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Yet Another "Best of King" Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by fonzberry, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. fonzberry

    fonzberry Well-Known Member

    I am currently reading The Dark Tower again, one after another from start to finish. I am closing in on finishing Wizard and Glass. For whatever reason it has me thinking "Which is my favorite book(s) of all time by Sai King??"

    Well first off, I am excluding The Dark Tower entire series from the list below. IMO, it is best work by his own opinion (so I have read) and mine. So with that as the caveat, I am going to post my "Top 10" list of King's books.

    I am interested in what are yours?

    Here is my list. Note, that this is for today only, as I am sure that if I asked myself tomorrow it is likely to change :

    1. 11/22/63 (I loved loved loved loved this book...)
    2. The Talisman
    3. Eyes of the Dragon
    4. The Stand
    5. The Green Mile
    6. The Dead Zone
    7. Insomnia
    8. It
    9. Under the Dome
    10. Pet Sematary

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  2. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I've refrained from picking a top ten or a bottom ten in the past as I've enjoyed all of the stories. So without further ado:
    • Duma Key
    • Lisey's Story
    • Doctor Sleep
    • The Green Mile
    • It
    • The Stand
    • Needful Things
    • The Tommyknockers
    • Dreamcatcher
    • Bag of Bones
  3. fushingfeef

    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    Making me pick just 10 is difficult. Ranking those 10 is downright cruel.

    But here's what I came up with.
    The Stand
    The Long Walk
    The Shining
    The Dark Tower series
    The Dead Zone
    Night Shift
    Different Seasons.
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  4. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    'Salem's Lot
    The Regulators
    DT: The Gunslinger
    Needful Things
    Night Shift
    Full Dark, No Stars
  5. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    The Green Mile
    DR. Sleep
    The Shining
    Dead Zone
    Pet sematary
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  6. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    The Stand
    The Shining
    Pet Semetary
    Needful Things
    Under the Dome
    Duma Key
    DT: Drawing of the Three
  7. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    'salems lot
    the mist
    the stand (uncut)
    the dead zone
    the green mile
    the long walk
    second coming.......oh...wait....dang it !!
    well, then.....a tie !! miseryunderthedomechristine...oh...i can't pick....
  8. Sundrop

    Sundrop Sunny the Great & Wonderful

    ~ 'Salem's Lot
    ~ The Shining
    ~ Pet Sematary
    ~ Needful Things
    ~ Bag of Bones
    ~ Different Seasons
    ~ The Green Mile
    ~ Skeleton Crew
    ~ The Stand
    ~ The Dark Half
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...the best of King, starts with Tabitha and encompasses the rest of that talented crew...
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  10. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    I really enjoy threads like this. It's cool to see how different all our tastes are :) This is my list, and it's been this way for a while:

    1. The Stand (Uncut)
    2. The Shining
    3. Needful Things
    4. Misery
    5. Dolores Claiborne
    6. 11/22/63
    7. Night Shift (minus "Jerusalem's Lot...I've never been able to dig that one)
    8. Doctor Sleep
    9. 'Salem's Lot
    10. The Dead Zone/Rose Madder/DT series/Under the Dome/The Long Walk etc... ;)
  11. King fan from trinidad

    King fan from trinidad Order of the rose

    Hey really does have a really good body of work! While I haven't read all of them (only like 4 more to go) i'll put my 2 cents in.

    1. IT
    2. The Stand
    3. Salem's Lot
    4. The Shining
    5. The Dark Tower Series (I think of them as one huge book)
    6. Desperation
    7. Misery
    8. 11/22/63
    9. Needful Thing
    10. Skeleton Crew
  12. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    I must say I appreciate all the love Needful Things is getting...ahhh, such an underrated novel!
  13. Riot87

    Riot87 Love him forever

    (1) The Stand
    (2) It
    (3) Fire Starter
    (4) Needful Things
    (5) Skeleton Crew
    (6) Night Shift
    (7) Misery
    (8) Cell

    Those are my favorites but i like all his books
  14. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

  15. Winter

    Winter Well-Known Member

    Wasn't sure where to write so here I am. When I 1st came to the board, considering myself a long time fan, I was shocked to see just how many books I hadn't read...then shortly after deciding to remedy that I was excited to see just HOW MANY fresh and unread books I had paving my path ahead...including the Dark Tower books. I know, right? Book after book I have read...ignoring recommendations on other books to happily continue chewing through my massive list (with the sole exception of the newest Diana Gabaldon book). Today however, something a little sad happened. I plugged my kindle in to refill it and instead of finding the usual selection I found to my HORROR!....I am almost done! Now, there are bound to be a few here and there that I have missed and I will take a look somewhere for a list to cross check but even so...the end is drawing near and I am now to be on the 're-read' list as I wait for new releases. Its not the worst place to be...but still, I feel a little sad. Know what I mean?
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  16. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Yar, I do... but thankfully, he's still churning them out. :smile:
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  17. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    Agree too. Wonderful book. Edge of your seat!
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  18. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    Dolores Claiborne
    Needful Things
    Pet Semetary
    Full Dark, No Stars
    Lisey's Story

    This is no particular order and it was difficult. I wish I could say all his short story collections, but right now "Full Dark, No Stars" is ahead of them all. I think my list would have been different years ago. It might change again....
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  19. Winter

    Winter Well-Known Member

    Oh I know...and that makes me super happy...but its not the same as having 50+ books lied up, unread and waiting...and knowing there wont be a dud in the lot. Anywho...its a case of ill fitting diamond shoes isn't it?
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  20. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Can't believe I didn't have
    • Desperation, on my list...someone flog me, draw blood if possible
    • Hearts in Atlantis...I first came to the board in aught-seven...having only read It, a favorite...Dreamcatcher...another favorite...and The Dark Tower 7, excluded here as in the OP so I followed suite...suit? Soo-it...followed Sue...yeah. Reminds me...of never-mind. Ummm. And I'd also read Hearts and Bones... Hearts is definitely a favorite...put it on the shelf with A Separate Peace, Lord of the Flies, and handful of others. It means so much to me.
    • this is why I don't like lists...heh! was just reading/glancing through None in the SC collection...and that story is like I haven't read it, ever...though I know I have, probably more than once. Nothing like cutting a hole in the ceiling and having cellulose drop on your face, awchoo awchoo. Don't ask. Don't tell.
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