can definitely be said about King it is that he writes a lot.

I would argue that every one of his stories that I have read would have been better had it been edited with impunity... but that is just me.

Unfortunately, he has total creative freedom now and no one will bother to preen down his over written monstrosities.

Nope. I have no problem with the length of his books. I like that part. My problem is with the endings to his books. I'm pretty sure he has a compulsive need to write, not just that he likes to, but that he has to. As a result, he starts on one of his books, gets 1,200 pages in, and realizes that he's not even closet to an ending, and whips up something that gets crammed into the last 100 pages.


This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field.
 
2018-02-09 05:29:45 PM  

mikebdoss: This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field


Or start interesting and never deliver on the ideas presented and just limp to a finish. Sleeping Beauties and Gwendy's Button Box from last year both had that problem.

His son Joe Hill though does not have that problem, Strange Weather was amazing.
 
2018-02-09 05:31:13 PM  

Confabulat: Geoff Peterson: I thought Castle Rock was done after Needful Things, now there's books, novellas, tv shows. You cheat, sir...you cheat. *kicks can*

That was like 30 years ago. I'm sure the town rebuilt.


BAH!!!

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2018-02-09 05:33:26 PM  
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2018-02-09 05:42:28 PM  

Rocketboy1313: If there is one thing that can definitely be said about King it is that he writes a lot.

I would argue that every one of his stories that I have read would have been better had it been edited with impunity... but that is just me.

Unfortunately, he has total creative freedom now and no one will bother to preen down his over written monstrosities.


Lisey's Story and Duma Key could have both been 10 pages
 
2018-02-09 05:43:42 PM  
JOKES ON YOU! I'm on FIVE chapters... in 6 years...

/sobs
 
2018-02-09 05:49:15 PM  
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That sounds like too much work.
 
2018-02-09 05:58:53 PM  
The man drops novels like I drop farts. You have to admire his work ethic.
 
2018-02-09 06:03:54 PM  
He drops 2000 words a day, every day. Assuming he writes 5 days a week, that's 40,000 words a month. A 144 page novel is about 40,000 words.

He could turn out two 800 page novels a year ...

/and I'm on Chapter 5 of my novel. My 6th since July 2015. So nyah, subby.
 
2018-02-09 06:33:55 PM  
By now there certainly has to be more Stephen King characters than actual residents of Maine.
 
2018-02-09 06:35:36 PM  
I finish novels all the time. Nobody will publish 'em.
 
2018-02-09 06:36:41 PM  
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2018-02-09 06:38:02 PM  
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2018-02-09 06:55:59 PM  

mikebdoss: Mikey1969: Rocketboy1313: If there is one thing that can definitely be said about King it is that he writes a lot.

I would argue that every one of his stories that I have read would have been better had it been edited with impunity... but that is just me.

Unfortunately, he has total creative freedom now and no one will bother to preen down his over written monstrosities.

Nope. I have no problem with the length of his books. I like that part. My problem is with the endings to his books. I'm pretty sure he has a compulsive need to write, not just that he likes to, but that he has to. As a result, he starts on one of his books, gets 1,200 pages in, and realizes that he's not even closet to an ending, and whips up something that gets crammed into the last 100 pages.

This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field.


I remember reading The Stand when I was like 12 years old, and thinking that ending was bullshiat.

I recently re-read it, and the novel really pretty much loses it after the pandemic has done its damage and civilization is destroyed.  The protagonists basically do nothing to defeat the antagonist.  They just go to Las Vegas, and kind of watch as some retarded dude drives right into the middle of Vegas with a big farking nuke.  That's it.

Up until then, though, the novel is pretty amazing.  He just doesn't know what to do after the epidemic is over.
 
2018-02-09 07:02:15 PM  
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php​/​FanFic/LeftBeyond

I'm almost finished with this.

My original fiction can be found at www.emlia.org

I never made a dime out of any of this stuff.
 
2018-02-09 07:07:50 PM  
I'm a King fan, but this book sounds horrible.  The dramatic conflict is 2 lesbians meeting resistance when they open a business in Maine, in 2018?  I live in Tennessee and can't even imagine that being a big deal to more than a couple of old holy rollers here
 
2018-02-09 07:12:38 PM  
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2018-02-09 07:35:07 PM  

Naido: I'm a King fan, but this book sounds horrible.  The dramatic conflict is 2 lesbians meeting resistance when they open a business in Maine, in 2018?  I live in Tennessee and can't even imagine that being a big deal to more than a couple of old holy rollers here


It must be nice to live in your world....

(seriously, though, I get it. I just moved to Texas...a suburb of Houston. Get around the drivers who all think they are in mad max' post apocalypse hellworld, and it's actually surprisingly socially liberal)
 
2018-02-09 07:47:44 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: mikebdoss: This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field

Or start interesting and never deliver on the ideas presented and just limp to a finish. Sleeping Beauties and Gwendy's Button Box from last year both had that problem.

His son Joe Hill though does not have that problem, Strange Weather was amazing.


Joe is 3 for 4 in my book. Not great but I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box, NOS4A2 and Horns but found The Fireman painful. I'll try Strange Weather though.
 
2018-02-09 07:51:27 PM  

tkgeisha: Lumbar Puncture: mikebdoss: This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field

Or start interesting and never deliver on the ideas presented and just limp to a finish. Sleeping Beauties and Gwendy's Button Box from last year both had that problem.

His son Joe Hill though does not have that problem, Strange Weather was amazing.

Joe is 3 for 4 in my book. Not great but I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box, NOS4A2 and Horns but found The Fireman painful. I'll try Strange Weather though.


I hate to hear that about The Fireman.  I liked the other 3 as well, have a copy of Fireman at home in the stack of books that I'm hoping to read soon
 
2018-02-09 07:56:58 PM  

mikebdoss: Mikey1969: Rocketboy1313: If there is one thing that can definitely be said about King it is that he writes a lot.

I would argue that every one of his stories that I have read would have been better had it been edited with impunity... but that is just me.

Unfortunately, he has total creative freedom now and no one will bother to preen down his over written monstrosities.

Nope. I have no problem with the length of his books. I like that part. My problem is with the endings to his books. I'm pretty sure he has a compulsive need to write, not just that he likes to, but that he has to. As a result, he starts on one of his books, gets 1,200 pages in, and realizes that he's not even closet to an ending, and whips up something that gets crammed into the last 100 pages.

This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field.


Starting a story is making a promise. Ending a story is keeping that promise.

Promises are easier to make than to keep.
 
2018-02-09 08:00:39 PM  
The plot sounds like a combination of his Thinner, with Richard Matheson's Incredible Shrinking Man.
 
2018-02-09 08:07:11 PM  

Naido: 2 lesbians meeting resistance when they open


I'd read this.
 
2018-02-09 08:11:11 PM  

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I used to imagine Rothfuss as an Axl Rose sort, holed up in isolation promising to release his album "soon" for years on end. Then I realized he's just jerking off doing fun stuff instead of editing his damn book. Although just like Chinese Democracy,when he finally does get around to releasing the book I'm afraid my reaction will be: "I waited all that time for this?
 
2018-02-09 08:38:46 PM  

Naido: tkgeisha: Lumbar Puncture: mikebdoss: This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field

Or start interesting and never deliver on the ideas presented and just limp to a finish. Sleeping Beauties and Gwendy's Button Box from last year both had that problem.

His son Joe Hill though does not have that problem, Strange Weather was amazing.

Joe is 3 for 4 in my book. Not great but I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box, NOS4A2 and Horns but found The Fireman painful. I'll try Strange Weather though.

I hate to hear that about The Fireman.  I liked the other 3 as well, have a copy of Fireman at home in the stack of books that I'm hoping to read soon


I enjoyed the Fireman very much. I think it was my intro to Joe Hill's novels, and I've enjoyed them all.
 
2018-02-09 09:07:36 PM  
How soon before it's a shiatty movie?
 
2018-02-09 09:42:15 PM  
I'm 30 pages into my book... but have been there for about 2 years now. And it's not even a novel, but a non-fiction look at my professional field. Dammit executive dysfunction!

/probably never gonna finish
//even if I do, nowhere to publish
///meh
 
2018-02-09 09:47:27 PM  
Sleeping Beauties the last collaboration he put out with his son almost put me off King forever, and I've been reading him for more than 20 years.

Holy shiat that book was bad.
 
2018-02-09 09:56:12 PM  

Naido: tkgeisha: Lumbar Puncture: mikebdoss: This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field

Or start interesting and never deliver on the ideas presented and just limp to a finish. Sleeping Beauties and Gwendy's Button Box from last year both had that problem.

His son Joe Hill though does not have that problem, Strange Weather was amazing.

Joe is 3 for 4 in my book. Not great but I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box, NOS4A2 and Horns but found The Fireman painful. I'll try Strange Weather though.

I hate to hear that about The Fireman.  I liked the other 3 as well, have a copy of Fireman at home in the stack of books that I'm hoping to read soon


Well, I'm no authority, I hope you enjoy it. It's just my opinion man.......
 
2018-02-09 10:07:04 PM  
Did anyone watch Gerald's Game on Netflix?

I read it YEARS ago and found it so freaky and creepy I don't know if I would WANT to watch it.

Just curious
 
2018-02-09 10:37:54 PM  
Let me guess... There's a character who's a writer. Said writer or someone close to them has or has had a drinking problem. If there are ghosts, there will be a psychic someone who could defeat them.
 
2018-02-09 10:49:05 PM  

buntz: Did anyone watch Gerald's Game on Netflix?

I read it YEARS ago and found it so freaky and creepy I don't know if I would WANT to watch it.

Just curious


I watched it last week. Had never read the book, so I don't know how it compares. I will say that seeing her partially degloving her hand put me off my lunch.
 
2018-02-09 10:53:28 PM  
Title struck a little too close to home for me.

/uncomfortable laugh
 
2018-02-09 11:24:44 PM  

Rocketboy1313: If there is one thing that can definitely be said about King it is that he writes a lot.


I've seen dates in several of his books, and they show he takes about 2 years to write, edit, rewrite, etc.  So, it's pretty clear he works on several books at the same time.  Unusual, but not impossible.

Get the outline and a few chapters on paper, get bored with that idea (or have a brainstorm for another), work on the new idea for awhile, then come back to the first, and so on.
 
2018-02-09 11:39:23 PM  

Thosw: buntz: Did anyone watch Gerald's Game on Netflix?

I read it YEARS ago and found it so freaky and creepy I don't know if I would WANT to watch it.

Just curious

I watched it last week. Had never read the book, so I don't know how it compares. I will say that seeing her partially degloving her hand put me off my lunch.


Is Joubert present? With his cock in one hand and an axe in the other and he looks ready to do business with both?
 
2018-02-10 01:26:36 AM  
mikebdoss:This is 100% my problem with him too. I like his stories, I like his storytelling, but many of his books/stories end abruptly, with deus ex machina, or with something totally out of left field.

 I've read at least one interview with him where he said he starts his stories mainly with the character or characters, then just writes what feels right for that character. So he does not have the stories outlined or plotted in advance. He has no ending in mind as he writes it. He might have a vague idea of the story, that's it. He said something like he didn't want to lock his characters into a predetermined story since it wouldn't feel as natural.

This is believable to me because his characters are vivid and memorable for the most part. I can believe he really puts a lot into writing them. On the other hand, his stories do tend to have perfunctory endings which is consistent with a writer just sort of stumbling to whatever ending seems to be convenient.
 
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