All hail Stephen King – podcast 6

Hello lovely podpeople,

we got a bit excited this podcast talking about the wonderful Stephen King who celebrated his 70th birthday this year in September. We also had time to recommend some new and upcoming titles. Grant, Kevin and Lynne joined me (Vikki) to share what we had recently been reading:
• Vikki was still reading Sleeping Beauties by Owen and Stephen King
(it’s a very long novel but excellent!)
• Grant had been rereading Different Seasons and Skeleton Crew
(Two short story compilations by Stephen King)
• Kevin had been rereading the Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers, End of Watch
• Lynne had been reading The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

New and forthcoming adult books:
Nucleus by Rory Clements
Greyfriars House by Emma Fraser
Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds
Now we are dead by Stuart Macbride
The Sons by Anton Svensson

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Little Miss Stubborn and the Unicorn by Adam Hargreaves (0-5)
The Winner’s Cup (Pokemon) (5-7)
I swapped my brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons  (7-9)
The great Shelby Holmes meets her match by Elizabeth Eulberg (9-11)
The truth and lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr (Teen)

DVD recommendations:
War for the Planet of the Apes (12)

Our Reading Agony this time is a customer who was looking for someone who writes similar books to Stephen King and wanted some suggestions. We came up with several suggestions depending which genre of Stephen King was their favourite. So for horror titles we thought possible authors could be
Clive Barker
Dean Koontz
Peter Straub
James Herbert
In terms of short story collections they could try
• Kate Atkinson –  Not the end of the world
• Ali Smith –  Public Library and other stories

Finally for a fan of The Dark Tower series an author such as
Neil Gaiman
Dan Simmons
Joe Hill

Staff Quote of the day we’ve changed this to King quote
This gem was on his website in the Q&A section

Do you have a haunted house?

“Absolutely not—don’t come to my house on Halloween. We’ve done trick-or-treat a few times and we had 600 or 800 – one time we had 1,400 people show up for candy and treats and it’s fun, it’s great to see everyone, but it wears everybody out and it plays hell with the law so we’re not doing that anymore.”

Our Discussion was all about Stephen King. We talked about the first titles we ever read. Which are our favourites, why we think he is such a great writer, and the many adaptations of his work from page to screen. Some of the titles we mentioned were;
Salem’s Lot
The Shining
The Body
The Green Mile
Lisey’s Story
Gunslinger (Part 1 Dark Tower Series)

For a really comprehensive list of Stephen King’s work visit his website

Let us know your favourite Stephen King book or favourite adaptation.

The Did You Know? segment this week was all about the many and varied stock promotions available throughout the year in libraries for adults, an ideal opportunity to pick something new and different to try.

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