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Where to start with Stephen King?

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by JMovie, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. JMovie

    JMovie New Member

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    What should be my first Stephen King novel. I read some short stories, interesting, but not fantastic. What would be a good novel to get me hooked on some King?:D
     
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    I got hooked on Stephen King from reading Pet Sematary, but if you're really familiar with the movie I would try something else like 'Salem's Lot, Cujo, or The Shining. If big books don't scare you, most people consider The Stand or It to be his greatest acheivements.
     
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    To sample his work Skeleton Crew is good. Mostly for the short story The Mist. There are some other good ones in there to like The Jaunt or Survivor Type. I think The Raft is in there to.

    Another one is 4 Past Midnight wich is a collection of novellas. My favorite stories from it are The Langoliers and Secret Window.
     
  4. Stewart

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    Short story? At 170+ pages it's a novel in its own right.
     
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    Probably The Stand or It. :)
     
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    I did it with "The Dark Tower" Series
     
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    I started off with Carrie, which I enjoyed, then followed up with Cujo and Salem's 'Lot, which weren't that great for me. I think it just depends on what types of horror you like. :)
     
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    I'd suggest Carrie, which was his first published novel. Misery is another gem too, even though the supernatural is non-existent in it. If you still want to try more of his stories I'd go with Skeleton Crew, which is King's greatest collection to date.
     
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    I'd suggest The Shining, It or Carrie. :)
     
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    I will endorse It, a very good read.
     
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    good stephen king intro novel?

    i want to start reading some stephen king novels. which of his works should i start with first? which one is most appropriate?
     
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    Try 'Salem's Lot. It's one of his first few and pretty emblematic of the kind of writing he does. It's about vampires. I remember enjoying it :)
     
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    I think that if you have not read ANY King, a good place to start is his short story collections.

    I agree with CAT that Salem would be good - not too long, just right.

    If you are not into vampires I would suggest "The Stand". This is a long one, but is a full adventure with a lot of interesting characters.

    I have not been impressed with his recent work, but I will always read whatever he puts out.
     
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    Try here for some more suggestions. :)
     
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    Contradictory to the others, I'd recommend starting with his early Bachman books. 'The Long Walk', 'Roadwork', 'Thinner', etc.
     
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    A quick question? You say you want to get "hooked on King"; why would you want to? You make it sound as if you have to read him regardless of whether he's enjoyable or not.
     
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    "The Long Walk" is probably the best of the Bachman books, and IMO one of King's best, period. Not sure if it gives a proper picture of King as a writer, though, it's not exactly the kind of stuff he usually writes. But well worth reading.
     
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    Unfortunately King had it pulled off the shelves due to many school shootings, but his best Bachman novel was Rage. I wasn't too crazy about The Long Walk. I liked the early half of the novel but the later half was tedious. I never understood why people loved it so much.

    Just a quick question: how many stories did you read, JMovie? And what were they?
     
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    I read Carrie when I was in high school, back when it was the ONLY Stephen King novel..and it was 20+ years before I tried him again:p Then I picked up The Eyes of the Dragon, and liked it very much. I would say, choose a storyline that interests you and take the plunge. I don't think I'd want to have "getting hooked on King" as my goal, since that elevates whichever book you pick to a loftier place than any one title ought to have to strive for. Too much pressure to 'love' King, or any other writer can ruin a reading relationship before it starts. Just think of King's booklist as candy in a shop..which one do you want to sample first?
     
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    I would say a good one to start with is Carrie, mainly because it's shorter than most of his novels. Personally, I prefer his earlier stuff - Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, The Shining and The Dead Zone. The Bachman books are a good place to start, too, though most of them aren't really horror.
     

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