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How you deal with reading other Authors

Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by bigkingfan91, May 7, 2014.

  1. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    Seriously? I mean it seems such a waste. Not reading IT, The Shining, Carrie, The Green Mile, Misery and others just because they have been turned to movies? You will be missing so much and even if the movie is a good adaption, which isn't always the case, They almost always make small, sometimes big changes to the story. And of course the biggie: To read a book is a totally different experience than seeing a movie. You very seldom get the atmosphere, the feeling of being sucked in heads first into the story. It is like saying i've eaten the apple(movie) so now i dont need to eat the orange(book) because they are both fruits. I'm sorry for becoming unclear, the simile is not very good. By the way read the game of thrones books. They are very good. I can only assume you haven't seen the series. Otherwise you probably wouldn't need to read them.
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  2. Lord Tyrion

    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

    I try to avoid books in which I know the outcome. I've tried doing it with Dexter and it felt like watching a re-run because it was. I guess that was a bad book to read because it was exactly like the TV show. What made 11/22/63 so enjoyable was not knowing what was going to happen. The only SK movies I seen are The Shawshank Redemption, IT and The Shinning. I haven't seen the others.

    I have made an exception for the GoT books. There are some key differences and I like the characters a lot, but in other instances it hasn't been enjoyable. That's just me.
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  3. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    I know. People are different. Still think it is a waste but as long as it works for you it is OK i guess. I wish you a happy reading with both King and your other book projects. =D
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  4. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    I'm glad I've read most SK books as they've been written over the decades...I only had to catch up with a few early books back in the day!
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  5. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    I read some other author's work. Some are quite good, but none compare to Sai King. And something odd I've noticed of late is that no other author inspires me to write the Mr. King does. It's odd but cool.
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  6. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    I've picked up some different books in the last couple months. I have a ton of free time currently, so I read constantly, and I still like to read a King book along with another author at the same time, if possible. For me it's very easy and enjoyable. Some complain about it, but it works for me. I'm currently reading The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel & Insomnia by King. Sometimes it's hard for me to read 1 book at a time, when I have so many others by other authors I want to get read. Some may disagree but that's how it is for me. I feel like life is to short to limit myself to one book at a time, IF and only IF I can read another and enjoy them both, and take in both stories the same as I would if only reading one of them.

    I've picked up some Bentley Little, Robert McCammon books lately. Not many but just a few. Those should be fun to dive into. I'm hoping to get some Richard Laymon books as well. I understand Laymon has some very gruesome work and a lot of it may be just the general horror slasher stuff, but I enjoy that too, so I look forward to that. Also can't wait to get No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. That's one of my all time favorite movies, so it's just natural for me to be itching to read that epic book. Also getting into some Joe Hill. A few more authors I'm hoping to check out down the road. I enjoy fiction the most and I like to write fiction, but I also love Historical Non Fiction & Crime books. This Mothman book is great, and stuff like this always inspires me to write about this stuff, since I love reading about it and doing hours of non stop research and learning. I like to read a lot on the JFK stuff, but only certain books, and I won't get into the reason for that here. Manson, Zodiac, Wonderland, Black Dahlia, Laurel Canyon, JFK, UFO type books & true stories, paranormal books, I enjoy as much of that stuff as I can get, along with plenty of fiction. I love it all. But not the usual history books, again I won't get into that. I'm a fan of Adam Gorightly, maybe that will fill some of you in with all you need to know, LOL. Dr. Mary's Monkey, another book I cant wait to get. Great stuff!

    Anyone ever read much of Richard Laymon's stuff? Any big name titles you could refer me to?
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  7. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    "...the Shinning..."

    Not being a Grammar Nazi, but that just reminded me of all the scar tissue and deformed bone I have from futbol and skateboarding in my forgotten youth. All I have left is the damage to remind me.

    My shins are like oldfangled washboards.

    There's a life lesson in that somewhere. Connect your own dots.


    I usually prefer the book, but there are some good movie opportunities that you are missing if you don't give them a chance. Writers are pumping out a lot of good movie/TV stuff these days.

    Damn the mind control commercials, though. I've worn the letters off my remote's 'mute' button.
  8. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I use the 'Up' or 'Down' arrows to go to the next channel then count to 100 and then go back to the original channel I was watching. HATE commercials!.
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  9. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    Kurban, I like the fruit example. Except, the movie is like an apple McPie version, while the ripe fresh fruit, crisp and cold is the book version. images-315.jpeg
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  10. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    That is my "pet peeve' too - commercials! they drive me insane :evil:
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  11. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Well-Known Member

    I understand your reluctance, I truly do, my major motivation for reading a book as quickly as I do is to know the outcome. However, as one that savors the complexity, the nuances, the delicate journey that all of my heroes/heroines experience, I often (and I do mean often) reread stories to which I know how it ends but wish to relive, in a more slow and deliberate way, the experience.

    And honestly, with most of Kings stories that you know from film, you will still, in your head, visualize and experience a totally different story.
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  12. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Well-Known Member

    Also, if you're looking for a good underrated author, try Tom Robbins. "Still Life with Woodpecker" is still one of my favorite laugh out loud books.
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  13. Lord Tyrion

    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

    Sorry about that. Ever since I saw that Simpsons episode, I've always think of it as The Shinning.
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  14. The Nameless

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

    Don't you mean the shining?
    Shh, quiet boy, you'll get us sued.;-D

    Ah the good old days when the Simpsons were funny.
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  15. JoannHBuchanan

    JoannHBuchanan Well-Known Member

    Amen to that!! Not to sound mean but the books are soooooo much better!! :D
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  16. niro

    niro Well-Known Member

    I am always reading a couple of books at the same time some SK's and other authors as well
    nothing wrong with that I think.
    And there is are still so many novels and short stories from SK to read. ( Skeleton Crew, Four Seasons, It, the Stand, the long Walk, the complete Dark Tower series, and many more)
    But I am a slow reader so it will take me some time.
    And I am not reading every day sometimes I just want to watch tv.
    Don't mind reading other authors reading should be fun and entertaining.
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  17. EMTP513

    EMTP513 Well-Known Member

    I do, but only because I got angry at something he did when he wrote The Dark Tower VII, and in protest I stopped reading his books until 2012 when I was finally able to get over it.
    So now I have to read all the books he wrote from The Dark Tower VII until 2012. I've read Under the Dome, 11/22/63 and Doctor Sleep. I have to backtrack and read Cell and Duma Key.
    I still don't like what he put in that book but I was able to make peace with it anyway. However, I'll never re-read The Dark Tower VII.
    I suppose it would seem like a silly thing to get that distressed about but I guess I had to go through it in order to come out on the other side.
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  18. ReallyRosie

    ReallyRosie Well-Known Member

    Most definitely! We're all different readers, different strokes for different folks, and all that jazz! I'm a re-reader, I literally crave certain books, but a lot of people are a one-and-done kind of reader.

    But, if you're a leisurely kind of reader, I do strongly suggest the small novellas and short stories. I just read Just after Sunset again and I still find it enjoyable.
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