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1. Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Long Walk
3. Hearts in Atlantis
4. The Stand
5. It
6. The Body
7. The Green Mile
8. The Shining
9. Misery
10/11 Pet Sematary/Cujo
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Wow, you are turning into a list machine! (*)

I remember reading King's novels decades ago, when he was getting started. Then there was a LONG gap, during which I read none of his books (just sort of forgot about him as an author, I suppose). A few years back, though, I read Cell. Which, I thought, was a pretty good story up until the last 4 or 5 pages.

FWIW, looking at the book's Wikipedia page just now, I see that King received complaints about the ending of the book and redid it for the upcoming movie's screenplay.

I noticed King's newish novel Under the Dome in the bookstore a while back. Looks sort of interesting. I might pick it up, once it is in softcover.

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I refused to read Stephen King (except his short stories once when sitting around and found a copy) for the longest time. My mom gave me The Green Mile and I thought it was very well written and interesting. I've not read anything else by him.
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I would certainly have "the stand" at number one. Several of my friends are obsessed with the dark tower stuff.
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I was never really a Stephen King fan, but The Green Mile is a very good read.
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I gotta admit, I skim read "Carrie" back when I was a teenager, and found it to be a truly awful book, so I never read anything of King's ever again.

I suppose that may have been a mistake, but it's not a mistake I have regretted.
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I find older King much more enjoyable, though I would have hard time listing top 10, but my favorite books are:

The Stand
It
The Dark Half

I'm pretty sure I have read almost all of King's novellas but only a few have made an impression:

The Mist (ok, so its a bit long for a novella, but it is a part of a compilation)
The Jaunt
Mrs. Todd's Shortcut

Now I still wish someone would do Peter Jacksons on The Stand and make it into a looong feature film, the miniseries they did in the 90s doesn't really make the book justice, though most of the cast is brilliant.
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(*) I am tempted to do a "The 10 Best LobowolfXXX Posts on the Magic Café". Smile

Unfortunately, most of those, like yours and mine, have already been consigned to Internet limbo. . .
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I really like Salem’s Lot and the Shinning. I recently went to Estes Colorado and visited the Stanley Hotel (King’s inspiration for the hotel in the Shinning). I read the Shinning again and enjoyed it. I hope to re-watch the movie and watch the TV miniseries of it that was filmed years ago.

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Destiny, you are, of course, correct, IT scared the s**t outta me as a kid.


I have been to some hotel, and I thought it was where they filmed most of the outside, and it wasnt the Stanley. I also thought that's where he got the idea... The inside was, like most Kubrick, filmed in london.
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The Stand
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It
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The Body
Pet Cemetary
Cujo
Green Mile
Long Walk
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I really like Salem’s Lot and the Shinning. I recently went to Estes Colorado and visited the Stanley Hotel (King’s inspiration for the hotel in the Shinning). I read the Shinning again and enjoyed it. I hope to re-watch the movie and watch the TV miniseries of it that was filmed years ago.

Bruce


I never really liked the movie as much as I thought I should have, and it took me a long time to figure out why, but I finally did. The reason is this: I don't give a rat's tail about ANY of the characters. Danny doesn't really show any cool smart-kid chops to offset his general weirdness and goofy expressions. Wendy was REALLY annoying and whiny, and Jack, well, Jack was Jack. So ultimately, I couldn't have cared much less about who lived or died; I just wanted some of them to die SOON. And then they didn't. It had nice moments, and I don't find it unwatchable or anything; just hard for me to really get into a film when none of the characters has any appeal to me.
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On 2010-09-01 00:59, balducci wrote:


(*) I am tempted to do a "The 10 Best LobowolfXXX Posts on the Magic Café". Smile

Unfortunately, most of those, like yours and mine, have already been consigned to Internet limbo. . .


It'd be hard enough to find 10 if they were all still in their original habitat.

I think that may be "fortunately." But it's been fun.
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Salem's Lot. It was the first of the new takes on the Vampire legend.
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I got halfway through Cujo and it bored the crap out of me. Gave him another shot with Carrie, didn't think much of it either.
I read two of the Gunslinger books and liked them though. So I guess the Gunslinger books would be the whole of my "best of" list.
I prefer Clive Barker. "The Hellbound Heart" is probably my favorite modern horror novella.
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Lobowolf,

Since you included The Stand in this thread and also did the Metallica thread, should I mention "Among the Living"?

B.

PS I mostly agree with your list for King...
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I heard they are making the Gunslinger series into a set of movies and miniseries. That's pretty sweet. I like most of King's movies.
And "Pet Semetary" is my favorite Ramones song.
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On 2010-09-12 17:53, blwrjw wrote:
Lobowolf,

Since you included The Stand in this thread and also did the Metallica thread, should I mention "Among the Living"?

B.

PS I mostly agree with your list for King...


I'm down with Anthrax. The Among the Living CD also had "Skeleton in the Closet," based on the King work "Apt Pupil."
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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