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Nguyener
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
Salems Lot
The Stand
The Talisman
It
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pvilleguru
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
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Has anyone read "the running man"? King wrote it under the name Richard Bachman. The movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger in it is based on it, wondering if the book is any good.
I know this is cliche, but the book is so much better than the movie. I hated the movie, but the book was fantastic.


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Palo Gaucho
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
Of the ones I've read:

1. The Stand
2. IT
3. 11/22/63
4. Salem's Lot
5. The Talisman
6. Dark Tower Series
7. Green Mile
8. The Shining
9. Needful Things
10. Mr. Mercedes

The Stand is my all time favorite book.


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ladygoodman
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
I read most any Stephen King I could get my hands on for many years, beginning with Salems Lot when I was far far too young to be reading such things. Then I stopped for a LONG time after Geralds Game, and have only read a few since then--Bag of Bones and 11/22/63 were good.

The short story/novella collections have some of his best work, imo.

But I came to say this...read the forewords. I have always enjoyed them. Great springboard into the book and into his head, alarmingly enough. On Writing; A Memoir of the Craft, is one of my absolute favorites of his because it is like a long, long foreword.
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vistajay
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
I think it depends when you read The Stand. I read it when published and loved it. Since then dystopian lit has become very popular so it suffers in comparison to The Road and the first Passage book. But for the time, there was not much like it.


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I read yesterday that they are going to make this into a movie. It should be interesting.



Again?



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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
I could not finish the shining


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wareaglepete
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
The Stand
Salem’s Lot
Talisman
The Dark Tower
IT
Pet Semetary
Skeleton Crew
Black House
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ipodking
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
Stephen King made a rare Podcast appearance recently on Mick Garris’ Post Mortem Podcast to talk about the 25th anniversary of The Stand miniseries and the upcoming CBS All Access miniseries.

LINK


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Tigris
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Dark Tower ... that ending


I thought the ending was perfect; though the last few books were pretty terrible. King making himself a character was one of the worst decisions ever by an author, and there were plenty of other problems.


Samso
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Then I stopped for a LONG time after Geralds Game


Wow I totally forgot about Gerald’s Game. Read that way back in high school.


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BluegrassBelle
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
I've enjoyed his novels, but I actually like his novellas and short stories more.

Different Seasons is still an amazing compilation to me and my favorite of his.


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Rep520
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I thought the ending was perfect; though the last few books were pretty terrible. King making himself a character was one of the worst decisions ever by an author, and there were plenty of other problems.


The very end was fitting.

Everything before that was rough. From King writing himself in to the weird Mordred subplot to a really underwhelming confrontation with the Crimson King...there was a lot that should have been trimmed to make way for better things.


El Mattadorr
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
I read Pet Sematary last week in a matter of a few days. I was hooked from the beginning even though I knew the storyline. I got goosebumps with that ending. "Hello, darling." I would even rank it above The Shining. The next King novel that I read will likely be Salem's Lot since it's been mentioned on here by most.
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lsu480
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Salem’s Lot is trash


razorbackpat
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
talisman
gunslinger 1-4
dark half
needful things
it (except for THAT part in the sewers)

ive tried tommyknockers 10 times and i get bored 20 pages in and stop


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El Mattadorr
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Salem’s Lot is trash

Okay. I scrolled through and didn't see your list.


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DrewTheEngineer
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
I'll list the ones that I've read from most favorite to least favorite (I'm including novellas):
1) The Long Walk - I've read this at least 5 times, never gets old to me ... feel like I know the characters.
2) Pet Semetary - Read this in high school, never watched the movie.
3) Salems Lot - Great vampire book, ties in with a few of his short stories.
4) Mr. Mercedes - Pure detective story, great read.
5) The Body - Also read in high school, even better than the movie.
6) 11/22/63 - Good read if you like the JFK stuff.
7) Rage - Another good read.
8) The Running Man - Way different from the movie.
9) The Stand - I like this one, but thought it was way too long.
10) The Outsider
11) Thinner
12) The Regulators



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FredBear
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re: Ranking Stephen King's Novels
I have only read a couple of his books all the way through, not counting his short story publications, but I really liked The Stand and 11/22/63.

They made a mini series out of the latter not too long ago and it's not too bad.


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RoyalBaby
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Different Seasons was my favorite but I’m partial to novellas. Green Mile was good as well.

Favorites are Night Shift, Christine, 11/22/63, The Dark Tower (1st book great, rest were horrible). Best non-fiction is On Writing.


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