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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Duma Key Reply with quote

I used to Love SK! Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot, Cujo, Firestarter, Children of the Corn, Apt Pupil, all of these, amazing.

I slowed down at TommyKnockers. Great Plot, poor execution. Loved the first Dark Tower, but the others increasingly like .... ungood.

I quit reading King at Insomnia. Too many cheap tricks. Rose Madder, ditto. I was through. So I havent read a lot of his other stuff: The Regulators. Bag of Bones, TGWLTG, etc.

I began again at the Cell. It sucked, a cheap imitation of King, IMHO.

My wife bought me Duma Key, thoughtful as she always is. I didnt want to start it, its a huge book.

I loved it. Its awesome! Though not as brilliant as, say, It, it is a page turner and a return to some of the qualities he used to hold for me. I wont spoiler anything here, but it is a definite gem!!


anyone else read it? Lets talk about it!!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really enjoyed his last one, Blaze, and I'm looking forward to Duma Key.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually read a lot of King, but haven't gotten around to picking up either Blaze or Duma Key. I may just have to do that now, though.

I agree with Doar's take on Cell. Not one of his better ones. And yeah, Rose Madder, Insomnia ... meh. From the newer stuff, I did quite like Lisey's Story though, and it's been a while, but I remember Bag of Bones being pretty good.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked Insomnia and Cell (even though Cell was incredibly derivative).
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I really enjoyed his last one, Blaze, and I'm looking forward to Duma Key.


me too!! i like Lisey's Story so i bought Blaze!! Duma Key looks great, i'm just not buying hardback Stephen King anymore until AFTER i've read it and know that i want to have a hardback version.

all my DT books are tradepaperback.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't get past the third page of Lisey's Story.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(...to continue hijacking Doar's thread..... Wink )

Wow, Cail, all the way to page three in Lisey's Story? Laughing That's really sticking with it. Very Happy Wink What did King do (or not do) to get you to quit that quick?

Lucimay, glad to hear that you liked Lisey. That was actually one of my favortie of King's in the last several years (outside of the DT stuff). I thought he did a great job with Lisey's loneliness. And I thought the way that her author husband got his ideas was a pretty interesting concept. All the "bool" stuff did get a little old, though.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, it's actually the quickest I've ever given up on a book.

I want to try it again.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I betcha Luci and I could form a support group for you, for your next attempt. We're here for ya, man! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So.... has anyone else read it?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mortice Root wrote:
Hey, I betcha Luci and I could form a support group for you, for your next attempt. We're here for ya, man! Very Happy


Laughing the bool stuff was okay with me. i tend to bugger things into the dirt anyway tho, metaphorically speaking that is. i myself am inclined to beat a dead horse repeatedly. so...i kinda dug the bool stuff. and i agree too that i like Lisey's Story better than i have a lot of the most recent King stuff. both Lisey's STory and Blaze just evokes earlier King writing for me.


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So.... has anyone else read it?


not yet. let me know when it comes out in trade paperback. Big Grin
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, read "Duma Key" while I was on vacation.

Best book King's written in a long, long time. Excellent characters and a good story too. Weak in the climax and denouement, but most King books are.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

King has always been terrific in the buildup, and usually the climax is not the best. he doenst end things well, in my opinion. However, DUma is one of his recent best, and I am glad he is back, at least for a while.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2008 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved Duma Key. Even though 2/3rds of the way through, I looked up and realized...hey nothing has really happened yet, it wasn't boring me. I enjoyed the characters. The ending is a whirlwind. Great stuff.

Blaze I hated. I expected more supernatural elements that might have made it fair to good, instead I thought it was just passable. Only kept listening (audiobook) because King can make the phone book interesting.

Gingerbread Girl (audio) I also was dissappointed. At best, I felt it was King's experiment at trying to do a Richard Laymon story.

Lisey's Story was good not great. I like it better on reflection than I did right after I finished it.

Cell was fantastic. But then I really like post apocalyptic zombie stories.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm about 2/3 of the way through, and I am loving it. This is a fantastic book. I agree, this is easily his best in a long time. (So far, I mean - it may tank near the end - but I doubt it..)

In this book, King managed to make me do something he never has before - have tears of joy in my eyes. Sure, there had been a few times in the past where I had tears from sorrow - (Dark Tower spoiler) most recenlty with

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the death of Eddie in DT7


but this was the first time King got tears of joy from me. The opening sequence at the art show was outstanding. "This is a memory I keep." Wow. Nicely done, Mr King. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wireman...



No kidding, from the first couple of words about him, I totally pictured M.C. Gainey.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

right. yeesh ya'll are makin it sound so good i'm about ready to stop at the bookstore on the way home and get the hardback.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cail, totally agree with you. That's Wireman.

I finished the book last night, and was not disappointed. The last 1/3 of the book was just as good as I hoped. What really made this one resonate with me was not so much the tension (King always does that well...) but how real these characters were. Edgar, Pam, Ilse, Elizabeth Eastlake and Wireman were every bit as real to me as Nick Andros, Larry Underwood, Stu Redman and Franny Goldsmith. And that's saying something.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cail, totally agree with you. That's Wireman.

I finished the book last night, and was not disappointed. The last 1/3 of the book was just as good as I hoped. What really made this one resonate with me was not so much the tension (King always does that well...) but how real these characters were. Edgar, Pam, Ilse, Elizabeth Eastlake and Wireman were every bit as real to me as Nick Andros, Larry Underwood, Stu Redman and Franny Goldsmith. And that's saying something.


Mortice,

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

okay thats it. someone compares to LARRY??? i'm gettin it TODAY!! Laughing

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