By SomethingClever 1 Comments
Growing up I was reading Stephen King stuff when other kids were still messing around with Dr. Seuss (no disrespect to Theodor Geisel, he was pretty awesome). I would simply read anything I got my hands on and my mom read Kings stuff so I read it too.
I've read maybe 80-90% of his books but I have very little memory of any details. I'm like that about a lot of things. My memory for some things can be nearly eidetic while other things I'm like a partial amnesiac. His Dark Tower series however, I have a pretty good grasp on because I've read each book more times than I can count and listened to the audio books repeatedly. They are by no means the greatest books every written but something about them just really grabbed me.
Anyhow, I borrow books from a guy at work. He reintroduced me to Steve Alten (Meg was a book I picked up at an airport on my wait to Alaska and finished by the time we got there) and I may have helped him consider King worth reading with my talk about the Dark Tower. So now he is trying to read through his works. We've been discussing the best method to approach them all. Read the books in publishing order, so start with Carrie, then Salems Lot and Dead Zone up through Under the Dome? Or read books connected to the Dark Tower so that when he goes into those he has an understanding of some of the things going on around those characters? I may have solved that problem. Rather than him going out and buying all these books I dug through my old boxes of books and dug out all the King books I still have (a bunch are still at my moms and others I've worn out or loaned out never to be seen again). I've got about 25 of Kings books here, many of which are first printings of the paperbacks and even a few first edition hardcovers. Seems my mom was really hooked on King that she bought a lot of these on day one.
I figure I'll take this box into work, store them at my desk and load them out to him. I assume he would rather read these freely than figure out an order and then go buy them all. Now the only trouble is figuring out what order to read the books I have. I think he should read Thinner (because he just finished the other Bachman Books) and then perhaps Different Seasons because of how great it is. I mean Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body (or Stand By Me as the movie was called) were great though partially because it was so long ago when I read it and partially because there has been no movie I don't remember The Breathing Method.
So, this long rambling thing comes to an end. What have I said that matters? Nothing. If you bothered to read this, I'm sorry it wasn't that interesting. I just felt like typing something and didn't have any ideas for anything else.
Oh this has nothing to do with anything. . . while Hudson Hawk boils down to a mans quest to get a cappuccino, Zombieland is a quest for a man to get a Twinkie. Very nice.