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The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  4,432 ratings  ·  33 reviews
The myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe. Here is the guide to that universe.
The Complete Stephen King Universe is the only definitive reference work that examines all of Stephen King's novels, short stories, motion pictures, miniseries, and teleplays, and deciphers the threads that exist in all of his work. This ultimate re
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 5th 2000)
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This was a very disappointing read as the book is full of factual errors. How can three writers get it so wrong?
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
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 ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Stephen King lovers
Shelves: owned, reviewed, pre-gr
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. =)
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
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 ...more
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
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?

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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.
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
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.

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 !
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.
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.
A must if you're a Stephen King fan. It brings his works together and shows common areas, characters, and themes throughout his work.
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.
Excellent study of King's cluster of universes existing in parallel dimensions. Awesome. Who likes clowns, anyway?
Just skimmed it to see how certain stories were connected.
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.
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.
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
Kaycee Mayes
I Love this book one of my many favorites by King
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.
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.
A very thorough review of Stephen king's works complete with descriptions of how they all fit into the universe/s that he has created. A great reference.
A must for Stephen King fan's (like myself)...great companion for linking his books throughout the years!
lots of good information. i wish someone would do an updated version.

Read in January, 2007
Karl Steffey
The Stephen King Universe by Stanley Wiater (2001)
I hade fun reading it it put chils in my spin.
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