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  1. Agreed. I was afraid he wouldn't be able to stick the ending and ruin the story. He'd kind of written himself into a tough corner.

  2. i recently finished wizard and glass. it'll be such a letdown if the ending isn't good

  3. This was originally purchased from King's High school English teacher. She was the teacher sponsor for the Lisbon High publication. She was going through a trunk and found I believe 5 copies of the Drum. There were two editions that year... She found one copy of the the Oct. 27,1965 edition with Code Name Mousetrap story... and 3 to 4 copies of the Jan. 29, 1966 issue... which contains the first printing of King's short story "The 43rd Dream" (which was later reprinted in "The Stephen King Illustrated Companion" by Bev Vincent). I purchased this almost 2 decades ago from the well known King specialty Bett's Books when it was run by Stu Tinker. As far as verification of authenticity... besides the established chain of ownership... King himself verified it for me at a 2015 book signing. We had a short discussion about it, and he told me he hadn't even seen a copy since the 60's. As you can see by

  4. Look, I read faster than the average audiobook. It's actually more time consuming to do an audiobook. If your comprehension is comparable between the two formats, I'd say you get credit for the books. You just don't get the eye strain.

  5. It's definitely slower to listen to an audiobook but you can multi-task with them. I listen to books at work.

  6. Yeah, that's their main appeal to me. I could try reading a physical while I drive, but I have a feeling that wouldn't work out too well.

  7. If you liked The Dark Tower, read Eyes of the Dragon. Hearts in Atlantis was good, too. Salem's Lot also has an obvious connection to the Tower. These are good gateway books from the Dark Tower, without being 1000+ pages long.

  8. Didn't he deliberately give a fictionalized version of his address in

  9. To a degree. I think chronologically Gunslinger was the first book King ever wrote (just not the first one he got published)

  10. He wrote it during his college writing program and then over the next 17 years afterwards.

  11. It's not banned. Read King's essay GUNS on his website for more info. It's a good read (The essay, not Rage. Rage was meh.)

  12. I need help understanding which SK books (I've literally read them all) should be considered horror. Friends may feel free to disagree.

  13. I'd edit your Dark Tower assessment to include Western. Really, that series is all over the map in terms of genre.

  14. The only SK book I read before The Dark Tower was 11/22/63. I had a passing knowledge of other stories thanks to pop culture. Despite what some people may say, you really don't need to read his other stuff in order to follow or appreciate The Dark Tower. If anything, I think you're at a loss even knowing about the connection to Salem's Lot. It came as a surprise to me, and I thought it was pretty cool. It's like a movie trailer that gives away twists.

  15. Yeah, given what Dan does at the end, I've begun to wonder if John Coffey of The Green Mile, who took similar actions, had the shining.

  16. I haven’t because I didn’t enjoy gunslinger but maybe I’ll have to try the second one!

  17. For me, book 3 was where it really started to kick in. I felt like the series got better as it went along. For me, the first two book really serve to introduce the major players and the setting, but then it takes off from there and pays off in dividends.

  18. The Long Walk, Hearts in Atlantis (The end tied it all together in an emotionally satisfying way that actually got me in the feels), From a Buick 8. Not the ones that top most people's lists, but sometimes things get over-hyped, and hidden gems evoke a more satisfying response.

  19. I saw it when it was released. At the time, I enjoyed it. However, that was 25 years ago, and I was a lot younger then, so my perception of it may have changed.

  20. Do you have a family as in young kids though? That is the vital point. Working 40 hours a week and having young children to look after isn’t conducive to reading over 200 books a year. It’s much easier to do if you’re still in education. Also note, the amount of books you read in a year isn’t something to brag about. It’s only reading. Writing these books is the hard part and is something to be proud of, not reading them.

  21. Fair point. I’m often wrong and don’t mind being told so. I couldn’t read as many as 200 but I’m not a quick reader by any means. 100 a year at the very most for me. Some read a book a day so I get your point

  22. Yeah, mathematically possible ≠ likely to happen. If you don't have much of a commute, you don't have missed chance to listen to audiobooks in the car. Some people read 10 pages/hour; others read 50. So, yeah, you're right. Results may vary.

  23. Worthy of what? Worthiness isn't the point. The point was he was supposed to cry off the Tower once they stopped the destruction of the Beam. He should have been trapped in the Tower for his single-mindedness and ended up like Los. Or something other than looping around like Super Mario.

  24. Given the ending, there does seem to be a possible world where he does reach the Tower without sacrificing his friends.

  25. Dude, I'm sorry you can't accept the literary stuff. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean he was wrong or cheating or stupid. We can be content to set all that stuff aside and be a Constant Reader of the type Paul Sheldon refers to. That's fine. That sounds like where you're at But we can also dig deeper at the literary stuff that allows or even demands the course of action taken by the author. I get why some don't like the ending, but it was almost necessitated by literary constraints.

  26. Pet Sematary. It was the only book I had trouble reading. As for novellas/short stories, In the Tall Grass, co-authored with Joe Hill, crossed a line for me.

  27. That book is over 40 years old. Steve is 40 years older and tv as a medium has improved exponentially in that time.

  28. I sat here for several minutes trying to figure out what was wrong with the signs before seeing that.

  29. It's a derogatory Mexican Spanish term for a white person. Also, if food is labeled "gringo/gringa" it means it's not spicy.

  30. Being able to physically SEE the books I've read continue to grow makes me feel really good about myself. I can see my own history on display, and it's awesome.

  31. Man, this one really speaks to me. It's like a growing testimony to personal achievement and joy. Investing in a new bookshelf is like setting a new reading goal.

  32. Ok, I don't have a SK collection (I've been using my library for him), but I do have a sizeable book collection, which includes a couple book cases of fiction. It's unlikely that I'll reread all or even most of them again. However, I sometimes get the urge to reread something, and it's not like I know years in advance what it will be. Sometimes, I'll think of a random passage of a book and want to revisit it and remember ho it went. Also, anyone who's a book nerd knows that the first thing you do when visiting someone is check out their books. It's nice to be able to loan out a book to a friend to discover. Lastly, I love the aesthetic of a nice library, and it's really satisfying to look back at all the cool stuff you've read.

  33. Ok. So Billy's got two false IDs, in addition to himself (whom he even modifies among other mobsters). The Lockridge ID is the one to take the heat if someone is identified as the killer. It reduces (but doesn't eliminate) the odds of Billy being identified. Dalton Smith is an ID he's been cultivating longer term to have a clean name to fall back on after retirement if his own name is compromised.

  34. I agree. Perfection. My jaw was on the floor for at least 20 minutes.

  35. I’m surprised he hasn’t yet now that you mention it, but I definitely foresee a Musky villain in his literary future lol

  36. King famously got the geography of New York City wrong when describing where Eddie Dean was from. He later solved the problem by saying Eddie was from a different world. Whenever you find a "error" 9f the sort you and I are describing, the answer is that it's not our world and it is correct for the world being described.

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