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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:16:32 No.3664076

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What's his best book?


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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:18:05 No.3664084
That one set in Maine.

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:22:33 No.3664095
The one in which the protagonist is a writer.

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:24:19 No.3664098
The one without literal merit

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:25:31 No.3664100
I like on writing

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:26:09 No.3664102
>>3664098

In contrast to figurative merit.

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The Legend of Stephen 2013-04-16 20:26:11 No.3664103
>>3664076
>>3664084
>>3664095
>>3664098
Is this what is called samefagging?

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:26:33 No.3664106
>>3664076
Sure is pretentious college drop out in here

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:27:15 No.3664109
>>3664103
I think they call it 'shining'.

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:30:47 No.3664116
The best thing he has ever written is the last rung on the ladder

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:32:16 No.3664121
So I take that /lit/ hates on Stephen only because he's a popular writer?

Man, feels like I'm in /mu/!

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:35:43 No.3664128
>>3664121

I certainly dismissed him my whole life for being a popular writer. Then someone bought me Duma Key as a gift. It wasn't bad. Turns out I'm just a pretentious douche. Also, Children of the Corn is a really good short story.

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:36:26 No.3664131
>>3664121
Nah thats not true
Its just that a) this looks like a troll thread and b) he wrote many mediocre to awful books
Some of his early short stories are great though, as well as the dark tiwer

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 20:39:17 No.3664138
Pet sematary, the dark tower books, it and lisey's story

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Phaidron 2013-04-16 20:44:44 No.3664145
I am a person that reads lots of books (german and english literature). Probably 40-60% of my free time (which admittedly is a lot since i am a student) is dedicated to reading books. Though I enjoy (the so called) high literature (let's say goethe (he can be pretty funny)), I don't look down on (again so called) trivial literature. In fact I adore Stephen King's book. Yes, he can be a little trashy sometimes, but he's been a constant campanion through childhood and adolescence.

AND I like IT the most. (though I would recommend The Green Mile for "king beginners")

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 21:27:32 No.3664257
The Tommyknockers is my fav so far, but I haven't read most of his stuff yet

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 22:40:38 No.3664493
>>3664121
But /mu/ likes popular things like Kanye West, Radiohead, Death Grips,NMH, etc while dissing unpopular things like extreme metal and punk.
The deal with /lit/ is the simple fact that King can't end a book in a satisfying way. Nobody likes blueballs.

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 22:52:54 No.3664519
>>3664145
the only books of his i read was the dark tower series. Any recommendations?

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 22:55:44 No.3664526
Misery

/thread

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 22:58:50 No.3664535
Cujo was the most thrilling.

Per Semetary was the most profound.

On Writing was important to me as a young author.

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 22:59:53 No.3664539
The Stand

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Anonymous 2013-04-16 23:01:28 No.3664541
>>3664084

Which leaves with... a big chunk of his books?

What's the percentage of SK books set in Maine?

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 13:07:56 No.3666066
The Long Walk, The Stand, IT, first 3 Dark Tower books -- all from King's prime.

The Latter DT books are pretty damned good, too. And he's certainly done some great stuff since.

Frankly, I love all his stuff. I can't think of a single story where I felt I was robbed of precious hours of my time on earth. Sure, some stuff is sub-par compared to his baseline, but when he gets a solid hit he knocks it out of the park (see what I did there, devout SK fans?).

To truly appreciate King, I think readers should start from the beginng of his (admittedly, huge) corpus of work and progress through order of publication. Buy or download a copy of Carrie (speaking of... that new film will be out soon, right?) and go from there. Even from the beginning, King weaves a mostly-connected world in which his stories take place. And recognizing old characters in new works (subtle or no) is always a treat.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 13:46:21 No.3666150
Gunslinger. Bag of Bones was pretty good, though. I also liked Duma Key and Full Dark, No Stars. (Bag of Bones is often cited as his most 'literary' work).

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 13:49:00 No.3666156
His short stories.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 14:01:30 No.3666188
Really dug Insomnia, it was such a weird book and seemed rather original to me at the time (when I was about 13-14...
I remember that Stand being really epic too...
Finished under the dome just recently, was entertaining but I don't remember his writing ever seeming so... formulaic? Basic?

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 14:07:36 No.3666196

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>Hearts in Atlantis
>the Shawshank Redemption/green mile.
>Stand by me

>His best work is the non-horror stuff.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 21:38:58 No.3667418
>>3664519
Hearts in Atlantis.

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 21:45:56 No.3667440
I really liked Misery, i'm about to start The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon, any thoughts?

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 21:48:55 No.3667445
>>3666196

this looks shopped

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 21:54:03 No.3667455
'Salem's Lot

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 22:07:28 No.3667503
>>3667445
it's real

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 22:08:57 No.3667509
I have read three of his books. The stand was pretty good. Geralds game was mediocre. Insomnia was pretty shitty. Which of his books should I read next?

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 22:08:59 No.3667510
Duma Key or From a Buick 8

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Anonymous 2013-04-17 22:10:24 No.3667513
>>3667455
this







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