Sharon Hawkinson

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Introductory Episode, February 10, 2007

Summary

In this episode, I introduced the podcast and stated our purpose. We are here to discuss the works of Stephen King, that wonderfully world famous and very thrilling author. Each book will be discussed in its entirety until it is completed, and then we will move on to the next one. IN each session, we'll cover about 5-6 chapters of the book, and study questions will be posted to the website. I am hoping that this cast will be highly interactive and that you, the listeners, will provide lots of feeback.

Some general questions for your consideration:

  • Which is your favorite Stephen King book and why?
  • Which is your least favorite Stephen King book and why?
  • How long have you been reading books by Stephen King?
  • How did you come to enjoy Stephen King's books?
  • Who is your favorite Stephen King character? Please explain.

In our next episode, we'll move right into discussing "The Green Mile," and study questions will be posted soon. Books will not be picked in any particular order, so if there is a book that you, the listeners, would like to see discussed next up on our list, please e-mail them to me and we'll see what we can do.

I will try to get this podcast out every week.

If you would like to be mentioned on the show, you can do one or all of the following:

  • Subscribe to the podcast and send me a hello. You can e-mail me here. I'd love to hear from you. Your first name and the state where you're from will be mentioned.
  • Answer the study questions and e-mail them to me.
  • Send me your insights, opinions, or feedback about the books and the show. Podcasting is a brand new thing for me, so I'm learning as I'm going along. Any comments and feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I don't claim to be an expert about Stephen King, so if anyone has any fun facts, please e-mail them to me.

You can directly download the mp3 file to this show by clicking this link

Click here to e-mail me.

Until next time, happy reading, everyone.

Sharon

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2 comments:

Smurfwreck said...
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Smurfwreck said...

I sent an e-mail in but I thought I'd leave a comment here too...

Which is your favorite Stephen King book and why?

So far my favorite book has probably been the Stand. I think the book connected with me so much because it played out on one of my primal guilty fantasies of being one of the last people on earth, dealing with both the aftermath and building up again from scratch. It's also one of the main branches off of the Dark Tower series which I really enjoy.

Which is your least favorite Stephen King book and why?

My least favorite book is probably a mixture between two, Gerald's Game and the Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, both for the same reasons. First, King has a tendency to end his books with weird supernatural monsters that don't do the rest of the book justice, and of these examples, the two above are the best. I was very disappointed in Gerald's Game after A. reading it all in one go from morning to very late night, and B. because of the ending. The same goes for the Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, which was a very good survival story that had a supernatural creature thrown in for no good reason other than to make it extra frightening, which it didn't need to be.

How long have you been reading books by Stephen King?

I started reading King when I was 10 years old, about 20 years ago. I decided that I was done reading "kids" books and wanted to tackle a "real" book (which in my 10 year-old mind translates into one that has no pictures and is over 100 pages long), so I picked up Pet Semetary in a local book store with my allowance.

How did you come to enjoy Stephen King's books?

After I read Pet Semetary I was hooked. My parents gave me access to a chest that had all their old paperbacks that they didn't want anymore, so I promptly took them all to a local used book store that offered cash or credit for trades and I ended up trading about 100 old paperbacks for 20 or so Stephen King novels. For a period of about 3 years that's all I would read, one Stephen King novel after another excluding the Dark Tower books (at least the 2 that had been released at the time.) Then over the years I've just gone back to King on occasion, either picking up his newer books or re-reading older ones.

Who is your favorite Stephen King character? Please explain.

My favorite character is probably a tie between Roland from the Dark Tower books or Randall Flagg, also of the Dark Tower books, but he pops in a lot of Kings other books in one form or another. I like Roland because he is the ultimate Spaghetti Western archetype though over the course of the 7 DT books, softens up and becomes some much more. As for Flagg, well, he's just that kind of bad guy that you love to hate.

-Shawn (www.brandedinthe80s.com)