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    Default King's worst novel?

    Obviously, he has written too many to do a poll but what do you all think?

    Which novel was his worst? Which one drives you crazy? Is there any that you could not finish reading? What are your reasons?

    I'm not completely caught up on all of his books but I've read most of his books more than once. There are only a couple I've read only one time. That, for me, speaks volumes. They are:

    Tommyknockers
    Thinner
    Insomnia

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    I'm assuming, based on our conversation in chat, that you mean FICTION novel.

    I vote for Cell.



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    A novel is fiction.

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    Tommyknockers
    Thinner
    Bag of Bones
    Hearts in Atlantis (except the Low Men in Yellow Coats part, which I like)
    The Eyes of the Dragon

    Also, I voted Tommyknockers by force of habit, I always thought it was the worst, but it was before I read Bag of Bones and Hearts. And, of course, TEofD, thanks Nikolett for reminding me!

    EDITED after a Tommyknockers reread: I am so deeply sorry I ever named this novel among the worst! I found it great this time.

    The worst on the day of last editing: Lisey's Story.
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    I love Hearts so far (first time reading). Bag of Bones I enjoyed also but otherwise I agree totally Jean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    Tommyknockers
    Thinner
    Bag of Bones
    Hearts in Atlantis (except the Low Men in Yellow Coats part, which I like)

    I am afraid Cell will be on top of that list, though, when/if I finally get around to finishing it.
    Also, I voter Tommyknockers by force of habit, I always thought it was the worst, but it was before I read Bag of Bones and Hearts.
    I am surprised to see that you didn't write the Eyes of the Dragon in your list.

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    Oops, I forgot. Post edited accordingly.

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    It can't be so bad if you forgot to mention it.

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    something like that, yes. I keep forgetting it exists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    something like that, yes. I keep forgetting it exists.
    Good for you dear. I can't forget a thing (it can be a book or a movie) that bugs me.

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    I can hardly forget anything at all - that's the worst memory in the world - but I kinda forget to attribute it to King. I wouldn't have remembered Thinner, either, if Monte hadn't already mentioned it, and not because I can ever forget it, or not because it's Bachman, but, I think, because I don't want it to be King, so it slips my mind; the same with TEotD; while the others I listed are too, I don't know, bulky to slip one's mind.

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    I wasn't real high on Insomnia but loved most of the rest of the books mentioned here.

    Thought Cell was a great little disaster book.
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    I loved Insomnia, except the last hundred or so pages, which bored me (when the action started, you see).

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    I Cell. But then again I love any type of zombie/disaster story.

    I'd say my least favorite King novel is Gerald's Game. Although I did read it years and years ago. I just remember not liking it at the time. I think a re-read is in order to see if I still feel that way.

    Also, while in the end I enjoyed Lisey's Story, it took me so long (more than halfway through the book) to really "get into it", that that automatically ranks it low on my list. I've never experienced that before with one of King's books.
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    damn, i loved Insomnia. Ralph Roberts? he's the effing man.

    hmm. now i'm going to post the ones i liked the least. because I've been intrigued even with the ones that weren't as great.

    Eyes of the Dragon - It's my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it.

    I can't think of anything else worth putting here. I've never read Thinner or Tommyknockers, but I heard they were bunk.

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    I was crazy about Insomnia, and really liked Thinner and Tommyknockers.
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    I can't really think of any novels that i hated bad enough to say "worst novel"

    but there were a couple of short stories i didn't care for.

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    I didn't care for Cujo's ending

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    oh right. cujo. it was okay. but come on. how long did they have to be trapped in that fucking car already? it was a little frustrating.

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    the thing is, King could write about what his shit looked like in the toilet that morning and it would still be somewhat captivating.

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    I totally agree with that. Kings worst book is better than most peoples best imo.
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    Mike~I want Cujo to f@#$!ing kill the wife, and your probably right with the shit statement

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    i hear you bro. he should have killed her.

    lol. yeah, i'd read it.

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    I also

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    Cujo should be on my list. I only read that one once and don't care to revisit it again.

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