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Subject: Re: Let's talk Stephen King Date: 6/27/2004 7:42 PM
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As a longtime fan of King's, I have to say that the TNT version of Salem's Lot is nothing like the book that inspired it. Basic elements of the story, yes, but the way it was "updated" was not an improvement. I was really disappointed. Salem's Lot was one of King's first published novels. It's scary as h*ll! I read it when I was 17 the first time, and wouldn't go outside at night by myself for months. I re-read it recently; it's still scary, tho not as much 20 years later. ;)

The Dark Tower series is good. If you read the first few of these, the story "Low Men in Yellow Coats" in Hearts in Atlantis will make a lot more sense. DT was inspired by The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly. King was a big fan of the spagetti western, and that comes thru. It's also a very entertaining read.

Other faves:

The Stand - apocalyptic, but in a well done way

Insomnia - Dark Tower tie-in

Dolores Claiborne - movie was good, book better

Bag of Bones- a good summer read

Skeleton Crew has some good stories (The Mist stands out)

Thinner was good - written as Richard Bachman

Different Seasons - two really good stories; Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, and The Body (made into the film Stand by Me)

There are some cheezy ones that are entertaining--The Dark Half, Christine, Cujo

Enjoy!
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