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 Post subject: Just After Sunset
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 1:25 pm 
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Reading this at the moment - loving it. Anyone else read it?

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Great gods - shut up, shut up - you're ALL talking at once!!!! :-)

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(Ali whispers...) Yup - I've read it! :D

Really enjoyed. Especially 'N'. And the stuck-in-a-toilet one (once read, never forgotten, I should imagine...)

Looking forward to the new novel ('Under the Dome' or similar.)

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I was a little disappointed, actually, and feel King junior writes better short fiction these days. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge King fan, but I long for the days of The Shining - masterpiece. Cell is no comparison at all.

That said, The Things They Left Behind (or something like that) and the Graduation one were VERY good. His recent Lisey's Story was great, too, so I'm still hopeful...


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Ah...I really enjoyed Cell.

I really enjoyed the first 300 pages or so of Lisey's, too, but then I thought it all went a bit pear-shaped.

The Junior King is terrif, though.

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Pop Art is one of the best short stories I've ever read, I recommend it to all my students. 20th Century Ghost is pretty darned good, too.

I think my favourite King story was called Last Rung of the Ladder, or something. Funny, I was drawn to King in my teens for the macabre content but my favourite story ends up being one with nary a ghost or goblin.

Not that he wrote much of goblins, but you know what I mean.


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Yes I love Last Rung of the Ladder too.

There's a story in 20th Century Ghosts about a boy who builds structures using old boxes etc - can't remember what it was called, but loved it - hmm, must dig that out and read it again.

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Voluntary Commital, it's the novella that ends the collection.

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Rather embarassingly, as part of my recommendation to class to read Hill's work, I told them this guy was going to be huge, that there was soemthing very Stephen King about his work...

Didn't click for a long time that this particular Joe was the one I'd read about quite a bit in his dad's material.

Would anyone take him seriously, though, if he wrote as Joe King???


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Ha - well, it was a perceptive observation, anyway! :D

I should think if he wrote as Joe King there would be a lot of accusations of 'well, he's only famous because', but the quality of his work would shine out I think. And I imagine he'd be a lot better known among the general reading public.

On the other hand I have a lot of admiration for him for making his own way. When he was first starting out it must have been a hell of temptation to pull any string he could.

It would be for me, anyway. If I had any strings to pull, that is. :D

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