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    Gibson is a modern master of imagery. Just started this one but have already encountered several sentences that were worth reading several times.

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    I just finished reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I hate the feeling of emptiness inside once you finish a great series of books, it's one of the worst feelings in the world. I almost felt like picking the first book up and starting over (those who have read the ending know what I'm talking about). I'll probably need a couple of days to decompress before I can start to read anything else. It's far from the greatest story ever, in fact there are plenty of flaws in my opinion, but rarely have I felt as invested as I was in the characters and world that they inhabited. I don't know why, I just felt connected to it.

    I haven't read many other King novels though so I feel like a lot of references went over my head. Maybe I'll read a couple of those next but on the other hand maybe it's time to move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrown View Post
    I just finished reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I hate the feeling of emptiness inside once you finish a great series of books, it's one of the worst feelings in the world. I almost felt like picking the first book up and starting over (those who have read the ending know what I'm talking about). I'll probably need a couple of days to decompress before I can start to read anything else. It's far from the greatest story ever, in fact there are plenty of flaws in my opinion, but rarely have I felt as invested as I was in the characters and world that they inhabited. I don't know why, I just felt connected to it.

    I haven't read many other King novels though so I feel like a lot of references went over my head. Maybe I'll read a couple of those next but on the other hand maybe it's time to move on.
    So agree...yeah...the ?ending?...hah. It took me 2 months before I was able to read another book and it had to be one that I had read before. I so envy folks who haven't read them just because they can experience it new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrown View Post
    I just finished reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I hate the feeling of emptiness inside once you finish a great series of books, it's one of the worst feelings in the world. I almost felt like picking the first book up and starting over (those who have read the ending know what I'm talking about). I'll probably need a couple of days to decompress before I can start to read anything else. It's far from the greatest story ever, in fact there are plenty of flaws in my opinion, but rarely have I felt as invested as I was in the characters and world that they inhabited. I don't know why, I just felt connected to it.

    I haven't read many other King novels though so I feel like a lot of references went over my head. Maybe I'll read a couple of those next but on the other hand maybe it's time to move on.
    It's because he's amazingly talented at writing characters that you care about, feel for, and basically wish were real. That, and his stories have a sort of Blaine the Mono kind of momentum, where you get so wrapped up in it as it's carrying you along that you sort of lose track of everything else until you disembark.

    Agree completely that there were a lot of faults in that story, especially as things sped up toward the conclusion, but it's also the ultimate all-encompassing world of Stephen King kind of story.

    If you're still feeling it, he's got some other Roland stories out there, whether they're just references made in other novels, or their own short stories... 'Low Men in Yellow Coats' in 'Hearts in Atlantis', 'The Little Sisters of Eluria' in 'Everything's Eventual'. There's a list of connections here:
    http://www.stephenking.com/darktower/connections.html

    BTW, if you haven't read 'The Stand', that's still my all-time favorite of his. 'It' was also amazing, and 'Under the Dome' was extremely hard to put down.
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    Dark Tower Story: I can say the same thing. It took me a while to read anything else. I think a month or so was the length, anyway, when I did pick up a book it was The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and I devoured it in four days. I guess that's what happens when I go through a drought...


    As for what I am reading right now, I just re-read Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien. I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy 10 years ago when I was just turning 21 or 22, and now re-reading it, there are so many things I forgot! It's wonderful, and it's as if I am reading it for the first time! I have 10 pages, then I will be onto The Two Towers. I wonder what new story twists I will discover then?

    I 100% support re-reading your favorite stories over and over, and years later. I think I have another year or so before I re-read Dune, and I have a couple of fantasy series I read as a teenager I want to touch up on again.

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    Glad to see I'm not the only one going through these things... I think I need a hug or something, lol. Thanks.

    I'll definitely read The Stand sometime in the future, it's been on my list since forever. I remember watching the TV series as a kid, though it wasn't very good I'm sure the books are great. Re-reading something isn't a bad idea actually, right now it might be a bit easier to visit some old friends than to completely start over someplace new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrown View Post
    Glad to see I'm not the only one going through these things... I think I need a hug or something, lol. Thanks.

    I'll definitely read The Stand sometime in the future, it's been on my list since forever. I remember watching the TV series as a kid, though it wasn't very good I'm sure the books are great. Re-reading something isn't a bad idea actually, right now it might be a bit easier to visit some old friends than to completely start over someplace new.
    I have read the Stand...I think 14 times. All time fave book. There is a 3 page section early on that still gives me chills. You will know it when you get there. The mini-series was fun, flawed, but fun. But I had read the book so many times that I had complete pictures of what I expected everyone to look like and they missed, especially on Stu(no disrespect to Gary Sinise). We have to start a post King book support group.

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    I think I've read every edition of The Stand, and they're all good. Please forget any of the crap you might have seen on TV... that was horrible stuff. Not once while reading the books did I ever see Molly Ringwald or Rob Lowe as these characters...

    Definitely give it some space from The Dark Tower, though. Like I said, The Stand has its own gravitational pull, and reading these stories too close to one another could destroy your brain.
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