stephen king’s brilliantly eclectic summer reading recommendations

from Entertainment Weekly, with descriptions of why he likes each one:

  1. Shatter, by Michael Robotham – deranged villain
  2. Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson – pirates!
  3. The Tourist, by Olen Steinhauer – “the best spy novel I’ve ever read that wasn’t written by John le Carré”
  4. Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens – “Dorrit is as easy to read as any current best-seller, and more rewarding than most”
  5. Drood, by Dan Simmons – “a masterwork of narrative suspense”
  6. Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn – mystery narrated by the PI’s dog, “call it canine noir”
  7. Handle With Care, by Jodi Picoult – “You men out there who think Ms. Picoult is a chick thing need to get with the program.”

I like Stephen King.  I liked him when I was a kid and read some of the horror (Misery), supernatural (Thinner), his young adult fantasy novel (Eyes of the Dragon?), his crazy quit-smoking story (Quitters Inc), his epic (The Stand), and as an adult I liked his writing memoir (On Writing) and his story The Shawshank Redemption (although the film was better).

14 thoughts on “stephen king’s brilliantly eclectic summer reading recommendations”

    1. Don’t get me wrong. There are many books of his that I think I would not like now, ie any of the horror. But I find him a consummate storyteller, and so when he turns it to fantasy (Eyes of the Dragon or something) I found it pure pageturner. I love a good story (as well as good literature).

  1. And to be fair I’ve never read his fantasy. I did try to read On Writing but I found his personality too obnoxious. Someone told me I should have skipped the first 1/3-1/2 of the book.

    1. It’s funny, I know someone else who felt the same way, but I didn’t feel that at all. Maybe we are kindred in obnoxiousness (if not – alas – in storytelling). 🙂

      He has this anti-smoking story, Quitters Inc, which has some strong language but I found it pretty thrilling.

    1. I’m not sure to what you refer exactly. On the obnoxiousness, I referred to me and Stephen King: that he and I might be similarly obnoxious and so I appreciate him.

      On the favorite blogger above, that whole comment seems to be a bit of spam. But I DO LOVE your blog. No reservations!

      Magic Man

  2. Oh! I get it. lol

    I would find it hard to believe that you and Stephen King are similarly obnoxious. No, I don’t think so. 🙂

  3. Love Stephen King too. Especially liked the concept of The Stand and Needful Things.

  4. Love Stephen King too. Love Needful Things, Salem’s Lot, Christine. Dreamcatcher isn’t his best. His short stories are also good like Four Past Midnight and Different Seasons (the one with the Shawshank Redemption). There is also a collection of his stories under the pseudonym John Bachman. Then the Talisman with Peter Straub. Insomnia is also good.

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