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Stephen King: Lisey's Story

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by SFG75, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. SevenWritez

    SevenWritez New Member

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    Then I'll be forced to highlight copy my last post, flatter it up a bit, switch around a few words or so, and then paste it in the "Duma Key," thread.

    However, I liked Cell and Lisey's Story...but "Memory," (The Duma Key seed), just annoyed me to no mans end.
     
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    Did you just say you liked Cell and Lisey's Story?

    *starts making that noose*
     
  3. SevenWritez

    SevenWritez New Member

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    Yes, but that was a younger me (by what? A few months?), and in the last three months my expectations of quality have soared to a high point, which is sad, because I can no longer simply enjoy anything; I start analyzing and thinking "What would I do here?"

    For Christ's Sake during the action sequence in Transformers I kept thinking how I would have directed the scene, and I don't even have any ambitions of being a director.

    So, back when I read the two mentioned, I had yet to read things such as The Stand, Misery, Cujo, Bag of Bones (I know you hate this one but I thought it was great), Green Mile, etc.

    I wasn't exposed to the vintage King, so I had found them to be good. I'm sure if I read them now, going in for the first time and not knowing of the plot/characters/etc. my reaction to the books would have been something more like yours or Stewarts.
     
  4. eyez0nme

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    Because you are evolving from a reader into a writer. :)

    Just wait another few years, you'll have your works published in top literary magazines.

    But do not limit yourself to King and King only. There are many horror writers who write better than King, such as Roald Dahl--the master of plot, pacing, and twist-ending--which King unfortunately lacks.
     
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    Bottom line question:

    I just now picked this book up from the bargain table at my local book store. Should I go ahead and read it or should I take it back and exchange it for something else? :confused: (I was enjoying King's books right up until Bag of Bones and Dreamcatchers, both of which I could have pretty much lived without ... )
     
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    My advice: try reading the first 100 pages or so. If you don't like what you see, then bring it back and find something else. I can't say this book is King's worst effort (that would be The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon) but you're definitely not missing anything special if you decide not to read it.
     
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    Sigh. Maybe I'll just take it back and then check it out of the library someday. What was it about TGWLTG that you especially disliked? I kinda enjoyed that one.
     
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    Sadly, you have to get to the halfway mark of Lisey's before it becomes something worthwhile, so that's a bit past page 100. I recommend it, because it is a story with resonance for sure, an ending and climax that is much more memorable than the endings in many of his other novels, and for that I will always consider it a good piece of work from him.

    I'd say get to the halfway mark and decide for yourself by then what you want to do with it, because from what I've seen regarding reader reviews, the story is either a great hit or a fatal miss--there's no middle ground.
     
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    I remember thinking the book was really boring. A young girl stuck in the woods by herself probably could have been an intriguing story, but it just didn't work for me. I tried reading the book a second time and still didn't enjoy it.
     
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    Lol, I liked The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, actually. I thought his worst by a mile was Dreamcatcher....Jeeze. I love Stephen King though and have been buying his books for 20 years at least. Haven't read this one though...Lisey's Story. How is it?
     
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    Why don't you hit the "back" button?
     
  12. SevenWritez

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    Phew, thanks Eyez. I read that post but was uncertain whether I wanted to accept responsibility of being the asshole or not.

    You did perfectly well, though.
     
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    Lisey's Story

    I tried listening to this one on audio book and couldn't finish it. I thought it was rather boring and I'm a huge King fan.
     
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    I'm currently reading that one now... definitely unique, and so far a good read :)
     
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    I finished this book a couple of months ago and didn’t really think it was anything special... just ok.

    Now, am I the only S.K. fan who loves Dreamcatcher AND Insomnia??? :confused:
    I just love these books and have seen so many people who don’t like them that I am starting to think I am a bit off! :p

    :D
     
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    I loved Insomnia (one of my all-time King favorites) and I enjoyed Dreamcatcher as well. I've read both of them at least twice. I am currently reading Lisey's Story. It was kind of hum-drum at first, but it's got its hooks in me now.
     
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    I read this one and actually really enjoyed, much more than I expected to, especially the second half or so. And I have been put off by much of King's more recent work. Particularly From a Buick 8 and Dreamcatcher. The last book by King that I really liked, besides Lisey's Story, was probably Bag of Bones.
    I have to say though, I am a pretty big King fan, but he's always been a little hit or miss for me. I either seem to love his books (Different Seasons, IT, Pet Semetary, The Shining, The Dead Zone, The Stand) , or wish I hadn't wasted my time (The Tommyknockers, Christine, Dreamcatcher).
     

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