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Stephen King/Richard Bachman - Which books your faverioute?

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posted on Jan, 18 2006 @ 07:27 PM
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That's it! A Man In Full.

The same thing happens to me. Forgetting what I have read until I get started reading it again. lol Grrrrr. I have been keeping a list for the last couple of years. It works good.

Thanks for your help.




posted on Jan, 18 2006 @ 07:59 PM
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Ok I figured it out... Its "I am Charlotte Simmons" that's sitting on my book shelf. His newest novel. My buddy works at a bookstore and gets free books from time to time. He knew I liked Tom Wolfe and slipped it to me a while back. Just haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I have no clue what it's about, though, I am sure it will be a good read. Let me know what you think about "The Pillars of the Earth" when you get a chance to read it.

*cheers and good reading*

Hehe... Sorry about hijacking this thread.


[edit on 18-1-2006 by LostSailor]



posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 08:10 AM
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"Bonfire of the Vanities" great book. "Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" ditto. His best, IMHO, is "The Right Stuff" about the Mercury astronauts.

I'll have to get the Follett book. Sounds like a good one. But my reading list is already so full... So many books, so little time.



posted on Jan, 20 2006 @ 10:51 AM
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Hey LostSailor dont worry about hijacking the thread, I enjoy talking about all books not just Stephen King. Like i am now reading The Fog by James Herbit it not the world famouse Fog. He is a British horror writer who has done other books like The Jonah, and Magick Cottage.



posted on Jan, 25 2006 @ 11:33 AM
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Ok all... I started reading Tom Wolfe's "I am Charlotte Simmons." I am thoroughly hooked and only on chapter 6 or so. Once again Tom Wolfe can just about make anything an interesting story. His character development and ability to convey complex thought processes in a simple easy to understand manner is just plain unbelievable.

The story so far is about a young girl from Sparta North Carolina. She is a genius, graduating high school with straight A's and a perfect score on her SAT's. She earns a scholarship to a prestigious School in southern Pennsylvania called DuPont University. As you can imagine, this is a culture shock to a young woman from a poor, backwoods, hickville town hidden away deep in the Blueridge Mountains. She has so much more to learn now than what a text book can teach you. Tom Wolfe explains everything that is wrong with our current higher educational system from the viewpoint of an intellectual genius with the extreme moral convictions of a southern Baptist belle.

A great book which I am having a hard time putting down.



posted on Jan, 25 2006 @ 01:00 PM
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Sailor,

I just received a call from my library that my books are in. If I am lucky that book will be one of them. I am looking forward to it.

BTW I just finished "The Stand" again. Just super! I am happy that I reread it.

Off to the library. lol a new treasure!



posted on Jan, 28 2006 @ 09:39 AM
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I'm falling in love with Charlotte Simmons!!!



posted on Feb, 3 2006 @ 10:29 PM
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Originally posted by LostSailor
Let me know what you think about "The Pillars of the Earth" when you get a chance to read it.

*cheers and good reading*

Hehe... Sorry about hijacking this thread.


[edit on 18-1-2006 by LostSailor]


I did get "Pillars of the Earth" from the library and started reading the first page.....it all came back to me then. I have read this book and it was one of the best I have read.

Thanks again to all you readers who suggested other good books and authors.

Good thread!



posted on Feb, 3 2006 @ 10:49 PM
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HAHAHAHA!!!


Glad I'm not the only one that does that!!!



posted on Feb, 8 2006 @ 02:19 PM
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Well I finished "I am Charlotte Simmons." Came away from it feeling like I learned something. It really is a good book if you are a Tom Wolfe fan. All I can say is it wasn't quite the ending I expected. Now... I think I may try the Dark Tower series... I've always meant to read them but for some reason never got around to it.



posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 12:16 PM
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Originally posted by LostSailor
Well I finished "I am Charlotte Simmons." Came away from it feeling like I learned something. It really is a good book if you are a Tom Wolfe fan.


I felt very uneasy after finishing that book. The ending bothered me a lot. Maybe that is what he wanted the reader to feel. The writing was still the best. Looking back at the other two novels I have wondered if I had missed the negativity about the culture that I felt in Charlotte Simmons.

Each of the other novels also dealt with a culture of a particular part of the country. I didn't come away with a bad feeling about those books. Did I miss something?



posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 12:38 PM
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Originally posted by picklewalsh
Hey LostSailor dont worry about hijacking the thread, I enjoy talking about all books not just Stephen King. Like i am now reading The Fog by James Herbit it not the world famouse Fog. He is a British horror writer who has done other books like The Jonah, and Magick Cottage.


I did read the Magic Cottage, and am now reading The Others. I haven't been able to get The Fog yet. Thanks for this thread.

Some posts talked about The Talisman and I ran to the library to get it. It was super good! My order is in at the library now for The Black House.



posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 04:58 PM
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I have to agree with LostSailor on this one.....although I enjoy Stephen King's books and The Stand is certainly one of my favorites, Ken Follet's masterpiece, Pillars of the Earth, reigns supreme in my listing of favorite books.

I really enjoyed The Stand. It's a fine book and it satisfied my craving for apocalyptic visions. But, as far as Stephen King writings go, my favorite Stephen King piece is a short story called "The Long Walk". It's a short story about a vision into the "not too distant future". As a diversion from the problems of society, the government promotes an annual "long walk". The contestants, the walkers, must maintain a steady pace of four miles an hour for as long as it takes until there is only one man standing. The winner, or rather the survivor, of the walk, of course is granted all sorts of wonders and riches. But the story really isn't about winning, it's the competition that matters for if a man lags or falls behind the pace, he is summarily executed, on the spot, by members of an armed escort. King develops the story, a novella actually, beautifully. The author creates the mood, the ever-changing surroundings and the characters in surprising detail. All in all a great read.

However, once again, if you want a truly great read...one that truly suspends your disbelief, I have to recommend Ken Follet's book, Pillars of the Earth.



posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 02:23 PM
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Before I ever really picked up a Stephen King book and fully immersed by nose between the pages, I had that stereotypical view that he was some kind of regurgitating babbling psychotic…


About ten years have passed since I last held that opinion of Mr. King – Since then, I’ve been catching up on reading his books


To say the man is prolific is naturally an understatement though…We could make our way to page 10 of this thread with each member posting a separate book and still have several pages left to go


I haven’t read all of the Dark Tower Series yet, so I can’t comment there, other than to say I love each one of them…

But for me, my favorite book thus far would have to be Desperation. It’s not his best work, but it’s the one book of his that I come back to over and over again. There aren’t many books I re-read…This is one of them – The characters always seem to step out of the book and into my mind with seamless detail…

Stephen King is actually coming to Tallahassee on the 26th. I bought my tickets when they went on sale today – Funny that they choose Valentine’s Day for opening-day ticket sales for a Stephen King symposium


I know this thing is going to be a blast – I’ve been to several similar productions FSU puts on each year….I’m hoping there will be a Q & A session, or maybe even a book-signing!


[edit on 2/14/2006 by EnronOutrunHomerun]



posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 03:00 PM
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Ok I will put my 2 cents in.

My favorites:

The Stand
Thinner
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The Green Mile ( I bawled at the end) Completely different I thought from the traditional writing style of Stephen King



posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 03:02 PM
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Oh one more

Salem's Lot

Read it as an adult, don't believe in Vampires and the book still scared the sh*t out of me



posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 12:07 AM
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Originally posted by Mahree
I felt very uneasy after finishing that book. The ending bothered me a lot. Maybe that is what he wanted the reader to feel. The writing was still the best. Looking back at the other two novels I have wondered if I had missed the negativity about the culture that I felt in Charlotte Simmons.


Well... We can't really talk to much about it... Without ruining something for anyone else that wants to read it...

But I do agree with you Mahree. I also think I know what it is that bothered you. Or at least I know what bothered me about the ending. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting...

A girlfriend of mine says she just read a great book and that I have to read it myself... I trust this gal... She doesn't tell me to read a book unless it's damn good... I'll let ya know what it is when I get my hands on it.



posted on May, 23 2006 @ 08:46 PM
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Funny, I'm not a fan of the DT series. At all. Or Pet Semetary because the end was horrible.

Roadwork, under Bachman.

Novels: 'Salem's Lot, Insomnia, Gerald's Game, Dead Zone, Desperation, right, Dreamcatcher (But the movie was bad), The Stand, of course

Short Stories- The Raft, 'Sorry, Right Number,' basically anything in Nightmares and Dreamscapes and Night Shift.. yep.



[edit on 5/23/2006 by ravenshadow13]



posted on Sep, 26 2016 @ 04:58 PM
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My favorite King book is the Stand unabridged version. But I also like Eyes of the Dragon.



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