If you're seriously asking for King reccs, just go for any of his most famous novels, like Carrie, The Shining, It, and if you thought it sucked then don't explore any more because it's not getting much better.
>>7672982 Full Dark, No Stars Just After Sunset Everything's Eventual
Basically any of his short story/novella collections and not any of his full length books. He's terrible at writing those. Also don't expect anything more than shallow entertainment, because that's all he does.
>>7672982 If you're stuck in a holiday home while it rains outside, and the only books on the shelf are by King, then maybe he's worth reading. If you're on a long flight and you haven't taken any books, and a friend offers you a King book, then it might be worth reading. But if you have any other options, there is no King book that is worth reading.
>>7672982 The Bachman books are at least entertaining, considering it's the pseudonym he used while on a considerable amount of booze. Also, pic related if you can get your hands on it, only King novel that I'd consider "over-looked".
>>7676341 I read it, but I'm not a usual /lit/ browser (that is to say I don't worship the ground that Big Dave's feet hovered over, not yet at least.) so my opinion is not considered worth a fuck here. I liked it, as I have every other king story I've read. Take that as you will.
>>7672982 DFW used SK for his Lit class. I would love to listen in on his lectures if there are any recordings. I know that somewhere in my closet or basement there is a micro cassette recording of some college professor talking about some obscure theory or idea.
English majors that took his class could be sitting on some DFW's recordings as he discusses with his class, books like: SK's Carrie, or other trade paperback books.
I read The Stand (the uncut version which is like 1000 pages) and while a promising beginning completely fell apart in the latter third and just wouldn't end. What they say is true, he just can't finish.
I also picked up the first book in the Dark Tower series but never ended up reading it. I later gave it to someone.
I actually like all the Dark Tower books and binge read them all at the end of 2015.
I also read them out of order. I think I read 1>7>Wind through the Keyhole>4>3>6>5>2.
They're such a peculiar melting pot of King's motifs, Tolkien-esque fantasy tropes, westerns and horror that there's something very flavoursome about them. Some people felt truly gypped by the ending (though I like it) you might be more rewarded if you read them as a sequence of ideas and action sequences rather than a coherent overarching narrative, like, say, LOTR.
It helps that the central character, Roland, while heavily based on Clint Eastwood/cowboy archetypes, actually feels like one of King's more rounded and interesting creations.
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