To the residents of Poplar Street, in suburban Wentworth, Ohio, July 15, 1996 seems like any other summer day. The paperboy is dutifully tending his route, the Reed twins are entertaining young ladies and the corner store is functioning like a well-oiled machine.
Not one of them suspects that the proverbial shit is about to hit the fan.
The Regulators are coming to Poplar Street and they're coming for blood!
It's hard to imagine a 475-page novel, taking place in one ...more
"It's a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar Street everything's normal. The paperboy is making his rounds; the Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; a Frisbee is flying on the Reed's lawn; Gary Soderson is firing up the backyard barbeque. The only thing that doesn't quite fit is the red van idling just up the hill."
Oh boy, what a perfect book cover....and shocking beginning. There is much to like and fear in THE REGULATORS....the summertime...more
But what I like most about reading Stephen King is the thing that was semi-missing here - my complete investment in the characters he creates ---- by the way (and I think most know this), ...more
I do like it when books incorporate different types of reads such as articles, journal entries, drawings, etc and this ...more
The Regulators is one of King's best books. It showcases all ...more
Maybe if I had read this before I read Desperation I would have liked it more? That seems to be the consensus from many of the other reviews I read.
Anyway, having read Desperation prior to The Regulators, I was not able to enjoy this book nearly as much. We're pretty much dealing with the same bad-guy, and the same characters, only told from a different place and from a different perspective.
It's not that I don't like cross-overs or stories that tie in together; I actually love it, ...more
We have the same characters (plus some new), but in different roles and with different perspectives and personas than we saw in Desperation. We have a different setting, suburban Ohio ...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 nonetheless. So, naturally, I turned to this ...more
Read by Frank Muller
Muller gives this so much energy.
I remember when we all used to go camping, torches under the chin, we would take a turn at telling a story under chiaroscuro canvas - it didn't matter if the subject was weak, if it was told ...more
Released at the same time as Stephen Kings 'Desperation', The Regulators has the same cast of characters but is set in a different environment. It's actually a pretty cool concept of parallel worlds with the same antagonist in both.
The plot is pretty simple and there's no obligation to read Desperation first. A convoy of multi-coloured vans roll into Poplar Street and open fire on ...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: ...more
There's no Stalky Little Boy. Never was. There's a THING inside of Seth--not an id, not another manifestation of his personality, not a hitchhiker, but something like a tapeworm. It can think. And talk. It talked to me today--it calls itself Tak.
This novel is a companion novel to Desperation which I read earlier this year, and I have to say, I enjoyed this one so much more. The story in this one was more linear and easier to follow, and the characters are all more real, less caricatured ...more
The entire sequence of ...more
It's fun to compare the two while reading, to see what scenes are similar and what characters change roles.
But this book is more enjoyable to me than Desperation, as it has a much quicker edge-of-your-seat pace.
I remember not liking it the first time I read it in the nineties, but at least I managed to finish it. Not this time. It goes against the grain to give up on a King novel but honestly, it's just aggravating the crap out of me and giving me a headache.
Although I've marked it DNF I hope to come back to it at a later ...more
This was quite a pleasant surprise. I was expecting this to be so-so based on some reviews I saw before reading it which only proves that I need to stop peeking at reviews before I read the books (unless I'm trying to decide whether or not to read a book. That's different). Most people seem to like it less than it's twinner Desperation. It's been 13 years since I read that, and I remember that I liked it, but I'll have to read it again to give a fair comparison ...more
Anyway, The Regulators is a slight step away from its mirror, Desperation. I'm not going to compare the two, you can do that yourself but I will say, they are both good in their own rights. Maybe to long or scattered or the ending didn't work like it should or ...more
Typical King fare. Decent writing, but nothing to go nuts about.
I...I have no idea what this book was about. A demon-possessed kid who could project his imagination onto the real world...? Ummm...yea, I have no idea what the heck was going on.
Surprisingly weak for a King story. No one I could relate to. Too many cookie cutter suburbanites who weren't fleshed out enough for me to remember who was who.
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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, ...more