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On the latest episode of Galactic Suburbia I mentioned I’m about to start working through a Stephen King reading list, given to me by Kirstyn from the Writer and the Critic. Tansy thought others might want to follow along. So here it is:

  1. Carrie
  2. Salem’s Lot
  3. The Shining
  4. Different Seasons – but only The Body and Shawshank therein. Do NOT read Apt Pupil, Alisa!
  5. Thinner (published under Richard Bachman)
  6. IT
  7. Eyes of the Dragon
  8. Misery
  9. Bag of Bones
  10. Duma Key
  11. The Dark Tower


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  • By Mit on 1 October 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I’ve read all of these. I got bored with Stephen King about the time Insomnia came out. Everything after that I found a little more mellow than his earlier works.

    You are aware the Dark Tower is 7 books long and last I heard he’s going to add more to it?

  • By AlisaK on 1 October 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I think that’s why Dark Tower is last on the list!

  • By Sean the Bookonaut on 2 October 2011 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for posting Alisa and thanks for creating the list Kirstyn. I have only recently come to King myself. Somewhere in my youth I seemed to have picked up some horror snobbery or perhaps it’s just King. I have slowly been brought back to reading him through watching adaptations of his books like the Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile. I read Salem’s lot late last year – the book was far better than either of the movies I watched.
    I’d be interested to see what Carrie is like – I have seen the movie (found it very dated).

  • By AlisaK on 2 October 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve only read like half of The Stand and a short he had in Asimov’s a couple of years ago. Not sure how I’m going to go with Carrie but we’ll soon find out!

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