Has Stephen King lost his punch?

United States
April 19, 2007 8:29am CST
I have been an avid Stephen King fan since I can remember but lately I have been thinking he really needs to be hanging it up.The quality of his books has gone down drastically and I couldn't even wait to finish his latest "Lisey's Story".I thought it was pretty bad and they seem to have been going downhill for awhile now. I would rather him give up writing while he's still on top then be remembered as the horror writer who didn't know when to quit.Do any of you feel the same way?
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• Philippines
26 Apr 07
I haven't read "Lisey's Story" yet, but I have read Cell. I actually got tired reading it and the usual feeling of goosebumps or the disturbing feeling when I read his books wasn't there. Well, if something really IS wrong with him, he deserves a break. Even though I didn't like one of his latest books, I still like Stephen King. He has amazed me with a lot of his works already...^_^
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• United States
26 Apr 07
I still think he's amazing.I just wish he would take a break and see what happens. It seems like most are in agreement with me about this.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
20 Apr 07
I haven't been able to bring myself to even start reading Lisey's Story. I tried Cell, but it was pretty bad so I couldn't even finish it. I really do feel that he's lost something, perhaps he should give the writing a break for a while. I remember watching the episode he wrote for the X Files a few years back and you could already tell he was going downhill, it wasn't very good.
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• United States
21 Apr 07
It's so sad.Maybe if he took a break he would get back in the grove. I don't know about you, but I have been noticing this since Buik 8 came out.I actually gave that book away and let me tell you, I don't mind sharing but i am very stingy when it comes to books. I used to just automatically buy his books as soon as they came out,but now I wait til they go to the library and I read it,if i like it,I'll buy the book .Unfortunatley i haven't been buying too many king books
@breepeace (3024)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
Sadly I think so, too. I was an avid, too, I have pretty much every book he ever published in paperbook, as well as the Bachman Books and a few Tabby King novels. The one that killed it for me was "From a Buick 8".. I haven't read it since it was released so I don't remember exactly why I didn't like it, just that I remember being unimpressed. I read "Cell", thought it was alright, but by no means was blown away. I've read 3 pages of "Lisey's Story" but got involved in another book and dropped it for now. He had a good run, but maybe it's time he does hang up his hat? Go out when you're still semi on top of your game?
• United States
20 Apr 07
I read Buik 8 and that too for me seemed to be when his work started going down hill. I hope it's something he will get over but if it appears not to be,I hope he will hange up his hat and retire and not try to milk it for it's worth.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
19 Apr 07
He pretty much lost me when you published a book and it was only online. I did not have the net then. I do collected his books though still. I have moved on to Dean Koontz, he seems to have taken up where Stephen King left off. Still good to see King's books made into movies and I enjoy them whenever they play one. I will have to get his latest and see if I think it bad like you and then I would opine about his finish.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
i just recently watched Desperation on dvd for the first time and I was really surprised at how much they kept to the book.I even recognized phrases and sentences from the book being used in the movie.That 's very unusual.I also Dean Koontz. I am rereading his STrange Highways for about the umpteenth time
• United States
19 Apr 07
I LOVE Stephen King! I haven't read Lisey's Story...haven't tried at all. I will have to try it out now that I hear a review. LOL I agree that if he's going downhill, I would rather remember him as a great writer than someone who went down. However, I don't think he's gone downhill. I love all his books, but--as I said--haven't read this one you speak of.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
I wish I hadn't of read Lisey's story.The only thing good I can say about it is that I give it an A+ for originality.Who knows,you may like it but I didn't.I still idolize him though.
• United States
19 Apr 07
i had heard he was horribly injured not too long ago- maybe it's taking more of a toll on him then he realized. i really haven't had a chance to read any of his newer works-but i bet that might have a hand in it.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
He really got banged up.I am surprised he even survived. It could possibly be the reason. I hope it's something he will get over