Cannonball Read 13
January 29, 2014 by Honey Bee 10 Comments
January 29, 2014 at 2:46 am
I really enjoyed his “Colorado Kid” as a thesis on what makes for a good mystery in story form.
Honey Bee says
January 29, 2014 at 4:16 am
Oh really? I’ll have to try it! As I said in the review, I’ve read nothing else of his because I can’t stand horror and paranormal stuff. I just don’t have the nerves for it – I get freaked out too easily & vividly 🙂
January 29, 2014 at 3:12 am
King should really write a book of memoirs. I think I liked hearing him talk about his life more than many of his books, and he’s my all-time favorite author.
Can you recommend any other books of his that aren’t horror or paranormal?
January 29, 2014 at 4:31 am
The Eyes of the Dragon is a really lovely fantasy story. I think you’d enjoy it. And Colorado Kid really is delightful. I listened to the audiobook version read by Jeffery DeMunn. (He’s got a Maine accent down pat, and really gives it a lot of flavor.)
January 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm
I’ll second the mentions of 11/22/63, Joyland, and The Eyes of the Dragon and add Dolores Claiborne, The Green Mile, and, above all else, Blaze.
January 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm
Thank you!! I will add these to my Cannonball list for sure.
January 29, 2014 at 12:17 pm
I love this book, and return to it frequently. I’m also a huge King fan, and have pretty much read everything he’s written. And there are many non-horror options.
The Eyes of The Dragon, The Colorado Kid, Joyland, Different Seasons (novella collection with the stories that became Stand By Me & The Shawshank Redemption), even 11/22/63 might be good starting points for you.
January 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm
Thanks!!! It’s so nice to have a new list of recommendations. I’ll add these to the Cannonball effort.
February 3, 2014 at 3:37 pm
Thanks for the review! If nothing else shows that Stephen King follows his own advice, open up one of his books and see how productive he is — I’m always floored by the huge list of books he’s written.
He’s also a very gracious reviewer to other authors — I think he did a “best of books 2013” list and was so encouraging to read the books of all his authorial colleagues.
So, in sum, yay Stephen King! Glad you found a book of his to be an entry point to his huge corpus.
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