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Old 06-16-2011
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Liked the DT series when he first started with it but he got away from it for so long that by the time he continued with it I was long past caring about Stephen King books
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Though quite disimilar, I thoroughly enjoyed:

A prayer for owen meany: John Irving

Bleachers: John Grisham

Only two books I've read all the way through from beginning to end the last couple years.
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The Walkin' Dude and the attendant DT chracters are tied in to a number of books in King's universe. Insomnia, Rose Madder, Eyes Of The Dragon, Hearts In Atlantis to name a few. Of course, one of his most infamous appearances being... "The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed."


I loved that Dark Tower series from book one way back in the 80s. Even the macguffin involved in writing himself into it didn't bother me. Now there is another volume to come, The Wind Through The Keyhole, in 2012. Chronologically set between volumes four and five.
That is why I decided to go back and reread in order, to follow the character of Randall Flagg, and see how he connects to the King world. Interestingly, I just finished the short story in Night Shift called Night Surf, which is also about a flu that kills most of the world, and is even referenced as Captain Trips, the name of the flu in The Stand.
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Great book that!

I've read most, if not all of Stephen King's stuff (always good for a holiday!)...

I have the Irving book on my list... I've read a bunch of his other books, always good.
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That is why I decided to go back and reread in order, to follow the character of Randall Flagg, and see how he connects to the King world. Interestingly, I just finished the short story in Night Shift called Night Surf, which is also about a flu that kills most of the world, and is even referenced as Captain Trips, the name of the flu in The Stand.
God, I had forgotten about that story. Yea, there was a short film made on that story. King sold it to some amateur film maker for a dollar.
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God, I had forgotten about that story. Yea, there was a short film made on that story. King sold it to some amateur film maker for a dollar.
Some (maybe all) of the short stories that were made into movies are pretty bad.
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That is why I decided to go back and reread in order, to follow the character of Randall Flagg, and see how he connects to the King world. Interestingly, I just finished the short story in Night Shift called Night Surf, which is also about a flu that kills most of the world, and is even referenced as Captain Trips, the name of the flu in The Stand.
One other cool thing about King is that he listens to some great music. I'm pretty sure he's even a Jayhawks fan. I don't know for sure, but I know he's singled out slobberbone, Wilco, Ryan Adams, the bottle rockets, and other great alt-country bands at various times, so I'm sure he has heard the jayhawks, I just don't know for sure if he's mentioned them in interviews or articles at all.

edit: He definitely does like the hawks... a quick googling confirmed it: http://www.pastemagazine.com/article...-jayhawks.html

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Some (maybe all) of the short stories that were made into movies are pretty bad.
A lot are, but then there's Stand By Me.
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Actually from a quick google of Stephen King Black House The Jayhawks.


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I made a good point in that thread. wow.
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A lot are, but then there's Stand By Me.
A few hours after I posted, I said to myself, I really should have clarified that I meant the short stories and not the novellas as i think of the stories in Different Seasons or Four Past Midnight.
I thought the movie Stand By Me was an excellent adaptation of a King story. But my personal fave is The Shawshank Redemption. The story and the movie are both quite dear to me.
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Stand By Me was a short story, though... no?
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Stand By Me was a short story, though... no?
well it was a shortER story, they seem to be called novellas, longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel. I always think of those in a separate category from the other short stories, because I feel King is able to get in more of his wonderful characterization.
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Interestingly, a big part of the reason I decided to go back and read all of King again was because I had never read the Dark Tower series. I knew Randall Flagg was a character in both the Stand and the DT series, along with some other appearances, so I thought it would be interesting to read everything in order, including the DT series, and see the intertwining of that character into other stories.
I doubt i'll eber read them in order, thats too much effor for me, but in order might work. telling peokple that their fraft sucks 5 months in advance isn't the same.
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