Skip to comments.The Moldering Portrait Of Stephen King
Posted on 12/26/2018 9:34:31 PM PST by RArtfulogerDodger
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But my favorite book of his, The Oath, doesn't have any pastors or churches anywhere in it. It's a wonderful allegory, though.
That didn't bother me. What bothered me is that he used to play his politics in his writing pretty much down the middle or not at all. And then his leftist side started getting tied in with his novels. Conservatives bad. Liberals good.
I’ll give it a try!
Looks good. Can’t wait to read the rest. Good writing.
Oh I just realized what this is: the TV series based on one of Elmore’s characters, the marshal, Raylan Givens, who says to his prisoner in the marshal’s car who is giving him a hard time:
“I’m not your problem.”
I never wanted to watch this show, so afraid it would ruin the character for me, as happens so much. A close friend of mine was a devoted watcher.
There’s another great character who broke out of prison, and is so different from other men that everyone automatically looks at him when he walks into a club. Can’t think of his name right now. They made a movie out of that one too. Never, ever want to watch it.
But even then, it was far too long. And it seemed like two completely separate novels that were stitched together very poorly. The first half was pure science == apocalyptic plague wipes out 95%; speculate on how people & govts would deal with it, during & after. But the 2nd half was all fantasy and special powers and ESP and what not.
It was like, "Well, I have these two novels I'd like to combine cuz I don't want to harm my reputation as an author of War-And-Peace length books. Fortunately they're on a word processor so I can instantly change all occurrences of the name of any character in the 2nd novel to match someone in the first. And change a few scenes where one ends and the other begins, to make it appear that both halves might have been planned as one novel, as long as thwy don't look too closely at the finished product!"
One thing I had to roll my eyeballs at was his choice of cities to represent the centers of Good vs Evil, and that was Boulder CO and Las Vegas. It would have made a lot more sense to pick Boulder as the latter, and Colorado Springs as the former.
And I'm saying that as someone who grew up in Boulder, and spent much of my adulthood there.
Are you thinking of the famous bank robber, Jack Foley? Because the movie they made about him drawn from the novel, Out of Sight, is another excellent, true-to-Leonard movie. (Most Hollywood attempts at Leonard are gawd-awful.)
Just got back from the range. Got a fire a Sig Sauer SIG556R 7.62×39. Wow, talk about point and shoot, that thing was crazy accurate at distance.
Yes. I think. Jack Foley and “Out of Sight” both sound familiar. The female star was Jennifer Lopez? I think that made it extra certain that I would never willingly see that movie.
In general it drives me nuts when people say “No, but I saw the movie.” It’s not snobbism on my part. It’s just that books and film and two totally different media and a prefer the former and don’t want my experience of the book all messed up by Hollywood’s version.
And with all of those shortcomings, it was still his best book so what does that say of the others?
Lopez and Clooney do a good job, Dennis Farina and Steve Zahn, too.
I recommend it.
I agree. I am very literate (in command of Standard English) and relatively literate (in depth and breadth of reading material).
I rarely fail to finish a book; I am able to find some strength and pleasure in many flawed writers.
While horror is not my favorite genre, it is a genre I have enjoyed. I decided long ago it was time to read Stephen King. I chose The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger.
I did not finish it. I found his writing pedestrian and boring: neither particularly interesting nor suspenseful.
(Warning: bookworm discussion ahead)
I haven’t seen the Odd Thomas movie, but I am hesitant at best. Most movie adaptations are awful if you’re a reader.
FWIW, Koontz was a practicing Catholic last I heard, and he’s definitely Christian-friendly at the very least. His style is easy to “slip into” but he can sometimes be preachy, which annoys me even if he’s preaching something I believe in.
I like Odd Thomas, but it is something of a time sink. An earlier duology, “Fear Nothing” and “Seize the Night” are similar in theme and flavor without being quite as long. “Watchers” and “Lightning” are earlier works that are generally well-regarded, and I have a soft spot for both “From the Corner of His Eye” (quantum physics with a religious spin) and “One Door Away from Heaven” (UFO culture, anti-euthanasia, similar religious spin).
If you don’t mind straight-out fantasy, you might want to look into Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series as well. Action, reasonably twisty plots, fall-over funny, and excellent portrayal of his Christian characters, who are neither saints nor hypocrites.
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