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Old 12-14-2008, 04:31 PM   #106
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What about "The World According to Garp"? I loved that book, I think it's my favourite whereas Irving is concerned.
And I didn't like Catcher in the Rye, which is one of those books that everyone reads and loves. Except me, seemingly.
I liked Garp. It just didn't have much of an impact on me. Actually, I read it twice. It was enjoyable enough but it never stayed with me. Objectively, Garp may have been a better book than Ciderhouse Rules. I won't make that argument, one way or the other. I just didn't like Garp as a character very much. And with Irving, you better get involved with the character.

And, God, Holden Caulfield was whiney.
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:37 PM   #107
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I'm trying to remember which John Irving book was the first I disliked. The Fourth Hand, likely.
That's where he began to lose me. I'm trying to remember where Stephen King lost me.
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Old 12-14-2008, 04:59 PM   #108
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That's where he began to lose me. I'm trying to remember where Stephen King lost me.
King lost me right around Needful Things, but in-between that book and now, there have been a few titles of his I've read/sort of liked.
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I used to pick up King's new books first thing. Now I just wait for word of mouth. What have you liked recently? I read Lisey's Story which I sort of liked. I haven't been following him much anymore so don't know what he's put out.
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King is one of my favorite authors (?), but really he hasn't turned out a lot lately I've cared to read, but Cell is probably one of my favorite books by him.
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I used to pick up King's new books first thing. Now I just wait for word of mouth. What have you liked recently? I read Lisey's Story which I sort of liked. I haven't been following him much anymore so don't know what he's put out.
Recently? Not a lot. I've kept up with the Dark Tower books, and that's about it.
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See, that's weird. I loved Lisey's Story, thought it was one of the more compelling books he has written in years (I read it in a day), but I thought Cell was probably his worst ever. Just goes to show how subjective tastes are.
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See, that's weird. I loved Lisey's Story, thought it was one of the more compelling books he has written in years (I read it in a day), but I thought Cell was probably his worst ever. Just goes to show how subjective tastes are.
I haven't picked up Lisey's Story yet, tell the truth. I wasn't so very into the plot according to the back of the book. But even though you hate Cell ( ) I'll give it a shot if you liked it that much.
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I haven't picked up Lisey's Story yet, tell the truth. I wasn't so very into the plot according to the back of the book. But even though you hate Cell ( ) I'll give it a shot if you liked it that much.
Have you read Rose Madder? It's sort of similar in tone to that, but without the spousal abuse. I remember feeling kind of meh about Rose Madder when I first read it, but then I reread it a year or so ago and really liked it. I'd say that Lisey's Story is better.

I just found Cell really draggy with not much happening, and I hated the ending. That's unusual for me, because King is probably my favourite writer too, and so I'm pretty forgiving with him, liking books of his that many feel are mediocre.
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Have you read Rose Madder? It's sort of similar in tone to that, but without the spousal abuse. I remember feeling kind of meh about Rose Madder when I first read it, but then I reread it a year or so ago and really liked it. I'd say that Lisey's Story is better.

I just found Cell really draggy with not much happening, and I hated the ending. That's unusual for me, because King is probably my favourite writer too, and so I'm pretty forgiving with him, liking books of his that many feel are mediocre.
I have not yet got around to Rose Madder, or Dolores Claiborne for that matter, which probably explains why I wasn't so gung-ho to read Lisey's Story either. The great read-a-thon I have planned for Christmas break likely will include all three though.

I can understand that, I was just giving you a hard time. I'll admit that I also enjoyed Dreamcatcher, even though I don't think I should have....silly book.
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I have not yet got around to Rose Madder, or Dolores Claiborne for that matter, which probably explains why I wasn't so gung-ho to read Lisey's Story either. The great read-a-thon I have planned for Christmas break likely will include all three though.

I can understand that, I was just giving you a hard time. I'll admit that I also enjoyed Dreamcatcher, even though I don't think I should have....silly book.
Yeah, those three are pretty similar, and probably not to everyone's tastes, but if you're a fan, you should give them a try.

Dreamcatcher - shit weasels. I liked it too!
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Yeah, those three are pretty similar, and probably not to everyone's tastes, but if you're a fan, you should give them a try.

Dreamcatcher - shit weasels. I liked it too!
Delores has been on tv a lot lately, and I've been trying to not watch it, but I love Kathy Bates, so I am going to check that one out first.

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Delores has been on tv a lot lately, and I've been trying to not watch it, but I love Kathy Bates, so I am going to check that one out first.

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I've seen the movie much more recently than I've read the book, but even that was probably 7 or 8 years ago. I should reread it. But for now, I'd rank them Lisey's Story, Rose Madder, and Delores Claiborne last. And there's also Gerald's Game from around the same time as DC and RM, too.

How could you not love shit weasels? That man has a warped sense of humour that I love. lol

Of other less commonly read but recent books of his, I also love Insomnia (creepy!), Hearts in Atlantis, and Bag of Bones.

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I've seen the movie much more recently than I've read the book, but even that was probably 7 or 8 years ago. I should reread it. But for now, I'd rank them Lisey's Story, Rose Madder, and Delores Claiborne last.

How could you not love shit weasels? That man has a warped sense of humour that I love. lol

Of other less commonly read books of his, I also love Insomnia (creepy!), Hearts in Atlantis, and Bag of Bones.
I have a friend that's obsessed with Delores Claiborne, so I promised her I'd read it.

So very obvious though that he was on some kind of medication while he was writing it lol.

Hearts in Atlantis the entire book, or the short story? I couldn't finish that book, it really lost me by the third story.

I'm on it.
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I read tons of King's books back in junior high and high school, then had enough for a while. Then after a long break, I picked up Hearts In Atlantis and absolutely loved it. I also really enjoyed Bag of Bones.

I have Lisey's Story (an autographed copy, thankyouverymuch), but haven't gotten around to reading it yet.
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