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Best and least best book from each decade?

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by Kingunlucky, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    CYB, really? ;)
  2. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    You'll never find me!!!
    But seriously, the political facet of this book turns me off. It's not a subject I care to read about and I just could never warm up to this book.
  3. MarkS73

    MarkS73 Well-Known Member

    Best King book of the 70s?

    The Long Walk

    Best of the 80s?

    The Talisman

    Best of the 90s?

    Needful Things

    Best of the 2000s?

    Black House,Duma Key and Under The Dome, can't choose:)

    Best of the 2010s?


    least best King book of the 70s?


    least best of the 80s?

    the Tommyknockers

    least best of the 90s?

    The Regulators

    least of the 2000s?

    The Colorado Kid

    least of the 2010s?


  4. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member


    '70s: The Dead Zone
    '80s: The Tommyknockers
    '90s: Needful Things
    '00s: Duma Key
    '10s: Tie between 11/22/63 (seriously surprised this one hasn't gotten more love) and Revival

    Least favorites:

    '70s: Rage (I like this one a lot, but it's not on the same level as King's other early releases.)
    '80s: Christine
    '90s: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    '00s: Cell
    '10s: The Wind Through the Keyhole
  5. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    My least favorites from each decade

    70s - Roadwork (I like this one but when compared to the rest of the 70s work, it's the only choice)
    80s - The Tommyknockers (I don't really remember much and haven't read it since it was published so it makes the list because if I would have liked it more, I'd remember it)
    90s - The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (I may have to try again someday but I just couldn't get into this one at all)
    00s - Dreamcatcher
    10s - Mr. Mercedes (This was a tough one because I like this book but it was my least favorite of the trilogy and a close call for my least favorite of the decade)
  6. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    70s: Carrie
    80s: Firestarter
    90s: Dolores Claiborne
    00s: Colorado Kid
    10s: Joyland

    so the new story is called Sleeping Beauties, hey? at the end of the list if you follow cyb's link in post #2 not just one, plural...ah, yeah, walt, that's usually what the ess on the end of a word means. thanks, bub. give me any more lip and it's up on the roof you go. just sayin, don't need to get all huffy. :hurt:
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  7. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    Least favourites:

    70s - Carrie (if I had to choose one from this decade)
    80s - The Tommyknockers (sci-fi is not SK's strong point, but I remember enjoying the narrative until it was interrupted by the incessant rambling about Bobby's alcoholism; I only fully appreciated the situation when I read On Writing and realised what Steve's headspace was like back in this period)
    90s - The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
    00s - Lisey's Story (it took me 3 years of picking up and putting down before I finished this, which is the sole reason it was picked as my least favourite in a decade of SK publishing several books I enjoyed very little: Dreamcatcher, From a Buick 8, The Colorado Kid)
    10s - Finders Keepers (chosen because it's the one where I spent the least amount of time with the main characters established in the first book of the trilogy)
  8. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    70,s The Stand
    80,s It
    90,s The Green Mile
    00,s Liseys Story
    10,s 11/22/63

    worst (or least good)
    70,s Thats tough, he only wrote good ones here but with a knife at my throat i'd answer The Dead Zone
    80,s The Dark Half
    90,s Insomnia
    00,s Dreamcatcher
    10,s Doctor Sleep
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  9. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    And, by the way, isn't Roadwork from 81 or 80? If i considered it to be a 70,s i would have picked it for least fave.
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  10. Brooks

    Brooks Well-Known Member

    Good discussion. I think various decades are more top heavy than others:

    1970's -- The Stand seems the easy choice.

    1980's -- I think SK's best decade! Misery (love me some Annie Wilkes), IT, tommyknockers, The Stand, Different Season (with Shawshank and The body). Pretty good list.

    1990's -- The Green mile collection

    2000's -- The Dark Tower collection

    2010's -- easily 11/23/63. Joyland was good but not to the level as 11/23/63. I'm surprised readers can even compare the two based on details and overall complexity of work. Hey, but to each his own.

    Ms. Moderator, if there is every a thread we need SK's opinion, this might be it. I would love to hear him judge the quality of his work based on decades. But I guess it's hard to critique any of your "babies".
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  11. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    He seems pretty objective about his books after some time. I've read in a couple of different places that he personally dislikes Dreamcatcher and Tommyknockers, and I remember an interview years ago (probably in the 90s) where he singled out Christine as the book he's never been tempted to look at again. Those would cover three of the decades! :)
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  12. Kingunlucky

    Kingunlucky Well-Known Member

    He's not fond of Insomnia either if I recall.
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  13. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I agree about Dreamcatcher and Tommyknockers. To me these books are books that got lost. Unfulfilled promises. You can feel it lurks a better book within but it was never delivered.
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  14. Kingunlucky

    Kingunlucky Well-Known Member

    Seems all the books to do with Derry or where Pennywise makes a cameo (with the exception of IT novel) are disliked by King LOL. Dreamcatcher, Insomnia, and Tommyknockers.
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  15. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    He's also made negative comments about Needful Things in the past.
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  16. PaulPK

    PaulPK Member

    Hmm a few tough ones here as many of these books are favorites.
    70's was tough, 'The Stand''
    80's Christine, book and Movie (though movie misses out on some great info)
    90's Insomnia (Cause DT refs), than Green Mile/Bag of Bones
    00's Black House (More for DT refs as well)
    10's Revival (am currently on another read through, nearing the end, fantastic chars)
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  17. Kingunlucky

    Kingunlucky Well-Known Member

    BLEEEH POST! double
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  18. Kingunlucky

    Kingunlucky Well-Known Member


    With the exception of The Stand, it is a list of underdogs. Christine, Insomnia, Black House, and Revival!
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  19. Ben O'Dimm

    Ben O'Dimm Active Member

    I agree completely, I felt like Finder's Keepers was way out of the realm of the other two books. They were related but weren't. To me, it seemed like one of those sequels that you can read without reading the first book; but then the third book went completely back to the trilogy and I felt as though the middle one stuck out after that
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  20. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    Finder's reads like a Bachman book to me. As part of the trilogy though, it really does suffer from "middle-child syndrome." Filming that book is gonna be a tough sell.
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