Having a job is mostly shitI also cannot get excited about many other things like romantic relationships,
travelling, learning to drive, having a job and other mundane things so
it has to be viewed as a wider trait of my personality.
Harlan Ellison is AMAZING. I brought a massive anthology of his home from the statesFor me it was a big diet of King, other horror (James Herbert ... jaysus), lots of SF, a small amount of fantasy (all the ones mentioned above).
Probably the most influential book I read as a teenager was Stephen King's book about horror - Danse Macabre. Not only did it open me up to lots of interesting writers that were somewhat out of the mainstream (Harlan Ellison, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury) it also had really good stuff in it about the mechanics of horror i.e. why we are interested in it, how it works, what makes it effective. There was also some elements of sociological analysis of culture (i.e. the Exorcist was successful because it tapped into post-1960s parent's fears about their children being out of control and breaking out of conservative lifestyles etc.). Keep meaning to pick up a copy and re-read it.
Having a job is mostly shit
... but I've heard you talk about this before and I can't help but think that you're stuck in an outsider's perspective. How these things seem from the outside is utterly different to the actual experience of them, no matter how good your imagination is.
If you had never listened to the music you love now, and had someone describe it to you, it'd most likely sound rubbish
I had a copy of this knocking around the house, Robin Hood saving the earth from an alien invasion king of thing, must have read it 20 times aged 10-15 or so. Never read any of the sequels because, well, where would I get them??
I loved it but I assume it was terrible
Ahh yes! I remember it now!The Tommyknockers was the first SK I read. It seemed great to me then. Everyone starts figuring out how to do fancy technical stuff to make their lives easier - a thing for sorting the mail at the post office is the only example I remember. It turned out there was a huge pyramid shaped spaceship buried in the forest that some guy found by accident and started digging up and it was this that did it. It was training people in the skills needed to get it going again, iirc. I remember Pet Semetary as the scariest one.
I love this cover and premise but I've never seen the book for sale
Nothing wrong with not being into fiction. I like it, but I don't think people should be.
It's not like, say, not liking music or whatever. ("Hey, what kind of music are you into?" "You know what, I ...actually don't like music.") Roddy Doyle said something interesting recently, that men his age aren't into fiction. They're into reading about Stalin and Wayne Rooney. So I dunno, there's a wealth of nonfiction out there too, and stories are stories whether they're made up or true, or half made up.
But yeah, U.K. LeGuin was brill. re. S King, I'd never read a King book. I had a snobbish attitude to him, I'm ashamed to admit. Recently I read The Shining. It was good fun, and well written. I've read a bunch of his short stories since, and I think that's what he's best at. I never thought the written word could scare me, but it did. Especially "Jerusalem's Lot". Great buzz.
And that's all I have to say about that. You're all bookworm pricks.
Didn't read Stephen King until I was in my 20s. Pet Semetary was the first novel that actually scared me. I loved it. I'm making my way through Under The Dome at the moment and really enjoying it. It's a fun story.
I have read The Stand, twice, the extended version. Which probably shows how much I liked it when I was young.
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