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"I am coming to understand that Roland's world actually contains all the others of my making" Stephen KingWith those words, from The Dark Tower: IV Wizard and Glass, the world's most popular writer confirmed a suspicion long held by readersthat the myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe.Here, for the first time ever is the gui "I am coming to understand that Roland's world actually contains all the others of my making" —Stephen KingWith those words, from The Dark Tower: IV Wizard and Glass, the world's most popular writer confirmed a suspicion long held by readers—that the myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe.Here, for the first time ever is the guide to that universe, a thrilling road map and informative tour for new readers and diehard fans alike.The Stephen King Universe is the very first examination of all of King's fiction and the way in which its plots and characters, conflicts, and themes, intertwine. This definitive reference work examines his novels and short stories, as well as the motion pictures, miniseries, and teleplays that King has written. The authors spent three years discovering and tying together the threads that exist in King's fiction. Their insightful results will entertain and surprise readers new and old. Once you have read The Stephen King Universe, you will never read Stephen King the same way again Contents: The Worlds of The Dark Tower and The Stand -- The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger -- The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three -- The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands -- The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass -- The Eyes of the Dragon -- The Talisman -- Hearts in Atlantis -- The Stand -- Related Tales -- "Night Surf" (from Night Shift) -- "The Little Sisters of Eluria" -- The Prime Reality, Part I: Derry -- IT -- Insomnia -- Bag of Bones -- Related Tales -- "Autopsy Room Four" (from Six Stories) -- "The Road Virus Heads North" -- The Prime Reality, Part II: Castle Rock -- The Dead Zone -- Cujo -- The Dark Half -- Needful Things -- Related Tales -- "The Body" (from Different Seasons) -- "Nona" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "Uncle Otto's Truck" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "Gramma" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "The Sun Dog" (from Four Past Midnight) -- "It Grows on You" (from Nightmares and Dreamscapes) -- "The Man in the Black Suit" (from Six Stories) -- The Prime Reality, Part III: Jerusalem's Lot and Stephen King's Maine -- Carrie -- 'Salem's Lot -- Pet Sematary -- Cycle of the Werewolf -- Gerald's Game -- Dolores Claiborne -- Storm of the Century -- The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon -- Related Tales -- "Jerusalem's Lot" (from Night Shift) -- "Graveyard Shift" (from Night Shift) -- "One for the Road" (from Night Shift) -- "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" (from Different Seasons) -- "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "The Reach" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "Secret Window, Secret Garden" (from Four Past Midnight).


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"I am coming to understand that Roland's world actually contains all the others of my making" Stephen KingWith those words, from The Dark Tower: IV Wizard and Glass, the world's most popular writer confirmed a suspicion long held by readersthat the myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe.Here, for the first time ever is the gui "I am coming to understand that Roland's world actually contains all the others of my making" —Stephen KingWith those words, from The Dark Tower: IV Wizard and Glass, the world's most popular writer confirmed a suspicion long held by readers—that the myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe.Here, for the first time ever is the guide to that universe, a thrilling road map and informative tour for new readers and diehard fans alike.The Stephen King Universe is the very first examination of all of King's fiction and the way in which its plots and characters, conflicts, and themes, intertwine. This definitive reference work examines his novels and short stories, as well as the motion pictures, miniseries, and teleplays that King has written. The authors spent three years discovering and tying together the threads that exist in King's fiction. Their insightful results will entertain and surprise readers new and old. Once you have read The Stephen King Universe, you will never read Stephen King the same way again Contents: The Worlds of The Dark Tower and The Stand -- The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger -- The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three -- The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands -- The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass -- The Eyes of the Dragon -- The Talisman -- Hearts in Atlantis -- The Stand -- Related Tales -- "Night Surf" (from Night Shift) -- "The Little Sisters of Eluria" -- The Prime Reality, Part I: Derry -- IT -- Insomnia -- Bag of Bones -- Related Tales -- "Autopsy Room Four" (from Six Stories) -- "The Road Virus Heads North" -- The Prime Reality, Part II: Castle Rock -- The Dead Zone -- Cujo -- The Dark Half -- Needful Things -- Related Tales -- "The Body" (from Different Seasons) -- "Nona" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "Uncle Otto's Truck" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "Gramma" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "The Sun Dog" (from Four Past Midnight) -- "It Grows on You" (from Nightmares and Dreamscapes) -- "The Man in the Black Suit" (from Six Stories) -- The Prime Reality, Part III: Jerusalem's Lot and Stephen King's Maine -- Carrie -- 'Salem's Lot -- Pet Sematary -- Cycle of the Werewolf -- Gerald's Game -- Dolores Claiborne -- Storm of the Century -- The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon -- Related Tales -- "Jerusalem's Lot" (from Night Shift) -- "Graveyard Shift" (from Night Shift) -- "One for the Road" (from Night Shift) -- "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" (from Different Seasons) -- "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "The Reach" (from Skeleton Crew) -- "Secret Window, Secret Garden" (from Four Past Midnight).

30 review for The Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of the King of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This was a very disappointing read as the book is full of factual errors. How can three writers get it so wrong?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I have learned a ton of information from this book, discovered connections between books that I would have missed otherwise, and random bits of trivia that should win me lots of money on Jeopardy should ever a Stephen King category come up. =)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adam Wilson

    All right, this was a very fun read. Anything that analyzes Stephen King and his work is always going to interest me but I am only giving the book three stars because I basically walked away from it with nothing at all. The connections that they describe are, for the most part, obvious. If you read novels and pay attention to what you are reading, you should be able to pick up on the connections between King's books because, in all fairness, they really aren't that subtle. There were maybe three All right, this was a very fun read. Anything that analyzes Stephen King and his work is always going to interest me but I am only giving the book three stars because I basically walked away from it with nothing at all. The connections that they describe are, for the most part, obvious. If you read novels and pay attention to what you are reading, you should be able to pick up on the connections between King's books because, in all fairness, they really aren't that subtle. There were maybe three things they mentioned that I did not catch and that was only because I have not read all of King's work twice yet. Quite a few of his books I have read more times than I can remember and then others, like Lisey's Story, The Tommyknockers, Cujo, Pet Sematary, and Salem's Lot have only been read once by me but even so I did not miss much because King is my favorite author by a Green Mile. (Who hasn't said that one before)? Anyway, the point I am making is that the only people who will most likely read a book like this are those people who have read all or nearly all of Uncle Stevie's work and if you have done that, you shouldn't be all that surprised by the contents of this book. I mean, after a while they ran out of interesting ties between King's work and just began summarizing EVERYTHING!! You could read everything this book says on Wikipedia or some other more reputable site. Like I said, the book should entertain, but don't expect it to blow your mind. I would recommend rereading some King instead of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I picked this up on a whim at Half Price the other night. I really love Stephen King's writing style; the problem is I don't like some of the actual stories themselves. Well, most of the short stories I like but the crazy novels, like IT, well, they're really just not my cup of tea. But this book explores the idea that all (or most) of King's novels and stories are interconnected and all are leading up to a final big clash between good and evil. The Dark Tower series is the focal point of the bo I picked this up on a whim at Half Price the other night. I really love Stephen King's writing style; the problem is I don't like some of the actual stories themselves. Well, most of the short stories I like but the crazy novels, like IT, well, they're really just not my cup of tea. But this book explores the idea that all (or most) of King's novels and stories are interconnected and all are leading up to a final big clash between good and evil. The Dark Tower series is the focal point of the book and of this final confrontation. I have not read any of this series, but I'm kind of thinking it might be worth a look. This book points out all the connections in the books and stories and essentially what each one means. Like, for example, Pop Merrill runs a store in Castle Rock that is destroyed by fire in the novella "Sun Dog". Pop is the father of Ace Merrill, the bully in the novella "The Body" (Stand by Me). The fire that destroyed Pop's store is mentioned in Needful Things. Ace is also in that book. Just interesting things like that. I am really enjoying this so far.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    I'm a Stephen King fan; I like his writing and I like how his stories are linked together. I picked up this book to find out more about those connections, and got turned off by the fawning tone and some problematic language. Like Yog Sothoth, It is a manifestation from beyond and appears to the Losers Club as a giant female spider (recalling the queen bitch from the film Aliens). - p104. I wondered about this comparison, when I found Tolkien's Ungoliant to be a better reference...I guess it's eas I'm a Stephen King fan; I like his writing and I like how his stories are linked together. I picked up this book to find out more about those connections, and got turned off by the fawning tone and some problematic language. Like Yog Sothoth, It is a manifestation from beyond and appears to the Losers Club as a giant female spider (recalling the queen bitch from the film Aliens). - p104. I wondered about this comparison, when I found Tolkien's Ungoliant to be a better reference...I guess it's easier to throw around the word 'bitch'. CHRIS HARGENSEN. The classic town slut...Billy Nolan. Chris Hargensen's sexually driven boyfriend p. 188, 189. Those are just two of the more annoying examples, but I read this book kind of listlessly. There were no criticisms of any of the books; only a few of the films drew negative comment. I suppose I was expecting too much of a guide into the Stephen King Universe.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Dimitre

    My biggest thing with this book is that I feel like I've read too many Stephen King books and thought too much about the connections for this to be really of any use to me. I did enjoy some parts - mostly because this book was published in 2001, when the last few Dark Tower books had not yet come out, so there are some cute theories about what was going to happen. What could have been. What did not happen. As well as that, there were a few of the books that I've read a long time ago that I didn' My biggest thing with this book is that I feel like I've read too many Stephen King books and thought too much about the connections for this to be really of any use to me. I did enjoy some parts - mostly because this book was published in 2001, when the last few Dark Tower books had not yet come out, so there are some cute theories about what was going to happen. What could have been. What did not happen. As well as that, there were a few of the books that I've read a long time ago that I didn't really remember all of the details, so that was nice to read about.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    I genuinely enjoyed reading this. There's a lot of Stephen King I've never read, including some that have come out since the last edition of this book was published. I would like to see them cover 11/22/63, for one. This book makes me want to re-read every King book I read when I was 9, 10, 11, and pick up the ones I haven't. Like, say, the entire Dark Tower series. And because I read these so young, the big plot I remember, and maybe a few random bits, but the details have been lost to me. So t I genuinely enjoyed reading this. There's a lot of Stephen King I've never read, including some that have come out since the last edition of this book was published. I would like to see them cover 11/22/63, for one. This book makes me want to re-read every King book I read when I was 9, 10, 11, and pick up the ones I haven't. Like, say, the entire Dark Tower series. And because I read these so young, the big plot I remember, and maybe a few random bits, but the details have been lost to me. So to see how each story is intertwined, and the references to other stories, was just nifty. Recommendable to King fans, that's for sure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book is a must for anyone who is deep into the Dark Tower series. Really, anyone with a remote interest in King's books will probably find this interesting. This book will show you each time a character finds his way into a new story, how most of his novels (Yes, I said MOST OF HIS NOVELS) all pertain to each other in some fashion, and it explains how everything is all centered on The Dark Tower. Stephen King is not an author of many books; he is an author of one giant story and this book e This book is a must for anyone who is deep into the Dark Tower series. Really, anyone with a remote interest in King's books will probably find this interesting. This book will show you each time a character finds his way into a new story, how most of his novels (Yes, I said MOST OF HIS NOVELS) all pertain to each other in some fashion, and it explains how everything is all centered on The Dark Tower. Stephen King is not an author of many books; he is an author of one giant story and this book explains it all. (Or at least all of it up until its publication.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Billy

    Not sure if there is an updated version of this book out or not, but I remember when I first read this being blown away by the realization that ALL of Kings work is basically ONE story. Nice addittion to any king collection

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Moffat

    I found this to be an informative re-hashing of most of Stephen kings work although I didn't find out anything I didn't already know. Good for the super fan like myself if you want a reminder of the stories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Johnson

    Basically bought this one for background before beginning a read of The Dark Tower. Did a good job of refreshing me on the characters/plots of the SK books and pointing out interrelationships between the different characters and settings.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    [Dutch] Als fan van Stephen King wil je soms wel eens wat meer weten over hem en over z'n werk. Maar is Het Stephen King universum daarvoor het geschikte boekwerk? Lees meer op 8WEEKLY

  13. 5 out of 5

    Randy Ball

    Intriguing and comprehensive work. It covers King's titles through 2006 and shows how the author has and is linking his works together. Fascinating.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    A must if you're a Stephen King fan. It brings his works together and shows common areas, characters, and themes throughout his work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Not quite what it was made out to be. It did not explain the connections between King's work as well as I had hoped.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    As a collector of Stephen's books , this was a must own for me . A lot of the connections in his novels I had already found but this book cleared up a bunch more for me !

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Excellent study of King's cluster of universes existing in parallel dimensions. Awesome. Who likes clowns, anyway?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Really a waste of time reading it. It felt more like a really long essay on Stephen King's books and stories and offered little I didn't already know.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Just skimmed it to see how certain stories were connected.

  20. 5 out of 5

    C

    What a great book! It was interesting reading about all the various connections that entangle Stephen King's books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Big Boss2671

    I'm a Stephen King fan; I like his writing and I like how his stories are linked together. I loved all his books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cristhian

    i likeme the thriller of this book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marcella

    Jeesh, what this did do is make me realize I have A LOT of Stephen King to read. I concur with the other goodreads reviewers - there really isn't anything new here. I wanted a book of summaries, cross-references and trivia. This book is not that. What this book is, is a collection of wikipedia-like entries descripting plot, characters, and very, very limited "trivia." It's a good brush up if you are reading one book and want to know other books that are say, set in the same town or organized by re Jeesh, what this did do is make me realize I have A LOT of Stephen King to read. I concur with the other goodreads reviewers - there really isn't anything new here. I wanted a book of summaries, cross-references and trivia. This book is not that. What this book is, is a collection of wikipedia-like entries descripting plot, characters, and very, very limited "trivia." It's a good brush up if you are reading one book and want to know other books that are say, set in the same town or organized by reality. I'll keep it around for that purpose until I find a better book that covers my original expectations.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This book is a boring read and a lot of pages are wasted explaining each one of King's books. The main problem though is that there is nothing NEW here; anybody who has read more than two or three Stephen King books KNOWS that they all take place in the same world, so tying them together in a 700 page book just seems like a waste of time. In short, it was great idea for a book, but it had very mediocre execution.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cettina Barbera

    I love Stephen King's work, so naturally I was curious about this book, but in the end it left me with nothing. Most of the times it wasn't that accurate and when by chance it didn't screw up the facts then it didn't talk about anything new.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Quite interesting. It's dated, of course, but that only helps us see how books since then work into the universe. There is some repetition throughout, but he does a good job of allocating the stories into his view of King's worlds.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    I found the book interesting as I'm a big Stephen King fan. It was fun seeing the little bits of inter-connectedness with minor characters that I might have missed. I didn't finish the book but I did enjoy picking it up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andie

    A fun, informative read, although not much new info for Uncle Steve's Constant Readers. It's a handy summation of the SKU and the connections among his works.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I can't for the life of me decide whether I've read this one or not. Annoying af

  30. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I hade fun reading it it put chils in my spin.

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