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    I am curious to know which Stephen King novel that anyone has finished was the most difficult one to complete reading. I'm not asking which is your least favorite novel, but instead the one that took you the most time and/or effort to get through.

    For me, it's "Christine". "The Gunslinger", back in the mid-80's was also tough, but I can breeze through that book now.

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    The Gunslinger-
    I breezed through the rest of the books, but I muddled through this book. Half the time I had no idea what the hell I was even reading about. It was really "out there" and sort of confusing. Now, after I finished DTVII, I re-read Gunslinger, and loved it... breezed right through it. Once I wasnt so lost, I saw it for the gritty, spaghetti western, cosmic novel it was.

    Eyes of the Dragon-
    I liked this book. But I could never read more than 10-15 pages at a time, without wanting to go do something else. I think it was almost the child-like way SK told the story. Also, as far as SK goes... I love his cultural references, liberal use of profanity, dark humor, etc. I felt this novel lacked a lot of that.

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    For me, it was The Drawing of the Three. I loved the plot. I loved Roland, Eddie, and Odetta. But I can only take so much bad grammar before it starts sounding like nails on a chalkboard. Detta's character got real old, real fast. When she showed up in the remaining books, she had less dialogue and I actually grew to like her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclelouie View Post
    Eyes of the Dragon-
    I liked this book. But I could never read more than 10-15 pages at a time, without wanting to go do something else. I think it was almost the child-like way SK told the story. Also, as far as SK goes... I love his cultural references, liberal use of profanity, dark humor, etc. I felt this novel lacked a lot of that.
    It was written for his daughter (I believe) so it definitely lacked that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shasta View Post
    It was written for his daughter (I believe) so it definitely lacked that.
    That's right--when she was 12 or 13 years old if I remember correctly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moderator View Post
    That's right--when she was 12 or 13 years old if I remember correctly.
    Good, I'm glad I remembered that right. I was SO jealous of her!! (And Owen because he's close to my age!)

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    I'm having trouble finishing Under the Dome. I laid it down a few months ago with 300 pages to go, and plan on getting back at it soon. I've read a couple of other King books in the meantime.

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    Lisey's Story,
    definitive this one. I must have spent a month on that one, reading a couple pages a day. It just didn't interest me. There have been several books of King's I haven't really cared for, but "Lisey" was the only one I had serious trouble finishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autumn Gust View Post
    For me, it was The Drawing of the Three. I loved the plot. I loved Roland, Eddie, and Odetta. But I can only take so much bad grammar before it starts sounding like nails on a chalkboard. Detta's character got real old, real fast. When she showed up in the remaining books, she had less dialogue and I actually grew to like her.
    Yep, I too was annoyed at Detta's grammar. It didnt slow my reading down, but I really didnt enjoy her backstory that much. Eddie's on the other hand was amazingly good.

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    ...probably Song...

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