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    Only "Crazy" in each other's opinion's man...they are going to be all over the place as is only fitting, we SHOULDN'T all like the same works-that smacks of brainwashing...(although my dura mater could stand a good coat of scrubbing bubbles come to think of it)

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    Wow......what's with all the hating on "Cujo" and "From a Buick 8?" I can kinda understand the negative feelings towards "The Tommyknockers," although I rather like that one myself. Anyway, my lists:

    Most Favorite:
    1. Salem's Lot
    2. Different Seasons
    3. The Green Mile
    4. It
    5. The Stand

    Least Favorite:
    5. Needful Things
    4. Just After Sunset
    3. The Black House
    2. Dreamcatcher
    1. Lisey's Story

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    vast majority of SK books fall into best,didn't enjoy Geralds Game,but really not sure about whether I'll read Blockade Billy (being English I just don't' get baseball, although I do love American Football and Ice hockey)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Wilson View Post
    1. Stand
    2. Talisman
    3. Lisey
    4. Duma Key
    5. It

    1. Gunslinger
    2. From A Buick 8
    3. Pet Sematary
    4. TommyKnockers
    5. Carrie
    Pt Semetary?? That surprises me. I thought that was his best, after IT of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hansel4150 View Post
    Pt Semetary?? That surprises me. I thought that was his best, after IT of course.
    You know you are right I probably shouldn't have included it. I didn't enjoy it because I found it to be so unrelentingly dark, but I can't say it was badly written.

    Also, I did this before rereading IT. If I did it over, IT would move up to #2 and I'd replace PS with Dark Half or Delores Claiborne.

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    These questions are right up there with, "What's your favorite song?"

    I can't answer. I would waste so much time listing and re-listing choices and feeling a horrible pull in my stomach that I'm forgetting something. It can feel like picking a favorite child, which I have a new favorite every week among my two kids, but I'd never tell them that!
    OK now I'm biting my tongue not to list my faves and non-faves. But knowing King, as soon as I pick he'll come out with some new ones for me to add to both lists! :-)

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    #1 'salems lot...by a mile, easy.
    *2 d.t.#4...okay, actually..it's a veeerrryyy close second: i take back that mile...centimeters...
    # 3...uhhh, easy, d.t. #3..then,
    #4 is d.t. #2
    and #5 is...the mist (okay, so it's short novel...or, a novella (whatever!)..i' still da bomb

    worst...
    #5 roadwork...just did not work for me...been an age since i read it; ought to give it another go...still
    #4 dreamcatcher..a little too over the top, a little too gross..the first 1/3 is haunting and effective, but once the protagonists are gripped with the ..whatever...it's not intense, just...ugh. and the ending...umm.. not..well done.
    #3 an even steven tie: d.t. #5, d.t. #6 & , especially, #d.t. 7; sorry, i know this is unpalatable to many...maybe even heretical, but these three do not hold a candles fart next to the first four, and the denounment...pppuuuhhhllleeeezzz; yeah, that was so logical...uh huh (flame on, i'm right)
    #2 tommyknockers...been there, done that...a thousand times before, and every one of 'em a thousand times better: the flying coke machine was effective and cool...just about everything else...blah-blah-blah
    and, lastly...the least effective, most forgettable...at #1, very easy..by far: insomnia...which only inspired some by my actually staying up, to absolutely no avail, to try to get through it...the only book, in the entire history of my reading life that i've put down and restarted..on no less than 3 occasions...hoping that i'd find my way in, only to get more and more frustrated and lost...boring, silly, stupid..boring...limp...boring, convoluted..and did i mention, boring.

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    Worst? tsk, He hasn't written a bad book
    His best IMO:
    1) The Stand
    2) 'Salems Lot
    3) IT
    4) The Dead Zone
    5) The Library Policeman from Four Past Midnight

    Least Favourite:
    1) Christine
    2) Cell
    3) Dreamcatcher

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    but seriously ... whats up with the eyes in the closet in cujo?

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    My five favorite:

    1. Misery
    2. Dolores Claiborne
    3. Under The Dome
    4. Needful Things
    5. Pet Sematary

    My least favorite:

    1. Tom Gordon
    I do have to say, that is the only book of Stephen King's that I almost could not finish.

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