Top 5 And Bottom 5 King Stories

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  1. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    Top:
    1. The Stand
    2. The Dark Tower series (one book)
    3. It
    4. The Talisman
    5. The Green Mile
    Bottom:
    1. The Tommyknockers
    2. Cell
    3. 'Salem's Lot (scared the snot out of me)
    4. Gerald's Game
    5. Thinner
    These are subject to change for me, what are yours?
     
  2. xkittyx

    xkittyx Unfound

    My top 5 are:

    1. The Dark Tower (all)
    2. The Talisman
    3. It
    4. The Stand
    5. 'Salem's Lot
    Runner up is Desperation. But as Neil Gaiman has said, picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you'd most like not to lose.
    I will have to come back with a bottom five. That will take some thought.
     
  3. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Top off the top of me head

    1. 'Salem's Lot (my first)
    2. "The Shining.
    3. The Stand .. although this might have come first.
    4. DT. ... so hard this might have come first... I am thinking this might be on another level..
    5. All of the short stories.


    Having trouble finding the ones I did not like

    Ok.. I tried Lisey's Story. Still can not get throu it.

    That's about it.
     
  4. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & General P.I.T.A

    Top:
    1. Different Seasons (with 3 of my favorite stories EVER)
    2. The Talisman
    3. Skeleton Crew
    4. 'Salem's Lot
    5. IT
    Bottom:
    1. Insomnia ( better as a cure for Insomnia... or perhaps a doorstop)
    2. Gerald's Game
    3. Lisey's Story
    4. The Colorado Kid
    5. ?
     
  5. shookme

    shookme Obscure Member

    While I haven't read all of em (probably around thirty that I have read), I loved them all with the exception of Doctor Sleep.
     
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  6. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    Top:

    1, IT
    2, 11/22/63
    3, The Stand
    4, The Langoliers
    5, Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three

    Bottom: This is a bit tricky because I have not read too many, and stories I may have enjoyed may still be in my bottom 5.

    1, Secret Window, Secret Garden - Just could not get going with it, never finished it.
    2, Dark Tower: Wastelands
    3, Sun Dog - The synopsis sounded so much better.
    4, Library Policeman - not bad, just ok.
    5, The Shining - Don't Lynch me, I didn't mind it, certainly didn't hate it, but it just bored me for too long. The final 3rd was good, but up until then I just weren't gripped.
     
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  7. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    1. IT
    2 Pet Sematary
    3. Lisey's Story
    4. Misery
    5. Cujo
    6. I love all his short story books so it was hard to choose one!


    Bottom - The top three I like, but not as much as my top five. Pick four and five, I just haven't been able to get through. I have tried.
    1. Under the Dome
    2. Gerald's Game
    3. From A Buick 8
    4. Insomnia
    5. Hearts in Atlantis
     
  8. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    1. The Stand
    2. It
    3. The Dark Tower Series
    4. The Talisman/Black House combo
    5. Duma Key

    1. Gerald's Game
    2-5. see above
     
  9. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    Haven't read all SK books, but so far, not in order...

    1. Misery
    2. Pet Sematary
    3. The Green Mile
    4. Cujo
    5. Skeleton Crew (all of it)


    1. Hearts In Atlantis
    2. Bag Of Bones
    3. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    4. Dreamcatcher
    5. Gerald's Game
     
  10. kylallie

    kylallie Active Member

    I love all SK's books but these would be what I would pick:

    Top 5
    1. 11.22.63
    2. It
    3. Dark Tower Series ( all except one)
    4. Christine
    5. The Stand
    Runners up - Insomnia and The Green Mile

    Bottom 5
    1. Cell
    2. Cujo (good book but probably wouldnt read again)
    3. Dreamcatcher (perhaps this is just because I can't get through it???)
    4. Song of Susannah
    5. Geralds Game
     
  11. Jojo87

    Jojo87 Prolific member

    Top 5
    1. Under the Dome
    2. Lisey's Story
    3. Dolores Claiborne
    4. 11/22/63
    5. Bag of Bones

    Bottom 5
    1. The Gunslinger
    2. Tommyknockers
    3. Dreamcatcher
    4. Talisman
    5. Heart in Atlantis
     
  12. ghost19

    ghost19 ..."I aim with my eye."...

    1)The Dark Tower series
    2)Hearts in Atlantis
    3)The Talisman and Black House
    4)Misery
    5)The Dead Zone

    Hard to pick anything bottom of the rung from Mr. King....have to think on that one a bit...
     
  13. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Books are pretty easy. I didn't take story collections or non-fiction into consideration for these. Top 5/Bottom 5 short stories would take more thought!
    Top 5 books

    The Stand
    IT
    Wizard and Glass
    'salem's Lot
    The Talisman

    Bottom 5 books

    The Regulators
    Dreamcatcher
    From a Buick 8
    The Tommyknockers
    Under The Dome

    I went to look at my bookshelves, and now I have anxiety. :m_fingers: So many more that I loved, for various reasons and at various times. These are my top-of-the-head choices, though.
     
  14. JordyVerrill

    JordyVerrill Lunkhead

    The Top 5 for me so far... I haven't read all of his books yet.

    1. Duma Key. Wireman is my favorite literary character of King's.
    2. 11/22/63.
    3. It.
    4. The Stand.
    5. Hearts in Atlantis. More specifically, the actual "Hearts in Atlantis" story... although "Low Men in Yellow Coats" was great too.


    Bottom 5, so far

    1. Gerald's Game. The only King book I've started and just gave up on without finishing.
    2. Blockade Billy. I didn't dislike it, it's just on the bottom part of my list.
    3. Cell. I feel weird putting this in my bottom 5, because it is the book that made me really get into reading Stephen King.
    4. Thinner. I love this story, but if I must pick out my bottom 5, it has to go there.
    5. The Regulators. Again, I liked this book... but not as much as Desperation, which I read first.
     
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  15. BeverleyMarsh

    BeverleyMarsh Well-Known Member

    - Top 5:

    -Lisey's Story
    - It
    - Misery
    -Needful things
    -Full dark, No Stars

    Bottom 5:

    - The Colorado Kid ( I couldn't get over the practical joke of it being a mystery book because it's not resolved. I laughed of course because only Stephen King would do something like that and it was brilliantly written, but still...)
    - The tommyknockers
    - Charlie
    - Gerald's game
    - Cell

    But I might change my mind about the top 5 in the next 5 minutes, it's a pretty tough call.
     
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  16. Drummerboy

    Drummerboy Member

    Very interesting lists, I must say.
    While the anthologies are my favorites for sure, my top/bottom five novels are, in no particular order:
    -The Stand(almost everyone's favorite)
    -The Green Mile(same as above)
    -Eyes of the Dragon(a forgotten gem, I think, Although it's been probably twenty years since I read it)
    -Under The Dome(Funny how it makes many of the top AND bottom five. I loved it!)
    -tie-between Delores Claiborne and Gerald's Game(I thought they were both really, really good).
    Bottom five
    -The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.(I thought it was ok..not bad, just ok.)
    -Bag of Bones(again..just ok)
    -Insomnia(it was/is just ok. It had it's moments)
    - The Tommyknockers(again, it's been a long time since I've read it. Just not bad).
    -Lastly, and don't crucify me..IT!! I know it is held with so many high regards...I thought it was just..meh.
     
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  17. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    :lee::hammer: Let's get him guys!!!

    Nah, just kiddin'. Like I can talk, I have the shining in my bottom 5.

    I feel I might have to reshuffle these now that I have read Joyland. It really is pushing DT: DoT3 and The Langoliers.
     
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  18. MadamMack

    MadamMack M e m b e r

    Top
    Lisey's Story
    11/22/63
    IT
    Under the Dome
    Gerald's Game
     
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  19. Pavlos Pan

    Pavlos Pan New Member

    I have ranked and tabulated the results to date, with net scores (calculated as the number of # people citing a book as top 5 minus the number of people citing it as bottom 5)

    King's 5 most popular books, including net score:

    1. The Stand (82) - the winner by far!
    2. IT (40)
    3. Misery (38)
    4. DT - The Drawing of Three (36)
    5. 'Salem's Lot (35)

    King's 5 least popular books, including net score:

    1. Roadwork (minus 34)
    2. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (minus 29)
    3. The Tommyknockers (minus 28)
    4. From a Buick 8 (minus 27)
    5. Gerald's Game (minus 23)
     
  20. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Top 5
    The Green Mile
    Shawshank
    It
    Eyes of the dragon
    Doctor Sleep
     
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