Stephen King's Best Novel?

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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
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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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