Tomorrow is his birthday. He'll be 64 so Do I still need him? Would I still feed him? (to paraphrase the song). Yes to both. I still love his books although there are some I love less than others. I can go back to my favourites time and time again, always finding something new to relish in his writing. That's all I need.
I've never checked how many adverbs he uses, or examined his use of dialogue tags. I just get lost in the story.
I'm sure he'll have a very happy birthday. I've raised a literary glass to him by reading his latest short story "Mile 81". It isn't brilliant, but it's good enough, and when you're one of the world's top sellers - that's "good enough" in itself.
Anyway, that's my tribute over. DO you think he might feature me on his blog sometime? Probably not, he's already written "Misery".