Thursday, December 18, 2008

Stephen King Group Reads

Just wanted to update everyone on what is happening on the Stephen King front.  

To make things clear: neither of these are 'official' Nest Book Club selections.  These discussions will take place in addition to the discussions about selected NBC books. 

We will be discussing the book The Stand on January 20th & 21st.  For LOST fans, this will be to gear up for the season premiere that night, but everyone is welcome to join in! 

To answer a couple of questions about this book:

The Stand is not a "scary" book with ghosts and vampires and things that go bump-in-the-night.  It is a story of an experiment that gets out of hand, killing a huge majority of the population.  The story focuses on the survivors and how they respond and what happens to them.  If you are scared of typical horror books, don't be scared of this.  

There are 2 versions of The Stand.  The original one was published in 1978.  In 1990, Stephen King released a newer version, calling it the "uncut" edition.  It is about 300 pages longer, and most of the additions were character development related.  It will give you a little bit more back story to some characters, but really isn't essential to get the story.  For the group read, feel free to read whichever copy you have access to.  

Immediately following discussing The Stand, we will be reading The Dark Tower.  This is a series of 7 books written by Stephen King from the time he was 19 (in 1970) and completed in 2004.  We will start out, with the first 2 books, discussing every 2 weeks. After that, the books get longer and we will set discussion dates depending on the length of the book.  

All the books in order are:
1- The Gunslinger
2- The Drawing of the Three
3- The Waste Lands
4- Wizard and Glass
5- Wolves of the Calla
6- Songs of Susannah
7- The Dark Tower

This series has connections with many of King's other works and is considered by many (and by King himself) to be his greatest.

For more information about plot, visit the Dark Tower website

If you are also participating in the Winter Book Challenge, keep in mind that you can use The Stand as your 700+ book, The Drawing of the Three can be used as a book with a number in the title, If you have never read Stephen King you can count this as your book by an author you have never read, you could count the Dark Tower books as reading books in the same series. Just wanted to point these things out!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me (jackiback) or MyJuneGirls.  We are the resident Stephen King fanatics and would love to get you reading him! 

**Updated: January 24th**
We have now set a schedule for reading these books. We switched up the reading time depending on the length of the books and here is what we came up with:

The Gunslinger: February 9th
Drawing of the Three: February 23rd
The Waste Lands: March 16th
Wizard and Glass: April 6th
Wolves of the Calla: May 4th
Song of Susannah: May 25th
The Dark Tower: June 22nd

1 comment:

melissa said...

how exciting. I am reading gunslinger now - since i'm generally a slow reader, i'm sure everyone will catch up to me!