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    floydevans Female 13-17
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm
    Link: Stephen King, When He Wasn`t Famous - Although, in reading this letter he wrote, it was pretty obvious he knew what he wanted to do at a young age.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    My favorite is the Obituary, too.

    You just never know when a name will appear that`ll make your day.

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    Nick_13 Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    shame he can`t spell.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm
    god Stephen King sucks! i guss he is okay if you like R.L. Stine he about the same
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    comrade_b Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    Pretty morbid 14 year old, if this is real.
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    Skythe Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Then the letter came to life and mangled the editor in gory detail right?
    Right?
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    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    It is fair not to like Stephen King but to say he sucks isn`t fair or correct at all, Someone who sucks would not of sold as many books as he has or lasted as long as he had.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    @CoffeeDiiva
    so by you logic then the following are good:
    "Billy" Ray Cyrus
    Rebecca Black
    Dan Brown
    John R.R. Tolkien
    Ann Coulter

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    honkeylips Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    WOW dm2754 are you honestly going to say that Tolkien sucks?! Who do you read Stephenie Meyer?
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    Orchideous Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    ohh i was really confused i got him mixed up with stephen hawking... yeah i`m not a fan of stephen king
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    Just ignore dm, he clearly has his head firmly planted up his ass.
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    blounsb999 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm
    @dm2754 J.R.R. Tolkien is seen by most readers and critics alike as one of the greats. I certainly hope you you aren`t making your little op-ed based on the movies which would be a grand injustice. I notice that the authors you have panned are all science fiction - if that`s not your bag, just say so and be done with it.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    @honkeylips
    ya foget the the movie and try to read tolkien. let me know how far you get. if you make it all the way to the end then we`ll abut the bad parts.
    the read something good like:
    jodi picoult
    Margaret Atwood
    Neil Gaiman (skip his movie thou)
    R. A. Salvatore
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Philip K Dick

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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    @blounsb999
    like how you list ann colter as Sci-fi.
    you may want to read this. Tolkien wasn`t actually a novelist
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    austin1 Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    HEY I-A-B DID YOU GUYS HAVE A MEETING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE YOUR WEBSITE RUN SLOWER, THAT’S THE ONLY EXPLENATION THAT I CAN COME UP WITH FOR YOUR NEW TOOLBAR!
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    sounder Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm
    @dm2754 - if a writer is not to your liking, that`s fine but spouting vitriol is just lame.

    Margaret Atwood...really?

    Flame on...
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    Murcu Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm
    Tolkien is considered a great because he was one of the first (maybe the very first) authors to create a fully detailed living breathing fantasy world.

    As far as writing something entertaining or having a serious gift as a scribe- that`s pretty debatable. He sometimes spends pages and pages detailing the texture of tree bark. But see, to him, it was important that everything be detailed.

    In a literary sense, too much detail is not that great. It`s boring. But what made Tolkien such a success was the way he managed to capture your imagination. To say the movies did not match that aspect of the books, in my opinion, is the opinion of someone who never actually bothered to read the books.
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    blounsb999 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    I`ve read all of Tolkien. Including the Silmarillian. I like Heinlien, and Laumer, Card, Drake, Ringo, Flint, all of the Dune books (The father`s are better than the son`s, but they are alright as well) I don`t know who this Meyer author is so I can`t speak to her one way or the other. I will admit to Mercedes Lackey`s Valdimar books being a guilty pleasure. She`s no Tolkien, but she does a pretty good job at creating a universe.
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    ledouxrt Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm
    ...and then the Editor used Stephen King`s letter as toilet paper.
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    blounsb999 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm
    First of all, I already knew he taught linguistics at Oxford, where, by the way, he enjoy long chats with C.S. Lewis. Secondly, your source is a humor website - cracked.com??? Really??? Seriously??? Would you like some tutoring in how to debate or at least how to make your argument stronger?
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    redbozo23 Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm
    I have to say i am a huge Steven King fan! i enjoy the detail in his writing and especially the character development. Right now I`m reading the Stand.
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    ihurtmyself Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm
    stephen king is one of the only writers i`ve read that can elicit an actual shudder or repulsion out of me with his words. great writer. wish i had more time to read him nowadays.
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    ihurtmyself Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm
    @murcu : the bible and it`s fantasy land full of sheep is waaaaay older than tolkiens work.
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    blounsb999 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    Oh yeah, and
    @dm..."like how you list ann colter as Sci-fi."
    Please...Let`s be honest here, isn`t she?
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm
    @blounsb999
    ya she is. thats why i tought it funny when you said that.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm
    Okay we are getting of topic. You guys make so go points about Tolkien. Any one wants to talk about it further email me.

    stephen king:
    I read cujo when I was 12 or so; and I really liked it. As a grownup I read green mile I thought the writing style was very simplistic, as if written for a 12 year old. I got board and just watched the move.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm
    yes Margaret Atwood
    The Handmaid`s Tale is on thos list books every should read. Oryx and Crake is one the best i have ever read. The Penelopiad and The Year of the Flood.... not her best work, disappointing.

    Sorry if I offended anyone’s intellect. I’m so used to “dumbing it down” here.
    I find hard to believe we are discussing literature here
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    scare-ah Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm
    magazine*
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm
    @dm2754 I`m not talking about the Rings movies. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of his books. I have a copy of the Silmarillion next to my bed. I love how you are surprised we are discussing literature on here and every one of your posts has a spelling or grammar error.
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    Dedfink Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    I have to say I was always a fan of Stephen King. Although his writing style is simplistic I think that is one of the reasons his books are so readable and accessable to many people. He also has a great talent of blending inner and outer dialogue to give a believable glimpse into the human psyche making his characters fully "fleshed" and realistic.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm
    @honkeylips
    and thats why I`m not a write or a typest.
    I have never read the silmarilion is it better then the rings? sould i give it a go?
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    Aeladil Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    dm2754: LOVED! Oryx and Crake. Absolutely loved it. I even "stole" the name (Oryx) for a few nicknames on different boards and stuff :) Liked the Handmaid`s Tale too; Offred was such an interesting character in an interesting time. Didn`t read the last too, sadly, though I heard they weren`t as good.
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    honkeylips Male 30-39
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    April 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm
    dm2754 it`s honestly probably the most difficult of his reads but I love it.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm
    @Aeladil
    In The Penelopiad she mistakes the word “fair” to mean plan but in Homers day it meant beautiful. And like many miss the fact that in that age woman had no power. By maintaining that her husband was still alive Penelope was in control of all of Odysseus land. This she was one of wisest and most powerful woman of all time not pathetic sap pining over a man.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
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    April 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm
    Oh gawd, the Silmarillion is the most boring crap ever written but it is the kernel that the Hobbit, and "Rings" are based. It`s like the Old Testament, laying out who begot what. Boooorrrriiiinnnnggggg
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm
    @honkeylips I’ll give it a go. Maybe I judge Tolkien to much on the lord of rings.
    @ Dedfink you make a good point. I never thought about it like that. I will agree that he is very go at making deep round characters. His story about people are much better than the monster stories. IMHO
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Stephen King is okay but he`s no Barbara Cartland!
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    sounder Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    @dm2754 I agree with you that`s why I pulled the post
    it was juvenile and didn`t fit in this conversation.. I disagree with some of what you`re saying and don`t think it`s necessary to bash what other people enjoy...
    oh and don`t get me wrong I have never read a couple of the authors that you posted so I have no opinion there.
    I really liked Heinlen - very visionary
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm
    @sounder
    I never intend to offend anyone by saying that they should only like what I like.
    You are right; I should not have bashed King by saying he sucks. I should have only stated that I dislike his books. I made myself look like an upper jerk. and thanks for adding "vitriol" To my vocabulary. frist i heard the word.
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    wow, genius from birth obviously.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm
    I quote Heinlen more then any other author. Stanger in a Strange Land tough me why we laugh
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    sounder Male 40-49
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    April 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    King has always been a fun read for me - he takes foreeeevvveerrrr to develop the characters but once they are framed the story just flows right up until the end. I Love the end of his books for one reason - that`s where the BOOT falls ... have you ever seen Bambi Vs. Godzilla
    as a young man "It" scared the "hell" outta me (I hated the TV Show)
    and The Gunslinger books are "Tons of Fun"

    @dm2754 - thanks for the new names - I`ve been looking for some new Good reads!!
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    tatripp Male 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm
    wow this is stupid
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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
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    April 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm
    Stephen King really taught me to love books. I don`t read his stuff anymore, but The Body (what the movie Stand By Me was based on) is still one of my favorite short stories of all time.... comes in the same book as Rita Hayworth and the Shawskank Redemption (which is also excellent).
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    osmandias Male 40-49
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    April 29, 2011 at 12:00 am
    I never got what people like about Stephen King - or many of todays "horror" genre authors for that matter. But that may be because I`m spoiled by reading A. E. Poe at the age of 12. No one can stand up against the grandmaster when it comes to creating this feeling of creeping doom.
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    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2011 at 12:13 am
    He has some really great stuff, but there are a couple others that don`t quite fit.
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    MrPeabody Male 30-39
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    April 29, 2011 at 12:16 am
    Has anyone tried to open this in Adobe Illustrator yet? )-|
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2011 at 12:24 am
    I like King. But there`s just something about classic Gothic horror such as Poe, Stoker, and Lovecraft that touches something primal. If anyone is interested in a modernist Gothic horror they should check out Spider by Patrick McGrath. It`s fairly short, and far more introspective than most King novels. And I like the Silmarillion but it definitely is not for everybody.
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    bridog6996 Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2011 at 1:42 am
    Having grown up in the next town over, I know with 100% certainty that King grew up in Durham, ME and not Pownal. While Pownal and Durham are right next to each other, it seems odd that he wouldn`t sign his name with the town he actually lived in.
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2011 at 2:33 am
    its probably because of the mailing system. i live in a town called homer glen, but its so small that everything in regards to the mail is from the next town over, lemont
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    Garu Male 30-39
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    April 29, 2011 at 6:33 am
    P.S. Please don`t ever make my suggestions into a movie or you will be very disappointed.
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    bridog6996 Male 18-29
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    April 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    @ledzeppeloyd I have friends that live in both Pownal and Durham, and their mailing addresses use their own town names.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 2, 2011 at 2:15 am
    cool if its real

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