Loved the stuff with Derry…nasty fucking town, that. That was a nice surprise, and overall a good book. What is your favorite(s) by King?
It sure is, and I’m curious to see…well, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who is planning on reading it. I’ve still got about 500 pages to go myself…now that the parents are up, I’m off to read more after this post (and maybe catching up just a bit more on my dashboard) so they can snag the computer.
My all-time favorite is the Dark Tower series. I’ve mentioned my Vicodin overdose in the past…the only reason I didn’t try again or do something a little more fool-proof was because I decided that I couldn’t let myself die without seeing how that story ended, and I’d only read the first four books at that point. The end really pissed me off, yet it was perfect at the same time. And given my own situation, the song Someone Saved My Life Tonight doesn’t only bring back memories of Eddie, but of that time of my own life. It was kind of fitting, because Stephen King kind of saved mine.
I want to read the new Dark Tower book, The Wind Through the Keyhole, that comes out in April, but since it takes place between parts IV and V, I feel like I need to start over from the beginning. Since my copies of the books have disappeared as life happened, it’s gonna have to wait until I can pick them all up again.
If I’m going with an individual work, I’ve gotta go with The Stand. It’s truly an epic tale with amazing characters. Although it took me a long time to forgive Stephen for what happened to Nick.
The Eyes of the Dragon is rather underrated, but I thought it was a great departure. I actually need to re-read this one as well…it was probably my second or third King book that I read, and it’s been a REALLY long time. I didn’t even know how intertwined the books were at that point…I bet I missed a lot. I first picked up on that in Insomnia, when there were references to the ka-tet from The Dark Tower.
It gets special mention (I mean the book It, not “it” as in a continuation of the last paragraph), because it was the first King book to really repulse me with a visual that was planted in my head as I read. The refrigerator almost made me puke. I never really had a fear of clowns, but Pennywise was something else…especially with my Disney love, the thought of something that was supposed to be entertaining to kids being evil was a new dimension of fucked-uppery for me. It would be like Mickey or Goofy coming up to me
Best movie adaptation goes to The Green Mile…I remember buying each part of that story as it came out as a serial novel, one part per month for six months, reading it in a day, and then being mad that I had to wait for the next part. But through it all, I had images of the characters in my head. When the movie came out, I saw John Coffey on the screen…not Michael Clark Duncan (who I wasn’t familiar with before that movie, so maybe that helped), but John Coffey. Exactly how I had pictured him when I read the story.
There are so many more that I love…it’s really hard to try to pick a favorite (so I went long-winded to try to include more, but there are just to many that I love for different reasons)…The Shining, Under the Dome, Bag of Bones, The Dark Half, The Talisman…it’s just too many to list them all and the reasons I love them.
Stephen King is just one of those authors that just makes me want to write. Terry Pratchett has the same effect on me, even though he’s a world away from Stephen King…in more ways than one.