I am an avid fan of Stephen King. While I have not read everything he has written, I would say that I have tackled at least ¾ of his books. I cannot recall exactly which book of his I read 1st, but I do remember the summer of my 9th grade year, when I read IT. Many people are familiar with IT the mini-series from TV, and if you have only seen Stephen King and not read it, you are missing out. King is masterful with the words, and very few of his novels translate the way they should on the big screen. I do say, though, that when talking about Stephen King, and I mention that THE GREEN MILE was written by him, people are usually surprised – and that is one novel they did not change very much when transformed onto the big screen.
I digress, as a young girl, I fell in love and gobbled up his works, even if they were 1000 + pages (IT, the Stand, the Dark Tower Series, which is actually 7 books). A few years back, Stephen King had an accident, one that almost ended his life. Unsurprisingly, his style changed a little bit. I had read reviews from plenty of Constant Readers (which is the term he uses to describe his “constant readers”) that were disappointed in much of his work, but I was still enjoying everything he wrote.
On a side note, and I will pick up this thread again in a minute, when there is an author I love to read, I will often just buy the book and just read it, not bothering with the jacket or the back of the book to tell me what happens… and I prefer it that way, as everything unfolding for me is a surprise, and I am not influenced by whomever wrote the summary of the book (and I have found in minimal research that it is not always the author).
Back to the previous thread, last year I picked up one of King’s newer works, Duma Key. I read the first thirty pages or so, and it was just moving really slow. This is not the first time that a novel of his starts off slow; I remember back to 2004 when I was listening to The Talisman, and THAT was a slow start too. Because I was reading, I just became too bored with it, and put it back on the bookshelf for another day. A few months later I tried again, with the same results. At the end of 2010, I was trying to decide what to read, and other circumstances (that are not important to this story) led me to discussing King on Facebook, and when Duma Key came up from a friend, and I shared I could not get into it, my friend, Mark, mentioned that it was worth reading.
An author who is one of my favorites (would have to examine who my favorites are to see if he’s numero uno) and a book I would not give another couple pages, knowing that I would like it in the end.
What was wrong with me! Why is it that I needed the referral from a friend before I was willing to give the book another shot?
Many of you, my constant readers, might be wondering what I thought about the book… but do you really have to ask?
What truly is the power of referrals, and are we taking advantage of them?
Are we sitting and waiting for someone to recommend us like they would recommend a good book, or are we making it happen?

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About Tiffanie Kellog

Tiffanie loves to help people make more money while saving time, so they can hopefully have more fun!

2 responses »

  1. William Mellas says:

    The Richard Bachman Series are my favorites (a King alias) The Long Walk, Rage, and The Running Man, (horrible movie) I do share your passion for King and reading and referrals

    • tiffaniekellog says:

      I looked at the Running Man movie, and thought it seemed so far from the book I did not even watch it.

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