April 6, 2013 3:48pm CST
So I am a HUGE fan of Stephen King. I read my first book of his when I was eleven or twelve. The first one I read was Cujo, and I loved it, even though looking back it's not a book I would recommend a twelve year old read. From there I went on to Pet Semetary and from there who knows. I was sitting trying to figure out which book I wanted to read next today and I realized that even though I've read a lot of Stephen King books and I love him, There are still a lot of his books that I haven't read yet. Like the Stand haven't read it yet, and I can't remember if I actually read Carrie or not. I know I've seen the movie several times but I just can't remember if I read the book. My problem is there are just so many authors that I really enjoy reading. Sherrilynn Kenyon, Dean Koontz, just to name a few others. I feel like a poor Stephen King fan, so I think maybe I should challenge myself to see how many of his books I can read in a year. Or maybe I'll see if I can read every single Stephen King book before he (god forbid) passes away. Now there is a tricky challenge seeing how unpredictable life is. So since I just finished reading the Dark Tower series I'll count those as done. I also recently read some of his shorter stories online. And now I am reading Blaze. So there is my reading challenge. Could be hard considering I like to read so many other writers as well. Does anyone else set challenges for themselves? Anyone have a recommendation for which King book I should read next?
• United States
7 Apr 13
Read The Stand. And make sure it's the uncut version. I used to have the shortened version but never read it. I don't even know if you can still get the abridged version except for in a used book store. when I saw that the full version had been released I jumped on it. I'm a slow reader and it took me over a year to read it since it's well over 1000 pages long. The Stand was a masterpiece and I've always been a fan of epic, apocalyptic showdowns between good and evil. I've never read all of King's books, not even close. But, of all the ones I have read The Stand is by far, hands down, his best. I once told someone that if King wanted to retire from writing and go out with a bang and a blaze of glory and write the ultimate novel to forever be remembered by, The Stand would be it, in my opinion. I think it's that good.
7 Apr 13
It's that good? Awesome I'll have to read that after Blaze. I actually have both versions. I collect his books and have almost everyone that has come out. I think I might be missing two. Have you read the Dark Tower series? That was an amazing series. I just read it last year and as soon as I finished he came out with a book called Wind through the Key Hole. Yeah it's suppose to be like book 4.5 it goes in between books four and book five. Now why could they have released that BEFORE I read the series. LOL
• United States
7 Apr 13
I think it's that good. But that's my opinion and everyone has their favorite. Like I said, I've never even come close to reading all his novels. But, The Stand was just awesome. It is such a huge story. It's so easy, in some way or another to relate with all the characters, even the ones who are mislead and choose to follow the villain, the evil Randall Flagg. And it even ends with a BANG as well as a glimmer of hope. I haven't read The Dark Tower series but I've heard it was good. I haven't even read any of his stuff in a long time. I like his work ok, but one thing I never liked about him is how he can seemingly go off on a tangent and go into extreme detail about things that aren't all that necessary to the story. I guess for most of his fans that is part of his charm. But, I've never really considered myself a TRUE Stephen King fan. Right now I guess my reading goal is to read all of Clive Cussler's novels. But, it will take awhile. I'm definitely a fan of his. Maybe after that I'll read some more of King's stuff.
28 Apr 13
My favourite children’s author is Enid Blyton. My favourite adult’s author is R L Stine. I can still remember the books of Enid Blyton. Her style of writing is certainly unique; the way she blends mystery and fun. R.L. Stine also is a good author and he has written many frightening books. I also like Stephen King. He has certainly got good ideas and is very popular at present.
• United States
9 Apr 13
I really am a reader as well and there are a lot of different authors and different genres of book as well. For that reason, though I will get stuck on a series when all of the books are available, I don't tend to stick to the same author all the time. I will bounce from one to another and back again and that is what works for me. As far as reading challenges for myself go, the only goal that I keep for myself is that I want to read at least 30 different books ever year.