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moviefreakedmind said:

ChainsawAsh said:

Same here, unfortunately. I’m going to reread the series one of these days and I intend to hunt down the original before that happens, though.

I’ve heard that it completely contradicts many of the major plot developments that come later. I’d like to read it also but more just out of curiosity. It’s the original version of the Stand that I’m interested in.

My understanding is that this isn’t really the case other than some mostly minor things, for example the original version making two antagonists unambiguously different characters when later on they’re both different names Randall Flagg goes by. It does weave in some things from later books (the nineteen stuff mainly) and changes some direct references to the book taking place in a post-apocalyptic future into references to “parallel world” versions of the same stuff that were used later on in the series.

Then again, I haven’t read the original, so I’m not entirely sure.

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I’ve heard that the world is depicted more as just a rundown version of our world, e.g. Roland reads a magazine. It also references specific years, like Roland leaving his home ten years ago or something like that, which doesn’t fit. I heard it also makes Roland seem like a bit of an evil man rather than just a selfish man consumed by his quest. I’ve never read it, I’d like to though.

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Regardless of what your theological position is, you should read this book.

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Foundation by Isaac Asimov

It’s not you, it’s me. I don’t know what’s wrong with me right now, but I’m just not feeling it. I should be loving this, but I find myself lacking the motivation to turn the page. Is it depression? Some kind of reader’s burnout? Are you just not for me? Maybe I should have read you years ago when my mind was fresher, and you could have masterfully captured my imagination. Instead, I find myself feeling empty, and guilty for not finishing this book that should have been a quick read. One day, I’ll return. I hope to find then what I’m missing now. Until then, you’ll hold a spot on my shelf…

Sorry…

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suspiciouscoffee said:

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

It’s not you, it’s me. I don’t know what’s wrong with me right now, but I’m just not feeling it. I should be loving this, but I find myself lacking the motivation to turn the page. Is it depression? Some kind of reader’s burnout? Are you just not for me? Maybe I should have read you years ago when my mind was fresher, and you could have masterfully captured my imagination. Instead, I find myself feeling empty, and guilty for not finishing this book that should have been a quick read. One day, I’ll return. I hope to find then what I’m missing now. Until then, you’ll hold a spot on my shelf…

Sorry…

Years ago – c. 2011-2013 — I felt this in regards to the movies I was watching. I felt indifferent to most of the movies I watched, even the great ones, awarding them 5-to-6/10. But I was in a dark place; I was a solid pessimist bordering on nihilism, and that skewed the way I viewed everything in life, even films. I had to force myself to change my thought processes to enjoy movies more, and as a consequence of that, I grew to view life in general in a more positive light.

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If it’s revised it will have an introduction by Stephen King titled “On Being 19” or something like that. If it doesn’t have that then I’m guessing it’s the original.

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chyron8472 said:

Currently reading Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

The book was high Bannon-centric. Many events that happened in the book were told in a manner from Bannon’s perspective. Also, the book seems to say that Trump fired Comey in part because Kushner and Ivanka were continually pressing him to do so.

 
I then switched to

It’s interesting so far. The novel is broken up into 15 “books”, so I might consider taking the whole thing in small chunks.

TV’s Frink said:

chyron just put a big Ric pic in your sig and be done with it.

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chyron8472 said:

chyron8472 said:

Currently reading Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

The book was high Bannon-centric. Many events that happened in the book were told in a manner from Bannon’s perspective. Also, the book seems to say that Trump fired Comey in part because Kushner and Ivanka were continually pressing him to do so.

 
I then switched to

It’s interesting so far. The novel is broken up into 15 “books”, so I might consider taking the whole thing in small chunks.

I’ve tried reading War and Peace numerous times and would really like to finish it, but keep tailing off. I’ve read pretty hefty books before, such as Dune and The bible (don’t bother with that last one. It’s long, boring and not worth the effort 😛)

Currently reading Catch-22. It’s very good.

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greenpenguino said:

The bible (don’t bother with that last one. It’s long, boring and not worth the effort 😛)

First, it’s not a novel, nor was it meant to be, so I don’t know what you expected. Second, I’m not sure why you would bother if you’re not interested in its purpose.

TV’s Frink said:

chyron just put a big Ric pic in your sig and be done with it.

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Little things were changed and supposedly about thirty pages were added. I’ve not read the original so I can’t tell you for sure what got changed other than in the original there is a line about Roland reading a magazine.

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ray_afraid said:

moviefreakedmind said:

If it’s revised it will have an introduction by Stephen King titled “On Being 19” or something like that. If it doesn’t have that then I’m guessing it’s the original.

Oh, I guess it’s the original then.
What’s been changed?

The original novel places the story in the distant future of our world through various references scattered throughout, which conflicts with later books. The revised version changes these references. It also smooths out some of the rougher prose and peppers in some language from later books, as well as some foreshadowing in the form of the number nineteen, and changing some language at the end that establishes two different antagonists that later became one person using different identities.

An excellent way to tell if it’s the revised or original - if you finish the Tull section of the book and the number nineteen didn’t come up, it’s the original. (If you’re unsure about it, then it didn’t come up, it’s a pretty major part of that sequence in the revised version.)

And like MFM, I haven’t read the original, so I’m just going off what I’ve heard about the changes over the years.

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I just finished the first three books of the Red Rising trilogy saga (so, i guess i need to read Iron Gold next).

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dahmage said:

I just finished the first three books of the Red Rising trilogy saga (so, i guess i need to read Iron Gold next).

*googles Red Rising*

Ooh. Piqued my intrest.

TV’s Frink said:

chyron just put a big Ric pic in your sig and be done with it.

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chyron8472 said:

dahmage said:

I just finished the first three books of the Red Rising trilogy saga (so, i guess i need to read Iron Gold next).

*googles Red Rising*

Ooh. Piqued my intrest.

I really enjoyed it. I asked for input from friends on sci-fi books i should read, and this was the most mentioned (that i hadn’t heard of or read before).

It does make me feel old to read a book that mentions harry potter and hunger games as influences…

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ChainsawAsh said:

ray_afraid said:

moviefreakedmind said:

If it’s revised it will have an introduction by Stephen King titled “On Being 19” or something like that. If it doesn’t have that then I’m guessing it’s the original.

Oh, I guess it’s the original then.
What’s been changed?

The original novel places the story in the distant future of our world through various references scattered throughout, which conflicts with later books. The revised version changes these references. It also smooths out some of the rougher prose and peppers in some language from later books, as well as some foreshadowing in the form of the number nineteen, and changing some language at the end that establishes two different antagonists that later became one person using different identities.

An excellent way to tell if it’s the revised or original - if you finish the Tull section of the book and the number nineteen didn’t come up, it’s the original. (If you’re unsure about it, then it didn’t come up, it’s a pretty major part of that sequence in the revised version.)

And like MFM, I haven’t read the original, so I’m just going off what I’ve heard about the changes over the years.

No nineteen.
Would you guys suggest reading the revised edition before continuing the series?

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Not at this point, no. If anything, read it after you’ve finished the rest of the series.

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I would recommend reading the revised based on what I know of what’s been changed. If you’re reading the whole series back to back then you’ll definitely notice some big plotholes and inconsistencies.

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He’s already like halfway through, though, and the revised came out right before books 5-7, so people were able to deal with the inconsistencies for decades without much trouble.

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It’s such a short read that I’d say it’s worth it. There’s also more than just inconsistencies. There’s about thirty extra pages of material to the revised version.

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A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Actually reading some Holmes stories like I told myself I would do years ago. I like it.

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moviefreakedmind said:

It’s such a short read that I’d say it’s worth it. There’s also more than just inconsistencies. There’s about thirty extra pages of material to the revised version.

I’ve never read anything by Stephen King (and I don’t really plan to), but wouldn’t the original version be what he intended to be published after originally finishing the book? Like, wouldn’t all that extra material just be essentially filler? It just seems like a Special Edition situation from the POV of someone who’s never read them.

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Dek Rollins said:

moviefreakedmind said:

It’s such a short read that I’d say it’s worth it. There’s also more than just inconsistencies. There’s about thirty extra pages of material to the revised version.

I’ve never read anything by Stephen King (and I don’t really plan to), but wouldn’t the original version be what he intended to be published after originally finishing the book? Like, wouldn’t all that extra material just be essentially filler? It just seems like a Special Edition situation from the POV of someone who’s never read them.

The revised version fits much better within the seven-part story. Supposedly the original book was more of a collection of five loosely connected short stories (so he says) than it was the first entry in one epic novel.

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