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The Running Man by Richard Bachman
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This was the first and most likely the last Stephen King novel I'll read. I'd always been curious about King as a writer, but didn't want to read anything gory. I was told "The Running Man" wasn't, which is true. This novel is a great thriller, but had a horribly sad, unsatisfying ending. What can I say? I like a happy ending, and I don't think King does "happy."
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message 1: by Mcs (new)

Mcs Try The Eye of the Dragon. It's fantasy/adventure, and not his typical gory book. I read it years ago when I was trying to hold conversations with middle schoolers who really liked his work.


message 2: by Elise (last edited Jan 15, 2011 12:57PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Elise Stokes I will. Thanks. I really like King's writing style, his attention to details; it was just that blasted ending I didn't care for. Maybe I'll rewrite the ending and publish it on Fan Fiction. :)


message 3: by Matt (new)

Matt The Eye of the Dragon is the only King book I have read. Very unimpressed by it. Very!


message 4: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Wing I love his book 'The Stand'


message 5: by C.M. (last edited Sep 21, 2013 04:20AM) (new)

C.M. (aka Pearl Barley) I think his most recent 11.22.63 is by far one of my favourites to date. Diehard fans know his writing style changes over time and I have to admit that Dead Zone, Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile more than make up for any disappointment I've experienced with his earlier contributions. I simply couldn't get into Wizard and Glass.


Elise Stokes Matt wrote: "The Eye of the Dragon is the only King book I have read. Very unimpressed by it. Very!"

Thank you, Matt. I'll take a look at it. :)


Elise Stokes Tammy wrote: "I love his book 'The Stand'"

I watched the mini-series years ago and really enjoyed it. It's been so long, however, that I can't recall the premise clearly. I'll have to check it out. Thanks, Tammy. :)


Elise Stokes Pearl wrote: "I think his most recent 11.22.63 is by far one of my favourites to date. Diehard fans know his writing style changes over time and I have to admit that Dead Zone, Shawshank Redemption and The Gree..."

I didn't realize he wrote Shawshank Redemption. The movie was brilliant. I may take a closer look at his other work. I was told his novel that Stand By Me is based on wasn't overly graphic? Thanks, Pearl. :)


message 9: by Matt (new)

Matt Elise, re-read my comment.


message 10: by Dana (new)

Dana Griffin I've read many of his novels, but haven't this one. I might have too to see what you're talking about.


Elise Stokes Oops, Matt. What a difference a couple letters can make. ;) Okay, it isn't going on my TBR list. Thank you. :) Dana, I did enjoy it. Enough so that I was compelled to create alternative endings in my head. Really, Stephen, what's your objection to a happy ending? Guess it doesn't come with the genre. :)


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