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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Oh My Golly, Gee Whiz!!! I'm Reading Stephen King!

I know I can't believe it! My husband has attempted to read a few Stephen King's and quit before the first chapter ended. My brother read one and wanted to quit but was afraid something bad would happen to him if he did. But on the recommendation of Fifty Books I am going to give The Talisman a try.

15 comments:

Shaneen said...

Let me know how it goes. I'm not sure I could live with the nightmares. I've made a list from the suggestions from these blogs of books to read. I hope they're not all really serious because I really need some comedy in my life.

Alyson said...

Well, I've read three Stephen King books, and have had no nightmares, and I've made it through all of them with no problem. Of course, they were some of his more recent books, so maybe he's toned down some. I hope you like it!

julie said...

Good luck! I've never even tried to read one of his books, though I was once given The Stand as a present. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

booklogged said...

Shaneen, The Eyre Affair is quite hilarious and it's a good story. I know what you mean about the word verification. I quite often have to type it in more than once.

Cardine said...

Did I ever tell you that it's fun for me to see what you put as the background? I've been enjoying them thus far.

Shaneen said...

I'll add the Eyre Affair to my list. I went to the library yesterday and find it disconcerting that many of the books I wrote down are not there. I didn't look them all up on the computer to see if they were checked out because most of the computers were down. I always check on the new books shelves and they have changed. It looks like all those books are just put on the shelf with no rhyme or reason, except the top shelf was all cookbooks. Is the new head librarian some kind of avantegarde? Well, I'm a traditionalist when it comes to the library. And I had to check out a movie, Miracle, (good movie) and couldn't find it among all the other 743.47 movies. Come to find out the Disney movies are in another section. ??? Do most people just know what movies are Disney? I should have known. . . Kurt Russell and Disney. . . of course. OK, I've vented and feel much better.

booklogged said...

I totally agree about the new bookshelf. It's a mess. They've put the fiction and nonfiction together and it does seem very hodge-podge. I complained about it. And I go crazy trying to figure out the movies. Oh, and the paperbacks! UGH! Some are put on the regular shelves and others put on those twirly things in the back. I was thinking the new librarian was crazy more than avante garde, but whatever. . .

Shaneen said...

I just saw what they've done with the paperbacks. Good grief. Remember when all the mysteries were shelved together? Maybe Evan was Super Librarian, but at least I could find something to read. I'm worried about the rest of the books now. Let's start our own library. We'll make the employees wear the clothes we buy them, and they have to be pleasant to the patrons (do we have to call them patrons, how about readers?)people will have to whisper. . .okay, maybe I'm gone too far. Any other ideas?

julie said...

I loved the little library I used when I lived in New York. It had a mystery section with the best mysteries! I've never been able to find some of those books again - even on Amazon. I like the idea of calling patrons 'readers' instead of 'patrons'. What clothes would you have your employees wear?

How are you liking the Stephen King book?

booklogged said...

The Talisman is interesting. I've made it to page 400 hundred, only 250 or so to go. It's not too weird and I am enjoying it, but I don't know that it's one I would recommend unless somebody has a desire to read, at least one, Stephen King in their lifetime. Then this would be a good one. And I did want to read one of his so I'm glad Alyson recommended one that wasn't over the top.

I think libraries now days can't call all their patrons readers, because so many are there to check out movies ONLY. I agree, though, patrons is a weird word. I'm thinking employees should wear dresses, nylons, and heels. NOT! Although I do like going places where the people look nice when they are working. How about clean, pressed jeans or slacks, nice looking shirts, and nice looking sandals or shoes.

Shaneen, I think it's way over the line to expect the librarians to whisper! JK ! Things sure have changed since Wilma.

Shaneen said...

To explain the clothing comment, our local library purchased matching shirts for their employees and couldn't get them to agree to wear similar shirts on the same day. (it helps to locate the employees, except most are hiding in the back room) So they resorted to only buying light blue shirts and sweaters. I guess that still didn't solve the problem. That head librarian has since been let go, (there was a harassment charge. . .not sexual. . .don't know if it involved the clothing) and the new guy seems to be shaking things up. At least the books are all mixed up. I'm scared to ask any of the people there if things have improved. I just go in and quietly get a book and leave. I felt really stupid because I had to ask where the Miracle was. "Duh!! in the Disney section." Truthfully, I am a very dedicated "patron", know most of them by name, speak in a very quiet voice, (you can't whisper or you won't be heard over the screaming kids picking out videos)and they should treat me better. I'd love to see Wilma in charge of the library. She could have a coffe bar in the back room. Patronage would triple.

So, is there a Stephen King book out there that I would enjoy? I'm reading John Iring's "Until I Find You" and it's tough. The story line starts out interestingly but there is a real nose dive. Let's just say smutty is mild, but I feel this need to find out what happens to the little boy in the end.

PS Our library really isn't that bad, but it is pretty noisy.

Alyson said...

Shaneen,
I warned you about John Irving. Just wanted to get that in so you don't blame me about reading a book with questionable content :).

Shaneen said...

I got the impression that his books were weird, maybe there was a comment about questionable content, but this book is downright graphically dirty. And I still want to find out what happens to this kid. It's just all the crap happening to him now that's hard to take. He's only ten!! Anyway, I'm not blaming you. I should put the book down and walk away, but then I'll never know if this poor boy turns out okay. How can he?? So what can I say, the content is definitely "questionable", but the story is compelling.

Lotus Reads said...

I've never read a Steven King novel, but I have seen a couple of movies that were based on his books, like "Misery" which I just loved!

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