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Spideyman

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I was lost,with my sister,for a period of probably an hour and a half to two hours..and it was pretty damn scary.I was probably around ten,and she was about seven,so she couldn't walk as fast..as we were going through a stretch of unfamiliar woods,we heard something approaching,and a chuffing kind of noise..we could only retreat just a little before it was on us,and I prepared to punch or do whatever I could to save my sister..suddenly a huge dog,like a cross between a saint Bernard and a mastiff,came into view.I screamed at it(wish I could say I shouted a war cry,but I was so scared,I just screamed at it) and it looked startled,altered its path and went around us..we went on and eventually came out of the woods a few miles from home,poor sis was very tired by the time we got there..the idea of a child being lost in the woods is close to me,I know how it is to be scared that way..
Wow- you were a good guardian to your sister. Being lost, especially in the woods is vey scary.
 

GNTLGNT

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#62
Yeah, I can do these too. "............" Whooooo! You don't know somebody didn't twist my arm to read it, you dictatorial Wilford Brimley looking ... fine fellow. I didn't like it. Ever read a Stephen King book that didn't rock your world? I didn't think so. Not that you would EVER admit it. He's not reading these, so you can calm down. You're not going to become his pal. Unless you are Tabatha King in disguise don't just attack me for a couple of negative comments. Can you do that? If this is you Tabatha, I'm very very sorry. I just didn't like it. I respect your husband's work greatly. And that's a very bad picture of Wilford Brimley you posted. Compared to him the real Brimley was practically Johnny Depp.

But seriously. Demeaning? It just didn't reach me. Maybe I'm too dense. That's very possible. Maybe having a girl child made it a bad fit for me. Why was what I said even remotely demeaning? You're not a 'snowflake' are you? Want to choose you're words a bit more carefully? Some "likes" would be nice now. Thanks!
...and you just proved my point Sunshine....love, Wilford.....
 

Tery

A homeward angel on the fly
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#63
He's not reading these, so you can calm down. You're not going to become his pal.
Actually, he does sometimes cruise the Board.

You're not a 'snowflake' are you? Want to choose you're words a bit more carefully?
Perhaps it is you who should choose words more carefully. This post rides the ragged edge of calling for a warning. You're over-reacting to a comment because it called you out. I realize that makes you defensive but we don't look kindly upon nasty comments. Please refrain from name-calling and ad hominem attacks in future.

Oh and BTW, millions of snowflakes -avalanche
 

mjs9153

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#64
Wow- you were a good guardian to your sister. Being lost, especially in the woods is vey scary.
That was the first time I ever felt responsible for somebody else, not just me being lost but both of us being lost, and it was pretty tough on a young kid knowing that I was responsible for what happened to her.. Even though I was scared for myself too..
 

roseannebarr

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I enjoyed the girl who loved tom Gordon. my "least" favorite was the regulators. but I still enjoyed it. He is definitely not just a horror writer. I work at a bar and talk SK all night to anyone that listens. and recommend 11/22/63 to EVERYONE. Not one single person has complained about that story. one 65 your old man said that is the only "big" book he ever read.

Tom Gordon was its in own type of story and I liked it. I love IT. Lisey;s story, Insomnia and on and on and on....
 

grin willard

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Actually, he does sometimes cruise the Board.



Perhaps it is you who should choose words more carefully. This post rides the ragged edge of calling for a warning. You're over-reacting to a comment because it called you out. I realize that makes you defensive but we don't look kindly upon nasty comments. Please refrain from name-calling and ad hominem attacks in future.

Oh and BTW, millions of snowflakes -avalanche
:) I'm sure you're right. Although I'll need to google ad hominum.
 

twiggymarie

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#69
Wendigos have been referred to in literature for many decades, most notably in Algernon Blackwood's 1910 story "The Wendigo", which introduced the legend to horror fiction,[39] and in Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary

Wiki has a good article on Wendigo's,or Manitou,goes in depth with history and different manifestations..I don't remember SK specifically calling this creature(the bearlike one in TGWLTG) a wendigo,though I guess it could be considered one,but it seemed more Dark Tower related than Indian mythology,to me..I thought the length was just right,it is a really quite thin paperback,can read it in one or two sittings..each to their own though! :grinning:
"Oh! oh! This fiery height! Oh, my feet of fire! My burning feet of fire!"

Say sorry, I had to! Blackwood was a master of subjective horror. Found him through Lovecraft, whom I in turn found through Sai King. His tales of John Silence are especially fun!
 

aussie12

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I just finished reading this book and I liked it until the ending. What I was thinking was going to be the end didn't happen.
I thought that when she thought she was saved that it would be that man the radio was saying had abducted her. Although it would be horrible that a man like that would take poor Trisha and probably murder her
Stephen King is a horror writer and that ending would have fit perfect.
 
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I agree! And she was so brave,and tried so hard,and it hit every one of my protective nerves,I wanted to go out and look for her myself..and also there are tie ins to the dark tower,if people pay attention..this may actually be one of the most underrated SK books,along with Eyes of the Dragon,which also had Dark Tower tie ins..
Wait, what? Dt? Might I be so bold as to ask for clarification on the dt connections you perceive? My obsession is not going to let me stop shaking that like a rat till i figure out what you meant.
 
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Spideyman

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#75
Wait, what? Dt? Might I be so bold as to ask for clarification on the dt connections you perceive? My obsession is not going to let me stop shaking that like a rat till i figure out what you meant.
The spoilers will show connections.........(***conclusions from other sources)
Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The

The thing that has been following Trisha gets describes in pages 244-246 as a large Black Bear with maggots in it's eye sockets and was diseased/dying, and implied to be insane (I'm paraphrasing). At this point, we have a direct parallel to Shardik from book three, "The Wastelands". (Large Bear, dying, insane, diseased with maggots and such and in Shardik's case: he's a Machine/cyborg) Trisha's beast gets the Name: "The God of the Lost" on pg.244, and Shardik was a "lost" Guardian of the Tower! On pg.245 "The God of the Lost" shows it's power/aggression by crunching a broken branch in it's mouth making a sound like "splintering bone". Very much like Shardik shoving down all the dead trees so noisely in "Wastelands". When "the God of the Lost" is about to kill Trisha it is shot by Travis Herrick, who surprises it, allowing her to throw her baseball striking it "deadbang between the eyes" (just where Shardik's "dish" was that was shot to kill him!) And the final funny is when Trisha Hallucinates seeing a couple of "..Energizer batteries fall out of it onto the road." when she hits the Bear with the ball!!(pg. 253) Yet another cyborg machine reference?! You tell Me!!


The bear at the end that Trisha faces is the bear known as Shardik from the Dark Tower. Throughout the entire story, Trish follows a stream, the way of the land, and a road. It's said that everything follows the beams, and Trisha followed the bear beam by following the land while she was lost. When she encounters the bear, it is covered with bugs and maggots just like Shardik. She pretends to throw a pitch at the bear, which results in "batteries" falling out of him (which hints that the bear is robotic just like Shardik) Bear=Shardik= Guardian of the beam



The God of the Lost that Trisha stares down could be Shardik, the bear that attacks Eddie Dean in The Wastelands

During a wind storm, "old wives cringed in their beds and slept poorly and told their husbands that Rhiannon, the Dark Witch of the Coos,was riding her hateful broom this night, and wicked work was afoot." This occurs the night Flagg poisons King Roland.
 

Wab

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I really don't believe that sK has a quota. I think his imaginative range is very broad, so that some fans don't get of his ideas because those ideas aren't their cut of sK tea.

As for The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, I thought it was brilliant. I really felt what the girl was going through. I could feel her fatigue, just as I could feel Garraty's in The Long Walk.
As far as I know the only contractual obligation book SK has published was Pet Sematary in order to get out of a bad contract with Doubleday (I think).
 
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mjs9153

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#77
Also, can't remember cuz it's been a few years since I read Tom Gordon, but when Trisha was having the dream sequence of the guys in robes, I think there's a connection there. I'm going to have to read it again because I remember specifically thinking that when I read it.. and was there something that Tom Gordon said to her in one of the dreams? Of course the easy one in eyes of the dragon is the presence of Randall Flagg, and the history that they go into about him..
 

mjs9153

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Also a couple nuggets, the page that shows the printing, first edition whatever there is an acknowledgement for a song played in the book crediting Richie "Records" Tozier.. and I believe the hooded figure in Black, of the three I described above, Trisha hears a motor whining in its head. Will definitely have to do a reread because it's been at least two or three years since I've read it..
 
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The spoilers will show connections.........(***conclusions from other sources)
Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The

The thing that has been following Trisha gets describes in pages 244-246 as a large Black Bear with maggots in it's eye sockets and was diseased/dying, and implied to be insane (I'm paraphrasing). At this point, we have a direct parallel to Shardik from book three, "The Wastelands". (Large Bear, dying, insane, diseased with maggots and such and in Shardik's case: he's a Machine/cyborg) Trisha's beast gets the Name: "The God of the Lost" on pg.244, and Shardik was a "lost" Guardian of the Tower! On pg.245 "The God of the Lost" shows it's power/aggression by crunching a broken branch in it's mouth making a sound like "splintering bone". Very much like Shardik shoving down all the dead trees so noisely in "Wastelands". When "the God of the Lost" is about to kill Trisha it is shot by Travis Herrick, who surprises it, allowing her to throw her baseball striking it "deadbang between the eyes" (just where Shardik's "dish" was that was shot to kill him!) And the final funny is when Trisha Hallucinates seeing a couple of "..Energizer batteries fall out of it onto the road." when she hits the Bear with the ball!!(pg. 253) Yet another cyborg machine reference?! You tell Me!!


The bear at the end that Trisha faces is the bear known as Shardik from the Dark Tower. Throughout the entire story, Trish follows a stream, the way of the land, and a road. It's said that everything follows the beams, and Trisha followed the bear beam by following the land while she was lost. When she encounters the bear, it is covered with bugs and maggots just like Shardik. She pretends to throw a pitch at the bear, which results in "batteries" falling out of him (which hints that the bear is robotic just like Shardik) Bear=Shardik= Guardian of the beam



The God of the Lost that Trisha stares down could be Shardik, the bear that attacks Eddie Dean in The Wastelands

During a wind storm, "old wives cringed in their beds and slept poorly and told their husbands that Rhiannon, the Dark Witch of the Coos,was riding her hateful broom this night, and wicked work was afoot." This occurs the night Flagg poisons King Roland.
I mean, I guess there are similarities and ok some of that is perhaps reminiscent of shardik, but that’s kind of a stretch, compared to king’s normal connections to the dt. Usually it’s very clear, not symbolic, but maybe i will reread it and see if it stands out more in consideration of your thoughts
 
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I mean, I guess there are similarities and ok some of that is perhaps reminiscent of shardik, but that’s kind of a stretch, compared to king’s normal connections to the dt. Usually it’s very clear, not symbolic, but maybe i will reread it and see if it stands out more in consideration of your thoughts
Yeah, see the eyes of the dragon connection, That’s clear - the shardik thing, I don’t know
 
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