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Best and least best book from each decade?

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

  1. Devourer

    Devourer Member

    70s - 'Salem's Lot
    80s - IT
    90s - The Stand - C&U (only novel I like from this decade & it's really from the 70s.)
    00s - Duma Key (only novel I like from this decade.)
    10s - Doctor Sleep (only novel I like from this decade so far.)

    As for least, it's hard to say for most decades except for the current one. Revival is not only hands down the worst SK book I've read, it's flat out the worst book I've ever finished, period.
     
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  2. Brooks

    Brooks Well-Known Member

    Worst book ever? Revival wasn't one of his best but readable with a decent plot. I'll take any of SK's novels over James Patterson's any day. One chapter of SK has more description and detail than one entire book of Parterson's . Different strokes for different folks......
     
  3. Devourer

    Devourer Member

    For starters, I said worst book "I've ever finished." Second, I don't read authors with book series (such as the Pattersons of the world). Nor do I understand why people prefer quantity to quality. For example, I find that most TV series folks rave about don't even have enough quality content to fill a feature length film. There's an insane amount of trivial/mundane detail filler that frankly does nothing for the overall story, which brings me to your comment about description... One of Stephen's major issues is that he goes way overboard with that sort of fluff. For me, knowing what tooth paste someone uses does not make for richer character development. If I wanted that kind of information, I'd read Twitter all day instead. Revival strikes me as an exercise in pointlessness & poorly written pointlessness at that. It has none of the intrigue that at least gives some merit to King's other lesser works.

    Again, this is just my opinion based of my own experience.
     
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  4. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....guess he can strike your name from his overly-descriptive Christmas card list....
     
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  5. Tery

    Tery I want to look at life In the available light Moderator

    I find that the detail adds to the story. It's one of the things I love about SK. He builds places and people that interest me.
     
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  6. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    Interesting! Its the details, the small describtive pieces that makes the story, for me, take root properly and when it later goes wrong it seems so more real just therefore and feels the more. For me king wouldn't be King if not. Then of course he sometimes gets overwordy but its not always coupled to the describtions in my view.
     
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  7. Kingunlucky

    Kingunlucky Well-Known Member

    Revival's better than Doctor Sleep, though in all seriousness. I mean neither are anywhere close in my top ten but I'm surprised DS got picked over Revival. Different strokes of course!
     
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