In my never ending quest to find books for my son to read Stephen King has been suggested. Son is 13. Can anyone advise on a good one for him to start with? have never read any so feel free to advise that they are completely inapproriate. I had Cujo in mind - only because I remember the film vaguely....
Thanks so much everyone who's posted on here. I've ordered Different Seasons for him and if he gets on with that we'll go and have a browse in the bookshop at others. I think he'd be overwhelmed looking online as there are so many.
He used to read all the time. As he's got to secondary it's become more difficult to find books to engage him, he tends to revert to series he knows, but am plugging away.
Thanks too for the John Wyndham and Philip k Dick reminder - had forgotten those. Not my cup of tea at all (nor is S King really altho have seen a couple of the films) but might be DS's.
Remus - I would love a list of recommendations. He's recently been reading the last of the Power of Five series , has read all the apocolyptic/ zombie stuff (of various quality). I've just also ordered Bloodtide by Melyn Burgess and Keeper (can't remember author)
Great thread - thank you, I have the same problem finding suitable reading for my DD - I hadn't thought of Steven King, so adding lots of these to her reading list now
If he's not already read them, my DD has recently finished the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson - 8 books in the series which saved me tearing my hair out for a while kept her busy for a while - she loved them so much that she was literally bereft when she finished the last one - DDs tastes aren't at all "girly" whatever that is & these came highly recommended by a friends 17yr old DS, so if he's not read them, he should enjoy them too
With regards to Different Seasons, that's the one with Apt Pupil in it, isn't it?
Apt Pupil has got a quite a few really horrific scenes in it of a sadistic sexual sort that tie in with the Nazi aspect of the plot. I read it again quite recently and I'm really not sure I'd recommend it to a 13 year old...but, then again I don't know any 13 year olds at the moment and I can't really remember what I was like at that age as it was so long ago
Anyway, it is grim IMO and I am normally a massive King fan.
Ray Bradbury is always worth a look and definitely agree with the Phillip K Dick rec.
Read the Patterson ones last year and they were truly dreadful.