The 5 Best Stephen King Novels including Small Reviews

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The Dark HalfITThe Long Walk written under the pseudonym Richard BachmanMiseryThinner written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman
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IT
The Long Walk written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman
The Long Walk written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman
Misery
Misery
Thinner written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman
Thinner written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman

The 5 Best Stephen King Novels

In my opinion, these are the biggest and best Stephen King Novels, with a little tidbit of them. FYI these are all books I have read, and if YOUR favorite book isn't on here, please comment what book YOU think is THE BEST so I can read it and review.

1. The Long Walk-This is my number one book for this list. It was written early on with Stephen King using a pseudonym Richard Bachman. It's about, in my eyes, a sick and twisted lottery. The "lottery" starts off with 100 contestants who must walk as far as they can until only one contestant is left. Yes, one contestant will be declared the winner after the other 99 contestants die off in painful and sometimes horrifying ways on The Walk. The last contestant left standing will never want for anything ever again. When they leave the contest, they will have anything they have ever want, want, or will ever want. It is the best prize in the world, but at a big cost.

2. Thinner-This book is so good I read it over and over again. It was also written in the pseudonym Richard Bachman. It starts off with a really obese man with a wife and daughter in high school. Unfortunately for the main character, him and his wife are riding in the car and when he isn't paying attention, he hits a very old gypsy and is charged with vehicular manslaughter. But because he is a lawyer, he knows the judge, and he gets off scot-free. When he is leaving the courthouse, he is whispered to by a descendant of the gypsy, "THINNER." After that the main character is constantly losing weight no matter what he eats. Until soon he shouldn't lose anymore weight, for fear of his health.

3. The Dark Half-This novel I couldn't put down until I was finished. It's about a man who is writing books for a living. He writes under his pseudonym and is very very good, but under his own name, he isn't. When the public finds out that they are the same, he decides to 'out' his pseudonym and give him a "funeral" so-to-speak. Well, the pseudonym does not want to die out and makes sure everyone knows.

4. Misery-This one was creepy. I believe this book gives us a little window into the brains of the psycho as well as the victim. This one starts out with an established author careening his car down a mountain and being rescued by his "biggest fan." And she truly is! She takes him back to her house/cabin (not the hospital, no of course not!) and takes care of him in more ways than one. He feels at first that maybe she is telling the truth, maybe the roads really are closed. No problem though right, she will take him to the hospital when the roads open. No, he figures out later that she was never going to take him anywhere. The big trouble happens is when she finds his manuscript and makes him write a new one because she does not want her favorite character in a series to die. In the end though, he shows that wheelchair bound or not he is going to kick her butt!

5. IT-When I read this book, I was reading it at night, in my closet, with a flashlight. But later had to turn the closet light on because I was so scared. It has 1100+ pages and was listed as THE bestselling book in America in 1986 by Publisher's Weekly. IT is a clown who loves children. Namely, 7 children who have a club for losers. The book goes back and forth with the children as adults and in the past when they were children. It is a gory book and I would recommend reading it with the light on! There was a movie on this, that is not as scary as the book, of course. Throughout the whole movie I couldn't stop thinking about the main character's mole.





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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Have you ever read, "On Writing" by Stephen King. It is a real easy read and very interesting as he tells all about himself as an author. Since you like him, and reading and writing you might like it.


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stestifie 5 years ago from Sin City Author

I haven't heard about it, but I will definitely give it a looksie. Thank you so much for the suggestion!


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Awesome hub, I used to be the biggest Stephen King fan....and then he forgot how to end a book....but I will say all the books you list have clear endings. Interesting list that was fun to read and remember as I have read all the books you mention many years ago.


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stestifie 5 years ago from Sin City Author

I have recently read a newer book by Stephen King called Cell and it didn't capture the "King" as well as the books from the beginning. These books I couldn't put down until they were done. Cell, I definitely did put it down multiple times.


jenubouka 5 years ago

I am a loyal Stephen King fan...I really enjoyed your favorite picks, I have yet to read any of the ones listed yet. I was told that the Dark Tower series should be read first for he bases a lot of other books on these. Do you know? As for the Cell, I read it, very very gory, and will never use my cell at 3pm EVER>


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stestifie 5 years ago from Sin City Author

I was told that I should read the Dark Tower Series as well. I haven't actually, but I loved how when I opened a Stephen King book I could almost always count on the state being Maine. =) Heck no! I was freaked out for about a week afterwards on using my cell phone and I think it helped me to use it a lot less!


jenubouka 5 years ago

I feel like I could drive into Maine and know it better than my town. Have you seen the volumes for the Series, the first one is a couple hundred pages, then the second thru the 7th, riightttt.

I seriously still don't use the phone' or like buicks, now that's a good writer

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