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fmancino
06-10-2011, 06:52 PM
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fmancino
06-10-2011, 06:55 PM
This is my Stephen King collection. I've been collecting for about a year. My collection consists of 41 books. Some are first editions, some are not, some are in shrinkwrap, and one is in a slipcase. None are signed or lettered.

I have 45 books, just bought some more!!

ozmosis7
06-10-2011, 07:02 PM
Very nice collection.

frik51
06-10-2011, 07:47 PM
OK - you do have Carrie there.
That's the one you should read first, as it's King's first published novel.
Then move on to Salem's Lot and The Shining.Etcetera.
It's great to see how King developed as a writer.

sk

srboone
06-10-2011, 09:03 PM
OK - you do have Carrie there.
That's the one you should read first, as it's King's first published novel.
Then move on to Salem's Lot and The Shining.Etcetera.
It's great to see how King developed as a writer.

sk

I agree! Here's how I would read them:

1. Carrie-IT (minus any book in the DT series); DT referneces are mostly coincidental except for the turle in IT.

2. DT 1-7

3. Major DT tie-in books and others; watch out for books that are sequels.

Regardless of the order you read them, you are in for a real treat!

fmancino
06-10-2011, 09:07 PM
Thanks :)

fmancino
06-10-2011, 09:08 PM
I loved your idea for the Chronological Order but, I already read the first three... (almost done with 'Salem's Lot)
Did you like Insomnia or Under the Dome better?

fmancino
06-10-2011, 09:09 PM
The only sequel I can think of off of the top of my mind is The Talisman and DT... know any more.?

srboone
06-10-2011, 10:15 PM
The Talisman, Black House.

IT, Insomnia, Dreamcatcher.

Desperation, The Regulators--not a sequel, the same stories, with same characters acting differently. Fascinating read together.

The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon.--not a sequel, but both concern Randall Flagg. Possibly Storm of the Century in this string.

Gerald's Game, Delores Claiborne--not a sequel, but they were originally conceived of as one story.

And of course DT1-7.

Hope this helps.

srboone
06-10-2011, 10:17 PM
I loved your idea for the Chronological Order but, I already read the first three... (almost done with 'Salem's Lot)
Did you like Insomnia or Under the Dome better?

Haven't read Under the Dome yet, Insomnia was ok, but the ending depends upon your understanding of how it fits into the DT series.

ozmosis7
06-10-2011, 10:34 PM
I loved Eyes of the Dragon. I'm also a big fan of From a Buick 8

fmancino
06-10-2011, 11:02 PM
So IT and Insomnia go together? Cool! It helps! Thanks :)

fmancino
06-10-2011, 11:04 PM
Sorry if I'm bothering you, but how does Insomnia reflect on the DT series?

ozmosis7
06-10-2011, 11:05 PM
That series ties in a lot of his books into one big thread. Sorry, something went wrong with PMs. Its like an epic journey through his world of horror.

srboone
06-10-2011, 11:39 PM
The Crimson King using Ed Deepneau is the villian in the DT series and the child Patrick Danville is important to the resolution of the DT series. And Insomnia is a sequel to IT simply because it takes place in Derry, Maine.

frik51
06-11-2011, 04:15 AM
I loved your idea for the Chronological Order but, I already read the first three... (almost done with 'Salem's Lot)
Did you like Insomnia or Under the Dome better?

I haven't gotten around to Under the Dome yet either.
Too busy with my work. Soon though.
I'd stay away from either Insomnia as well as Under the Dome for now.
Insomnia has a definite Dark Tower connection and reading it now this wouldn't really come across.
Under the Dome is a stand alone novel (I believe), but one of his last books.
Just stick to chronological. You'll get some of his best books ever. Many people feel the early King is the best King.
Don't know if I agree, though.

Anyways, when you're done with Salem's Lot, just move on to Rage (A Bachman novel ) or Night Shift, a short story collection.
Soon..The Stand. King's best!

sk

fmancino
06-11-2011, 02:43 PM
Thanks, I'll google a book list chronological order!

pixie
06-12-2011, 07:36 PM
I think you should read Insomnia before you read Under the Dome. I actually like Insomnia better. I love the characters in it .

fmancino
07-01-2011, 11:18 PM
Are any books sequels to 'Salem's Lot! Please no spoilers because I'm almost done, just heard that there should be a sequel.

frik51
07-02-2011, 04:14 AM
Are any books sequels to 'Salem's Lot!

No, not really, although one of the characters returns in The Dark Tower series, and two short stories, Jerusalem's Lot and One For the Road, are closely related.
But, as you've read/are reading Night Shift by now (I believe), you should be familiar with them by now.

sk

darkdiscoveries
07-02-2011, 10:14 PM
It's always fun to see somebody starting to really like an author and grab what they can find. Slowly putting together a set of their work.

I started collecting King books in the mid-1980's - my first real HC collection - and eventually had very close to just about everything he ever did in books, mags, etc. (a huge collection to say the least and since have sold off a lot of it over the years). My first King book was the yellow movie tie-in PB of THE SHINING and I picked it up because it said "The author of Salem's Lot" on it I believe or I had remembered his name from seeing the minseries on TV the year before. After that I pretty much grabbed everything I could by him and within a few years was buying all of the HC's, etc. In my own opinion, I think his best work (besides a few things here and there over the years such as DIFFERENT SEASONS, MISERY, etc.) was the period from SALEM'S LOT to THE DEAD ZONE. And I don't know whether it's nostalgia or what, but I still think THE SHINING might be his best book. (Although, I have enjoyed many other of his books too). So i'd recommend starting with some of his earlier book as well because I think many of them hold up very well and will also give you an idea why he became so well-known and well-liked.

My problem is I like too many other authors and any of you collectors know it's tough enough to complete a run of one author's work - let alone many! So I decided to be more selective and keep reading whatever but sell off what I don't need or want.

- James
http://darkdiscoveries.com