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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  20,593 Ratings  ·  804 Reviews
A disturbed high-school student with authority problems kills one of his teachers and takes the rest of his class hostage. Over the course of one long, tense and unbearable hot afternoon, Charlie Decker explains what led him to this drastic sequence of events, while at the same time deconstructing the personalities of his classmates, forcing each one to justify his or her ...more
Paperback, 131 pages
Published September 6th 1977 by Signet
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Don Maclean It is out of print. Stephen King personally stopped publication after a school shooter had a copy of it in his locker (from what I remember). I…moreIt is out of print. Stephen King personally stopped publication after a school shooter had a copy of it in his locker (from what I remember). I personally think it's ridiculous, but I guess it's not something he wants to have on his conscience.

You can find original copies on Amazon or ebay, although the prices are insanely high. I was able to pick up an original copy of "The Bachman Books" for about 50 Bucks on ebay. It comes with Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man. Newer copies of The Bachman Books don't contain Rage.(less)
Nicole I am currently reading "The Bachman Books" (that includes "Rage") that I borrowed from my small town local library. If you don't find it anywhere to…more I am currently reading "The Bachman Books" (that includes "Rage") that I borrowed from my small town local library. If you don't find it anywhere to buy, check your library.(less)
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Apr 06, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
RAGE…we’ve all experienced it, whether bumper to bumper on the roads, interacting with ass stains at work, or railing against the evils of beachfront development.

Here, Stephen King explores the darkest aspect of this emotion, and strikes a chord that can be felt by anyone who remembers the awkwardness, the insecurity, the anger-inducing turbulence of being a teenager. King taps a mighty strong vein in this one.

Originally entitled Getting It On, this early effort of the master, while less polis
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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This was a super shorty so there isn’t a whole lot to say without giving the entire thing away. I’ll just leave it as . . .

“This,” I said pleasantly, “is known as getting it on.”

Yep. Ol’ Charlie’s having a bit of a shit day and to top it all off . . .

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It probably says something for the state of the universe (or at least the state of my psyche) that this book left me with such a “meh” reaction. I’d blame it on the fact that it was w
Dan Schwent
Dec 11, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Charlie Decker takes a room full of his classmates hostage. Will any of them walk out alive?

In this Bachman book, Holden Caulfield takes the Breakfast Club hostage with a pistol. At least, that's what the book feels like to me.

Rage is a really quick read, short and to the point. It's also not that great. King can say he wanted it out of print because of all the school shootings in the last couple decades but I have to wonder if quality wasn't also a contributing factor.

Charlie Decker is a bit of
Mar 12, 2011 Flannery rated it really liked it
Holy hell, I had no clue what I was getting into with this one. I am a SK lover and King’s earlier Richard Bachman books are some of my favorites. (read The Long Walk and The Running Man if you haven’t) I happened upon this one rather randomly and couldn’t stop reading it. It is out of print, for reasons that will be absolutely clear by the time you are done reading the next paragraph. (SK and his publisher both agreed that it was for the better)

Written in 1977, Rage starts of with a bang (pun i
Dec 04, 2013 TK421 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lately I've been wondering about why violence seems to breed so freely in the United States (I don't have an answer by the way). Everywhere I seem to look there is something violent being portrayed: books, movies, music, art, heck, even CNN is going to do a new segment on Cold Cases that they have deemed so interesting that further exploration is needed--Tupac and Biggie, here's your chance to spin a few more rhymes...Anyway, I was sitting in my basement, perusing my collection of books, wonderi ...more
After thinking a lot about how to rate and review "Rage", the first novel Stephen King published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, I still have no clue what to think of this (really short) novel. "Rage" is not available anymore as King decided to take it off the market since it was feared the novel would inspire people to run amok, and due to the socially relevant and interesting subject this novel deals with, I was very interested in reading the actual text. But after finishing it this morni ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Ron rated it liked it
I was going to talk about why Rage was taken out of print, but I think plenty has been said on that subject. I side with King on the decision to pull the plug. Stephen King has stated, "The Carneal incident was enough for me. I asked my publisher to take the damned thing out of print. They concurred."

Rage is about a deeply disturbed high school student who basically has gone through the ringer of life, short as it has been, and came out broken. Charles Decker is the possibly brilliant young man
Ruth Turner
Feb 20, 2015 Ruth Turner rated it liked it

I’m not sure how to review this book, because I liked it and yet I didn’t.

It’s a short, quick read and well written considering it’s King’s first book, but I found it unpleasant and bleak. It reminded me a little of Lord of the Flies.

The story dragged through the middle and I had to force myself to keep reading.

What made it bearable was that I enjoyed the characters, with the exception of Charlie. He just wasn’t believable to me and I had to keep reminding myself that he was a teenager. He seem
Feb 11, 2012 Lou rated it really liked it
This is a coming of rage type of story where the main protagonist is a character that you hear about more and more in todays society. He gives us glimpses in the past, what ticked him off, what made him flip and the people you feel failed him. He is a by-product of society and mans failures. King balances out the seriousness of the story with quite a bit of dark humour. All in all a good read, one that stays with you and makes you think that could be the kid next door.
"High-school toilets are
Jan 16, 2015 Traveller rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-by-men
Though a reasonably good piece for a teenager to have written (apparently King started writing this as a teenager), a lot of immaturity still shows through.

Despite the fact that I could not manage to build up any empathy with the main character (the killer) Charlie Decker, Charlie simply seemed too normal in his general thought processes to appear phsychotic. He simply came across as a spoilt, extremely immature kid - a product of the typical syndrome of the military father and over-indulgent mo
Jan 12, 2015 Cynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Intense…just fucking intense.

[Charles Decker, un adolescente desequilibrado que, después de ser expulsado del instituto por agresión a un profesor, vuelve a clase armado con la pistola de su padre y secuestra en un aula a sus 24 compañeros.A partir de ahí, la policía llega al colegio para tratar de liberar a los alumnos pero Charlie no los va a dejar ir. No hasta que él sepa que todo terminó].

Wow, de verdad increíble. Cuando comencé a leer “Rabia” no sabía qué esperar.El problema de las masacres
John Wiswell
May 08, 2014 John Wiswell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teen violence readers, literary young adult fiction readers, culture readers, philosophy readers
Written under the pseudonym "Richard Bachman" and pulled from the shelves by its author, The Rage is a hard book to nail. Most of the Bachman books are flashier; even Running Man has an explosive finish and makes its social statements more deliberately. And heck, it's hard enough to find a copy. After it was found in the locker of a school shooter, most people dismissed it as violent trash. It isn't.

It is the story of a school shooter who takes a classroom hostage, but the violence isn't glorifi
Franco  Santos
Dec 01, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Es el libro que más me estremeció después de Cementerio de animales. Es muy intenso y que esté narrado en primera persona aumenta los escalofríos.

Existe un Mr. Hyde para cada feliz rostro de doctor Jekyll, una cara oscura al otro lado del espejo.

Es la obra más controvertida de Stephen King por ser usada como inspiración en jóvenes estudiantes para cometer atentados contra sus compañeros en Estados Unidos. Por eso King la retiró del mercado en su edición inglesa. Muchos lo llaman El Libro que Ki
Jul 01, 2016 Richard rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller

A disappointing read, I was looking forward to this twofold; it’s a King book but also because it has an elusive feel about it with it now no longer being in print. It was taken out of print at King’s request because of some real life High School shootings but I have to wonder if he was also looking at the quality of it and that might have been a factor. Or maybe the Breakfast Club soured his stomach for this sort of thing.

It’s a short story yet it took me quite a while to get through which,
Apr 15, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2009
This is a really eye-opening story, and it's really not hard to understand why King would have wanted to pull this from circulation. I'm sure that this story is terrifying in the same way that Misery is terrifying: It could really happen. But this is even worse, because not only is it possible, it's happened. This is close to home. That makes it truly terrifying.

But I have to say that the story was less about the fact that Charlie Decker brought a gun to school and used it, and more about who C
Aug 13, 2016 Licha rated it it was ok
Read as part of The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels.

Story about a high school boy who takes a gun to school and shoots two teachers and hold his class hostage for half a day. The book has been taken out of circulation at SK's request due to several school shootings that were linked to this book. I had a hard time getting a hold of this story but managed to finally get a copy.

Charlie is an a**hole and I could not stand him. As a matter of fact, I really did not like this story and I didn't like
Jan 21, 2016 Τζο rated it liked it
Μεσα στις 131 σελιδες του κρυβεται η ιστορια του Charlie,ενος μαθητη Λυκειου που μια μερα αποφασιζει να φερει ενα οπλο στο σχολειο και να κρατησει ομηρους ενα τσουρμο συνομηλικους του.Τον κεντρικο μας χαρακτηρα τον συμπαθεις εξ'αρχης.Δεν εινα κακος,το νιωθεις απο τις πρωτες λεξεις,αλλα κρυβει μεσα του μια ιδιαιτεροτητα που εχω καταλαβει οτι μου αρεσει σε αρκετους χαρακτηρες που εχω διαβασει παλαιοτερα,νομιζω πως ειναι το συναισθημα του να μην ξερεις τι να κανεις.Δεν ξερεις τι να κανεις,διοτι εισ ...more
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"No existe medida de tiempo que exprese la esencia de nuestra vida, que mida el tiempo entre la explosión del plomo en el orificio del cañón y el impacto en la carne, entre el impacto y la oscuridad. Sólo hay una inútil repetición instantánea que no demuestra nada nuevo. Disparé, ella cayó, y se produjo un silencio indescriptible, un lapso infinito, y todos retrocedimos un paso, contemplado cómo la bola daba vueltas y vueltas, saltando, vacilando
El Marcapaginas
Jul 28, 2015 El Marcapaginas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela polémica que fue retirada por su autor debido a una serie de trágicos sucesos que acontecieron en EEUU. Una historia cruda que habla sobre represión, libertad y que tristemente tras 30 años sigue de actualidad. No es una de las mejores novelas que he leído de King pero retrata de manera magistral el perfil de un psicópata víctima de la represión social.
Aug 05, 2008 Jamie rated it it was ok
This is one of Stephen King's oldest books, originally written in 1966 and then published a decade later under the pen name "Richard Bachman." It tells the story of Charlie Decker, a high school student who goes on a short shooting rampage in the process of taking his algebra class hostage. Charlie has severe problems with authority and seems to have a few bugs working away at his mental health, which leads to a pretty tense situation. After he takes over the classroom, the balance of the short ...more
Oct 01, 2016 Octavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Descarnado y cabrón. Así es este libro. Un imperdible para los fans de King y para los demás una lectura más que interesante. Como curiosidad decir que el propio King decidió que se dejara de publicar tras los distintos atentados en institutos (tipo Columbine) y hallar una copia de este libro en poder de los chalados que lo hicieron.
Mar 27, 2011 Chichipio rated it liked it
Arrrgh! It's been two days since I read this book and I'm still not sure how I feel about. Damn my disjointed thoughts. I wish I could order them into a semi-coherent pattern but they're all over the place, so forgive me if I go back and forth.

When I think about the way the book is written, the narrative and the pace, the book it's nearly flawless. It's a page turner. Whatever you might think about what is happening at the moment, you can't help wanting to find out what comes next.

Throughout the
Ken McKinley
Jul 02, 2015 Ken McKinley rated it really liked it
Rage is the first of King's Bachman Books and can be very hard to find these days. I happened to have a paperback copy of the Bachman Books that happened to include the prologue of why King chose to write under the pseudoname of Richard Bachman. He basically wanted to see if his writing could make it without having the heavyweight punch of Stephen King on the cover. Unfortunately, a book critic from Washington DC started nosing around when he discovered that this new writer, Richard Bachman, wro ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
School shootings.

When events like this happen, you can't turn a blind eye to it. Why? Because it's everywhere. It's unavoidable. I believe in almost all school shootings (and I'm no expert, folks), the shooter rarely survives the ordeal - so, we're left with the question: why did so-and-so commit these atrocities? Unfortunately, investigative reporters and police have to piece together a jigsaw puzzle of these people's lives to try and see the bigger picture. It involves a lot of guess work and
Tobin Elliott
Mar 01, 2016 Tobin Elliott rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, horror, fiction
There are portions through the first half of this book that show Stephen King as a still-new and not quite in control of his craft yet. There are sections that try too hard, sections that are awkward, and sections that are damn near embarrassing.

But in the back half? It simply seems to take off and soar.

This is obviously King's practice run at the high school culture he would later nail in Carrie, but it's also his take on William Golding's Lord of the Flies, an oft-mentioned favourite of King'
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If I had known that they would pull this from print, I would have saved my old beat-up 1986 copy of The Bachman Books. Which, incidentally was my mom's and I read before I even knew it was a pseudonym of Stephen King.

Anyway, I feel like I have to defend my 4 star rating of a book I read somewhere around 1993. Honestly, I remember very little detail. The thing with this one is that the premise stuck with me. Columbine happened just after I graduated HS and I immediately thought of this book (whic
Mar 11, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
I have given this review a lot of thought and I am unsure what to say about it. I will try my best to make sense out of all the different things I want to say without rambling. First let me stand up for Mr. King here, I can understand his reasoning for pulling this book from print, but I don't agree. It is so easy to blame someone else for our own short comings, and I think King pulled this before he was blamed for the actions of a very sick teen. I don't feel this book could have sparked anythi ...more
Kevin Cambronero
Nov 26, 2015 Kevin Cambronero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror, stephen-king
La locura empieza cuando uno no puede ver ya las suturas que mantienen unido el mundo.

Muy buen libro. Me llamaba mucho la atención, decían que era bastante macabro. Sabía que los libros de Bachman son algo más oscuros que los de King, pero no sabía que era un libro "prohibido".

Este libro es locura pura. Ahora sé el por qué de la polémica que generó, pero no comparto la idea de que sea causante de masacres en las escuelas de Estados Unidos. A mí no me dieron ganas de ir mañana al colegio a matar
Aug 02, 2015 Vanessa rated it liked it
This was one of the earliest books written by Stephen King aka Richard Bachman. I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting myself into with this, but shit hit the fan really quickly. The rest of the novel? Not what I expected if I'm honest, and I applaud King for that.

Charlie Decker shoots two teachers dead and takes a class hostage for several hours. During that time he gets them to open up about themselves, displaying all their inner ugliness and their secrets, transforming them into different,
11811 (Eleven)
Sep 23, 2014 11811 (Eleven) rated it it was amazing
An all time favorite. The dialogue from start to finish is brilliant. I read this story in The Bachman Books but I'd love to own a copy of this paperback.

Read '92, 2010 & 2014.
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At the beginning of Stephen King's career, the general view among publishers was that an author was limited to one book per year, since publishing more would be unacceptable to the public. King therefore wanted to write under another name, in order to increase his publication without over-saturating the market for the King "brand". He convinced his publisher, Signe
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