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    Quote Originally Posted by Paint_It_Black View Post
    I love how King used the Bachman pseudonym to really try out some different stuff to his usual fare. I mean, I guess that's always the point of writing under an assumed name, and in reality King didn't deviate all that far from his established genre I suppose. It's not like he started writing romance novels. Whatever. I'm digressing. Point is, King usually pleases me the most when he gets furthest away from his typical horror routine. He also really shines at novellas and short stories, which is perhaps surprising considering his novels tend to be epic tomes that go on forever. The Bachman books had a tendency to incorporate interesting sci-fi concepts done in a fairly high-brow manner, meaning the sci-fi was allegorical more often that merely gratuitous fun. Bachman could arguably be said to have more literary credibility than King, but only because King's amazing work, such as the seminal collection Different Seasons, is generally overshadowed by his supernatural fare.

    Anyway, did you enjoy it?

    Didn't he invent the Richard Bachman pseudonym so that he could publish more books because authors weren't really supposed to publish more than one book in a year?

    I love Stephen King anyway (especially The Dark Tower series - nearly finished it) and I hear The Stand is supposed to be amazing, so looking forward to getting around to that. I don't care how many people think his fiction is low-brow, he's a damn good author.


    I'm currently reading GRR Martin's A Dance with Dragons Part 1.

    I'm also reading Tolkien's translation of Beowulf - I'm more looking forward to his retelling of it, Sellic Spell which is also included in the book, as I've read Beowulf enough times in the last few years.

    And I've just finished Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin, a novel about a future world where men reign supreme and women are second class citizens. It was very good minus the whole man-hating vibe. But other than that, there was interesting sci-fi and linguistic elements in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    Didn't he invent the Richard Bachman pseudonym so that he could publish more books because authors weren't really supposed to publish more than one book in a year?
    Haha, really? I hadn't heard that, but yeah, could be. I don't believe that would be a problem for most authors. But then, most authors aren't coke-fuelled writing machines. King has entire books he can't remember writing, supposedly.

    I agree that King is a very good author. A nice blend of mainstream appeal and real talent. I think he was the first author I became obsessed with. I read everything of his I could get my hands on for about a ten-year period, starting at 11 or 12. I like to think I'll go back to him at some point, try to finish The Dark Tower series at least.

    Have you read Insomnia? That's one of my favourites and ties in nicely with The Dark Tower too.

    The Stand is great, though I found the ending to be hugely disappointing. Still, everything else was awesome. It also ties in with The Dark Tower, or rather The Dark Tower ties in with it. I seem to remember Roland's group travelling to the world of The Stand briefly in one of the books. Might have been the same time they went to Topeka, KS and saw the World Famous Topeka Zoo. That was fantastic for me because I was living in Topeka when I read that. Anyway. Also, the primary antagonist of The Stand appears in The Eyes of the Dragon and possibly some other work.


    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post

    I'm currently reading GRR Martin's A Dance with Dragons Part 1.
    Ha, me too. Well, sort of. I've taken an extended break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paint_It_Black View Post
    Have you read Insomnia? That's one of my favourites and ties in nicely with The Dark Tower too.

    The Stand is great, though I found the ending to be hugely disappointing. Still, everything else was awesome. It also ties in with The Dark Tower, or rather The Dark Tower ties in with it. I seem to remember Roland's group travelling to the world of The Stand briefly in one of the books. Might have been the same time they went to Topeka, KS and saw the World Famous Topeka Zoo. That was fantastic for me because I was living in Topeka when I read that. Anyway. Also, the primary antagonist of The Stand appears in The Eyes of the Dragon and possibly some other work.
    I haven't read Insomnia, but I'm sure I will get around to it eventually.

    I like how The Dark Tower ties in with lots of his books - I just read the fifth Dark Tower recently and it tied in with Salem's Lot which was pretty cool. And I think you're right about The Stand world being Topeka, as they look at a newspaper which mentions the super flu.

    I think I also started reading King when I was around 10 or so, and I remember each week buying a new book by him, which was pretty handy seen as even grocery stores will stock his books.

    I think besides The Dark Tower (so far) my favourite would be Carrie. The (original) film was great too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    I think I also started reading King when I was around 10 or so
    Did your parents know/care? It amazes me how most parents will take at least some interest in the kind of things their children are watching or the games they are playing, and then pay no attention at all to what their kids are reading. I remember reading It when I was 11 or 12, basically the same age as the protagonists of the book, and it fucked me up pretty bad. I mean, that book is terrifying. It would freak me out even now, but as a kid, reading it alone under the covers in my room at night it sort of traumatized me. It got so bad I had to ask my mum to take it away from me. But then, because I needed to know how it ended, I just sneakily took it back and kept reading it.

    I think books are so powerful, the written word searing itself into your mind in a way audio/visual content just can't manage. King's books tend to have really well developed characters that you really grow to care about, particularly since his novels tend to be very long, and then he does horrific things to them so that by that point it kinda feels like he's doing it to your own friends or family. As an adult we have barriers but as a kid I feel like I was completely immersed in whatever I read, it became completely real for me while I was reading it, and King was a terrible choice for a child. I'm really curious whether you had any bad experiences with it yourself and whether you would let your own kids read the same kind of stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paint_It_Black View Post
    Anyway, did you enjoy it?
    Well yeah, I guess I did. The end seemed a little rushed though.
    Lots of psychological and physical chasms and subsequently deaths.
    Of the Bachmann books I enjoyed reading 'Blaze' the most.
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