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Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:36 pm

Mercedes wrote:I got bored about halfway through. Ho hum.

That's because you are boring.















*ducks* lol

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Post by Mercedes on Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:49 pm

That's right, TT. Now come sit by Aunty Mercedes and hold my yarn while I knit you a sweater. With no hole for your head.

I may have been too young when I read them. I think he only had three books out, and I had to get my dad's signature to let me check books out of the horror section.

Perhaps I'd like them now, who knows?

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Post by Shiney on Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:18 pm

I began my affair with King's work at the age of 11 when I stole my Mom's PB copy of THE SHINING...as I was intrigued by the facecless boy on the cover...And while I got on a percentage of the story, I got enough to scare me and let me know I dug it.

I then read everything....and While I pretty much liked his "true to horror" offerings...some of his forays...(DiFFERENT SEASONS, EYES OF THE DRAGON) were good...I hated THE GUNSLINGER from the moment I began...It was just ick to me...Then again, most here know my feelings about fantasy.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:47 pm

To be honest, I've only now begun to appreciate King. I was telling Chris this just the other night. I think in order to truly enjoy King's work you have to not be looking for cheap thrills. There's a lot more depth to his stuff. I love John Saul, the master of said cheap thrills, you know. So King was a bit too "smart" for me, I think, though I've always enjoyed some of his work.

It wasn't until I began seriously focusing on my fiction and then launching ST, reading and editing these submissions and such, that I truly began to appreciate his writing. There's a lot more social commentary in his work than most writers have, and I think that can mask the main story for some readers. Being more of a close-reader, however, I've found myself enjoying his meanderings a lot more, finding the stories within the story, so to speak.


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Post by Shiney on Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:50 pm

thats why Ive loved him...his stuff has always been "re-readworthy"...and I usually come away with something new each time....

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:57 pm

Shiney wrote:thats why Ive loved him...his stuff has always been "re-readworthy"...and I usually come away with something new each time....
Yeah, he's definitely not a point A to point B writer. Reading to me has always been entertainment, and his stuff always felt like a chore. Now I think when I read another John Saul novel, I'm going to find it unbearable. Haha.

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Post by Rhordain on Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:44 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:
Mercedes wrote:I got bored about halfway through. Ho hum.

That's because you are boring.

Yeah.

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Re: SK's Dark Tower

Post by andrewkempster on Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:31 am

Balor wrote:
Shiney wrote:oh yeah.....CARRIE was spot on (the original)...STAND BY ME was okay....Shawshank, I liked too...But from a faithfullness to the book standpoint, DEAD ZONE is one of the better ones. But they all strayed a bit.

The absolute worst in this regard was LAWNMOWER MAN. There is nothing - NOTHING - in the movie that had anything to do with the story. It's like they took the title and said, "hey, let's use that, put it as the header for this screenplay, slap King's name on it, and we're off!"

King sued over The Lawnmower Man, for that very reason. All they did was put his name to it to boost sales. Tut tut.

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Post by andrewkempster on Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:42 am

Shiney wrote:I began my affair with King's work at the age of 11 when I stole my Mom's PB copy of THE SHINING...as I was intrigued by the facecless boy on the cover...And while I got on a percentage of the story, I got enough to scare me and let me know I dug it.

I then read everything....and While I pretty much liked his "true to horror" offerings...some of his forays...(DiFFERENT SEASONS, EYES OF THE DRAGON) were good...I hated THE GUNSLINGER from the moment I began...It was just ick to me...Then again, most here know my feelings about fantasy.

I read my first King book at eleven - t'was The Dark Half. Instantly hooked. Encouraged me to write.

As far as the Dark Tower books go, I read Part 2 first (cos I couldn't find the first part!), then Part 3, THEN Part 4, then 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. As 5, 6 and 7 were released machine-gun style I read each one back to back. Sadly no longer have any of the original hardbacks, which I am genuinely gutted over. Will buy them off ebay just to have them on my shelf.

I bought Part 7 the morning it was released, planning to take it on holiday the week after to read next to the pool. I finished it the first day of the holiday, having read it from the day I bought it. I love them all. Beautiful books - and I HATE fantasy. When I originally read Part 4, I thought it was the worst of the lot - being older and wiser and having experienced love ( ) it stands out as my favourite. A real tearjerker.

I'm itching to see what these movies are going to be like. I like JJ Abrams, I like Bale (Welsh boy see, butt!). Very intriguing.

If anybody reading this is a big King fan, though, and they haven't read the books, do that first, because you don't want to watch the films and then read the books. I can guarantee it'll ruin it for you.

And now that I've blathered on too much, maybe I should do some work.

PS - Can anybody post pictures on the Shock Totem family album thread? Thought I'd ask while I'm here.

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:14 am

I was thinking we should have a picture thread for those of you who want us to see what ye look like.....

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:06 pm

Shiney wrote:I was thinking we should have a picture thread for those of you who want us to see what ye look like.....
Huh? There is one.

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Post by Mercedes on Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:08 pm

PS - Can anybody post pictures on the Shock Totem family album thread? Thought I'd ask while I'm here.

Post away. Once you step through the forum portal, you can't escape THE FAMILY. Bwa ha ha ! Twisted Evil

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:12 pm

Kenwood wrote:
Shiney wrote:I was thinking we should have a picture thread for those of you who want us to see what ye look like.....
Huh? There is one.


I have got to start paying more attention.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:13 pm

Shiney wrote:
Kenwood wrote:
Shiney wrote:I was thinking we should have a picture thread for those of you who want us to see what ye look like.....
Huh? There is one.


I have got to start paying more attention.
Yeah, I think so. And it's a pastie, too.

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Post by Brian Sammons on Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:32 pm

Hmmm, pasties are hot! I like a little anticipation before seeing the whole nipple. Wink

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Post by Mercedes on Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:01 pm

Welcome to Vegas!

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:09 pm

andrewkempster wrote:
I read my first King book at eleven - t'was The Dark Half.

Ironic... I'm re-reading that right now. I've been on a King kick lately.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:51 pm

Took me over a year to finish The Dark Half. Strangely enough, I finished—and loved—Dreamcatcher in under a week.

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:52 pm

That's coz it has aliens coming out of redneck asses.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:53 pm

I still use "shit weasel" in conversation from time to time. Never goes over well.

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Post by DgB on Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:46 am

Can't wait to see this. I hope they don't change the ending.

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Post by andrewkempster on Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:31 am

Ahhhhh, the ending.........

Hmmmmmm..............

Marmite ending.

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