Has This Happened To You?

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  1. Christine62
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    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    Has reading Stephen King ruined you for reading anyone else? I'm trying to read widely as Mr. King says but nothing grabs me like his work does. Any suggestions?
  2. blunthead
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    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Since I started reading sK I've checked out some of the authors he suggests in Danse Macabre. These authors have not failed me. I also recommend considering the authors SKMB members recommend periodically in posts on the Board.
  3. Angelo Bottigliero
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    Not really. I can still enjoy authors like Clive Barker, Brandon Sanderson, Bernard Hennen. For my historically correct needs I love W. Michael Gear & Kathleen Gear- O'Neal's 'The People of...' series. Their standalone book "Dark Inheritance" is one of the best non Kings I've ever read. Also, "Lost boys" by Orson Scott Card and "Dreamland" by Garfield Reeves Stevens (could have been a SK book). For Brandon Sanderson, try "Elantris"
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...he hasn't "ruined" me...but with my limited reading time...I prefer his company the most, and Cousin Dean second...
  5. EMARX
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    EMARX One book at a time......okay sometimes two.

    As soon as a new King comes out I'm on it like a rabid dog. But my moods dictate what and when I read so I'm all over the place most of the time.
  6. no bounce no play
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    no bounce no play I am Borg

    Cousin Dean lol. I wish Cousin Dean would finish the Moonlight Bay series. Twilight Eyes by Koontz is one of my most favoritest books.
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    Spideyman Uber Member

    SK is first choice. No other author can draw me into a story/characters the way he does. I enjoy reading books he suggests. Excellent suggestions have also been made by the members of the SKMB.
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    No question about it, there is no writer I like better, but I read a LOT, and all over the place. What I found is that it's his style that grabs me--conversational, slightly earnest, earthy, with realistic characters. It's writers like that that grab my heart: Steinbeck, Alcott (Don't laugh! I have a whole theory about the similarities in their styles :D), Wharton, Twain, McMurtry (earlier rather than later, here), even Shakespeare. Writers with similar humor would be Irving, Roddy Doyle. His childlike wonder: Bradbury, Gaiman (who led me to Pratchett--he's hilarious, so we're back to humor). Then there are all the fine writers who write in counterpoint to Mr. King--precise where he's expansive, cooler where he's emotional. They all balance together and against a King-sized (heh-heh) yardstick in my head/heart. But I read them all, because reading good writing both builds your skills and the lexicon you draw upon (for writery types) and enriches your mental and emotional playground as a human being. SO figure out how Mr. King is feeding your inner animal, then search for writers that can do something similar. Eventually, you'll catch on something in them that leads you to someone else, and that person will lead you elsewhere, and then... Oh, the places you'll go! :)
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Have to say I normally read what ever I can put my hands on at the time. Favourites are Clive Barker, Bill Bryson.
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    SK is coming first, but yes I've read other authors books too. Lee Child for example. I found his stories three years ago and he is
    a great author too. I think that SK has mentioned something about him too or something about his books. A related to
    SK is Dean Koontz. He is a good one too. So no Stephen's books is not the only one I read. Oh SK mentioned Justin Cronin. I liked
    both The Passage and The Twelve.
  11. never2muchfun
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    I've found Diana Gabaldon to be very good. She pulled me into the story. "Outlander" is the first one of a series. Time travel in present day America and England to 1700 America, England and Scotland. I'm reading a number of authors now. What genres do you like to read?
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    king family fan Prolific member

    Stephen King books. My favorite. Have trouble keeping interest in other books.
  13. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...maybe after Odd Thomas concludes...there was some interconnectedness recently between that series and good old Wyvern...
  14. EMARX
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    EMARX One book at a time......okay sometimes two.

    I agree. They initially came out in quick succession, but then nothing!
  15. VampireLily
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    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & General P.I.T.A

    without a doubt, one of the BEST series out there.
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    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I really enjoyed Twilight Eyes. I liked Watchers also, but I read that a long time ago and the only thing I remember about it is the Golden Retriever. :tounge:
  17. HollyGolightly
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    Lots of people have recommended this series to me, but I haven't read it yet! Maybe someday soon.
  18. HollyGolightly
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    I read a lot of other stuff as well, but SK sets the bar high - I nitpick other authors based on his perfection. I like Steinbeck (Cannery Row stuff mostly), McMurtry (his character development is intense, like SK), Koontz (sometimes, he scares me though), Marian Keyes (laugh out loud funny) and Fannie Flagg (ditto on the characters).
  19. no bounce no play
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    no bounce no play I am Borg

    I liked Watchers too. I also read it a long time ago... Before GMO creatures became common lol
  20. no bounce no play
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    no bounce no play I am Borg

    Koontz may have had an SK moment... didn't know how to finish it :)

    *runs for cover* no heavy weapons please, no fair throwing Under the Dome!

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