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Stephen King

I agree. Though I really didn't enjoy Gerald's Game, I really did love Insomnia and I just finished 11/22/63 and, though I found it to be a great deal outside of his usual writing style - not as creepy - I did enjoy reading it.

Books, much like music, television and movies, are many times a matter of personal taste. You can say you didn't enjoy a song, but still credit the artists with talent. The same goes for the superb talent of Stephen King. You may not enjoy all of his writing, but you have a personal vendetta or no literary knowledge if you claim he is talentless.

Have you re-read Gerald's Game? Sometimes a re-read proves beneficial, I did that with From A Buick 8 which I didn't care for on the first read but on the re-read I realized how great it really was. It may not work for you but I always suggest that if someone doesn't like a book on the first read through.
 

BeerWench13

Active Member
I've attempted to read it three times now and always end up putting it down and reading something else. Something about it just doesn't appeal to me. I plan on reading it again since it has been a few years, so maybe the fourth time is a charm.
 
I've attempted to read it three times now and always end up putting it down and reading something else. Something about it just doesn't appeal to me. I plan on reading it again since it has been a few years, so maybe the fourth time is a charm.

Maybe it will be, I've heard a lot of people say they've tried and tried to read a book and finally when they do they love it. Maybe you never will like it, everyone has different tastes.
 

BeerWench13

Active Member
It really surprised me that I didn't like it because I am a HUGE fan of Stephen King. He has been one of my favorite authors (and the only contemporary one) for over a decade. To dislike one of his books was shocking to me. I will admit that the last time I tried to read it I went into it thinking I didn't like it, so that probably affected my enjoyment. Next time I'll go into it with more of an open mind. Perhaps that will be my next read.
 
It really surprised me that I didn't like it because I am a HUGE fan of Stephen King. He has been one of my favorite authors (and the only contemporary one) for over a decade. To dislike one of his books was shocking to me. I will admit that the last time I tried to read it I went into it thinking I didn't like it, so that probably affected my enjoyment. Next time I'll go into it with more of an open mind. Perhaps that will be my next read.

All I can say is don't force it, you have to in the right mood for some books.
 

eclair

Member
Here is an, erm, opinion piece on it: Stephen King Says NRA Should Clean Up Gore After Next Shooting. |


In a recently released 25 page essay entitled “Guns”, horror author Stephen King wrote “One only wishes Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these [violent] scenes, where they would be required to put on booties and rubber gloves and help clean up the blood, the brains, and the chunks of intestine still containing the poor wads of half-digested food that were some innocent bystander’s last meal.”[1]

So if this mindset is true and gains a rise and interest out of the “liberals” that support the current US President, then they should demand President Obama to take a vacation in Yemen and Pakistan and show up to clean up the “..Blood, Brains and Chunks of Intestine” of the dead children caused by a predator drone strike that he ordered.

Back in 1999, King had a broken leg, hip and a punctured lung after being hit by a car near his house in Maine.[2] The motorist was distracted by a dog in his vehicle and lost control, yet King did not release an essay about car control called “Cars” that fully supported the banning of vehicles or restriction of driving with a dog companion.

King wrote in his essay “how many have to die before we will give up these dangerous toys? Do the murders have to be in the mall where you shop? In your own neighborhood? In your own family?”[3]

This comes from a writer who regularly writes about horror, death and kidnapping who would surely defend his writings by creating a cynical essay blaming guns for the violence, and not the user. “It took more than one slim novel to cause [these teenagers] to do what they did,” King wrote.

King concluded his essay with “a trio of reasonable measures to curb gun violence”[4]:

1. Comprehensive and universal background checks.

2. Ban the sale of clips and magazines containing more than ten rounds.

3. Ban the sale of assault weapons such as the Bushmaster and the AR-15.

Some say that these 3 measures would do little to nothing in preventing a mass shooting in a gun-free zone because the people within those zones are still walking targets. Also, a magazine for an AR-15 or any type of gun could be reloaded within seconds using a ready mag allowing the shooter to still deal the same amount of damage (demonstrated in the video below in 2.5 seconds).
 

eclair

Member
I don't know, they all have sat navs these days. A voice telling you what to do? Sounds like a form of possession to me.
 

katniss 119

New Member
Not replying to anything just putting my comments about King...I'm a new member and was excited to find this forum! And my very first day I get to praise my favorite author! Lol! Stephen King is why I read. When I was 19 a friend gave me a bunch of "hand me down" king books and as they say...the rest is history :). I eventually read all of them and had to branch out elsewhere but you never forget your first! I loved them so much tough that I bought new coppies to replace the tatterred ones my friend gave me and now have all of his books...everywhere. Lol!
Also want to quickly add that I just recently read "Throttle" by King and Joe Hill (his son). It's a quick short story and I got it for like $1.08 on my Kobo and it was WONDERFUL!
 
Not replying to anything just putting my comments about King...I'm a new member and was excited to find this forum! And my very first day I get to praise my favorite author! Lol! Stephen King is why I read. When I was 19 a friend gave me a bunch of "hand me down" king books and as they say...the rest is history :). I eventually read all of them and had to branch out elsewhere but you never forget your first! I loved them so much tough that I bought new coppies to replace the tatterred ones my friend gave me and now have all of his books...everywhere. Lol!
Also want to quickly add that I just recently read "Throttle" by King and Joe Hill (his son). It's a quick short story and I got it for like $1.08 on my Kobo and it was WONDERFUL!

I'm a big King fan myself, there are still a couple of his that I haven't read yet, Throttle being one but I'll get around to it eventually. Welcome to the forum Kat.
 

michaeljoseph

New Member
My favourite writer!

The Stand
Salem's Lot
Christine
It
The Shining

The list goes on, but I do prefer his earlier work.
He has written some great short stories, too.
 

Meadow337

Former Moderator
So if this mindset is true and gains a rise and interest out of the “liberals” that support the current US President, then they should demand President Obama to take a vacation in Yemen and Pakistan and show up to clean up the “..Blood, Brains and Chunks of Intestine” of the dead children caused by a predator drone strike that he ordered.

What an absolutely brilliant idea! Pity it would onl work on people who have some basic respect for human life, which I suspect some of the madmen who run some countries entirely lack, given the vast indifference, if not actual malevolence, with which they systematically kill large numbers of their populations.
 

JGL

Member
I haven't read a lot of King, but I thought 11/22/63 was phenomenal. More than being an exceptional writer, King gets credit in my book for being an excellent story teller. I know it's hard to draw, but I really believe that there is a distinction between the two.
 
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