Stephen King's Best Novel?

  1. Brian G Turner

    Brian G Turner He's a very naughty boy! Staff Member

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    Welcome to the chrons forums, Heavy. :)

    Finished re-reading Pet Sematary recently. Was well set-up, and the horror element wasn't so much what was done as much as what we all knew was going to happen.
     
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  2. Pedro Del Mar

    Pedro Del Mar I am content

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    King was my favourite author by a country mile when I was much younger. During my early teens (mid 80's) I started with Carrie in paperback which I found on a second hand book stall at a local market. The book was falling to pieces but I didn't have much money when I was a kid and it was all I could afford, I probably paid less than 20p for it at the time. I still have that same paperback on my shelf 30 or so years later. I couldn't get enough of him back then and I went on to read all of his works up until the early noughties when I felt he'd gone off the boil. I haven't exactly stopped reading King, I've just become more choosy in what I pick up as my tastes have matured.

    I have a selection of his works at home yet to read:

    The Colorado Kid
    From a Buick 8
    11/22/63
    The Wind Through The Keyhole
    Mr Mercedes
     
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  3. zlogdan

    zlogdan Hex data reader and pawn

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    It has to be The Dark Tower ( all 7 books ). Ok, It comes close.
     
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  4. Pedro Del Mar

    Pedro Del Mar I am content

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    What comes close? ;)
     
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  5. zlogdan

    zlogdan Hex data reader and pawn

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    :LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL:

    Sorry, "It" comes close.
     
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  6. Eversummer

    Eversummer I eat rice thrice a day.

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    I am planning to finish The Shining. I had the book several years ago but I never get around to read it as my fantastic friend borrowed it and...disappeared.
    Anyways its on my booklist to get Doctor Sleep. I've read a lot of good reviews.
     
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  7. JJasKelly

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    My faves were always Needful Things and Misery. Bazaar of Bad Dreams as pretty good as were The Bachman Books(fave 2 are The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and The Long Walk) but they are more short collections.
     
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  8. Bloom

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    Being a middle-aged person, I'm more familiar with his older books, and reread them at intervals. In my opinion his best work is not his 'spookiest'. Misery is brilliant. The Tommyknockers is a good scifi story. And some of his short stories are the scariest things I've ever read.
     
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  9. biodroid

    biodroid Expensive Gadget User

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    I need to read his short stories, I tried to read The Mist short but it dragged, half way through the story and the main character is still helping his neighbour he doesn't like, cut down a tree.
     
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  10. Danny Creasy

    Danny Creasy Well-Known Member

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    My fav is The Stand, but it's not the best written. I like the story and the characters.
     
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    The Long Walk
    Eyes of the Dragon

    Their should be a second book for eyes of the dragon, or I should say I wish their was a second book. The world of The Hunger Games have nothing on The world of The Long Walk.
     
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  12. steffthecat

    steffthecat Science fiction fantasy

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    Stephen King's best novel is the "It." "The Eyes of the Dragon" is a close second.
     
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  13. Judderman

    Judderman The Iceman cometh

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    I am just reading Skeleton Crew (short stories) now. The Mist is the first one. It does take rather too long to get into, but eventually gets reasonably entertaining. I hope it isn't the best story in the collection.
     
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  14. Phyrebrat

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    I like all his short story collections, but I think that Skeleton Crew is probably my favourite. Mrs Todd's Shortcut, The Jaunt, Beachworld, Uncle Otto's Truck and The Reach stand out in my memory. I hope you enjoy it.

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  15. Randy M.

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    I haven't read all of King's novels, but I'd rank The Shining and Pet Semetary especially high, with IT and Salem's Lot close behind. Had he pared down IT some I think I would see that as his best, but there's an awkwardness in spots and some repetition that I'm not sure is needed.


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  16. Cathbad

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    Salem's Lot, The Stand, and Pet Sematary.

    Worst: Black House and the sequel to The Shining (can't recall the name). Guess he's not great on sequels.
     
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    I liked both Black House and Dr Sleep. Misery and Lisey Story are the only King books I struggled with.
     
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    Misery I liked. As for Black House, I should re-read it: It may be that I was just disappointed with it the first time, so I may have just judged harshly.
     
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    Yes, Misery bored me. I haven't tried Lisey's Story, Dolores Claiborne, or any of the other more psychological ones. I think Under the Dome was my least favourite paranormal one. I'd read the JFK one, but not any of the Mr Mercedes ones.

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  20. BAYLOR

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    The Stand is my favorite Stephen King Novel , In all I've read 8 of his novels
     
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