Maybe, too, I'm a bit snooty because recently I read "Dracula" and wow, now THAT was amazing.
The only problems I have with this book are that the characters take so long to come up with...more
*** means spoiler. Basically the whole thing is a spoiler.
I really liked this book. At first, I had a hard time getting into it, but i was invested by the end. ***In the very beginning, after introducing the neighborhood, the van kills some of the people. Okay, but I wasn't invested in the characters. I honestly had little to no sympathy for their deaths, because I hardly knew them. Also, it was still a complete mystery as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths. I feel like if we had kno...more
I had already read Desperation, the companion book to this volume, and came away with the feeling that I had just experienced a pretty good King novel. It also was far from his best but I enjoyed it none-the-less. So, naturally, I turned to this b...more
It wasn't a -bad- book, but I really can't say I loved it.
I both loved and hated the fact that everything seemed to be described with excruciating detail- it made for a very interesting (if long) introduction to everything, but by the very end of the book, it became most annoying. "I get it, already, can we move along with the story?" kinda feeling.
As for the story itself, I think I will have to read the compani...more
What Stephen King/ Richard Bachman does in this book is explore the unnatural beings in the Dark Tower universe and the imagination of a child. He brings together two polar opposites: T...more
In the past, I've liked "Desperation"...more
Finished it but I have no idea why I bothered.
"Jesus Christ!" exclaimed Paul "Is that your Harley George?"
"Christ, it sure is." Beamed George.
I embarked on my latest Stephen King obsession (the first one having occured about 10 years ago). This time, the bulk of it was the Dark Tower series and this related book. I'm a life-long fan of King, it just takes me a little longer to get through them, as they tend to scare the living daylights out of me. Go ahead, try to read The Regulators and sleep with the lights off...Tak will visit you in your dreams, i promise you that. tak tak tak
My only real issue...more
The Regulators is about a small town that is quite literally torn apart one sunny afternoon, when strange things start to happen around the unassuming townspeople. After an innocent paperboy is gunned down on his route, the residents of Poplar Street are in a state of panic, and things go from bad to worse when the...more
So, it was pleasure to pick up one of his stories in honor of Halloween. "The Regulators" was published under King's pseudonym Bachman but it carries many of his typical trademarks nonetheless.
How do I feel about it in the end? I feel...more
This was a large book and it was promising initially (first thirty pages). However, none of the characters developed much except for Audrey and Seth. As none of the other characters were likeable or interesting and were rather two-dimensional, I was not moved at all when they started expiring. In fact, I didn't feel one way or another about any of them.
I read it through to the end and, as with the few other Stephen King books I...more
It's a peaceful day in suburban Ohio when the fleet of futuristic vans rolls into town, bringing hell with them. The residents of the neighborhood are trapped and confused as gunfire opens up, people start dying, and the world around them slowly starts to crumble. A few thoughts:
I've only read a few Stephen King books, but this one feels the most strange, with a bizarre plot plucked from the air like a nightmare. Despite the otherw...more
This novel was good. I can’t say a novel isn’t when I’m constantly t...more
It's a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar Street everything's normal. The paper boy is making his rounds; the Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; a Frisbee is flying on the Reeds' lawn; Gary Soderson is firing up the backyard barbecue. The only thing that doesn't quite fit is the red van idling just up the hill. Soon it will begin to roll, and the killing will begin. A quiet slice of American suburbia is about to turn to toast. The mayhem rages around a see...more
What I liked: I thought the characters were great; they felt real. The story was good. I kept wondering what on earth could possibly happen next.
What I didn't like: My only real complaint is the...intermissions (for lack of a better word.) While they made interesting reading, I would have rather read them all tog...more
I received this book from/at: Brandy Bee at Gadsden Regional where I took her for an epidural for her bad back
ideas expressed/message/plot: A young, autistic boy, Seth, becomes the vessel of an old evil (spirit? demon?) known as Tak, who has an odd fascination with Westerns (esp. The Regulators) & a cartoon called MotoKops. Tak thrives by talking lives & is able to make manifest his favorite TV characters & terrorize the 'burbs where Seth lives.
The only problem with this book was that there were so many characters that I had a hard time keeping track of who was who. One of King's many gifts is that I am able to build personal attachments with each character, but because this book had such a long list of characters I had a tough time being dra...more
While the characters have the same names, and there are similar plot points, the two books are different, and can each stand on their own. Where "Desperation" is a ghost town story, where danger could be lurking behind every corner, "The Regulators" plays out more like...more
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family...more