Movie link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0285531/
- Both are healers.
- Both know mens hearts.
- Both are killed by the state, though innocent.
- Both die as their executioners admit their innocence.
- Both must take carry another persons pain in order to heal them. With Coffey, he must bear their sickness for a period of time. With Chist he bore our sins.
- Both are of a mistreated race for their time. Christ a first century Jew, Coffey a black during the depression.
- a stamped slip case
- color illustrations
- a ribbon bookmarker
- trading cards of the characters. (Trading cards sounds like a nice thing to have when dealing with a massive book!)
It is listed at 1,088 pages, which surprises me since I expected it to be longer than The Stand.
- Not many quotes on the box praising the movie.
- No commentary on special features. Translation: No one wants to be associated with this movie!
- Only extra thing offered "original theatrical trailer."
- A 2 DVD set or "special edition" doesn't exist.
- The Shawshank Redemption
- Children of the Corn
- The Mangler
- Low Men In Yellow Coats.
One excited website stated: "This collection features new commentary and introductions to all of these stories in a treasure-trove of movie trivia." The introductions are interesting (King doesn't write bad ones), but not interesting enough to sell the entire book. And let's face it, who's going to buy this book -- King fans. People who already have these stories. Someone will say, "Well, now you have them all in once place." So. . .! Low Men belongs with the collection is was orginally published with. Bottom line: Not much unique here. Would rather have a book by King about his own works, rather than simply a few new introductions.
Check out Brighton Gardner's book, Stephen King, A Face Among The Masters. The chapter on Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King is great!
Here's a few lines from the book:
Michael Connelly produced an interesting book a few years ago titled In The Shadow Of The Master. It was a collection of Poe’s stories with introductions from famous authors. King provided an introduction to The Tell Tale Heart, and noted that crime writers such as John D. MacDonald and Thomas Harris are what he calls “the children of Poe.”
What about Stephen King? Is he a child of Poe ? Not quite. King has said that he has been more inspired by other writers. However, the writers he most admired as a young person had been influenced by Poe. Writers like Robert Block, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury are all men who fell under Poe’s spell, and they in turn influenced Stephen King. King has suggested that Poe is more like his twisted grandfather.
Child or grandchild, the relationship is still pretty close and the genes show. Edgar Allan Poe’s DNA is all over Stephen King’s work. Both Poe and King have an intense interest in the horror genre. In fact, Nick Mamatas, author of Under My Roof, suggested in a 2008 article for The Smart Set that Poe was one of the first authors of modern horror because he was not focused on bringing a moral resolution to the story. Poe was simply interested in letting the story tell itself. This is something King routinely does, emphasizing that the most important thing is for the writer to get out of the way enough to let the story unfold the way it needs to . He does not feel a need to guide the novel toward his own moral compass, but allows the plot and characters unfold naturally in the setting he’s created.
Gardner, Brighton (2014-05-04). Stephen King A Face Among The Masters (Kindle Locations 390-395). . Kindle Edition.
Here is a list of the discussions under King and Poe:
Chapter 2: THE GHOST OF EDGAR ALLAN POE
- Twisted Grandpa Poe
- Revenge Is Sweet
- Welcome To The Stand, Mr. Poe
I remember disappointment as Roland climbed the mountain only for the book to end in a long talk. A long talk! Come on!
I would have given up on the series -- truly -- but for the Drawing of the Three. Something called me back to the Dark Tower series. Was it King's own energy for this? Did I sense that something both dark and wonderful was going to happen in these books? The weight of the first book lifted in Drawing of the Three, and King's joyful story telling style returned. I loved it as Roland popped between world's through doors. There he was one moment in the world I knew, and then dropping back to another era in America. It was great when Eddie hid his drugs in Roland's world. The gangsters, the doors, the woman in the wheelchair. . . oh, and those things that attacked Roland on the beach (did-a-chick) were all great! Maybe, I considered, this series wasn't destined to be a total flop. I still didn't get it, but it made a connection.
The return to Roland's world was well worth it! I loved Wolves of the Calla! The idea of a town standing up for itself was indeed a page turner. The characters were developed, the plot moved, and even the old west feel, which hadn't really been present since The Gun Slinger, was back. I loved the final fight scene as plates whirred through the air and the gunslingers took their stand along with the townspeople. Brilliantly executed! It was the kind of book that made me shout outloud, "YEAH!" For once Roland wasn't just focused on his stupid tower, but was being what a gunslinger ought to be: A warrior for the oppressed. I loved it.
It was an enjoyable journey. Far better than Lord of the Rings in my opinion. And, easily the best two in the series were Drawing of the Three, which re-engaged me in the series, and Wolves of the Calla, which again re-engaged me in Roland's quest. Of course, the journey is not over. This time you can take the journey via comic book. I'm not taking that journey, so please, anyone want to tell me if it comes out any different?.
A few eamples:
Here's the interesting thing: Some people think that anything -- everything -- with "Stephen King" on it is: 1. Collectable. 2. Valuable. 3. Worth a billion dollars. In fact, a sign of a true amature is someone who either charges too much or pays too much for King items.
In our town there is a small used bookstore that has a Stephen King section. I bought a copy of Thinner (book club, no "King" evidence on it) for $5. But if you want a bookclub edition of The Shining, that will be $1,000. Yes, that is three zeros! This guy is selling bookclub editions for sometiems double and triple what they go for on Amazon.
Here's some of my findings on amazon:
Duma Key, signed -- $400.
Desperation, signed -- $1,300
Desperaton, 1st ed -- $149.99 (of course, other first editions of this book are 27.95)
These are actually poor examples. I guess signed bumps the price up, but there is such a gap in what a signed item might go for. First editions, unless really early books, aren't hard to get a hold of. The only book my wife cringed at when I put down the money was for a first edition of Wizard and Glass. But it wasn't that much -- in the world of book collecting.
I wonder sometimes if people look at the other listings for a book in the same condition before they list theirs.