Christian romance author Brenda Coulter discusses writing, life, and the writing life.
I know The Shining is awfully long, but it's best King I can remember reading. Worth the time. Great characters, great setting, great plot, scary as heck. I think King is highly underrated as a writer; the New Yorker does not think so, however, as they regular publish his short stories.
Brenda, don't worry, I think you will like Stephen King, really! Personally, I read his books more for the characters than the supposed 'scary' bits. And sometimes I whiz past the gore.He is the master of characterization. I think he is underrated, too, just because he writes about freaky clowns, aliens, and evil spirits. I can't wait to hear what you think of "The Shining."
No, it's Misery that I have agreed to read. See the comments over here.
Oh c'mon, read 'em both.--Chris (dFm)
The Shining can't hold a candle to The Stand. It's another long one, though. And Brenda! You haven't read one Julie Garwood hunky-men-in-kilts story?
I hadn't yet had my morning coffee when I made my earlier post. No caffeine, no make sense. I meant that the New Yorker, which isn't in the habit of publishing poor writing, thinks enough of Stephen King to regularly run his short stories. I like some of his work a lot, some of it I don't. Couldn't finish Dolores Claiborne. Couldn't put down The Shining.
Ooops! Yes, "Misery." I haven't tackled that one yet myself. Looking forward to your opinion on it.
Chris, I am already signed up to read Misery and Bag of Bones. Surely that's more than enough Stephen King for anybody.Nope, Robyn. I have never read Julie Garwood.Laura--don't worry; we knew what you meant. Most of us have at one time or other made the mistake of posting Before Coffee.
Brenda, If you hate bag of bones I'll gladly send you the ten bucks it cost you. But I feel sure you won't. (Hence, my offer.) I haven't chosen my inspirational romance yet. I'm searching for a title available as an audiobook (I'm visually impaired) and I know there must be many but because of my lack of familiarity with the subgenre I'm searching with half a brain tied behind my back. If you could suggest a few popular authors of inspirationals it would help me out a lot.Kimber
Having read Brenda's Finding Hope I can highly recommend it as a fine example of the inspirational romance genre. I am a very picky reader, and I found it a delightful, true read. Witty and far from sappy. Just like you'd expect Brenda to write.Beth
Kimber, here's a link to Amazon.com that shows the inspirational romance novels with the highest customer ratings. These will be the most popular authors and many of the books come in audio versions. (Mine doesn't, and the print's rather small, to be perfectly honest.)Goodness, Beth. I can't help but wonder what you might have said about my book if I had paid for your testimony. Thank you! <3 <3 <3
Thanks, Brenda. I'm going over to Amazon and check it out. After I choose my book I'll report back. I already knew your book wasn't available as an audiobook -- I looked for it first thing.Kimber
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