I lugged 'Infinite Jest' around for years...never did get into it.
I like DFW's shorts collections.
Oh and 'This Is Water'.
Of course I read all Mary's books too.
'Lit' is the only one I'm able to think of right now.
She talked about their affair, in that one.
I chose not to finish Margaret Atwood's 'Madd Adam' trilogy; after the first book I was shook.
If you haven't read 'H Is For Hawk' it's a beautiful read, an excellent book.
I read every Larry McMurtry book there is...the westerns are all unquestionably classics.
There was another of his (Evening Star?) that was a truly great read.
I got into memoirs, David Sedaris 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' and 'When You Are Engulfed In Flames' are really funny at least to me.
I read 'What Remains' by Carol Radziwell about 7 times.
Not only is it incredibly well written, much of it takes place on martha's vineyard, where I was born & raised.
Bill Bryson's books never get old.
I still read 'All Creatures Great and Small' series...by now I could deliver a calf. His books are treasures.
My favorite Steven King book?
The surprise of my life was how well done the movie was...really memorable, really true to the book, great actors.
My favorite Stephen King Novels
1.) The Dark Tower Series
4.) Salem's Lot
5.) Pet Cemmetary
6.) The Stand
12.) The Skeleton Crew
13.) Cycle Of The Werewolf
14.) Night Shift
15.) The Shining
16.) The Dead Zone
18.) A Car from Buick 8
20.) A Bizzar of Bad Dreams
Books will never die, as long as there's people willing to pay money for the physical copies they will continue to be produced. Just like vinyl disks are still around despite musical download being a thing that exists.
+nofap bro - In more than one interview, he has mentioned he has read over 17,000 books throughout his life and has kept every one. In one video profile of him, they showed his personal library, I believe at his home in Maine.
Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves surround the room with a large, double-sided book cabinet in the center of the library. He and his wife explained that all the books on the built-ins had been read and that the center bookshelf/cabinet usually hold about 200-300 books - new purchases he hasn't read yet. Yeah, I'd call that a bibliophile.
He also used to read books while he did his daily walks. Don't know personally how one can read while walking, but hey, he did it. He was actually reading a book during the walk where he was hit.
Kindles in the toilet are less of a disaster than a book. Just re-order a Kindle, sync, your library is back. Hardly 'done'. I wouldn't want to be reading a book that's been down the toilet. Having said that, what are you doing reading in the toilet, filthy habit ;p
+Welther47 It's like 22 bucks, lasts 2 years, and for me it's worth it. I'm the person taking the kindle to the bathroom, near water and things like that. I can be careless with electronics. I ruined a 700 dollar laptop that was less than a year old by spilling water on the bed. The water got inside and it won't turn on. I decided not to buy an accidental warranty that one time, and it was more economic to buy a brand new one rather than fix the broken one. Lesson learned.
+Welther47 That's why you get an accident warranty with it. Just renew it every year. Don't get me wrong, I still love paper books better, but if you are like me, eventually you run out of space to put them in the house.
Yes like songs Vinyl recordings of songs stay with us longer than I Tunes poor quality down loads Digital is killing the art of song writing because morons force their rubbish onto a brain washed public
Real Composers deserve to be paid for their work like any other profession Great Songs make great people as do the the works of Great Authors
I have a Kindle...but a book gives you are geography. It gives you a spacial recognition of where you are in the book and that is important to me for some reason. Not nostalgia, but I actually need to know where in the book is something so I can put it in order in my head. When I read in a kindle, the words end up all jumbled together.
I would like to see writers try an ongoing series like comic books but in novel form. Release a segment of the story every month like comic books or TV shows and have it ongoing. That would be interesting to see. We need to experiment more now that we have the internet. Stories don't always need to be long either, if the story is 125 pages make it 125 pages dont stretch a short story out into 300+ pages with fluff when theres not enough content. We don't need to print books out anymore to sell them. The other thing is you don't need to get into writing as a career. You can write as a hobby and still take it seriously. Everyone is so worried about being able to pay the bills with writing and being famous they forget to just get passionate about storytelling. I'm not a writer but I read a couple of hours a day and I'm excited about how the industry is going to be changing.
Serialized novels only went out of fashion fairly recently. King himself serialized the first Dark Tower novel. Each chapter was it's own "segment" that came out once every now and then until the whole thing was completed. I'm pretty sure George RR Martin's first novel was initially published the same way. Even if he didn't, his 1886 novel Tuf Voyaging is what's called a "fix-up", meaning that it's short stories that come together to form a novel. Meaning it was serialized, too.
I love writers where I get the sense that they wrote it just for the passion of storytelling and not just for the money. But I'm also trying to write stories and if you ever tried that you will know that it takes up a lot of time and work etc
Not everyone can even take time out of their daily lives to do that. And the work should also be rewarded in some ways. I still love the idea that there's the possibility to just write yourself out of poverty like jk rowling did.
+MomoTheBellyDancer That's odd. I really don't understand that. The Stand and It, maybe, because they're seriously chunky books, but misery? Carrie? I guess we'll just never understand each other's views on the matter.
I tried to read all his popular ones, but the only one I ever finished was Salem's Lot. I stopped all the others at the half-way mark, if that, because they truly just bored me to tears.
+MomoTheBellyDancer First of all, insulting someone's work with a snide remark isn't critique. Second of all, Justin Bieber isn't for us. His purpose to the record companies is to cater to little girls. And you can hardly equate pop music to popular literature. And I just don't see how he is long winded. He tells the story and keeps it moving, taking the necessary detours to establish character. I don't see how people come to the conclusion that he's long-winded. Which books of his have you read?
You don't have to be an author, let alone a best-selling one, to critique someone's work. Also, popularity is not a measure of quality. If that were true, Justin Bieber would be one of the best singers on the planet.
I just find the guy is to be damn long-winded. It lulls me right to sleep.
Great interview! This is great advice for Authors! I've just published a book about dealing with various bias related obstacles, ' Nuthology Pser 400 Bias Index: And the Secret Capsule Of Talents” . I always read books on paper but there are many people who enjoy them in electronic form. The pudding is ultimately on the story and the talent not the delivery media used.
I love the smell, the look, and the memories that are evoked when I am reading a book, placing the book down for the night, and eventually putting the book away in my library where a mere glance of it will help capture some memory during the time I was reading it. But, as King suggests, it's not the medium the book is presented but the story itself that is important.
THE DEMISE OF THE PRINTED BOOK?
Stephen King gets his crystal ball out and predicts the demise of the printed book...
Stephen King: 'Writing is hypnosis'
Don't drop your kindle in the toilet.
We used to call it being in the groove instead of writing hypnosis. But King is absolutely correct about brick and mortar stores going the way of the dodo. Ebooks are here to stay, making the competition for everyone, including King, that much harder to break out.
There is no point in buying a kindle. Books have always been meant to read on paper. There is no satisfaction out of reading an e-book.There is no satisfaction in turning a digital page or reading a book on a screen! Paper books survive without electricity and can be read regardless of electricity. ebooks can be destroyed or inaccessible if the electricity or battery or power goes out. I will never buy a kindle,ipad or an e-book.there are so many reasons why paper books are better!
I disagree. Ereaders like kindle and kobo use e-ink so the screen looks like paper. You can read in complete darkness, you can carry literally thousands of books without feeling any weight, the battery lasts over a week so you don't need to recharge everyday like a phone, and ereaders are waterproof now. It's the best invention for me, as an avid reader :D
You are just fetishizing book as an object, the paper. But as King said, book as an object is just a delivery method, it delivers the story to the readers. You obviously don't read a book to appreciate a good story, you just enjoy the experience of reading text on a paper book.
And there is satisfaction in turning a digital page, just like a real page, if the thing that satisfies you is getting deeper and deeper into the story by each page turn, rather than the motion of turning a paper page. Accessibility-wise, it is not even a comparison. You can access your entire kindle library (can be thousands of books), or whatever store you are using, from all your devices, anywhere you want. You don't need to carry heavy slabs of paper to read a book on a trip or whatever. There is no point of considering the battery going out, because most e-readers have really long battery lives, it is very unlikely that this will be an issue. Actually, lack of electricity is a bigger issue for paper books. Since they don't have built-in lights, you will probably need electricity if you want to read at night, unless you are in a situation that you can use candle light or something. But if your e-reader is fully charged, you can read for weeks with the built-in light, even if you have no access to electricity.
+dmeachy - I agree the story and talent is infinitely more important than the delivery system, (and I love that I can carry an entire library via e-books when traveling -YAY-) but if the delivery system is not 100% accessible to me all the time, or the content of that delivery system can be taken away from me after I have purchased it - been there before I wised up - then the story doesn't get TO the reader. To an avid story-lover, not acceptable.
His daily routine to get into a trance was drugs and alcohol. He has had several interventions and most of his work was done under the influence. This is like Kate Moss the coke addict giving diet advice. (which she does.)
+Greg Johnson He had one intervention and that was all she wrote. He was clean after that. Learn what you're talking about. And by the way, drugs and alcohol don't equate to talent and don't act as enhancers of talent. That is just the excuse of the talentless. He wrote his worst work at the peak of his drug use and his best work came before and after. "Carrie, The Stand, Salem's Lot.) And stop being a judgmental asshole. If America had less people like you they might actually get somewhere and get rid of this "war on drugs" nonsense.
Use e-ink screen, it's like paper...I read everything now on my kobo aura one...what I like about it is I can read even in complete darkness, and no need to carry anything heavy. You can store thousands of novels inside.
"If you drop your kindle in the toilet, you're done".
Not quite. You will most probably have to buy a new kindle. But your book is preserved. That is, your right to read the content you paid for is safe and all you have to do is download it again.
Oh, you did not pay for your ebooks? Oops.. :-)
put books in tablet... write in tablet... there are programs, that pronounces the words and read the story for you while you are reading it with your eyes(Natural Reader), 2 way learning, with headphones you can do that inside the library without noise... i dont think tablets now a days gets flushed in a toilet... its easy to share via networks.. with networking company like google, wikipidea, FB,etc.. every story is saved.. a little more graphics and the idea is concrete.. can be seen... and can be heard.. few analog sticks or wave of the hand to control it.. it will be like magic
I couldn't agree more about writing being a form of self hypnosis: One of the great pleasures of writing fiction is, I think, the opportunity to go to another place in your mind, interact with some fascinating characters and simply enjoy them.
Don't blame me (This is a warning).
As a Muslim, AAAAND? As an Arab, (and because, maybe, because being a none-American, perhaps), I couldn't help but notice this; @ 0:57, "Watch CNN"..
Yeah.. right.. I believe you,
The video is provided by CNN.. hmmmm..
Well, maybe because we, as none-Americans, (and Arabs mainly), we hate CNN by default, and because we consider it "the enemy news source", (the enemy *biased* news source), I couldn't help but say.. "payed"...
Why am I saying all this?
Nothing really... just fruit for the thought I guess..
But honestly, that was my observation AND what I've noticed, the first thing that grasped my attention.
I was doing some research on writing when I came across this video..
But, this is nothing new, "we pay you (or market you?), you say this"... simple as that..
Fish it out and dry it off?! Um....yeah. Not! If I drop a book in a toilet, that sucker is going to find itself in the trash immediately. Fortunately, none of my books - Kindle or otherwise - will ever, EVER see the inside of a bathroom.
Writers & writing are fascinating! The value of writing is found in reflection; that is that the best chapters, paragraphs & sentences can be tested & perfected for coherence, economy, logic, originality & relevance before being shared. This discipline in writing often extends to speaking, both of which benefit from sharing thought from a clarified mind. Evolution has uniquely given us complex language that we are remiss to ignore in our betterment.
I read a lot more now that I have a Kindle. Books can be bought instantly, they are cheaper, I can make notes across books that are organized well, book reviews are easily available, all my books are with me and it reads easily. Books are fine, but e-book readers are awesome. Very versatile.
Once. It was the Harvard Lampoon's send-up of The Lord of the Rings, called "Bored of the Rings." Yes, OK, I was reading in the bathroom and for those who never do that, bully for you. It was the lampoon of the Mines of Moria scene, as the monster, in a Villa Nova shirt madly dribbled and feinted passes. "Aieeeeee!" cried Legolamb. "A ballhog!!!"
Books and bookstores will always be here Mr. King.
The day that bookstores go the way of blockbuster or the dinosaurs, and vanish from the landscape of America, is the day that this country loses it's soul.
Kindle will never replace the smell of a new book
+Mexlycan Filmico The movie was a complete disgraceful cash-in. It had none of the heart that the book had and Jack Torrence was a monster from the start in the film whereas in the book you cared about him because you saw that he was fundamentally a good man trying to do right by his family. Not to mention Danny Torrence's acting was downright vomit inducing and all Wendy Torrence did for the entire film was scream and cry.
The movie was 'okay' but it was a bit of a disappointment mainly due to the fact that Stanley Kubrick did do a great job in directing it but he cut out some of the most important facts out of the book (e.g. the uses of alcoholism that Jack Torrance was supposed to possess and how Stanley had changed how 'The Shining' was meant to end). Oh, well. I guess every adaptation from a book to a movie is different from the book itself.
hahah! yeah I agree 100%. Misery is another one I enjoyed immensely - and quite a bit more than the movie (despite it being a classic). The only story by King where I can actually recall enjoying the movie more than the novel was probably with 'The Mist'... which is kind of weird because that seems to be one where most people thought the book was far better. With SK's stories, some are better than others - but his characters never fail to be unique and always show raw emotion.
Always prefer to read King's books over the movies. Makes his characters so real, describes what's going on in a way that no movie could. Reading Misery one night (1:30 am) only one up, garage door open & screen door too for air. Only light on, sat at the kitchen table, heard 2 my hubby's friends pull up on dirt bikes. JUST got to where he's out of his room & she's coming up the road. W/out thinking I turned out the light & hid behind my couch! Don't think I'd done that watching the movie! LOL!
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