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The Long Walk by Richard Bachman
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Feb 04, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

This was book #2 from the Dudes' Book Club, as selected by young Craig Massie.

While I can't say I was "wowed" by this, I can say that it's stuck with me. Excellent pace, mood, and characters. I feel like it was almost a writing excerise for Stephen King (aka Richard Bachman - whose only discernable difference from King is that he's from New Hampshire instead of Maine. And somehow he was still extremely upset when people figured out it was him). It allowed him the opportunity to create and develop characters & relationships in a short time (both in the story and on the page), and probably a chance to use a bunch of otherwise dangling characters and concepts which he would've never been able to use otherwise.
It made for excellent book group discussion, allowing me to reference "Sound and the Fury," "Lord of the Flies" (apparently King's favorite book), and alternate universes. And I made a pretty awesome mix which is somewhat thematically related to the book. This could be an incredible film, if actual teenagers played the roles, but we'll see about that.
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