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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:20 pm    Post subject: Salem's Lot Reply with quote

My commute to work doubled this year so I started listening to audio books.
I was a little apprehensive about listening to Salem's Lot because I read it twice when I was a teenager over 30 years ago and in my head it's always been one of my favorite books but I was worried that I might have forgotten the parts that I didn't like.

As a rule I usually love the beginnings of most King books but the 2nd half and especially the ending usually make me want to throw the book into a fire.

But not Salems's Lot!
I still freaking loved it!!

But I didn't realize how much.
As the story progressed I kept getting hit with all these realizations. on how much it's been a part of my life without me knowing it.
But once I heard it read back to me I was like...Oh yeah, that's where I got that from.

Ben and Susan's meeting in the park. I swear that every time I walked in or even drove by a small town park my mind secretly went back to that moment in the book.

Whenever I drive by old fashioned towns that have very little activity going on....Salems Lot.
Whenever I go into a basement...Salem's Lot.
Whenever the sun starts to go down...Salem's lot.
Something spooky outside a window....Salem's Lot.
Old abandoned house?.....Salem's Lot.
Looking at a bible and thinking that if a threw it at a vampire it would hit him like a bomb.....Salem's Lot (actually "One for the Road" the short story sequel)
Probably lots more that I can't think of now.

The story itself is rock solid.
Although I do wonder what ever happened to the priest.
Reading it today I laugh at all the smoking and all the written fine detail about the smoking. Very Happy
But it was the late 70's, fiction stories at that time had people in spaceships smoking too.

I'm almost done with Bram Stoker's Dracula, which King credits with wanting to write an American version of.
I'll start a thread about that when I finish.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:16 am    Post subject: Re: Salem's Lot Reply with quote

High Lord Tolkien wrote:
My commute to work doubled this year so I started listening to audio books.
I was a little apprehensive about listening to Salem's Lot because I read it twice when I was a teenager over 30 years ago and in my head it's always been one of my favorite books but I was worried that I might have forgotten the parts that I didn't like.

As a rule I usually love the beginnings of most King books but the 2nd half and especially the ending usually make me want to throw the book into a fire.

But not Salems's Lot!
I still freaking loved it!!

But I didn't realize how much.
As the story progressed I kept getting hit with all these realizations. on how much it's been a part of my life without me knowing it.
But once I heard it read back to me I was like...Oh yeah, that's where I got that from.

Ben and Susan's meeting in the park. I swear that every time I walked in or even drove by a small town park my mind secretly went back to that moment in the book.

Whenever I drive by old fashioned towns that have very little activity going on....Salems Lot.
Whenever I go into a basement...Salem's Lot.
Whenever the sun starts to go down...Salem's lot.
Something spooky outside a window....Salem's Lot.
Old abandoned house?.....Salem's Lot.
Looking at a bible and thinking that if a threw it at a vampire it would hit him like a bomb.....Salem's Lot (actually "One for the Road" the short story sequel)
Probably lots more that I can't think of now.

The story itself is rock solid.
Although I do wonder what ever happened to the priest.
Reading it today I laugh at all the smoking and all the written fine detail about the smoking. Very Happy
But it was the late 70's, fiction stories at that time had people in spaceships smoking too.

I'm almost done with Bram Stoker's Dracula, which King credits with wanting to write an American version of.
I'll start a thread about that when I finish.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, edited that. Very Happy If HLT doesn't know what happened to the priest, he might not want to have it spoiled.

He turns up in DT 5.

And yes, Salem's Lot has always been one of my favourites. I think it was short enough to be strong.

(And there was a short story about it even before that wasn't there? Just called "The Lot.")

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sorry, edited that. Very Happy If HLT doesn't know what happened to the priest, he might not want to have it spoiled.

He turns up in DT 5.

And yes, Salem's Lot has always been one of my favourites. I think it was short enough to be strong.

(And there was a short story about it even before that wasn't there? Just called "The Lot.")

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That's interesting though. I haven't read any DT as of yet.
Except I did pick up the first one in the series when it first came out but didn't finish it. I thought it was "meh".

Do you recommend it?

Yes, I just read the "prequel". It's called Jerusalem's Lot.
It was ok. Kind of a different take but both stories didn't really match up to well imo.
It did reinforce his "an evil place calls out to other evil" idea he mentioned in 'Salem's Lot.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry. Very Happy

Of course I recommend it. Best thing King ever wrote, up until he had the accident after book 5. Last 2 books, especially book 6, suffered, and lots didn't like the ending, or one or two things in the last few books, but I came to terms with most of them.

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