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Discussion in 'Insomnia' started by HollyGolightly, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. HollyGolightly
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    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    OK - I'm on a mission to post in a novel thread every day. I remember reading this in the early 90s right when it was published and I remember loving it. But I can't remember exactly what went on. I do recall the Fates and I was fascinated by all that. Is everyone's memory as horrible as mine? I was a new mom during those days, so I was preoccupied. Anyhow, I picked this up at a thrift store recently - hardcover, looks like it was never touched, and I am going to re-read it someday.

    What are your thoughts on this one?
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  2. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I enjoyed this story as I have enjoyed all of the stories from Stephen King. I read and reread this one like I did his others. I was fascinated by the use of color in this one...I was fascinated by a question on a previous version of the SKMB that asked if the green man was a force for good, or evil...maybe the member said good/bad...but you get the drift. I was fascinated by Old Dor. I enjoyed all of the old people in this one...was it Mrs...Peregine? Probably have the name wrong, but she scolds Ralph and this is a hoot, still lolly-gagging along...maybe she said something about his mouth hanging open. Heh! I enjoyed the connections to other King stories...there is a keyhole with a rose, or roses, on the back cover. Perrine. Her name is Perrine. Says he looks like the village idiot. I enjoyed the idea that there could be another force in the universe...aside from good/bad...the kind that went to King Herod, so on so forth. Esther is her first name.
  3. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...many people have it at or near the bottom of their list of his novels-I myself and others found it endlessly fascinating and a well qualified contender in his lexicon...also has a nice DT tie-in...
  4. kellykid
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    I have to admit it took me three attempts to actually read this one, but once I really got into it I was hooked! I have re-read this several times and love Ralph and Lois. Call me crazy, but if a movie is ever made I think Clint Eastwood would be an excellent Ralph.
  5. staropeace
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    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

  6. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    The first thing I liked about this book is that there is a Lois. Second it's a book with a lot going on and a lot of layers. I loved the whole fate and strings business. It's a long one but well worth it.
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  7. Dana Jean
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    I loved Insomnia. Second SK book to make me cry.
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  8. kellykid
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    kellykid Well-Known Member

    I cry every time, I just can't help it!
  9. OKKingFan
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    I really liked Insomnia too. I read it before the Dark Tower series, so this book really made me want to see what this Crimson King guy was all about. Great characters in this book, and like doowop girl, I liked the strings and the colors surrounding each person. Good stuff.
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  10. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    It was such an interesting book! Very metaphysical, with the auras/colors, and the Doctors (Fates) were pretty horrifying. I liked how it tied Greek mythology into the whole DT mythos (well, this and Rose Madder)--I think it was about here that the DT became epic, in the classical definition, by tying in heroes and legends to Mr. King's own world-building. The saga teetered on a knife's edge at this point, IMHO--the whole story could have become absurd--but taking that risk elevated the whole work (thankfully).
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  11. dsurrett
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    I finished the audio version for the second time this week, the last time was maybe 5 years ago, so I remembered some of what happened but not all, so parts of it were like reading it for the first time. I liked it better the second time through.
    It's definitely worth a re-read!
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  12. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    I loved this. Makes me cry every time I read it. And such a visual book too.
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  13. mjs9153
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    mjs9153 the Dude abides

    The end..it was so perfect, but hard to take too..I also really loved how Ralph described awakening in a barn,as a young man..very neat description of how beautiful the world is,and if you take the time to really look,how much there is to see..
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  14. Dana Jean
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    I loved Ralph.
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  15. HollyGolightly
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    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Which was the first King book to make you cry? I honestly can't remember mine - seems like at some point many of them bring tears to my eyes.
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  16. Dana Jean
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    The Talisman.
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  17. mjs9153
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    mjs9153 the Dude abides

    The Stand..maybe in the early eighties..because of Tom Cullen,and how trusting he was,but still needing to get sent away by Nick and Stu..
  18. HollyGolightly
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    Yep - I think both of those made me cry as well.
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  19. Dana Jean
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    This was the exact moment I sobbed in The Talisman:

    "Wolf collapsed like a falling tree.
    Jack knelt, turned him over. The hair was melting away from Wolf's cheeks with the eerie speed of time-lapse photography. His eyes had gone hazel again. And to Jack he looked horribly tired.
    "Jacky--" Wolf raised a bloody hand and touched Jack's cheek.
    "Shoot...you? Did he..."
    "No," Jack said, cradling his friend's head. "No, Wolf, never got me. Never did."
    "I..." Wolf's eyes closed and then opened slowly again. He smiled with incredible sweetness and spoke carefully, enunciating each word, obviously needing to convey this if nothing else. "I...kept...my herd...safe."
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  20. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    So true, me too. Even reading that quote. I think that was when I realised how King touched me so deeply and I knew I was totally stuck for life.

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