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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:26 am    Post subject: Full Dark, No Stars Reply with quote

Yet another collection of novellas, that seem very familliar. Ive grown tired of Kings self-cannibalistic style, and have cancelled my membership to the club. Not because of this book alone, this has been a long time coming. They werent bad stories but they give me the feeling that he had written them, and I had read them all before. He just came up with new names, and settings, for stories that he had already penned. If youve never read any of his older stuff you will probably like them just fine, unfotunately I didnt.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to read ever SK book the instant it came out. And I was never disappointed. Then after about Insomnia, it really started going downhill. I just can't bring myself to read him any more Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I used to read ever SK book the instant it came out. And I was never disappointed. Then after about Insomnia, it really started going downhill. I just can't bring myself to read him any more Sad


It was the accident. I know it's a cliche, but it's true. Before that, he had a high standard and a high percentage of his work was excellent.

After the accident, he's been more hit-and-miss. I really think that Stephen King became aware of his own mortality and it has affected his writing (or maybe his standards).

He still produces good work. I think Full Dark, No Stars is good. Duma Key was good. Blockade Billy was good.

Then there is the bad stuff. Under the Dome, Cell, Dark Tower 7. Awful clunkers.

My favorite King book is It...but I think he reached his peak around the time of Dark Tower 3. But things definitely took a downward slide with the accident.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know...even early on he was occasionally recycling some ideas.
But how big/creative can one brain BE? Last I looked he had published almost 200 works, and almost half of them were novels...I only read his books now when they show up in a library and I have nothing else...but still, MAN, that's a lot of words, and a fair number of really cool ideas.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll argue that Duma Key is as good as anything else he's written.

But yes, the overall quality of King's work has deteriorated since the accident.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'll argue that Duma Key is as good as anything else he's written.

But yes, the overall quality of King's work has deteriorated since the accident.


Yes Duma Key was a return to form...then came Under the Dome. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i find that I like some of his stuff more than others - same as it always was.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I thought Cell was pretty good. The one that came out around the same time, not so much. (Can't even remember its name.)

Haven't liked much by him since before Bag of Bones. DT7, I liked though. A few low points, but on the whole it grew on me.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Personally, I thought Cell was pretty good. The one that came out around the same time, not so much. (Can't even remember its name.)

Haven't liked much by him since before Bag of Bones. DT7, I liked though. A few low points, but on the whole it grew on me.

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