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Needful Things is a great book for things that shouldn't be funny, but are."Joyland" "Salem's Lot" "Pet Cemetery" "Cujo" the beginning of "It", just to name a few. I was sobbing while reading "Joyland" and a particular scene in "Salem's Lot" However, his books do have some laughs. Some unexpected ones. I thought this after a little chuckle, "Am I crazy to be laughing at this?" especially when reading particular odd scene in "Needful Things" Of course in that book, there are a lot of odd things happening.
It's a very touching story on a few levels. One of SK's best in years if you ask me. I really was not thrilled with Dr. Sleep or Revival. Joyland is one of my top ten SK books and I've been a Constant Reader since 1975.Seems like Joyland is a real 12-hanky piece. I didn't know that.
I'm still excited to get to Doctor Sleep and Revival, but thanks to this board I'm really looking forward to Joyland.It's a very touching story on a few levels. One of SK's best in years if you ask me. I really was not thrilled with Dr. Sleep or Revival. Joyland is one of my top ten SK books and I've been a Constant Reader since 1975.
It was awful in a good way. Poor Cujo. This was it was written through the dog's eyes at points. He just could not understand why he was doing these things.Cujo was awful (in a good way).
I say your last statement is a profound one, Pucker. I'm currently personally relating, in fact.I like the mention of The Last Rung on the Ladder. That is a story that has always stuck with me, and one that surprises some people I've met, who think they know all they need to know about Mr. King and what he writes.
At first glance I want to say The Dead Zone. I am not entirely comfortable with the romantic "consolation prize" that is offered Johnny Smith in this story, but he's such a tragic figure. A man of such simple want who is used so badly by both his strange "gift" and however you prefer to describe what I'll call "fate," it's difficult not to want something better for him.
And I don't know anything that rends the heart like wanting something better for those to whom you cannot give it.
The only way is just read them. You can't win if you don't play.I have yet to read either. I keep wondering what I'll think once I get through Lisey's Story. While apparently it's Sai King's personal favorite, I've seen readers who just plain hated it. But then, I liked Insomnia and the same readers who hated Lisey seemed to hate that one.