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Now in paperback comes this unique guide to unpublished manuscripts, story fragments, alternate versions and oddities of the master of macabre, Stephen King. Photos.


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Now in paperback comes this unique guide to unpublished manuscripts, story fragments, alternate versions and oddities of the master of macabre, Stephen King. Photos.

30 review for The Lost Work of Stephen King: Complete and Uncut Limited Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Hmm... Well, a few things come to mind when considering the rating for this book: 1) The title is more than a little misleading; this is NOT a book OF the lost work of Stephen King, this is a book ABOUT the lost work of Stephen King. In other words, it will tell you what the 'lost' writing is about, where/when it was published, how easy (or impossible) it is to get ahold of the writings, etc. There is only one short essay that they reprinted in this book in Stephen King's actual words. 2) This b Hmm... Well, a few things come to mind when considering the rating for this book: 1) The title is more than a little misleading; this is NOT a book OF the lost work of Stephen King, this is a book ABOUT the lost work of Stephen King. In other words, it will tell you what the 'lost' writing is about, where/when it was published, how easy (or impossible) it is to get ahold of the writings, etc. There is only one short essay that they reprinted in this book in Stephen King's actual words. 2) This book is a bit outdated, as it was printed in 1998, and a lot of this material has either been published since then or is otherwise available on the internet. 3) This book is not for the casual reader who catches a Stephen King book every once in a while. No, NO! This book is for the dedicated, rabid King fan who wants to read every little thing King has ever written, like essays, book/movie/album reviews, intros to other books, speeches for conventions et. al., etc. Personally, I feel that King eventually publishes everything that he writes that is worth reading, and I trust his judgment. Hehehe. The one thing the book has going for it is the King trivia tidbits that are scattered throughout the text.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Stahl

    Despite its unfortunate outdatedness, placing it way back around 2000 and King's publishing of Bag of Bones, I found this an extremely entertaining and readable walk through the lesser-known (often impossible to find) works by Stephen King. Spignesi does an excellent job in synopsising, reviewing and contextualising a whole range of works, from unfinished or unpublished novels, to book introductions, essays and even short columns King wrote during his college days for the University of Maine cam Despite its unfortunate outdatedness, placing it way back around 2000 and King's publishing of Bag of Bones, I found this an extremely entertaining and readable walk through the lesser-known (often impossible to find) works by Stephen King. Spignesi does an excellent job in synopsising, reviewing and contextualising a whole range of works, from unfinished or unpublished novels, to book introductions, essays and even short columns King wrote during his college days for the University of Maine campus magazine. With these types of books, especially when they are not authorised, you often get too much of a lame-ass, "please pay attention to me" fanboy kind of writer who annoys you more than anything. Stephen Spignesi, despite still being a bit of a brownnose who more or less worships the ground Mr King walks on, addresses the subject's work with obvious respect, passion and knowledge. For what is essentially a reference guide, this book could not be more enjoyable to read. Spignesi executes it so well that you often feel like you are reading Stephen King himself, rather than a summary of his obscure works. Of course, some parts were more interesting than others. There is a brilliant and surprising defence of police officers, rendered all the more impressive given the fact King wrote it in college, during the time of the Civil Rights movement. And some of the novels he never published sound bloody awesome (what a damn shame he probably will never pen that sequel to Salem's Lot). I did find his repeated complaints against censorship a little annoying after a while. Don't get me wrong, he was right to be concerned when organised bodies were lobbying to ban certain books from schools and public libraries. But King undermines his attempts at bridging the middle-ground when, after previously arguing that parents are responsible for choosing what their children are exposed to, he then goes ahead and urges "kids" to defy their parents and seek works like Lady Chatterly's Lover and Cujo somewhere else. I wonder if he'd be so nonchalant about defying mainstream values if the books kids sought were along the lines of Mein Kampf instead. But yeah, small moments of disagreement aside, this book was a blast and it does Stephen King justice. Highly recommended for any fan.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Ferry

    A pretty thorough review of Kings hard to find works. The only downside, no reflection on the book, is it's from early 2000. A pretty thorough review of Kings hard to find works. The only downside, no reflection on the book, is it's from early 2000.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tam Parker

    Very informative glad I bought it

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Russell

    This is for that obsessive fan that wants to win at Stephen King trivia. I have a feeling it only scratches the surface though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Interesting, but would have been better if we got to actually read some of his early works.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Louie

    I recently "re-discovered this work after having found it in my brother's collection of Stephen King books he had recently boxed and ready to remove (along with some other books of mine). The book gives a great series of images of King's early work and progression as a writer. I wouldn't say they're different, it's classic King, but the later works - obviously - seem more sophisticated and rely more on good writing than supernatural impact. What I like best is that it's broken down into segments I recently "re-discovered this work after having found it in my brother's collection of Stephen King books he had recently boxed and ready to remove (along with some other books of mine). The book gives a great series of images of King's early work and progression as a writer. I wouldn't say they're different, it's classic King, but the later works - obviously - seem more sophisticated and rely more on good writing than supernatural impact. What I like best is that it's broken down into segments and it doesn't have to be a linear, front-to-back read. I also use it as a reference book when I re-read King's early works as to what was going through his mind and life when he wrote it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom Mueller

    Signed / Limited #375/1,000. Of several King Bibliographies I own - some purported to be "complete" - I don't think any are actually that. Then again, a complete bib of or modern Bard's work today could be outdated tomorrow, let alone next year. Spignesi's research shines in this one. Several of King's works had indeed been lost until publication of this work. Sept 2011, $90 on AbeBooks. Signed / Limited #375/1,000. Of several King Bibliographies I own - some purported to be "complete" - I don't think any are actually that. Then again, a complete bib of or modern Bard's work today could be outdated tomorrow, let alone next year. Spignesi's research shines in this one. Several of King's works had indeed been lost until publication of this work. Sept 2011, $90 on AbeBooks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Not quite what I expected. It was great about giving a great look into who Stephen King was, how he got started (who knew his spelling and grammar sucked so bad?), and just how many pieces he wrote at the time the book was written. It is also depressing that so many of his works are either impossible, or almost impossible to find, so in that respect, it was a bit of a tease.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Don't be fooled when buying this book. I thought it actually contained some "lost work", but instead it's about some things he's written that haven't been published, or have been really lost. It's a fun read though. Don't be fooled when buying this book. I thought it actually contained some "lost work", but instead it's about some things he's written that haven't been published, or have been really lost. It's a fun read though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Comprato a Bangor, Maine nell'estate del 2003. Comprato a Bangor, Maine nell'estate del 2003.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rose

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaz Damon

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    Jessica

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    Kirsty Money-Younger

  16. 4 out of 5

    kathryn frances

  17. 5 out of 5

    Glenda

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lc

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ceciliana

  20. 4 out of 5

    Huimin Lim

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meechie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aleeya

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melonie Lee

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaykay

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Linde

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Misty Draper

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  29. 5 out of 5

    SOLE

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karla Chamness-eskridge

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