The Best To Worst Of Stephen King Books (that i've read)

A Listmania! list by Raul Bloodworth "Cujo731" (His House, UK)
 
Dreamcatcher
1.  Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "King's best book ever, this covers alien abduction and telpethy with amazing wit and style unseen anywhere else."
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Night Shift
2.  Night Shift by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "The best short-story compilation, these tales are grusome and chilling and, for once, King actually keeps 'em short."
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Desperation
3.  Desperation by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Set in the Nevada desert, Desperation is a classic battle between good and evil. Much better than 'The Stand' (another good/evil battle) this was, for a long time, my favourite book."
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Pet Sematary
4.  Pet Sematary by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "As good now as it was then, this book is fantastic for old King fans and newcomers alike, although it is a little disturbing."
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The Shining
5.  The Shining by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Utterly terrifying, this book is fantastic; long enough to pad things out, but also short enough to keep from getting boring."
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'Salem's Lot
6.  'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Although most people would say 'The Shining' was Kings scariest novel, my vote goes for Sale's Lot. Small town vampires, BRRR!"
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Needful Things
7.  Needful Things by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Darkly comic, Needful Things is the final look back at the doomed town of Castle Rock and done with amazing style and energy too."
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The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition)
8.  The Stand (The Complete and Uncut Edition) by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Although not as good as 'Desperation', Kings original post-apocalypse novel, in which everyone is wiped out by the 'flu, is still amazing. A bit too long, though."
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From a Buick 8
9.  From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "King's latest novel is back in haunted car territory, however, this is not just 'Christine' redone, this is an amazing and powerful novel. I loved it."
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
10.  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "A 'survival' story, this is a bit of a branch-off from King's previous work but is great! You completley emphasise with the main carachter and actually lose sleep over whever she'll make it."
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Misery
11.  Misery by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "As with 'The Girl Who...' this is unlike most King books; there are only two carachters, but the level of excitement never diminishes and, in places, this book is truly grusome."
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Christine
12.  Christine by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Everyone knows about Christine, the haunted car. But most people are thinking of the John Carpenter film inspired by the novel. Here is the original Christine in all her gory glory."
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Insomnia
13.  Insomnia by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "A 'Dark Tower' spin-off, this novel is great fun, although, being a spin-off means it suffers in areas, as the casual reader is unsure what's going on."
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The Dead Zone
14.  The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "One of King's more famous novels, this inspired the smash-hit movie and, more recently, the ongoing T.V spin-off. An unsual idea and well implemented, this is a good novel."
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The Shawshank Redemption
15.  The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Like the movie that arose from it, 'Shawshank Redemption' is terriffic, as is the third novella 'The Body'. The other two novellas in this collection arnt too good, though. especially 'Apt Pupil'."
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The Running Man
16.  The Running Man by Richard Bachman
The list author says:
  "An amazing idea and very well done, in true Bachman style with the usual manic energy throughout. The reason it's so far down the list is that, for its price, it's much too short."
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Cujo
17.  Cujo by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Another Castle Rock novel, this is one of those books you read at a manic pace the first time through and then never look at again. The problem is that re-reading it destroys all those memories."
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It
18.  It by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Wonderful the first time through, featuring all the old monsters, as well as a few new ones, this novel suffers from being too long to consider re-reading."
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Everything's Eventual
19.  Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Not nearly as good as 'Night Shift', this new collection has some very good stories ('1408' and 'L.T's theory of..') and some very mediocre ones. Read but don't buy."
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Nightmares and Dreamscapes
20.  Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "As above, all the good stories are balanced exactly by the bad ones. Like before, read this, but don't buy it. Also, on a side note, some of these 'short stories' go on for ever!"
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The Dark Half
21.  The Dark Half by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "This novel, although good, just has a dark, cynical edge about it which meant I didn't enjoy it very much. Also, for once, it seems a little too gory."
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Hearts in Atlantis
22.  Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "This is well written and thought out, but things just go too slow too really enjoy, although parts of it I'm doubtless will appeal to other readers."
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Carrie
23.  Carrie by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "This is the novel that made King the bestselling author he is today, but, the trouble is that it isn't very good. I'm sure most people wouldn't agree, but this just left me feeling cold."
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Rose Madder
24.  Rose Madder by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "This book features one of King's best villians ever (just behind Gaunt and Tak), which alone makes it worth reading. But its let down by the lead, who's so pathetic you can't empathise with her at all"
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Gerald's Game
25.  Gerald's Game by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "This starts off gripping, but just degenerates into boring flashbacks. The ending is also overdone, the book is only 400 pages, but is 200 pages too long! For the price, it's really not worth it."
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Last updated: 17/04/2003
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