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The Running Man by Richard Bachman
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Apr 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: cyberpunk, despair, dystopia, grotesque, low-brow, manly_fiction, survival
Recommended to Andrew by: Matthew Strenger
Recommended for: Ren Hoek, and others who LIKE being angry
Read from April 17 to May 02, 2011 , read count: 1

An angry, gritty, murderous book about a man competing in a game show in which he essentially agrees to be hunted down like a terrorist, with cash prizes going to next of kin based on how long he survives and how many cops he takes down with him. The world is ugly, poisoned, and chock full of completely unsubtle class struggle. You will almost certainly learn nothing new reading this book. Does that make it a waste of time? Are you better off watching the Schwarzenegger flick of the same name which bears only the vaguest of similarities? Heavens no! It's a greasy, awful fast-food rush of a read, with carefully panicky pacing and all sorts of twists and turns and chases and thrills and things to grumble against that blasted government and them corrupt corporations over. Fun stuff for those antisocial black mood sorta days.

WARNING: The Foreword is written by that sumbitch Stephen King and he SPOILS THE ENDING. It is a clever Foreword and should be read, but not until AFTER reading the book. Should've been an Aftword I guess, but no one reads those...

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