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carrie's younger brother

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Haven't read everything else, but I enjoyed 20th Century Ghosts (the short story collection). I recently read it again.

Heart-Shaped Box didn't really do it for me. Seemed like the same nothing kept happening in different settings.

I need to try Horns again. I know I finished it, but don't remember much. I was probably heavy in the sauce the first time through.
 

jfra3101

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The first of his I read was Heart-shaped Box which I really liked to some extent. I guess having just finished The Stand, I had high expectations. Regardless, it was a genuinely scary book and only took a few days to read. He said in an interview the title comes from the Nirvana song, which is my favourite by them, so that is awesome.

I haven't read 20th Century Ghosts and Horns yet.

NOS4R2 however, is one of my favourite books. It is definitely one I want to read again! The whole book was excellent and was great fun to read! Full of music references also.

I look forward to the Movie adaptation of Horns when they decide to release it and also his latest novel he is working on, The Fireman. I heard his graphic-novels are excellent as well, and I plan to pick them up some time soon.
 

~Ally~

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Haven't read everything else, but I enjoyed 20th Century Ghosts (the short story collection). I recently read it again.

Heart-Shaped Box didn't really do it for me. Seemed like the same nothing kept happening in different settings.

I need to try Horns again. I know I finished it, but don't remember much. I was probably heavy in the sauce the first time through.
I never did finish Horns, might give it another chance. HSB didn't work for me either, but I loved NOS4R2, you should check it out.
 

EMTP513

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I DON'T like NOS4A2. I don't understand the little "cross-promotion" thing in Dr. Sleep about Charlie Manx either. It's not for lack of trying to understand it either. I simply can find no good reason or any reason period - good, bad or otherwise - that he needed to do a tiny little cross-promotion of his son's book and character at the beginning of Dr. Sleep. I mean they want you to believe the two are NOT inextricably linked to each others work so one does a cross-promotion of the other? I'm sorry. It makes no sense.

I also dislike his characters and can find no way to relate to them. I think it's for the same reason I had difficulty relating to Stephen King's characters in the beginning; our lives are too fundamentally different for there to be much crossover.
I like Dean Koontz because even though he handles his issues differently, he at least has experienced similar things to me. I had violence in my family too. I lived in an orphanage for a few years too. I don't know if Dean Koontz did, but what he wrote convinced me that if not him, he knew someone who did.
 

kingricefan

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I DON'T like NOS4A2. I don't understand the little "cross-promotion" thing in Dr. Sleep about Charlie Manx either. It's not for lack of trying to understand it either. I simply can find no good reason or any reason period - good, bad or otherwise - that he needed to do a tiny little cross-promotion of his son's book and character at the beginning of Dr. Sleep. I mean they want you to believe the two are NOT inextricably linked to each others work so one does a cross-promotion of the other? I'm sorry. It makes no sense.

I also dislike his characters and can find no way to relate to them. I think it's for the same reason I had difficulty relating to Stephen King's characters in the beginning; our lives are too fundamentally different for there to be much crossover.
I like Dean Koontz because even though he handles his issues differently, he at least has experienced similar things to me. I had violence in my family too. I lived in an orphanage for a few years too. I don't know if Dean Koontz did, but what he wrote convinced me that if not him, he knew someone who did.
Dean never lived in an orphanage. He did however have an alcoholic abusive father. If he really was his true father- Dean questions his parentage on his father's side but never did a DNA test to find out for sure. His 'father' was clinically insane at the end of his life, even tried to kill Dean at one point.
 

carrie's younger brother

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...I mean they want you to believe the two are NOT inextricably linked to each others work so one does a cross-promotion of the other? I'm sorry. It makes no sense.
When did either JH or SK ever say that? Conversely, Joe did state in interviews for NOS4A2 that he purposely made little references to his dad's works throughout the book.
 

EMTP513

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When did either JH or SK ever say that? Conversely, Joe did state in interviews for NOS4A2 that he purposely made little references to his dad's works throughout the book.
When did they SAY it? It's been the whole purpose of Joe Hill to put everyone through a 'fool you and not say I'm related to Stephen King' ordeal. In fact, he went years without saying a damn WORD about it, and beyond that I'm way too upset to talk.
I'm going to work, treat all the gunshot wounds we're going to get and then come home. The end.
 
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