What are the best non-horror books by Stephen King?

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    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? 11/22/63 is Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic novel about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination


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    Craig Cole
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Possibly his best book and it's more of a thriller or drama than horror. It's a long book but very interesting and it doesn't get boring."
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    #2The Stand

    The Stand

    The Stand is Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The survivors will have to choose between two very different leaders and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.


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    Cynthia Howard
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Stand is a really good book, but it is a horror book. There are some familiar characters if you have read his other books, and this keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was scared a few times reading it, but this is definitely not for the faint of heart. I do love this book, but it does not belong in the category of best non-horror books by Stephen King."
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    #3The Eyes of the Dragon

    The Eyes of the Dragon

    The Eyes of the Dragon is a horror fantasy adventure fiction novel written by Stephen King. It is about the king of Delain and it first published in 1987. 


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    Zachary Newman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "While most of Stephen King's non-strictly-horror works have been lackluster, The Eyes of the Dragon is one of the few exception. Well written, and just as captivating as his other bestsellers, this book makes me wish he had kept up with fantasy adventure."
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    Cujo is horror fiction novel written by Stephen King which centers on 200-lb Saint Bernard named Cujo that turned into a horrifying vortex after he chases a rabbit into a bolt hole. 


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    Johnny Reyes
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is the exact opposite of the recommendation. Cujo is INDEED a horror book. If you're looking for good non-horror from him, books like Joyland, Dr. Sleep, that type of thing come to mind. Cujo was made to be scary though, so in this case, it's a horrible suggestion."
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    #5The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower)

    The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower)

    The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower) is a horror science fiction fantasy and the third book in The Dark Tower series written by Stephen King. it is published in 1991. 


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    Howard Green
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This series is one of the best ever.Just the way it is told and how captivating it is can hook you quick.It is Kings manga opus."
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    #6Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

    Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

    Joyland by Stephen King is a mystery crime fiction novel originally published in 2013. This book was nominated for Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery and Thriller, and Anthony Award.


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    Austin Fields
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Joyland and Dolores Claiborne are my two favorite non-horror books by King. Joyland is a great mystery book that I found to be riveting throughout. The ending it a little cliche but the book is well worth the read. "
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    #7Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary is a horror novel by Stephen King, which centers on the Creed family, who moves into a house in the Maine countryside and soon they find out that the woods near the house are much darker than they seem.


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    Amber Reyes
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is good but I would not pick it for best non-horror book by Stephen King. I don't even know if King makes books that don't have to do with horror or if I would read them if he did. When it comes to King's books, he is the go to for horror and this book is no exception."
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    #8The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower)

    The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower)

    The Drawing of the Three is a horror fantasy fiction and the second book in The Dark Tower series written by Stephen King. This science fiction book is published in 1987. 


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    Ben Li
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The Drawing of the Three is a sequel to the Dark Tower. It fits squarely within the Stephen King horror tradition."
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    #9The Long Walk

    The Long Walk

    The Long Walk tells the story an America that has become a police state. One hundred boys are selected to enter an annual grueling walking competition where there can only be one winner—the one that survives. 


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    Richard Pena
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Long Walk is an incredibly cruel, incredibly effective story that takes place in a dystopian society set in an unidentified time. The tone is somber and the atmosphere is bleak, even when King's descriptions are colorful; the crowds are robotic and devoid of real emotion, even when cheering. The pace is taut and suspense is plenty. One aspect of the book that I loved is the verisimilitude of the conversations between the boys. King nails it, but what else do you expect from the author of Stand by Me and It? No one else can recreate that young man, coming-of-age dialogue so effectively as King can. Ray Garraty is the lead here, just a normal 16 year old with 16 year old thoughts and emotions. The villain is the mysterious Major, who represents this bleak Orwellian new world order. He's a nameless and faceless totalitarian. The Major's use of sunglasses is symbolic-- they say that the eyes are the window to the soul, and if so, his reflective sunglasses denotes a lack of empathy and compassion. Even his goon squad is wooden and emotionless. This atmosphere, with these authoritative figures, is incredibly dark and desolate. I had some questions throughout the reading of the book-- why does the Walk exist, how did it get started, etc. They went unanswered, but that's not a flaw. Sometimes less is more, and the stories that are left open ended and open to interpretation are often the scariest of all.."
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    Firestarter is a standalone horror fiction novel written by Stephen King which centers on the daughter of a man and a woman who are the subjects of a top-secret government experiment. 


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    Stephen Grant
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Firestarter is an amazing book, but I still think this one borders on the horror type book. I think that the best non-horror book of his is the Green mile."
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    #11Dolores Claiborne (French Edition)

    Dolores Claiborne (French Edition)

    Dolores Claiborne (French Edition) is suspense novel written by Stephen King and translated by Dominique Dill. It was first published in 1992 by Pocketbooks.

    Ashley Contreras
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "An astoundingly accurate portrayal of what it is like to live with someone who sexually abuses your child as a concerned mother. And as it is written by a man I am impressed with that alone. It is well done. It is not the whole story, not by far, but it is the roughest part of the story. Dolores Claiborne is called to make a statement in regards to the possibility that she killed the woman for whom she worked for over 40 years. The story does not mince around, it begins at the beginning of her statement, and ends shortly after she finishes her statement. It is an amazing, frightening and thought provoking tale. One of Stephen King's better writings! I would suggest no audience under the age of 17 due to the content covered. But I would highly recommend it to anyone over 18 who is interested in the subject. It is that well done. Sometimes fiction says things in a way real life never does. This is one of those."
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    #12Under the Dome

    Under the Dome
    Under The Dome is a sci-fi horror novel written by the acclaimed author of horror, Stephen King. It was first published in 2009 by Scribner, and it is the basis of the TV Series of the same name.

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    #13Hearts in Atlantis

    Hearts in Atlantis
    Hearts in Atlantis is a collection of five stories by Stephen King. The stories "Low Men in Yellow Coats," "Hearts in Atlantis," "Blind Willie," "Why We're in Vietnam," and "Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling" are all connected through the Vietnam War.

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    Jacob Cole
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I never realized that Stephen King wrote things other than horror. These stories show what a talent he is. I've read these stories several times and I'm sure that I will read them again."
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    #14The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel

    The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel

    The Green Mile is set in Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to convicted killers who await their turn to walk the Green Mile towards the electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities, but never anyone like John Coffey. He'll soon discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, and it will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.


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    Peter Cooper
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Stephen King is my favorite author. I seen all the movies and have read most of the books. Recently I got a chance to read The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel. I pictured the characters like the movie with Tom Hanks. I thought the book was better than the movie."


Best What are the best non-horror books by Stephen King
111/22/63Books 48 Paid
2The StandBooks 43 Paid
3The Eyes of the DragonBooks 34 Paid
4CujoBooks 33 Paid
5The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower)Books 29 Paid
6Joyland (Hard Case Crime)Books 28 Paid
7Pet SemataryBooks 24 Paid
8The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower)Books 23 Paid
9The Long WalkBooks 22 Paid
10FirestarterBooks 12 Paid

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