Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
I'm looking forward to re-reading The Tommyknockers once PS ships their edition. I remember one of the chapters was among the scariest I've ever read from King. I think it was "In the Garden Shed" or something. It struck me as even more terrifying than Room 217. Now It could have been the mood I was in, and maybe re-reading it will dispel the memory, but damn it was the best thing in an otherwise average book. Though I do think it deserved something better than last place on the list.
I remember loving The Tommyknockers when I read it in my younger days. I think it's the type of book you have to read when you're young. The shed part was cool...haven't read it in a while --- and I am about to reveal something for those who have not read it, although I assume most here have, or it won't be a big deal anyway --- but I assume you refer to the living batteries, I believe they were called in the narration. The sister Anne, I think, and the dog (and maybe one other person?). Indeed, a cool/scary section, and I think Gardner (if I recall) thought something like, he didn't care about Anne, but not the dog! Seeing how much I can remember of the scene (funny how you can remember books you read a long time ago better than ones recently read). Re-reading it may actually be disappointing, because I have re-read sections of the book, and although it's always fun to read any passages written by King (he really is, seriously, a good writer), the story as a whole doesn't stand up as well as other King tales like It. Still, though, I remember really enjoying it when I read it, and for that reason I consider it a favorite. (One last thing: the whole clock-concept is an idea I wish King never got behind...I remember not understanding what was happening at that point --- I think I do now, but even now I'm not 100% certain --- and is something I would not relish revisiting.)

And I agree, last on the list doesn't make sense. A lot of that list just doesn't make sense to me, but that's what I love about lists like that...makes me think and ponder, and I appreciate the author's opinion. Firestarter being so high is odd. And was Thinner on the list? I'm not seeing it in my quick re-scan, but maybe I am missing it. As I get older, I'm beginning to think Thinner should be the model for books King writes from now on...short, plot-driven stuff, focused on a single character. Easier for him now that he's older, and he can get ideas out into the marketplace on a quicker schedule (Revival might arguably be an illustration of what I'm talking about). I wonder if the ranking, since it is on B&N, might be related somewhat to what the company thinks might be more marketable and easier to generate a sale with...i.e., the top-ranked books might sell more quickly than the lower-ranked ones, so rank those lower.

From A Buick 8 was a good book, but if I were to re-read it I probably would wish for it to be more of a novella instead of a novel. Cut out all the flashback/character scenes, if I remember correctly, and just focus on the strange vehicle and the experiments. I remember that book being somewhat controversial in the sense that it was reputed that nothing was explained and nothing much happened, but I thought plenty happened and that perhaps toward the end too much was explained, believe it or not. When they do the film version, I hope all of the character-type stuff is dropped and maybe a found-footage approach is utilized...