Well 'The Stand' is one of my top favorite books, it's not high literature but it's totally great. Right in SK's wheelhouse and mine as a reader.The Stand
Yes that was quite a long book and was a bit boring at the beginning but was really good once you got into it. I just read the dark tower books and a few of his other works and I've been pleasantly surprised, I'm actually starting to like him even though horror isn't my thing. Oh and his book On Writing which is supposed to give tips to upcoming writers was supposed to be really really good. Im going to give it a look soon.
I've always found his shorter works sometimes show him at his best. The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon was brilliant. It was very short and while it did how some supernatural elements, probably unnecessary ones, the core story was about the natural world.I mentioned on another thread about how I found his novels tend to be incomplete, with endings that seem more open-ended than all issues rounded completed.
Yet his characters are fairly engaging - even if they do tend to be early middle-age Bob Dylan & soft rock fans.
How does Stephen King compare as a writer in general? What would you say are his strengths, and which are his weaknesses?
Interesting theory...With King, I learned to look at the Acknowledgements
Didn't spot the first of those (and thought The Cell was mediocre) but the second is pretty obvious. That said, I liked both Christine and From a Buick 8.In recent years, however, he's resorted to re-writing previous stories. The Cell is The Stand, reduced in size and grandeur. From a Buick 8? Christine.
In Stand By Me, I felt the kids were kids, in a rather believable element. The friendships were great, and reminded me of my own youth (less any bodies).The thing I get most from reading IT is not the horror element, tho that is very good, it's the sections where they are kids in the 50s. You get that King really understands what it is to be a kid growing up in a world where everyone is out to get you. I get that because I was picked on and bullied a lot at school and so I can easily identify with the 'Losers' .
It's just so good. A bit like the movie Stand by Me.
For anyone interested, Grady Hendrix has been writing up his Stephen King reread and posting the results at tor.com. This link goes to his take on IT.In Stand By Me, I felt the kids were kids, in a rather believable element. The friendships were great, and reminded me of my own youth (less any bodies).
But the children in IT were in an extraordinary situation, and I felt the presentation of their experience was a bit... perverted.