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Discussion in 'Books / Publications Forum' started by Crabtownboy, Jul 6, 2009.
On Writing: a memoir of the craft
By Stephen King
So are you recommending this?
I used to read Stephen King but couldn't after I was saved. His books were too dark, too full of psychic stuff, and I found them oppressive.
I'm not really interested in his life or what he has to say as he sort of depresses me.
Boggles the Christian mind does it not.
Wouldn't buy it. Now if Tom Wolfe wrote a book on writing.... THAT I would buy.
I have a good collection of Apocalyptic Sci-Fi novels;
Stephen King's, "The Stand" is one of them.
I'd recommend it.
One of my favorite book blurbs is by Stephen King.
Regarding the book, "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston, (which describes the release of the ebola virus in a Washington suburb), King wrote:
"...The Hot Zone is one of the most horrifying things I've ever read in my whole life..."
Now that's a review with punch!
The book is an autobiography with bits thrown in about writing. The only book by King that I have read ... well listened to as I drove across the country ... was The Green Mile. I enjoyed that books quite a lot. I have not nor will I read his horror books. I have no interest in them and feel they are a waste of time ... nor have I watched any movies made from his writings.
I did gain an insight as to why he wrote horror books. He has had a life long fascination with that genre. It was that interest that directed his writings. As a kid and teenager he and a friend went to every such movie that came to town.
He is a very talented writer. To me he has pretty well wasted that God given talent ... but that is just my opinion. It is obvious that many people would disagree with me on that one.
I have found the book interesting. True life books are always interesting. And, true to King's talent, it is well written, though occasionally he uses words that I do not appreciate.
I agree that is a terrifying book, especially since it a true account.
Another book you might like is "The Lassa Ward," a true account of a young, not quite yet doctor, who goes to Africa to conduct research and helps in a Lassa Ward. Lassa is an Ebola like disease.
About half way through the book King finally begins to talk seriously about writing and gives good advice.
I believe King writes in the horror genre because he has demons and they haunt him.
I am reminded of the verse "you know not what spirit you are of".
Somehow I personally have always felt that reading king ignored the admonition "guard your heart and your mind"
I do not know what King believes about God. He does believe in God. Here is an interesting quote I found about him and his personal belief.