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Caro



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Oh, I think it would be, and if not then they are very dumb.  (See, already controversy!)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, OK then - the cheque's in the post...  Wink



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, to get back to Stepehn King - since i-wish-i-was went to the trouble of transferring the thread! - anybody got any other comments to make as to whether the man can actually write at all?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think he can.   There are parts of Salem's Lot where he talks, in the character of the vampire, about American people and how nourished they are.  There is a lot of stuff about the differences in settlement and society between America and Eastern Europe.  It's not politcally or philosophically deep but it is interesting to find in a horror story!    Razz

He also writes well about being a writer.   Sometimes it's part of the plot and sometimes he goes off on a flight of fancy.  

He also writes well about how children handle fear.  Boys especially.  

I would say he's not the best at writing female characters.   His 'normal' female characters, rather than the main scary characters, can be a little shallow sometimes.



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lunababymoonchild wrote:
Wish I'd thought of that!  Thank you, iwishiwas

So, we have found people who enjoy reading Stephen King but do we know if he can actually write?

I read a comment, on Amazon, in a review of one of his books - don't remember which book, though -  that you can't be published for thirty odd years and be unable to write but ..........................  Catherine Cookson has been published for easily that long and her writing isn't that good (based on the Mallen Trilogy only).  Popularity and large sales doesn't necessarily mean that the end product is good, it just means that it's popular, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, however, can King write?

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From: MSN NicknameLoupgris2008 Sent: 01/12/2008 19:54

I also enjoyed "Needful Things".

King never seemed to recapture his previous flair after his very severe road accident. His own near-death experience seems to have knocked out much of the really creepy stuff, leaving us with a sort of horrid-things-that-go-"woooohoooo!" type of book. (You can see the kind of literary critic I am...)

Still, while I enjoyed him, I REALLY enjoyed him. And again I still think his short stories and novellas have stood time's test.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was after he stopped drinking.  The next book he wrote (which I've forgotten the title of... Embarassed ) was pretty bad and then he never seemed to get better.  Although to be honest, I've haven't read a new one for years.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our local library has bought a reissued set of The Dark Tower series. Having heard about it on this board I thought I'd give him a try. There was a very interesting introduction by Mr King saying how as a teeneager he was entranced by Lord of the Rings and then, a little later, by Clint Eastwood in the Dollars films, He decided he wanted to write a story which was a combination and many years later this series was the outcome.

I am not very keen on the horror genre because I dislike being made scared and I am uninterested in cruelty. Those are very general comments and I am sure I have loved books which contain either or both of these traits but I avoid them if I can. However despite the slaughter and blood The Gunslinger wasn't too bad. Stephen King  does write well and there is some good characterisation and mystery in the story. It was very very reminiscent of Clint E but there was no point in which I said 'this is silly' and I read it happily to the end. However there were a couple of sad incidents and I think  I don't care enough to read the rest of the series. I suppose if there is nothing I like the look of in the library I might possibly be prepared to give the next one a go but I doubt it.



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