Recommend me a Stephen King novel please
I was going to say The Stand as that’s one of my all time favorites, but for a proper introduction to SK it has to be proper scary!
I think It was the first one of his that I read and I was hooked for years. Most of his older stuff is great, the later stuff not so much I thought but could just have been my taste changing.
For Sci Fi type stuff also look at the Dark Tower (Gunslinger) series, 8 books IIRC. Very goodPosted 4 years ago
but a slightly disappointing ending IMO.
Christine, Firestarter. Lots of very good Stephen King out there, but stay away from the Dark Tower Series until you’re read a good few. In fact stay away from 11/22/63 for a while too.
Some short stories worth reading too. Hearts in Atlantis is worth reading. Stay away from Dark Tower as long as you can. It’s very good, but you need to be fairly embedded in your Stephen King to really appreciate it
and of course ITPosted 4 years agomogrimMember
Another vote for “The Stand”, reread it this summer and it was excellent.
Not sure I’d vote for Misery – it’s one of those (few?) cases where the film is better than the book.
Enjoyed “The Tommyknockers” when I read it, but that was a long time ago – not sure how well it’s aged.Posted 4 years ago
I wouldn’t have though of Dark Tower as Sci-Fi.
Yes good point, I just wasn’t sure how to classify it. It’s certainly not his standard fayre. I’d also agree to stay away until you’re sold on his writing.
Whatever you read, pay attention. There are quite often very slight (and sometimes not so slight) references to other stories/characters thrown in. It helps to understand the link sometimes, although is by no means essential.
Lawn mower man is another good short story, totally different to the film.Posted 4 years agopondoMember
Surprised at all the love for It, it’s a long way from the top of my list. If you’ve not read any od his stuff before, I think Different Seasons is a good place to start, Rita Hayworth And The Shawshank Redemption and The Body are fantastic and accessible, as well as being amazing films. Loved The Stand, Christine, Pet Cemetary, Thinner, Skeleton Crew, but he went a bit overblown in tne nineties, for my moneyPosted 4 years agoB.A.NanaMember
I thought Christine was excellent, then really disappointed by the film. The Bachman Books I also enjoyed (short stories), especially The Long Walk (I think that’s what it’s called). NB: I’m not into scary
I was also enjoying some similar Dean R. Koontz around this period, one based around subliminal messaging springs to mindPosted 4 years agosmcicrMember
I think it really depends on what the OP likes ultimately.
If you want brilliantly created and detailed worlds with very nicely written characters that you can lose yourself in then I think The Stand / IT are good suggestions. Possibly Talisman / Black House in there too but they aren’t solo SK efforts.
There are some excellent collections of short stories if you want a quicker fix.
I’d agree that there is some ‘shlock’ in his catalogue – Pet Semetary potentially falling into that.
I actually found Under the Dome very disappointing in terms of the ending but it is another example of how well he can build a believable world for the reader.
Also – do you want overtly scary or more thoughtful / considered frights?
I guess I’d also say hold off the Dark Tower until you read a few others. It is an extraordinary series for me both in content and in terms of how interwoven it is / many other books are to it (depending on your POV). I say ‘I guess’ because I love it and want to share it with people but you do get more from it if you read others first. There is a site somewhere that will tell you which books to read when if you’re just starting the DT series (8 books now and 1 short story – The Little Sisters of Eluria although only the first 7 are ‘key’ ;D).Posted 4 years ago
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