My Favourite King novel, anyone else agree? Hard to believe this book initially bombed when it came out.

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Edward John

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I love this book, my favourite of Kings work. I was shocked to find out that the book didnt do well once it came out, it actually went out of print but eventually came back into circulation after the success of King's previous novels, i.e. The Shining, IT etc. Anyone have any thoughts.
 

Edward John

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Loved the book. I think many felt it was not written in the typical SK style of horror. It is the basis of the journey.

King srote the beginning of this when he was in school. Well before any of his seventies classics. Its definately a young mans book. He says it himself in the afterword. What did you think of the final novel? The self-titled?
 
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Edward John

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My favorite, also. I like it's "literary" style, which is not for everyone and probably why the book didn't do as well as his other works.
I think the publisher and promotion also had something to do with the bombing of the book as well. Good thing it got re-released though. Now we have the greatest fantasy series of all time.
 

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Maybe because people were comparing it to Lord of the Rings or that other series by the former lawyer that ripped it off.
 
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GNTLGNT

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I love this book, my favourite of Kings work. I was shocked to find out that the book didnt do well once it came out, it actually went out of print but eventually came back into circulation after the success of King's previous novels, i.e. The Shining, IT etc. Anyone have any thoughts.
....have never had a problem with the "difference" in style.....always enjoyed it....talent is talent....
 
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