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Stephen King- where should I start

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3kidsareenough Thu 21-Sep-17 21:10:52

Hi just that really I've decided I'm going to read some Stephen king books which would be a good one to start with, don't want to start with anything too scary, will work my way up to those!!! Any suggestions please smile

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 21-Sep-17 21:11:37

Delores Claiborne

Not scary and very good

overnightangel Thu 21-Sep-17 21:13:07

Different Seasons is his collection of 4 novellas , that include the stories that the films Stand By Me ("The Body") and The Shawshank Redemption ("Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption") were based upon . Nothing scary but really good

TopBitchoftheWitches Thu 21-Sep-17 21:15:26

I had the whole Stephen King collection before I met ex h. I had to bin them all when we moved house. Nice man obvs.

I have just restarted my collection and have bought Christine and Misery, however I am reading Christine and my 13 yr old dd is reading misery.

Carrie is also a good starting point.

LEMtheoriginal Thu 21-Sep-17 21:16:46

My favourite Stephen king book is pet semetaey but it terrified me!

I'd recommend geralds game. Rose madder or misery if you want the dark eds but don't want to be scared.

I think he is either a genius or not quite well

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 21-Sep-17 21:18:45

The Stand, couldn't put it down
For non scary 11.22.63 is intriguing
The Dome is good

CornflakeHomunculus Thu 21-Sep-17 21:19:39

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon isn't too scary (at least in a horror-ish way) and it's also not too long.

Insomnia is another one that's not very scary, more weird than anything else.

The Dark Tower books are incredible and are fantasy rather than horror. They might be a bit heavy going if you're not used to King though. If you do read them definitely stick with them beyond the first. I find The Gunslinger a bit of a slog but from book two onwards they're amazing.

Mrsjohnmurphy Thu 21-Sep-17 21:20:24

The girl who loved Tom Gordon is a short and gripping introduction. The bachman books too, the long walk is one of my favourites.

Gah81 Thu 21-Sep-17 21:23:41

The Stand is wonderful, but perhaps too long for an introduction. I would try Carrie or The Dome was also interesting.

Matilda2013 Thu 21-Sep-17 21:23:52

I started Stephen king just last year. 11.22.63 was first and I loved that then misery. Needful things wasn't as great. Have It on my kindle waiting

Lovelylovelyllamas Thu 21-Sep-17 21:30:41

Just read The Stand which was my first. Loved it although I kept getting in a panic when anyone sneezed near me!

NameChangeFamousFolk Thu 21-Sep-17 21:35:13

I go on and off SK, but I really liked The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Insomnia was good as well.

Dustbunny1900 Thu 21-Sep-17 21:39:51

Full dark no stars. Scary but nothing supernatural. Lots of rape and misogyny , unnecessary sex scenes. though which kinda turned me off, seems a common theme in his books.
Pet semetary is my fav. Misery is great too

AllRoadsLeadBackToRadley Thu 21-Sep-17 21:39:55

Rose Madder
Thinner (quite short)
Delores Claiborne
Apt Pupil

Mrsjohnmurphy Thu 21-Sep-17 21:46:49

There's quite a lot of rape/misogyny and unecessarry sex scenes irl too tbf grin. Cujo I liked, several of his books have made me cry, bag of bones is one.

MrsEileithyia Thu 21-Sep-17 21:46:58

The Green Mile is absolute literature genius.

Pet Semetary was my fave scary of King.

AllRoadsLeadBackToRadley Thu 21-Sep-17 21:48:26

Oh, and IT.

Dustbunny1900 Thu 21-Sep-17 21:52:06

Well yes of course mrs,but the book I was recommending had some possibly very triggering scenes and centered around violence against women , just giving her a warning. It was hard to read but still good

TopBitchoftheWitches Thu 21-Sep-17 21:53:48

I wouldn't recommend 'IT' for a beginner.

It is huge. It will take you a long while to read.

Thinner as pp said is good.

I had the original IT book...still bitter about that.

3kidsareenough Thu 21-Sep-17 22:00:07

Oh wow these are great can't wait to get started on these and start ordering- Dh has an old copy of Salems lot? But I'm presuming that's a scary one? Think I'll start with Misery and the green mile, I loved the film couldn't believe I only found out recently it was Stephen king blush I think I'm going to go for the more emotional ones first- where does the shining come in?? A friend told me she thought it was more about mental health than anything? I loved stranger things the tv show so scary in that way I enjoy don't know if I could hack IT the trailer for the film scared the life out of me confused

3kidsareenough Thu 21-Sep-17 22:02:06

Yes someone at work mentioned The Stand to me too, going to go and have a look for that thanks folks wink

Grimmfebruary Thu 21-Sep-17 22:02:44

Joyland 👌🏼

notyummy Thu 21-Sep-17 22:04:41

Been reading this thread with great interest as I love Stephen king but it's been years since I read some of his older stuff. My daughter is 12 and has ploughed through loads of novels and I think would love the less complex King novels. I was wondering whether something like Cujo might work for her. What have people's teens liked ? (Apologies for slight detail.)

dun1urkin Thu 21-Sep-17 22:06:38

The Talisman! I can't believe no one has said The Talisman!!!!

I read everything he wrote up until the mid 90s, except the Dark Tower books, and then had an SK break of circa 20 years
(came back via the Dark Tower, currently re-reading It, and have literally just realised I was near the kids age when I first read it and now am near the adults age...)

Nessalina Thu 21-Sep-17 22:12:58

If you're a beginner to King and you don't want scary or too long, then I think The Dead Zone is a good place to start. Scary title but it's a really clever psychological thriller, I really enjoyed it.
If you're happy to jump in with a long one, then The Stand is brilliantly written and although long it's really hard to put down!Absolute classic King.
If you can cope with long AND a little scary then IT is absolutely the best place to start - it's one of my favourite books of all time and the scary is worth it for the amazing tale!

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