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Oct 25, 2017
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I’m reading through Doctor Sleep and I have a big complaint about a part of the story.

When Crow Daddy kidnaps Abra and knocks out Billy he takes Billy’s truck. Billy is unconscious for the trip Clearly this means that at some point Billy will be part of Abra’s rescue. Why didn’t Crow Daddy just kill Billy? It just seems very unlike him.
 
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I finished Doctor Sleep and I loved it. The ending was beautiful and it made me cry.
Dan receiving his 15 year chip and his speech. Then talking to Abra about their family’s history of addiction and violence. Powerful stuff.
 

99humanity

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I'm about 60% of the way through 11/22/63. What an interesting book! I'm really glad I got back into it. I'm super interested into where this story is going. (And I swear if someone develops psychic powers or something right near the end, I'm launching King into the sun.)
I'm reading this now and I'm also about 60% in. This is one of the longer books I was putting off because I wasn't super interested in the concept on paper. I'm liking it way more than I thought, it's a great story.
 

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Dark tower vii was excellent. What an ending. Like to believe the horn of eld was a sign things will change next cycle.
 

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I started reading The Dead Zone and oh my, feels like another King novel I’m going to absolutely love.
 

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i think the only spoiler is that a character from that trilogy is in The Outsider. I would imagine that they don’t reference it in the HBO series for the sake of simplicity.
The only reason I could see them mentioning it is they own the rights to Mr Mercedes but they canceled that show I think so I doubt they mention it.
 

Yōkai_0h-No

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Nov 20, 2018
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Just saw the first two episodes of The Outsider. The first episode is great and had me completely hooked, but the second one is pretty bad and has pretty much killed my interest for the whole series.
I have not read the book and I'm guessing that they're just following it, but did they really have to kill Jason Bateman's character. He seemed like the crux of the whole show - with him gone it feels pretty much pointless.
 

Matthew77

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Oct 29, 2017
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Great to see all the Revival love. Recommend that one whenever I get the chance.
Me too, it felt like an early King book in plot, atmosphere, themes, even book length that would have fit in well with Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Dead Zone. However it also has everything he has learned in the decades of writing applied to it in a way that young King couldn’t have written that, at least not as effectively as he did and it’s one of the few modern classic Lovecraftian tales that actually gave me chills.

Top Shelf.
 

99humanity

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Couple pics of that Revival:




It really is up there for me. There's structural & thematic similarities to Dead Zone (his other works too) but those two make good back to back reads. Excited to read the Josh Boone introduction in this (he's directing a movie adaptation) and the Bev Vincent essay.

80% through 11/22/63 now and it's still great. There was a little hiccup I didn't love --
where Jake has amnesia after getting beat up
but I get it, it adds some tension. it's back on track now and I'll probably blast through the rest tonight. I only listened to a couple hours of the audiobook version but that's really good too.
 
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Damn that looks great. I should start looking into these special editions. How would I even know when they are coming?
 

99humanity

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Damn that looks great. I should start looking into these special editions. How would I even know when they are coming?
I follow the thedarktower.org forums. The people there are really into collecting. I had to read a lot about what’s out there and what good secondhand prices are because there’s a ton of stuff. skcollector.com is a good resource. There’s usually small print runs. And say the run is numbered 1-1200. A few publishers let buyers have first refusal on their same number if they’ve bought another book from them. Which makes it pretty frustrating when a new book goes on sale and it’s snatched up by the same 1,200 people again

I’ve been waiting for Revival since august, it’s from a new publisher, but I somehow missed the preorder and had to get it on another site (thankfully they had it retail price).

Some publishers to look out for-

Cemetery Dance - they’ll have a limited The Stand sometime this year. I hope it’s not impossible to get. They have a version of Night Shift coming out that I think sold out years ago and still isn’t out.

Suntup - don’t know if they have a new King planned, but their books are amazing. I have their “gift” (cheapest) edition of Misery and it’s one of the nicest books I have. The lettered edition (most expensive, thousands) has goddamn royal typewriter keys embedded into the cover.

Letterpress - they might announce their second book this year

PS Publishing - UK publisher
 

99humanity

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That sucks, on paper a series mostly based on WaG is pretty promising. And it sounds like there was already a ton of work put into it. Hopefully Glen Mazzara can get the pilot looked at elsewhere.


Reading updates - finished 11/22/63, really great book, might be somewhere in my top 10 SK now. I love how it has SK style written all over it but the genre feels kinda unique for him. It's like...historical suspense fiction...romance? Closest I can think of is Dead Zone (some historical fiction here, a well-meaning character, an asassination plot, clairvoyance instead of time travel) + Revival's way of telling the story (first person, main character recounting earlier events) but it really feels like its own thing for SK.

I'm like 110 pages into Cujo now. It took ~90 pages for Cujo to just growl at someone :P I thought it was interesting how the book basically opens up with fairly big spoilers for Dead Zone.

I've been reading so much King lately that the characters and words and descriptions in Cujo so far just feel like a pastiche of SK tropes. Not necessarily a bad thing, these are things he does well, but it might be lacking in some individual flavor to make it stand out. Only 25% in though
 
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Couple pics of that Revival:




It really is up there for me. There's structural & thematic similarities to Dead Zone (his other works too) but those two make good back to back reads. Excited to read the Josh Boone introduction in this (he's directing a movie adaptation) and the Bev Vincent essay.

80% through 11/22/63 now and it's still great. There was a little hiccup I didn't love --
where Jake has amnesia after getting beat up
but I get it, it adds some tension. it's back on track now and I'll probably blast through the rest tonight. I only listened to a couple hours of the audiobook version but that's really good too.
Have to admit that I'm a little jealous. I'm still waiting for my copy to ship. Looks gorgeous.
 

99humanity

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Have to admit that I'm a little jealous. I'm still waiting for my copy to ship. Looks gorgeous.
Mine was from Camelot Books. It sounds like the other sellers (Cemetery Dance at least) were a little behind and shipping out other stuff before they got to it.
I think this was the first book I followed from announcement to release, and it really takes forever for these things to come out