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    Lijla's Library poll results

    We've all had a shot at expressing what we think of this, but here's the results of the Lijla's Library poll of the most popular King books:

    1. The Stand (2390 votes)
    2. It (1435 votes)
    3. The Shining (440 votes)
    4. Salem's Lot (379 votes)
    5. The Green Mile (322 votes)

    6. The Talisman (313 votes)
    7. Pet Sematary (287 votes)
    8. The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger (276 votes)
    9. The Dark Tower 4: Wizard and Glass (273 votes)
    10. Duma Key (214 votes)

    11. Misery (212 votes)
    12. Under The Dome (207 votes)
    13. Bag of Bones (195 votes)
    14. 11/22/63 (195 votes)
    15. Needful Things (193 votes)

    16. Insomnia (189 votes)
    17. The Long Walk (183 votes)
    18. The Dark Tower 7: The Dark Tower (171 votes)
    19. Eyes of the Dragon (143 votes)
    20. The Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the Three (135 votes)

    21. Rose Madder (129 votes)
    22. Lisey's Story (122 votes)
    23. Christine (115 votes)
    24. The Dark Tower 3: The Waste Lands (106 votes)
    25. Desperation (105 votes)

    26. The Dead Zone (99 votes)
    27. Cell (82 votes)
    28. Hearts in Atlantis (76 votes)
    29. Different Seasons (74 votes)
    30. Gerald's Game (71 votes)

    31. The Tommyknockers (69 votes)
    32. Dreamcatcher (67 votes)
    33. The Dark Tower 5: Wolves of the Calla (66 votes)
    34. Dolores Claiborne (64 votes)
    35. Carrie (64 votes)

    36. The Dark Half (53 votes)
    37. Cujo (46 votes)
    38. The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon (46 votes)
    39. Firestarter (43 votes)
    40. From A Buick 8 (31 votes)

    41. Storm of the Century (30 votes)
    42. Nightmares & Dreamscapes (30 votes)
    43. Thinner (29 votes)
    44. On Writing (29 votes)
    45. The Running Man (23 votes)

    46. Full Dark, No Stars (23 votes)
    47. Black House (22 votes)
    48. Four Past Midnight (22 votes)
    49. Skeleton Crew (21 votes)
    50. Night Shift (20 votes)

    51. Rage (19 votes)
    52. The Regulators (19 votes)
    53. Everything's Eventual (15 votes)
    54. The Dark Tower 6: Song of Susannah (14 votes)
    55. The Wind Through The Keyhole (9 votes)

    56. The Colorado Kid (8 votes)
    57. Cycle of the Werewolf (7 votes)
    58. Danse Macabre (6 votes)
    59. Roadwork (5 votes)
    60. Blaze (5 votes)

    61. Just After Sunset (4 votes)
    62. Mile 81 (3 votes)
    63. Blockade Billy (2 votes)
    64. The Plant (0 votes)
    65. Ur (0 votes)

    66. Faithful (0 votes)
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    I think the biggest surprise to me on this list was the rankings of the Dark Tower books. It's a stark contrast to most of the discussions (and the poll) that we've had here on this site. Maybe book 1 ranked so high because people voted for it because it was the beginning of the saga. I can't believe "Drawing of the Three" rated below "The Dark Tower". And it's a shame the anthologies didn't get more love. And, personally, I don't get "Rose Madder" ranking in the top 50, much less above "Lisey's Story".
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    I know, I don't agree with most of the results either. I do tend to think the top two are correct as far as popularity is concerned (those two have been at the top of these type of polls for the ast 25 years). I think 11/22/63's count was as high as it was because it was the one most people had just recently read. But hey, it's just another poll. There'll be another soon....
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    Insomnia really surprised me should be wayyyyyyy down on the list. not 16

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    I don't think anybody would be completely satisfied with how it turned out. But I wonder how many people ran to different computers (on different systems) and voted multiple times. Not that it matters at all.
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    I didnt. but I am one person. I could have done it at least twice, home and here but why would I. but I bet theres people who did.

    Sidenote: HOLY HEARTBURN BATMAN!

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    Well, I voted 2300 times for The Stand and 1400 times for It, so that means that The Shining actually won!
    Last edited by srboone; 06-11-2012 at 05:23 AM.
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    You are such a weasel, Mr. Boone.
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    I would probably put Insomnia in my top three! Although it takes a long time to get through the set up the actual story is well worth it. I also love the elements of Greek Mythology that key in the story.
    Quote Originally Posted by Teriw View Post
    Insomnia really surprised me should be wayyyyyyy down on the list. not 16

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    I think everyone has there favorite story or book.I happen to like The Stand.After IT I think it is up to each person where the rest fit.I am sure there were a few weasels who voted multiple times.I was not one of them.I voted for The Stand.

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    I doubt there were THAT many. I voted once for The Shining--now if I'd had access to 4000 different computers...
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    And I put my sentimental favorite, Salem's Lot, knowing that enough other people were voting for The Stand and It.
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    I went for the drawing. Dark tower series is my fav and that's my favorite one. I couldn't vote fir a lot of them simply because I haven't read them yet.

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    TDot3 had a criminally low placing, too.
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    It certainly did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srboone View Post
    TDot3 had a criminally low placing, too.
    Agreed. This list sucks!

    sk

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    DT 3 should have been higher.Most definately

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    Agreed. This list sucks!
    The problem is with the sampling method, which is why I suggested the poll we have here. Especially with such a large body of work, it's hard for anyone to pick a single favorite. Most King readers will put "The Stand" or "It" as their favorite. Obviously, a lot of people (like myself) voted for a second favorite, just to show some love on the list. Some people voted for stories fresh in their mind making "Under the Dome" and "11/22/63" skew a little high. And a lot of good stuff got overlooked. I think "Cycle of the Werewolf" should rank higher, but can understand why only 7 people picked it as their best. The best way to compile a truly accurate list would be to have weighted rankings, with full lists from every voter. Or a ranked top 10, or top 5-bottom 5. But that's some serious statistical analysis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    Agreed. This list sucks!

    sk
    Agreed as well Siep

    But hey, its not nearly enough votes to get a good ranking in my opinion. Id keep the poll up for a year at least and spam it everywhere to get as many people as I could to vote.

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