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Thread: What's the coolest way you've ever read an SK story?

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    Default Re: What's the coolest way you've ever read an SK story?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shoe View Post
    Around 4,200ish meters of elevation while in the Salta province region of the Andes Mountains; near Seclantįs Adentro and Cachi Adentro, Argentina. I was reading Dreamcatcher on and off throughout the long journey to mountains. It was tough to stay focused with all the gorgeous scenery all around. For two of the days I was staying at the Finca Montenieva, a ranch ran by the Aban family. Even if I were a better wordslinger I do not think I could express the deep awe I felt from the natural beauties of the lands. Let me just say that this is a place where you can look at the night sky, without any instrument aids, and see in detail the Milky Way.

    Even with all that went on in those short days I did try and sit down to sneak in a few pages. I did not get very far before the youngest son (8 years old give or take) who lives on the ranch came a sat down next to me. He was totally fascinated with the book in all aspects. It was hard to know exactly why because my Spanish was lacking and his English was worse. I found out why later after talking with his father and relaying his sons' fascination with the book. The son had turned shy and was hiding behind his father while we worked out the explanation for the fascination. Turned out that just about anyone in the region would have had great interest in the book. Books were hard to come by out there and books with English text are nearly nonexistent. The reasoning seemed so obvious to me then, this is a place where the kids still use horses as a mode of transportation to school. I was struck hard (not for the first time on the trip and certainly not the last) just how MUCH is taken for granted by myself and those around me in my American/Modern way of living.

    There was no question at all in my mind then, the book simply must be gifted to the boy then and there. But the book was such a rare object that he was reluctant to take it at first. I absolutely insisted and after some back and forthing he finally excepted but only on the condition that I take his pocket knife in return.

    So that was how I came to give away (for the first and only time ever) an SK book that I had started but not yet finished.

    Shoe, that story touched my inner spirit. The book will be treasured by the boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spideyman View Post
    Shoe, that story touched my inner spirit. The book will be treasured by the boy.
    Glad to hear it. It was a trip that touch my spirit too. I was in Argentina for about a month and had countless experiences and stories as a result. But those two days up in the mountains staying on that families ranch were some of the most affecting and memorable.

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    Default Re: What's the coolest way you've ever read an SK story?

    Doh! If only there were some way to edit. Definitely meant accepted...not excepted.

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    Default Re: What's the coolest way you've ever read an SK story?

    I can relate to this. I lost power at my home once and spent it reading The Regulators. Three days . . .because it's a southern city we were shut down due to an ice storm and I just read. Had everything I needed --but power and I really enjoyed that time.

    Quote Originally Posted by 91rewoT View Post
    Okay, I'm a little late in posting this, but I guess it's still a good story...

    On December 20th we had a blizzard. It snowed all day, and most of Wisconsin was closed. We got about 20" of very heavy wet snow, and then the wind started to gust. Trees fell and the power went out. My husband and I found ourselves sitting in a slowly cooling house with just candles and a battery operated lamp. No TV. No computer. No heat. What to do, what to do? It seemed there were only a couple of options, so - yup, you guessed it, I took my flashlight and retrieved my copy of The Wind Through the Keyhole from the bookshelf! Grabbed a blanket and my booklight, and settled in on the couch to read about the Starkblast while the wind continued to howl! It was the perfect way to read an excellent story!

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    Default Re: What's the coolest way you've ever read an SK story?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spideyman View Post
    Shoe, that story touched my inner spirit. The book will be treasured by the boy.
    Indeed..and a pocket knife to be treasured too.. not for the object,but for the memory..

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    I was once guarding a power station working twelve hour night shifts. It was a large site and there were only two of us covering it and in between hourly patrols I was reading IT. The patrols took one of us around the site whilst one remained at the gatehouse.We had to walk around the outside of the perimeter in poor lighting along narrow pathways with a fence one side and woodlands the other and a patrol took around fifteen minutes. On returning from one of these particular patrols around three in the morning whilst unlocking the gate that led me back onto the site my so called work collegue , who knew I was reading IT and who had seen the film and was hiding behind the gate giggling no doubt decided in his pretty good pennywise voice to shout out "KISS ME FAT BOY!"
    I screamed like a girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starkblast19 View Post
    I was once guarding a power station working twelve hour night shifts. It was a large site and there were only two of us covering it and in between hourly patrols I was reading IT. The patrols took one of us around the site whilst one remained at the gatehouse.We had to walk around the outside of the perimeter in poor lighting along narrow pathways with a fence one side and woodlands the other and a patrol took around fifteen minutes. On returning from one of these particular patrols around three in the morning whilst unlocking the gate that led me back onto the site my so called work collegue , who knew I was reading IT and who had seen the film and was hiding behind the gate giggling no doubt decided in his pretty good pennywise voice to shout out "KISS ME FAT BOY!"
    I screamed like a girl.

    AWESOME story!!!

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    It stormed pretty badly last month, and we were without power for a few days. I read about 200 pages from The Stand by candle-light late at night. Everyone else was asleep. It made Larry's journey through the tunnel seem much more...real.

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    We have rain in the forecast for today and tomorrow. I'm going to find a quiet spot by a window and try to put a sizable dent in The Tommyknockers.

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    Default Re: What's the coolest way you've ever read an SK story?

    I like reading at night a lot, when everyone at home is asleep and I can be alone with the story. I guess now I have the most exciting reading ever, as I read 'Salem's Lot at nights, and every night I get so scared reading it that I am afraid to turn my head and watch through the window...who knows what I can see there

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