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    Under the Dome will be the last King book this decade. As the calendar turns to 2010 in a few months, Stephen King will have published books in four different decades. Which is your favorite, and why?

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    I cant vote in this
    its too hard
    in the 70s he released one classic after another like the shining and carrie and salems lot and the stand in the 80s he continued spitting out masterpieces with stuff like it and cujo, in the 90s he reinvented the prison story AND the serial novel at the same time while never letting his quality slip on many other novels and this decade, well this decade he finished the dark tower stories
    so nope not voting
    if the worlds gonna end then let's get it over with, i got shit to do

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    Have to go with the eighties because of the volume of great work. But the fact that Salems Lot, The Shining and The Stand were all 70's made it tough.
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    I have to say also that this is a very difficult decision. Having said that, I am eliminating our current decade in my thought process. While I do believe King has written some of his best work in Duma Key and On Writing, he has also written what for me was a somewhat disappointing ending for The Dark Tower series beginning with Song of Susannah as well as Dreamcatcher which is one of the two King novels I have simply put down and never finished. (The Tommyknockers is the other.)


    The 90's saw the publication of the uncut The Stand, but that tome should be considered in the 70's since the whole thing should have been published then. They also saw The Green Mile, Bag of Bones, DT IV: Wizard and Glass, Dolores Claiborne, and Insomnia. Unfortunately Gerald's Game was also published during this decade as well.

    The 80's began with Firestarter (one of my favorites) and ended with The Dark Half (and two Limited Editions, Dolan's Cadillac and My Pretty Pony). In between them we saw, The Tommyknockers (ugh), Misery, DT II: The Drawing of the Three, Eyes of the Dragon, Pet Semetary, DT I: The Gunslinger, Cujo, and IT (always capitalize both letters, IT deserves it) as well as others. HUGE decade for King fans.

    The 70's is where it all began. In 1974 Carrie was published and shortly followed by Salem's Lot. 1976 saw no King book published and then he proceeded to publish two a year for the rest of the decade. (He had to catch up you know.) Rage and The Shining in 1977, Night Shift and The Stand in 1978, and The Long Walk and The Dead Zone in 1979. That's eight books published in FIVE years in a time when authors often didn't publish even one a year. Many still don't. Not every book he published that decade is great (Carrie is still a good read though, and Night Shift is a collection and collections don't count).

    VERY tough choice here. Some hits, some misses, and an assload of home runs.

    As I look through the decades, I see misses in each decade except the 70's for me. I am not very fond of Night Shift, but there are some very good stories in there as well. I have to pick the 70's as his best decade. Not because the books are my favorite (though The Stand IS my favorite), but because in my opinion what he published that decade can be held up to everything he has published since then, 35 years later, and is as fresh as what has been published just recently.

    I've read quite a few "first novels" (the first few books of an author) after reading an author's works and most of them show in their writing that they were written early in the author's career. King's works don't show that to me. So I'm going with the 70's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post

    I've read quite a few "first novels" (the first few books of an author) after reading an author's works and most of them show in their writing that they were written early in the author's career. King's works don't show that to me. So I'm going with the 70's.
    I usually feel that an authors first few are usually their best, as it seems to me that after an author has written a large volume of work, they dont have as many unique ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    The 80's began with Firestarter (one of my favorites) and ended with The Dark Half (and two Limited Editions, Dolan's Cadillac and My Pretty Pony). In between them we saw, The Tommyknockers (ugh), Misery, DT II: The Drawing of the Three, Eyes of the Dragon, Pet Semetary, DT I: The Gunslinger, Cujo, and IT (always capitalize both letters, IT deserves it) as well as others. HUGE decade for King fans.
    This is the reason I chose the '80s, myself. My favorite King novel came from this decade, Pet Sematary. And a bunch of other great books as well, like It, Firestarter, Cujo, Skeleton Crew, not to mention the best DT book in my opinion, DT2.

    Of course other decades contain their own pearls, but I think the body of work as well as the language is King at his highest in the '80s.

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    80's.
    It, Christine, Night Shift, Eyes of the Dragon, Misery, Pet Semetary...
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    Wow. This is hard! I like King stuff from all over the place, timewise...IT, Different Seasons, Black House, Insomnia, Firestarter, Drawing Of The Three, Wolves Of The Calla...

    But, I think I might go with the 2000's just because I loved Lisey's Story and Duma Key with a passion and I just want to give a nod to how brilliantly I think he's matured as a writer, without losing his touch.

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    It seems the '90s aren't very popular. But some of my favorite KIng books came from that decade: The Green Mile, Insomnia, Rose Madder, etc.

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    My biggest problem was choosing between the 90's and the 70's. I chose the 70's because he was SO consistent then and not quite so consistent in the 90's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    My biggest problem was choosing between the 90's and the 70's. I chose the 70's because he was SO consistent then and not quite so consistent in the 90's.
    could not have put it better myself. so i wont.
    instead i will say i was torn between the 70's and the 80's

    i chose the 80's only because more of the books then are now my favourites.

    i also like nearly all of his books even - da da dah
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    lisey's story, but please dont hate me for it

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    Lisey's Story is a very good story. I found it very romantic and touching. It could be because I was very afraid I was losing my wife while I was reading it. Just a few days after I finished it, we learned she had advanced breast cancer. With Lisey's Story fresh in my mind, I found a deeper appreciation for it.
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    I think it would have to go to the 80's. You have the Talisman, Skeleton Crew, IT, Misery, Different Seasons, and Pet Semetary. That's an impressive 10 years of writing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    Lisey's Story is a very good story. I found it very romantic and touching. It could be because I was very afraid I was losing my wife while I was reading it. Just a few days after I finished it, we learned she had advanced breast cancer. With Lisey's Story fresh in my mind, I found a deeper appreciation for it.
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    It is very tough to pick just one decade, they all have their good and bad... Since I needed to choose just one for the vote, I also selected the 80's. Different Seasons (the book that started it for me), Pet Sematary, The Tailsman, Skelton Crew, IT ... and the list goes on.

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    Had to go with 80's too...


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    I voted for the 1970s because as someone put it, he wrote one classic after another. Most of my favourites were written in the 70s so I guess it figures...
    But it's still hard choosing!

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    Wow, only three people for the post-1980s King.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BROWNINGS CHILDE View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post

    I've read quite a few "first novels" (the first few books of an author) after reading an author's works and most of them show in their writing that they were written early in the author's career. King's works don't show that to me. So I'm going with the 70's.
    I usually feel that an authors first few are usually their best, as it seems to me that after an author has written a large volume of work, they dont have as many unique ideas.
    That's one way of putting things, BC, but, as in other areas of life, youthful energy gives way to experience and knowledge. An older writer has different abilities than a good, young one. I think there is some truth in both of your theories, and SK certainly has done great, if distinct, work in either incarnation.
    I wouldn't vote for this decade, I don't count any single thing as really of his best work, but I could almost vote for the 90s. Some misses, but also some stuff that's awesome in specific ways.

    Had to go with 80s, though. The 80s list is, indeed, just so impressive.

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    Sorry but I have to correct you on your decade assumption. The decade doesn't end until the stroke of midnight on the 31st of December 2010. There was no year 0 in our calander, remember?

    Anywho, I went with the 80s, BUT... this was a very hard choice, I loved his work in the 70's and the 90's and 00's, it's just the 80's have the most that I loved in them (by 1 book).

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    Well, I'm not disputing that but generally a decade starts on a year 0 and ends on a year 9. So when we say "the eighties", we mean the decade that started on January 1, 1980 and ended on December 31, 1989.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    Well, I'm not disputing that but generally a decade starts on a year 0 and ends on a year 9. So when we say "the eighties", we mean the decade that started on January 1, 1980 and ended on December 31, 1989.
    That's how bears define a decade, too. What starts with "0" isn't zero year, it's the "first" year, just like when someone's child is 5 months old it means he lives his first year of life.

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    Technically, the year 2000 is the last year of the 1990's, but widespread social convention does hold otherwise. I figured that for this thread, the latter interpretation would be preferred, so I didn't try to bring it up. Why quibble?

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    I had to go with the 70's because I remember that his first books had a kinda, Beatles: is Paul dead?, thing running through it. For those not familiar, there was a sense that there was an underlying theme in his books (which as it turns out there was, i.e. Dark Tower) that was entwined with the "Physic Residue and Telepathic powers" that was abundant in his books. In fact, that new "twist" in horror writing was one of the things that first "hooked" me on SK. That and his uncanny character development. The Beatles reference has to do with the "play the Album backwards" thing that was going on and the anticipation of the next album with further clues. Exactly how I felt about each book that was published.

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    I forgot all about this poll, but I'm glad to see the '80s running away with it My favorite King decade, too.

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