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  •  I'm not a fan of King's fiction ... (3+ / 0-)
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    ... but I love his non-fiction, like his book On Writing and a piece he wrote for the New Yorker about ten years ago about his accident.

    I'd be interested to read any non-fiction he has written about Maine, apart from the autobiographical anecdotes in On Writing .

    •  I loved King's (2+ / 0-)
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      "On Writing" too. As far as his fiction goes, I'm a big fan of his earlier books, and I don't usually read that genre. But his voice hooked me. Then he got so prolific and successful that I don't think editors dared edit him anymore.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 07:03:56 AM PDT

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      •  It's a shame when that happens. (2+ / 0-)
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        Life in an echo chamber is no way to live, especially for creative types.

        •  Yep. in fact, (0+ / 0-)

          life in the echo chamber is the nemesis of creativity. Still, King has my respect for the many great tales he told, in an amazing voice, and for how he made the "horror" genre relevant to so many---not because it was horror, but because his voice was so authentic and dealt, subtly, w/so many things beyond that genre.

          One of my absolute faves of his is "Misery." On the surface it's a terrifying tale of a bright and cheerful monster named Annie. How benign of a name can you get? This too is a talent of King's---his understanding of the importance of contrast. Evil monster gets a name like Annie.

          But under that surface, that book is about a lot more, and since that book's protagonist is a writer, it foreshadows "On Writing" in many interesting ways.

          "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

          by StellaRay on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 06:37:42 PM PDT

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    •  Have you read 'Danse Macabre'? (2+ / 0-)
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      It's his take on what makes horror work. Fascinating to hear him go through some famous horror movies and stories and identify just what made them scary as hell.

      "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff ' Amy Pohler

      by Annie B on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 12:07:44 PM PDT

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      •  No, I have not, and (0+ / 0-)

        thanks Annie, for the recommendation. No matter how much King may disappoint me these days, after my initial love affair w/his books--- a love that was to my great surprise considering the genre---I do still read him now and then, and have much respect for him. He's a stoney guy. Brilliant I think, even if that doesn't show up as much in his later works.

        I loved his "On Writing" non fiction effort, and this sounds like something I'd really like. I like to explore how things work and how they don't.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 06:51:10 PM PDT

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