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Mostly about Stephen King

My proofreading project finally arrived. I'm going to pick it up tomorrow.

I read about half of Children of God today. It's like reading it for the first time, because I remember almost nothing from when I read it a dozen or so years ago. On the other hand, Shannon just finished reading Firestarter (Stephen King), and I found that I remembered more about that book than I would have thought, given the fact that I last read it in grade school. Shannon said maybe I remembered because it scared me, but I don't remember being scared. I don't remember Firestarter being a very scary book at all, in fact. I don't remember Carrie being very scary, either. I read a lot of Stephen King when I was a kid, along with other horror books my mom had around. Dean Koontz and such. Starting in fourth grade, I read everything I could get my hands on, whether it was appropriate for my age or not.

Now, Cujo I remember being scary. The Shining, hella scary. The Dead Zone, not scary. It, scary. The Stand, not scary. I think that's all the Stephen King I've read, and I haven't read any of them within the last 15 years. I'm not really a horror fan. Even less so of movies. I don't enjoy being scared, especially by things jumping out at me, which is something they love to put in horror movies.

Back to Children of God. I'll enjoy my reading time before buckling down with the proofreading project.



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Nov. 7th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
I completely agree! I didn't think Firestarter was scary at all. Good, but not scary. Ditto on The Dead Zone and The Stand. Have you read King's Eyes of the Dragon? I think you'd like that one. It's like a long, wonderfully written fairy tale.
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
I'll have to give Eyes of the Dragon a try. I love fairy tales.
Nov. 9th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
I definitely think you'd enjoy it. :-)
Nov. 7th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
My favorite Stephen King books are in this order - The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Long Walk, and The Regulators. I think I liked the books he wrote as Bachman better for some reason.
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
My mom read some of his Bachman books, but I haven't read any. What are the three books you mention like?
Nov. 7th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
I think the girl who loved tom gordon and the long walk were originally short stories in a collection but now you can get them both as their own books. I like them both because they are less about scary supernatural things and more about how far humans will go to survive.

the girl who loved tom gordon is about a little girl who gets lost in the woods (some type of national forest) and turns the wrong way back to the path and ends up being lost for days and days and days. she has her little walkman with her and spends the nights listening to the night baseball games because she loves tom gordon (he was a baseball player).

the long walk is about the contest that men enter in the hopes of winning a million dollars or something. but it's either you win or you die. basically it's run by the military and the contest is just to walk until there's only one man standing. no breaks no nothing. and you can't walk slower than 4 miles an hour. if you do you get 3 warnings and then they shoot you. i like it because it's really about human's capacity for compassion and their ruthlessness when faced with death.

the third one i just like. The regulators is about this little street, that suddenly one days turns into a western. like everyone's just living their everyday lives and then one tumbleweed rolls by. odd. and then another. and then all of the sudden it's like their houses are still there but it's not their street anymore. it all starts when this van shows up. and in the van are the regulators who basically just shoot everyone they can see. it's interesting to find out who they are and why and i liked all the characters a lot.

what's really interesting about the characters is that Stephen King liked them so much that he wrote a second book about them! but it's not a sequel or anything. it's literally a completely different book but with all the same characters. I can't remember the name of it right now. If I do I'll comment with it later.
Nov. 7th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll have to put them on my to-read list!
Nov. 8th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
The other book he wrote with the same characters is called Desperation.
Nov. 9th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't care for The Regulators but I definitely enjoyed The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and The Long Walk. :-)
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