1. I always wondered what Kate's book was about that made Charlie say it was hogwash (S7:E1). I think it was about her life which would partially cover the administration.

  2. I think a book about Kate's life would just be two hundred pages of "That's classified", and then in the middle, one page about this time she liked a guy, but then he was more into an ice cream bar.

  3. Damn, you're right. Rage, The Long Walk, and Thinner. (It took me a moment to puzzle out which three, so I'm just naming them for anyone else who's slow.)

  4. Yeah, my point was that Rage and The Long Walk are both set in Maine, but don't need to be for any reason - that there's nothing New England-specific about the stories (or even the characters of The Long Walk, who come from all across the country). He could have set those books anywhere.

  5. I'm not at all a Santos guy, but I actually would have taken another season to see how he grew into the role of the presidency. He goes almost overnight from "call me Matt!" to that horrible speech he gives C.J. about how he's the president and she's going to do what he wants.

  6. I think they're basically fine. The ending of Later is cool. I didn't hate any of them. I think in no universe are they, quote, "hard case crime" books. I really enjoy the 33 1/3 series, where someone writes a novella-length essay about an album; publishing Later as a "hard case crime" book makes about as much sense as publishing it as a 33 1/3 book.

  7. Some days, I feel like Night Shift and Skeleton Crew are his best work. His short stories now aren't as good as those ones, but they've also never gotten to the point of being outright bad. I think King's flaws as a writer mostly revolve around what happens around page 600 of a novel, so short stories capture what's good and miss what's bad.

  8. I've always really struggled with the first 1/3 to 2/3 of his books. I think sometimes I get bored with the detail and set up for the actual story. King's worlds are so fleshed out and wonderful so I totally understand it. But with the shorts, we don't need ALL that. I've grown to really love them these days. And I will for sure check that one out, thanks!

  9. Pretty much all of Night Shift is just perfect. Sure enough, it's the next day and I already am feeling like Battleground is maybe his 15th-best story. But it's still incredibly fun.

  10. There was never a black and white version of Stephen Kings “The Mist”.

  11. Hi all. It’s my first post here. I know I’m not exactly current. I read the book years ago and again recently. Still bitter about the climax. Their presence (the three sacrificial heroes) adds nothing to events. Had the four companions simply set up camp with their fallen friend, the same thing would have happened in Las Vegas regardless. I get this is typical Biblical behaviour (with overtones of Jobe and Jesus), but it’s narratively unsatisfying. Have I missed something? Not looking to argue, genuine question. Many thanks in advance.

  12. I get why it seems unsatisfying, but I think what you've missed is that Larry and Ralph being there is why the bomb goes off. The bomb wouldn't have gone off if Flagg hadn't thrown the fireball, which he did because of the guy (Whitney?) standing up to him, which Whitney did because he didn't like Flagg planning to torture Larry and Ralph to death.

  13. I do see that point, and it’s well articulated and very well reasoned, so thanks for that. But ultimately, Trash delivered a dodgy bomb powerful enough to remove all Las Vegas. God, being God, must of had other ways to detonate that thing without sacrificing 2 humble servants. He’ll, even if he didn’t, did it really take 2 of if our heroes on that stage come the end? Clearly, God could see exactly what was going to happen because it was predicted one would fall on the way… I can’t help feel, just for example, had the four heroes perhaps tended to a weak Trash on their journey, knowing him to be an enemy but still showing compassion, that alone would give them some sort of responsibility in things rather than simply being bait. That way, their actions would have directly contributed to Trash being well enough to bring said bomb to Las Vegas. But I do get your point, and potentially I feel robbed because these roles could have been filled by anybody, it makes God come across as particularly dickish. Which is perhaps in keeping with his brimstone and thunder days.

  14. Oh, absolutely, God could've just blown up the bomb and killed Vegas without the guys being there. God could've sent a tornado to Vegas without the bomb being there. God could've just given Flagg a heart attack, if Flagg has a heart.

  15. I'd have spent the past twenty years saying, "I wish there were a fifth season of The West Wing! Even if it weren't written by Aaron Sorkin, it still would have been great because of the actors!" The grass is always greener, and so forth.

  16. As written by King, Jack is a guy whose alcoholism gets in the way of him taking care of his family, and, yes, makes him behave like an abusive monster much of the time. I just reread it in the summer, and it's striking how late it is before the hotel really takes Jack over in the book---for, like, 90% of this book, Jack is just himself, choosing to be this angry, entitled, violent person.

  17. As someone who regularly rereads "Cujo" and just skips past all the parts with Cujo in them, I'm feeling this.

  18. To be clear, he's not planning to accept most of those resignations, or, necessarily, any of them. They want letters of resignation on file just in case the president decides to fire one of the cabinet secretaries, so he can let the guy save some face by saying he resigned.

  19. The thing about this book is, it starts incredibly slow - almost like King is deliberately taunting the people who thought 'Salem's Lot was slow. You think THAT was slow? Watch this old man watch other old men play chess for 200 pages! The old man's not even going to play chess! He's going to watch other old men play chess! Fuck you! But it also just perfectly establishes the setting and the characters. Not everyone will like the start of Insomnia, but man, if it's your thing, it's great. I could hang out in the Derry of the first 200 pages of Insomnia all day. (Not so much in the Derry of IT.)

  20. I seem to be the minority but it is to this date my absolute least favorite King book. I’ve read maybe 35 books by him, and this is the only one I truly struggled to finish.

  21. You only seem to be in the minority because people who like Book Y will always show up on Book Y posts and say they like Book Y, so books end up seeming more popular than they are. Lots of people don't like Insomnia.

  22. I love how we've had this exact thread several times, and it's always The Gunslinger in the lead with a bunch of responses, and then someone posts the IT opening line and gets half as many likes, and then someone posts the opening line of The Shining and gets half as many likes as that.

  23. Don't put Christopher Mulready on the Court - it's nice that William Fichtner is cute or whatever, but that shit has consequences.

  24. Eh, Mulready is an example of a coherent conservative Justice. Coherence has been lacking in the conservative wing of the real-life Supreme Court.

  25. I mean, wouldn't we have said the same thing about a John Roberts at the time? Mulready would've been storming the capital on Jan. 6 with the rest of them.

  26. I hadn't heard that before. That's impressive as hell to me, because anyone can wake up and write six pages a day if they're already a millionaire author with nothing to do but write their six pages (who knows if the pages will be good, but that's a different issue); my understanding is that Carrie was written when he was working full-time as a teacher, raising kids, and was lucky to snatch five minutes between other obligations to scrawl down a sentence. To come up with his most iconic story (again, execution is a different issue, but Carrie lives in the zeitgeist more firmly than anything else he's ever written) under those conditions in three months? Remarkable.

  27. It's absolutely worth reiterating that, as you say, Carrie was written in three months during spare moments that weren't his full-time jobs, raising kids, or sleeping—King definitely didn't do it under his later regime of writing every morning, editing every afternoon. Aside from the possible monetary return of a novel, Tabitha's encouragement that what he'd written was good, as well as being outside his usual horror fare—that is, the book was clearly horror, but with a social message—could only feed his impetus.

  28. The high point of this arc for me is, "I'm the hell person whose office this is!" / "Good one, Rach."

  29. When you're choosing a book to teach, a lot depends on what you're trying to to teach. Carrie is great for teaching literary devices like simile, and a great example of an epistolary novel. The Shining fits into the Gothic tradition in some ways. There is an entire master's thesis on masculinity in Cujo, and if someone doesn't write it soon, I'll write it myself, probably on Reddit. Firestarter and Pet Sematary are great examples of how white writers have written about Native American culture and people. And so on.

  30. Willie always seemed like an old soul to me. So when I first heard he died (I'm talking ten seconds ago), I thought, "Well, that's a shame," like you would if someone died when they were eighty. Then I read he was 23 (five seconds ago) and thought, "Fuck, that's too young." But then I read he was born in 1999 and now I'm crying. That somehow made it real for me how young he was. Is he the youngest Idol contestant to die? I feel like he must be.

  31. The whole Baby Kangaroo Tribbiani plot is stone-cold hilarious, but he's definitely too dumb in it.

  32. Early Niles/Daphne isn't great in 2022. Powerful man lusts after brother's employee, conflates it with "love" (it's not love, The Coyote, you just want to bang her), constantly makes sexual comments about and even to her (which she's too oblivious to notice), we're supposed to think he's a "nice guy" despite Niles (and I love Niles) never having been nice to one person for one second. Yes, I know: it was a '90s sitcom and this is how relationships worked back then on TV. Yes, Niles isn't as bad as some. But, man, if I got a job and the boss's brother were this into me, I'd be getting a new job.

  33. I wouldn't - not because of Rob Lowe, but because of Aaron Sorkin. The end of S4 is just excellent, though.

  34. I love Roadwork a lot and would love to tell you to stick with it, but, no, it doesn't really change. If it helps, I don't think we're really supposed to like Bart - sometimes I sympathize with his mental illness, but most of the time I find myself annoyed with him, and I think that's what King was going for. This guy just kind of sucks. He's not the hero of the book - as you say, we're just watching him fall down. I love the book because his pain is so raw to me that I can't look away. If you're just kind of bored by him (which is a totally legit reaction), I don't think the book will get better for you.

  35. It's hard to quantify how literary something is, but for me, a ranking of King's books from most to least literary would look a lot like a chronological listing.

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