Posted by: mlawrencekey | February 18, 2011

Review: The Bachman Books

The Bachman BooksThe Bachman Books by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked three of the four novels collected here from King’s Bachman days (which is why it got only 3 stars). Rage, The Long Walk, and The Running Man were all compelling page-turners, and while none were incredibly deep or anything, they were all well-worth the read. I had the most difficulty getting into Roadwork (though I might try it again in the future). I can see why Rage is no longer in print, particularly after all of the school shooters who happened to have it in their collection of books. The Long Walk is a great look at an alternate history America, where a grueling Long Walk is panem et circenses for a fascist state. The Running Man is nothing like the Schwarzeneggar movie, which is a good thing, IMO. King had it even back in his earlier days.

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