Insomnia, why so overlooked? **SPOILERS**

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Dana Jean

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I thought Insomnia was great. It's one of my favorite novels of all time period.

I read this as a teenager and I almost put it down when I realized the protagonist was an old man. I used to have a fear of aging. It was this book that helped me get past my fear. Ralph Roberts was one cool old dude.
Ralph Roberts was the second character that made me cry. Wolf being the first.
 

doowopgirl

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#90
Late to this thread (just joined forum - hi!) but I love this book. It's just gorgeous. I think it's exactly the right length and I really hope someone makes a movie of it because the world of auras, if done right, would be breathtaking.
Welcome. While I really like Insomnia, I've always thought it was best left on the page. The special effects would never work.
 

doowopgirl

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#91
I thought Insomnia was great. It's one of my favorite novels of all time period.

I read this as a teenager and I almost put it down when I realized the protagonist was an old man. I used to have a fear of aging. It was this book that helped me get past my fear. Ralph Roberts was one cool old dude.
Yes he was.
 

Kingunlucky

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#93
I haven't read it yet, but I've heard it relies heavily on DT connections. I'm not saying that is bad, but if that rings true the heavily connected DT novels are usually pretty middle. Ya know? Some love em and some hate em.

So, there is a bit like 'not user friendliness' that comes with them.

I mean obviously all his books have DT connections, but I mean the ones that really get OUT THERE with their references and hints. Insomnia, Black House etc
 

mjs9153

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#94
Read it first King,then judge..the DT connections are fine and all that but not overpowering,it is really a story of love,faithfulness,heart and bravery..and it matters not a whit that the protagonist is an elderly gentleman.One of my favorite SK stories,it is worn to the point of almost being in the shape of my first IT copy..
 

danie

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#95
I haven't read it yet, but I've heard it relies heavily on DT connections. I'm not saying that is bad, but if that rings true the heavily connected DT novels are usually pretty middle. Ya know? Some love em and some hate em.

So, there is a bit like 'not user friendliness' that comes with them.

I mean obviously all his books have DT connections, but I mean the ones that really get OUT THERE with their references and hints. Insomnia, Black House etc
Read it first King,then judge..the DT connections are fine and all that but not overpowering,it is really a story of love,faithfulness,heart and bravery..and it matters not a whit that the protagonist is an elderly gentleman.One of my favorite SK stories,it is worn to the point of almost being in the shape of my first IT copy..
I agree, mjs. I read Insomnia before DT, and it mattered not. Love Ralph and Lois.
 

Kingunlucky

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#97
Read it first King,then judge..the DT connections are fine and all that but not overpowering,it is really a story of love,faithfulness,heart and bravery..and it matters not a whit that the protagonist is an elderly gentleman.One of my favorite SK stories,it is worn to the point of almost being in the shape of my first IT copy..
I'll get to it one of these days.

I almost bought it last time but ended up with Desperation and Regulators instead.
 

Neesy

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#98
I haven't read it yet, but I've heard it relies heavily on DT connections. I'm not saying that is bad, but if that rings true the heavily connected DT novels are usually pretty middle. Ya know? Some love em and some hate em.

So, there is a bit like 'not user friendliness' that comes with them.

I mean obviously all his books have DT connections, but I mean the ones that really get OUT THERE with their references and hints. Insomnia, Black House etc
I read Insomnia before I had even heard of The Dark Tower - still enjoyed it anyway, but obviously did not get any of the references :)
 

mjs9153

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#99
I'll get to it one of these days.

I almost bought it last time but ended up with Desperation and Regulators instead.
Good deal, maybe you can pick one up cheap on Amazon, if you don't want to go new a used one would be cheap.. That's funny Desperation and The Regulators are the two that I didn't care for too much myself.. and Rose Madder I didn't care for too much either. Funny how people's tastes vary on his books but still we seem to find ones that we really dig..
 

Kingunlucky

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Good deal, maybe you can pick one up cheap on Amazon, if you don't want to go new a used one would be cheap.. That's funny Desperation and The Regulators are the two that I didn't care for too much myself.. and Rose Madder I didn't care for too much either. Funny how people's tastes vary on his books but still we seem to find ones that we really dig..
I wasn't big on Rose Madder. It was my least favorite out of the 'Wife trilogy' he did. Dolores Claiborne is in my top ranking of his work. I think Gerald's Game, while not most fav, is certainly one of the more scary pieces he's ever done. I haven't gotten to Regulators and Desperation yet. They are on the shelf, though.

Ones I didn't gel with as much? Revival, Doctor Sleep, Rose Madder, and IT.

I suppose the most surprising out of those is IT. I know I might catch a lot of flak for that one. The concept itself is brilliant and on that level I love the book. It is almost surprising nobody else thought of it first. Yet, something about it did not CLICK. Of course, this is an Insomnia thread and hate to get off topic. I could discuss this more in detail. Please, note - did not hate IT. I love the concept, Richie's cool, history of the town is enthralling, coming age stories are great. A lot to love IT.

I understand what makes IT great and why people love it, but out of his like most popular THREE. The Shining, The Stand, and IT. IT was my least fav.

My favorites so far are, in no particular order, Different Seasons, The Talisman, 11/22/63, The Shining and Wizard and Glass
 
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