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Stephen King - what next for holiday reading?

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PepeLePew Mon 23-Jun-14 22:42:57

I'm reading Under the Dome at the moment and loving it - it's everything I love about King. Real empathy, brilliantly drawn characters, people who act badly out of fear, shame, ignorance. The Stand is one of my favourite books ever and as a teenager I read Salem's Lot, Carrie, Thinner, Firestarter and a couple of others. But I hated Rose Madder (it was ok until she went into the other world and got lost in the maze) and Gerald's Game and I don't think I can stomach the more traditional horror stuff any more, so what next for my holiday?

I am bizarrely daunted by the idea of The Dark Tower series though I am told they are great. Are they worth trying? Or something totally different? What is the ratio of scary to awesome in IT? I'd give it a go if it was more than just a horror story (I think!).

PepeLePew Wed 02-Jul-14 22:32:51

This is so interesting and has really inspired me to try some
more SK (including the Dark Tower - I've just remembered I loved The Eye of the Dragon as a teenager. That's a "non standard" SK but feels as if there might be some links to DT). I was trying to explain what I love about the books of his that I have really loved to someone the other day - I think it is the way he paints the best and worst of human nature and makes you give a shit about the characters. He's not the most literary of authors but he can tell a cracking story and drag you in like no one else. And just occasionally he can break your heart when you least expect it - his most pathetic characters inspire contempt and sympathy and affection all in one go, and that's quite an achievement.

So, on the list (in order):
Duma Key
Dark Tower
The Shining
The Stand (worth a re-read I think)

pointythings Wed 02-Jul-14 22:42:24

Enjoy, OP!
I was talking to DD1 (who is 13) about things she might like to read and that she might like some SK - I think she would get on with IT.

PepeLePew Sat 12-Jul-14 23:20:57

Reporting back from a lovely holiday which was slightly overshadowed by a nagging sense of terror as I made my way through Duma Key. Thank god I was in the far north of Sweden with endless daylight, and about as far from a Florida beach as you can get, or I'm not sure I'd have made it through. Fell in love with Edgar, Jack and Wireman - what great characters...

pointythings Thu 17-Jul-14 22:37:21

Oh I'm so glad! Duma Key is a book I read over and over again - it is going to Devon with me for another re-read, I love it that much.

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