1. Marty Kirby

    Marty Kirby Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2018
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    6

    Favourite Stephen King

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Marty Kirby, Jan 3, 2018.

    From his last few books I really liked Joyland. It was light on the supernatural, but had a good coming of a age story from a likeable protagonist.
     
  2. Iain Sparrow

    Iain Sparrow Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2016
    Messages:
    911
    Likes Received:
    748
    His novella, The Body is still my all time favorite. The movie adaption, Stand By Me is in my humble opinion the only Stephen King movie worth watching.:)
     
    deadrats likes this.
  3. Marty Kirby

    Marty Kirby Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2018
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    6
    Better than Shawshank? Bold statement, lol. I liked Stand By Me, but too much swearing, IMO.
     
  4. Iain Sparrow

    Iain Sparrow Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2016
    Messages:
    911
    Likes Received:
    748
    Yeah, not a big fan of Shawshank Redemption. I've never read the book it's based on, but the movie was so predictable and, in parts just plain silly, that it never engaged me.
     
  5. Earp

    Earp Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2016
    Messages:
    840
    Likes Received:
    1,204
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    Favorite - From a Buick 8. I think my second favorite is Duma Key. Least favorite, by far, Mr. Mercedes.
     
  6. Marty Kirby

    Marty Kirby Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2018
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    6
    Did you read Finders Keepers?

    Mr. Mercedes is IMO the best of the Bill Hodges trilogy. Finders Keepers barely has anything to do with the other two books, and the finale of End of Watch I think sucked.
     
  7. MachineGryphon

    MachineGryphon Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2016
    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Surrey, UK
    I've only read five or so of King's, but my favourite would have to be 11.22.63. The ending might be a little bit of a letdown, but he painted 50's/60's America so believably that I genuinely felt that I was there with the protagonist. I was sad to see it end, which I can't always say.

    Least favourite is The Gunslinger in the Dark Tower series. I just couldn't buy what he was trying to sell, and had very little interest in the backstory to Roland and no particular care where the story was going.

    I've not read many of his really "big" ones. The Shining and IT were both very good, but need to get to The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption and the rest.
     
  8. Alastair Woodcock

    Alastair Woodcock Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2017
    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    Carlisle, UK
    The only King I've read all the way through is 11.22.63 which is very long but worth it, in my view. Then again, I always like time travel stories so perhaps I'm biased?

    I read the Shawshank Redemption and some other of his short stories a few years back.
     
  9. Marty Kirby

    Marty Kirby Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2018
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    6
    What's your fav time travel story? I remember the 2002 Time Machine movie with Guy Pearce being pretty bad...
     
  10. Mink

    Mink Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2017
    Messages:
    629
    Likes Received:
    845
    My favorite is "Eyes of the Dragon". I don't think people give it enough credit in favor of his grander fantastical series ("The Dark Tower") or his horror ("IT", "Pet Sematary"). I can reread "Eyes of the Dragon" and be immersed in no time.
     
  11. newjerseyrunner

    newjerseyrunner Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2016
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    964
    My favorite is It. I'm halfway through re-reading it right now. Salem's Lot and Hearts in Atlantis are also some of my favorites. The Stand was another good one, but some of the sub-plots in it bored me.
     
  12. ∊η∊ηra

    ∊η∊ηra Smoke and Mirrors Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    6
    Pet Semetary is definitely in my top five favorite books of all time. Cujo and The Green Mile are phenomenal as well.

    I also think The Green Mile is the best movie adaption out of all his books, hands-down. One of the rare movies that actually do the source material justice.
     
  13. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2015
    Messages:
    11,923
    Likes Received:
    12,541
    Location:
    Where cushions are comfy, and straps hold firm.
    The Green Mile wasn't a bad flick. IT was great with Tim Curry. And Kubrics The Shining
    is a damn masterpiece. Personally I think King is boring and likes to bitch about his works
    made into film, even when he has a hand in them.
    So I like when he can admit he is not the Horror Master. :p
    In The Flesh.jpg
     
    Seven Crowns likes this.
  14. Azuresun

    Azuresun Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2017
    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    314
    I think it's got to be "IT". It's this huge indulgent doorstopper of a novel with a huge cast, that wanders between two time periods, and has huge amounts of wandering, where we'll spend fifty pages reading about the history of the town or the backstory of a random victim or supporting character.

    Yet, it works. There's this feverish intensity to the whole thing, and a sense of rising dread as you steadily realise how the whole town has been subverted by the monster and converted into, essentially, a farm where it can wake up, murder children at a rate that would be national news anywhere else, and nobody notices--or they just look aside and let it do its work without entirely realising what's happening. It's one of the best depicitions of childhood & puberty as a time of emotional extremes, where it feels like the summer will never end and the possibilities seem endless, but adulthood is starting to creep up on you and change you, and you're starting to become aware of how the adult world is constraining you--and menacing you with threats that can range from bullies to choking parents to outright sexual abuse.

    Honourable mentions to The Waste Lands, Room 1408, Misery and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
     
  15. PennyDreadfully

    PennyDreadfully Member

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2018
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    44
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a wonderful read. It was the perfect length and it really took me by surprise. I had a similar surprise with Lisey's Story. It was longer and slower than TGWLTG but gave me that same 'wow what a book' feeling.

    I agree with your sentiments on It as well. I loved all those kids. It took me a month to read and I'm glad it did. It made me so invested in all those characters and their fates. The ending was a bit of a let down. Though when you've read over 1000 pages of a book and want to reread it again immediately, who cares about the last fifty pages?

    Misery was fantastic, Dolores Claiborne made me tear up, and Carrie is a great book to get into and read in a day.

    It's always interesting hearing everyone's different King preferences. I respect the hell out of a writer that can reach so many different types readers with their body of work
     
  16. big soft moose

    big soft moose All killer, no filler. Contributor Community Volunteer

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2016
    Messages:
    9,988
    Likes Received:
    10,885
    Location:
    East devon/somerset border
    My favourite was probably the running man (book not the wtf film) ... least favourite would be 'cell' which started well but fell to bits by the midpoint and the ending was "Oh fuck how can I nail a happy ending on to this, i'll just write some random shit because I'm SK and I can "
     
  17. Candace

    Candace New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    My favorite King book was Lisey's Story. I actually did not read it but listened to the audiobook and the reading was done well too. My second favorite would be 11.22.63 , though I thought the ending was predictable, the past cannot be changed without screwing up the future type of thing. My least favorite was Revival, the ending was a total letdown, stupid in my opinion. But, it was popular and that is hard to argue with. :)
     
  18. NobodySpecial

    NobodySpecial Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    822
    Likes Received:
    1,096
    The Ballad Of The Flexible bullet or Carrie, I’d say. I also like a bunch of the writing he did under the Richard Bachman pen.
     
  19. BayView

    BayView Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2014
    Messages:
    10,242
    Likes Received:
    10,811
    Was Eye of the Dragon book one in a series that never got finished, or...something? It's been a long time since I read it, but I remember really enjoying the start and then being REALLY dissatisfied by the ending. Can't remember what the problem was, though.

    In terms of my favourite? The Stand. I really cared about those characters.
     
  20. Mink

    Mink Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2017
    Messages:
    629
    Likes Received:
    845
    I don't know; I never thought of it that way. It is a precursor to the Dark Tower series, though.
     
  21. peachalulu

    peachalulu Member Reviewer Contributor

    Joined:
    May 20, 2012
    Messages:
    4,068
    Likes Received:
    2,704
    Location:
    occasionally Oz , mainly Canada
    I recently read Chatty Teeth a short story but I haven't read any novels by King since the 90s. I think my fave was the Stand. ( I read The Tommyknockers, It, Carrie, Gerald's Game) He's really good with characters but sometimes his plots seem to run out of steam towards the end. I think because he's writing towards an illogical means but can't go there or fathom that.
     
  22. Laurin Kelly

    Laurin Kelly Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2016
    Messages:
    2,085
    Likes Received:
    3,090
    One of my favorite short stories of his!
     
  23. NobodySpecial

    NobodySpecial Contributor Contributor

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2015
    Messages:
    822
    Likes Received:
    1,096
    I want a fornit for my birthday
     
  24. surrealscenes

    surrealscenes Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2017
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    242
    Location:
    a room made of impossible angles
    A tie between The Boogeyman story and Rage (I believe was the title) under Bachman name. The Bachman story I am thinking of was about a writer whose objects revolted against him.
     
  25. MikeyC

    MikeyC Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    147
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    England
    Easily my favourite is The Langoliers Novella, part of four seasons book? This one story left me with that kind of gobsmacked feeling one gets occasionally when a story really hits home.

    I have read most of Stephen Kings books, and in no particular order i like.
    - The Shining
    - IT
    - The Stand (although i couldnt re-read this)
    - Cujo
    - Pet Cemetary
    - the one with the alien space craft
    - The dark half

    Rgds
     

Share This Page