The Bachman Books

It s been a good years since I ve read this one and it was long overdue for a re read Especially considering the fact that the only story I could really even remember in even the vaguest way w

It's been a good 10-12 years since I've read this one, and it was long overdue for a re-read. Especially considering the fact that the only story I could really even remember in even the vaguest way was "The Long Walk". So I picked it up to give it another whirl. Not disappointed at all, but of course, that's no surprise."Rage" slipped through the cracks in my mind, big-time. I was browsing around online, and seen an article about this book of SK's about a school shooting that was no longer being published. I was like "huh?" Didn't remember it at all. Good thing I've got this edition for my collection. It's the story of boy (Charlie Decker) reaching his breaking point. Mentally unstable, he's got this deep, hateful rage toward his father going back to when he was a toddler. Due to his mentality, he has some trouble in school, especially one time when he gets called up to the blackboard to do a problem, and the teacher makes fun of him. So he busts the teacher in the head with a big wrench. That sets in motion more problems for Charlie, with the principal, with the guidance counselor, and with his father. So one day he decides to use the gun he's been carrying around, and after lighting a fire in his locker, he proceeds to kill two teachers, and holds his classmates hostage. But not with the intention of killing them. Sure, he threatens it, but mostly he just wants to teach them a lesson of sorts. Through the day, the kids learn things about each other, and themselves, culminating in some revenge taken out on another student. Charlie ends up in a mental hospital, and that's probably for the best."The Long Walk" is so far my favorite in this collection. I love the characterization, the boys on this walk, Garraty, McVries, Stebbins, poor, sweet Scramm... I definitely wanted more information on what kind of world they were living in, how had this walk come about, what was going on with the Government, what and why was this Squad-ing? I can't imagine having to walk like this, endless, no stopping, no resting. I'd die for sure! I like how the boys handled it differently, and I liked how SK depicted the encroaching madness. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. What the heck? He made it to the end, his mind had been slipping, but mostly seemed to be holding in there, then when he finally reached the end and won, I guess it was too much for his mind to handle? I don't know, I didn't like how he just took off running. Stop, man! You won, you're done, lay down and rest, y'know? Otherwise an excellent story."Roadwork" was another one I didn't really remember, but now I'm really glad I read it. It may even be the new best in the collection. I thought it was quite a good story, if a little slow in the beginning. It's a day by day tale of a depressed guy, Barton Dawes, who just decides he can't take it anymore. By all outward appearances, he's happy, good marriage with a pretty wife, nice house, a long-time job at an industrial laundry. But the city has plans underway to build a freeway extension that will go right through his neighborhood, destroying his home, and the plant he works at. So inside, sort of subconsciously, he's freaking out. He's supposed to be handling the deal on the new plant where his company will move to, and his wife thinks he's handling the finding of their new home as well. He's balking at the idea of over 20 years of memories being bulldozed and paved over, especially when he thinks of his son who passed away. That plays a big part in his breakdown/rebellion. He starts talking to himself, he spins a ton of lies, and eventually ends up losing his wife and job. In place of going to work, he begins traveling up and down the freeway every day, and even stops to pick up a hitchhiker one day. She ends up being a good part of his thoughts, and I liked her character (though I really liked his wife Mary too). He finds Sal Magliore, an Italian mobster type character, a little stereotypical, but easy to envision in my mind, and even sort of likable in a strange way, so not a terrible thing I guess. Bart has a plan to make his point and go out with a bang, and it works, if only for a short while. I almost am surprised at how much I liked this story. Reading the short little description on the back of the cover, I didn't think this would be one I would be real into, but it was an excellent surprise, and it's now a story I'll think about for a good while."The Running Man" took me by surprise. This was a great sort of dystopian story, where America has been sort of taken over by a TV (Free-Vee) Network, and poor people are just fodder for the "entertainment" machine. The main character, Ben Richards is poor, unemployed with pretty much no chances of getting a job, sort of angry and down in the dumps, his baby daughter sick with an awful case of the flu, and no way of getting medical help for her. Their meals consist of a food pill for him and his wife, maybe some fake coffee, and fake milk for the baby. On the Free-Vee, there are game shows, brutal and even sort of sinister. For example, "Treadmill to Bucks" where the contestants all have heart or respiratory problems. They are put on a treadmill, and for every minute they walk while keeping up conversation with the show host, they win ten dollars. Every couple of minutes, they'll be asked a question, and if they get it right, they'll get fifty dollars. If they get it wrong, fifty dollars is deducted from their winnings so far, and the treadmill's speed is increased. Contestants frequently have heart attacks and/or strokes. And that's just one of the tamer day-time shows. The prime-time ones are even worse. So Ben, with no other options, decides to go to the Network headquarters and sign up for a show. He's just one of a long line of poor people waiting to sign up. Finally, he gets in, and is put through a barrage of physical and mental tests, and is selected as a contestant. He's one of six that get called up to the upper offices, and 3 of the six are led off on way, while Ben, a guy named Laughlin, and another guy get led off the other way. Turns out, Ben has been selected to be the new man on the hit show "The Running Man", a show where two guys (in this case Ben and Laughlin) are introduced to Free-Vee audiences nationwide, and given exaggerated profiles of being anti-social and anti-establishment. They have a 12 hour headstart before Hunters start coming after them, and citizens everywhere are encouraged to call in and report sightings, they get rewarded $100 for a proven sighting, and $1000 for a sighting resulting in the contestants death. For every hour the men stay alive, they earn $100, and if they happen to kill a law-enforcement official, they earn a $100 bonus. Ben's desperate for the money for his family, and he has to trust that the people in charge will give it to his wife. So with everyone on the lookout for him and hating his guts, he's released back into the city. And oh yea, he has to mail in two 10 minute video tapes to the Network per day, or he'll forfeit the money, and the hunt will still be on. Too bad the Network uses the postage stamps to locate Ben, despite saying that they wouldn't. Ben meets up with some more of "his people" (the poor from the inner-city) and gains an accomplice who helps him elude the Hunters, if only for a short time. But someone reports him, forcing him to make a run for it, getting him injured in the process. He starts to take desperate measures, taking a hostage, and bluffing his way through roadblocks and onto a plane. Here, towards the end, the story was really flying, I couldn't read fast enough, it was like barreling downhill toward a river. Ben discovers some terrible things on his last flight, and makes a dramatic last stand, with a fiery conclusion. I loved the ending. Loved it! I won't give it away, but it was excellent, I was left with a big grin on my face, saying "Hell yea!"All of these stories were great in my opinion, and having finished, I don't know if I could pick a favorite between "The Long Walk", "Roadwork" and "The Running Man". A great collection of some early work by SK, and his younger style definitely is represented well here. A viral The Bachman Books Author Richard Bachman Stephen King go inside Book Written under the nom de plume Richard Bachman , here are four early novels by bestselling author Stephen King RAGE, a story of stunning psychological horror THE LONG WALK, the tale of a macabre marathon ROADWORK, a variation on the theme of Home Sweet Home and THE RUNNING MAN, a nightmare vision of a ghoulish game show in which you bet your life literally.. This is a Stephen King pseudonym.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 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, Signet Books, to print these novels under a pseudonym.In his introduction to The Bachman Books, King states that adopting the nom de plume Bachman was also an attempt to make sense out of his career and try to answer the question of whether his success was due to talent or luck He says he deliberately released the Bachman novels with as little marketing presence as possible and did his best to load the dice against Bachman King concludes that he has yet to find an answer to the talent versus luck question, as he felt he was outed as Bachman too early to know The Bachman book Thinner 1984 sold 28,000 copies during its initial run and then ten times as many when it was revealed that Bachman was, in fact, King.The pseudonym King originally selected Gus Pillsbury is King s maternal grandfather s name, but at the last moment King changed it to Richard Bachman Richard is a tribute to crime author Donald E Westlake s long running pseudonym Richard Stark The surname Stark was later used in King s novel The Dark Half, in which an author s malevolent pseudonym, George Stark , comes to life Bachman was inspired by Bachman Turner Overdrive, a rock and roll band King was listening to at the time his publisher asked him to choose a pseudonym on the spot.King provided biographical details for Bachman, initially in the about the author blurbs in the early novels Known facts about Bachman were that he was born in New York, served a four year stint in the Coast Guard, which he then followed with ten years in the merchant marine Bachman finally settled down in rural central New Hampshire, where he ran a medium sized dairy farm, writing at night His fifth novel was dedicated to his wife, Claudia Inez Bachman, who also received credit for the bogus author photo on the book jacket Other facts about the author were revealed in publicity dispatches from Bachman s publishers the Bachmans had one child, a boy, who died in an unfortunate, Stephen King ish type accident at the age of six, when he fell through a well and drowned In 1982, a brain tumour was discovered near the base of Bachman s brain tricky surgery removed it After Bachman s true identity was revealed, later publicity dispatches and about the author blurbs revealed that Bachman died suddenly in late 1985 of cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia.King dedicated Bachman s early books Rage 1977 , The Long Walk 1979 , Roadwork 1981 , and The Running Man 1982 to people close to him The link between King and his shadow writer was exposed after a Washington, D.C bookstore clerk, Steve Brown, noted similarities between the writing styles of King and Bachman Brown located publisher s records at the Library of Congress which included a document naming King as the author of one of Bachman s novels Brown wrote to King s publishers with a copy of the documents he had uncovered, and asked them what to do Two weeks later, King telephoned Brown personally and suggested he write an article about how he discovered the truth, allowing himself to be interviewed King has taken full ownership of the Bachman name on numerous occasions, as with the republication of the first four Bachman titles as The Bachman Books Four Early Novels by Stephen King in 1985 The introduction, titled Why I Was Bachman, details the whole Bachman King story.Source enpedia wiki Richard. The best Books The Bachman Books While I do love all 4 of these works, currently, I have just re-read THE LONG WALK, a bok I re-read every single year- yes, it is THAT good. I never tire of it. I always think new thoughts when I get to that ending, even if I do think the ending happens rather abruptly and is left open to interpretation on purpose. King is a genius. I think this story was written in 1979 or so, and yet he like...predicted the future of humanity. The book takes place in America's future, with The Long Walk becoming the new national TV sensation, game show sensation, reality show sensation and BETTING sensation, with a whole economy wrapped up in a game of death. 100 boys are chosen (after applying and going through a series of tests) to...walk. Starting in Maine, they walk until only one is left standing. The Prize? Anything you want for the rest of your life. A pretty good reason to enter, although there is also that 99% chance that this walk will kill you. Walkers must continuously walk at a pace of 4 miles an hour, dropping speed will give you a Warning. (There are other Rules you can creak, like interfering with another walker, for ex, that will also get you a Warning) 3 Warnings and you 'buy your ticket'- you're shot dead on the road, as the crowds watch in person and live on TV- the very ultimate in reality shows. King wrote this before reality TV even existed, and in the book it is also clear that America has become an unstable, militaristic, recession facing country. Going against the Long Walk (or a number of other offenses) will have you taken off by the government 'Squads' and killed. The Walk is a way for people to hope for better things- many of these boys are dirt poor and have nothing to lose, nor do the people betting, as betting on The Long Walk is the biggest money maker in the country. The 'game' is run by The Major, a military figure who is revered and a giant celebrity. Ray Garrity is our main character, and he is 'Maine's Own', the lone Walker from Maine this particular year, so he gets the unusual experience of walking through his home state with the Crowd on his side, and has his moments of fame. King does so many subtle things so brilliantly in this book- it is not only a means to discuss important issues like death, fame, politics, money, etc as the boys in the Walk talk the hours (and days) away, but to have them talk about these things in THIS situation makes it feel normal, and not preachy. Also, simply doing things like always capitalizing various words and phrases(The Long Walk, Crowd, Warning, Ticket, Squads, Cheer, etc) make you yourself begin to question the 'big questions'. I have owned this book 3 times, and given it to friends every time, as it is THAT good. I still have it in my Bachman collection though, and this is one collection I will NEVER allow to 'Get a Ticket'. (Especially because it still includes the old story 'Rage' which most editions do not carry any longer). This book is short and brutal and amazing. -Jen from Quebec :0)
The Bachman Books The Bachman Books by Richard Bachman Without a doubt one of my favourite books, the Bachman Books proves that horror is not about vampires, werewolves and blood but rather about human nature, depravity and circumstance The Long Walk, Rage, Roadwork and the Running Man were included in my copy, with Thinner and the Regulators being read seperately. The Bachman Books Stephen King But with The Bachman Books I feel like King has gone some way to finally reeling me in with what is undeniably a very enjoyable collection of dystopian fiction, which lies somewhere between George Orwell and Richard Matheson The Long Walk in particular was a great read, hard to put down and extremely thought provoking. The Bachman Books by Stephen King Oct , The Bachman Books were a way for Stephen King to write a different style under a psuedonym Under the Richard Bachman pen name, King has managed to paint a bleak but realistic world unlike the supernatural landscape of Salem s Lot and The Stand Rage This book is about a young teenager named Charlie Decker. StephenKing The Bachman Books The Bachman Books Formats Hardcover First Edition Release Date October, Synopsis Omnibus collection of four early Bachman novels Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork, The Running Man and the essay Why I Was Bachman Notes There will be no future printings of this book at Stephen s request due to the sensitive nature of the material found The Bachman Books Rage The Long Walk Roadwork The But with The Bachman Books I feel like King has gone some way to finally reeling me in with what is undeniably a very enjoyable collection of dystopian fiction, which lies somewhere between George Orwell and Richard Matheson The Long Walk in particular was a great read, hard to put down and extremely thought provoking.

  1. This is a Stephen King pseudonym.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 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, Signet Books, to print these novels under a pseudonym.In his introduction to The Bachman Books, King states that adopting the nom de plume Bachman was also an attempt to make sense out of his career and try to answer the question of whether his success was due to talent or luck He says he deliberately released the Bachman novels with as little marketing presence as possible and did his best to load the dice against Bachman King concludes that he has yet to find an answer to the talent versus luck question, as he felt he was outed as Bachman too early to know The Bachman book Thinner 1984 sold 28,000 copies during its initial run and then ten times as many when it was revealed that Bachman was, in fact, King.The pseudonym King originally selected Gus Pillsbury is King s maternal grandfather s name, but at the last moment King changed it to Richard Bachman Richard is a tribute to crime author Donald E Westlake s long running pseudonym Richard Stark The surname Stark was later used in King s novel The Dark Half, in which an author s malevolent pseudonym, George Stark , comes to life Bachman was inspired by Bachman Turner Overdrive, a rock and roll band King was listening to at the time his publisher asked him to choose a pseudonym on the spot.King provided biographical details for Bachman, initially in the about the author blurbs in the early novels Known facts about Bachman were that he was born in New York, served a four year stint in the Coast Guard, which he then followed with ten years in the merchant marine Bachman finally settled down in rural central New Hampshire, where he ran a medium sized dairy farm, writing at night His fifth novel was dedicated to his wife, Claudia Inez Bachman, who also received credit for the bogus author photo on the book jacket Other facts about the author were revealed in publicity dispatches from Bachman s publishers the Bachmans had one child, a boy, who died in an unfortunate, Stephen King ish type accident at the age of six, when he fell through a well and drowned In 1982, a brain tumour was discovered near the base of Bachman s brain tricky surgery removed it After Bachman s true identity was revealed, later publicity dispatches and about the author blurbs revealed that Bachman died suddenly in late 1985 of cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia.King dedicated Bachman s early books Rage 1977 , The Long Walk 1979 , Roadwork 1981 , and The Running Man 1982 to people close to him The link between King and his shadow writer was exposed after a Washington, D.C bookstore clerk, Steve Brown, noted similarities between the writing styles of King and Bachman Brown located publisher s records at the Library of Congress which included a document naming King as the author of one of Bachman s novels Brown wrote to King s publishers with a copy of the documents he had uncovered, and asked them what to do Two weeks later, King telephoned Brown personally and suggested he write an article about how he discovered the truth, allowing himself to be interviewed King has taken full ownership of the Bachman name on numerous occasions, as with the republication of the first four Bachman titles as The Bachman Books Four Early Novels by Stephen King in 1985 The introduction, titled Why I Was Bachman, details the whole Bachman King story.Source enpedia wiki Richard

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  1. While I do love all 4 of these works, currently, I have just re read THE LONG WALK, a bok I re read every single year yes, it is THAT good I never tire of it I always think new thoughts when I get to that ending, even if I do think the ending happens rather abruptly and is left open to interpretation on purpose King is a genius I think this story was written in 1979 or so, and yet he likeedicted the future of humanity The book takes place in America s future, with The Long Walk becoming the new [...]


  2. It s been a good 10 12 years since I ve read this one, and it was long overdue for a re read Especially considering the fact that the only story I could really even remember in even the vaguest way was The Long Walk So I picked it up to give it another whirl Not disappointed at all, but of course, that s no surprise Rage slipped through the cracks in my mind, big time I was browsing around online, and seen an article about this book of SK s about a school shooting that was no longer being publis [...]


  3. Rage One of King s earliest works, Rage wasn t published until he had established himself and when it was, it was published under the author name Richard Bachman This novel is definitely raw in many aspects, but I think that is what helps to give it its charm.The story centers on a student who kills his teacher in front of his class and holds the class hostage for most of the day He and the class then discuss a variety of issues, but the main conversation revolves around what has led him to this [...]


  4. These four novellas are almost as good as their cousins from Different Seasons It s a shame that the Columbine Shootings have directly proceeded to the best of the four stories Rage, with its everyone can find some angle to relate to protagonist Charlie Decker, he who thrashed in his sleep whilst in the marescape of The Cherokee Nose Job being consigned to the ashbin of publishing history No shall the intrepid young reader experience the thrilling fractured mirror empathic pulses from the origi [...]



  5. Every time I re read this, with my old, ragged copy that s falling apart at the seams with masking tape and hope keeping it from completely collapsing into a pile of loose pages, I fall a little bit in love with it I m going to take it a novel at a time, because I love each and every one of them, even if it did take me a while to enjoy Roadwork as much as I do now, or at all, really, so let s get started.Rage, first of all I ve always loved Rage, and I love that it s the first one in the bindup [...]


  6. What a mixed bag I loved The Long Walk with its imaginative plot and great character study Who would have thought that a book about walking can be so intense and gruesome Hunger Games has nothing on this bad boy Roadwork, on the other hand, kind of bored me I could see what it was trying to do mainly a slow unraveling of the main character into madness, but I just couldn t focus on the story What is the motivation Why the stubbornness I understand that the house represented than just a material [...]


  7. Road Work is the only weak link in this book, although legend has it that Rage is out of print finally probably to King s great relief Rage 20 years before high school massacres started in America, King wrote this story of a misunderstood and clearly mentally ill kid going apeshit and holding his classroom hostage The Long Walk Once a year, one representative from each state, all boys around 18, set off walking at 4 MPH If they slow down, they get warned After the 3rd warninglet s just say that [...]


  8. Three stars is what the whole volume averages out to I ll rate the four novels individually Rage 1 star It s puerile and terrible Textbook teen angst and resultant school shooting A yawner considering the quality of the next oneThe Long Walk 4 5 stars Hard to say It is inventive, nerve wracking and weird Whereas the dialogue sometimes fumbles what teenager calls anyone whoreson wonders the main character himself and some of the characters are wafer thin, it s very original and rip offable The pl [...]


  9. This is a collection of four novels As I finish them, I will write mini reviews for them.Rage While unrealistic in many senses, this has been among the most interesting and gripping Stephen King story I ve read yet The mob mentality that is created and the twist that makes this horror instead of just a thriller is something that could have come off as amaturish, but works really well under King s hand The horror in this story is namely in that in underminds all the classical stereotypes of what [...]


  10. Stephen King created the alter ego of Richard Bachman just to prove that he can make it once again by himself, he says an enterprise in which he was moderately successful before somebody ferreted out the real identity of this elusive author This multiple personality syndrome that occurs with writers is explored by King in the story Secret Window, Secret Garden and the novel The Dark Half However, after Bachman was outed as Steve King, the sales soared naturally and this book was published, colle [...]


  11. Without a doubt one of my favourite books, the Bachman Books proves that horror is not about vampires, werewolves and blood but rather about human nature, depravity and circumstance The Long Walk, Rage, Roadwork and the Running Man were included in my copy, with Thinner and the Regulators being read seperately Out of them all I would have to say that the Long Walk was my favourite for its intensity and bitter comprehension I used these stories as examples whenever people feel it necessary to kno [...]


  12. I hate to rate this 3.5 stars, but the story Roadwork really pulled it down a lot The other 3 stories in this book were pretty decent, The Long Walk being my favorite You can find seperate reviews that I have wrote for each one King did a great job with creating different writing styles between King and Bachman I applaud him on that So it was refreshing to read something a little diferent.


  13. This is a great collection of early Bachman stories written by Stephen King Rage, The Long Walk, The Running Man, and Roadwork I ve reviewed them all separately, and some I ve liked than others, but still, in my profession and expert opinion, it s hard to go wrong with King.


  14. Reason for Reading I m in the process of of re reading all of Stephen King s works in chronological order I m reading these books individually in the order they were published between his other works After having read through the entire book over the time period of a few years I ve concluded that The Long Walk is my favourite novel here, which I do remember enjoying a lot the first time around also My least favourite was Roadwork , though I ll say I didn t not like any of them Taken together on [...]


  15. I read these back in 2015 These stories make me think of Stephen King s short story, UR Imagine another universe where SK chose to write literary fiction instead of horror I love his literary fiction, especially The Long Walk I enjoy his genius in literary contrast In his controversial book, Rage, I found myself laughing at the killer s dark humor and trying to stop myself, because it felt wrong to laugh.


  16. This is a book of two halves Or rather, one third and two thirds I loved both The Long Walk and The Running Man,, but found Roadwork a bit bland It s a good thing they stuck it in the middle, because I may have just given up on it if it had been the last of the three stories included in this book But, as they say, two out of three ain t bad.The Long Walk sees teenage boys doing just what it says on the tin walking And walking And walking The last one standing walking wins everything he could eve [...]


  17. I think this was my second or third King book It collects all but Thinner of the original five Bachman novellas The Running Man I already reviewed Better than and WAY different from than the movie The Long Walk I also already reviewed it s one of my favorite stories of all time Love it Roadwork I don t remember all that well, but I know I liked it Rage was the controversial one It s about a student who took his high school class hostage, killing the teacher in the process The rest of the story i [...]


  18. This is a collection of four early Stephen King novels which were originally published under his now famous Richard Bachman pseudonym The Long Walk and The Running Man are arguably in the ball park of science fiction, Roadwork is a very interesting character study, and Rage is a chilling and foreshadowing vision of Columbine and such subsequent incidents The novels are all substantially shorter than almost all of his later works, and have a pure and exhilarating full speed ahead and damn the tor [...]


  19. This is the omnibus that is no longer sold commercially, thanks to the lead novella Rage, which was found in the locker of one of the school shooters of the late 90s You will now find editions of the other three novellas sold separately Luckily for me, I bought this before SK took this one off the market.Looking back 10 years later, I think most of these stories hold up very well especially since some of them were among the first things King ever wrote The Running Man is the only clunker, made e [...]


  20. Just finished the Bachman books, I skipped through the long walk because I already read it I found rage and the running man both fascinating in their own way but hit a slump with roadwork, I can almost say I hated it hahaha If you go for rage and running man, i totally recommend this.


  21. I reviewed each story separately.Go check out my reviews.The Long Walk 4 My Review The Long WalkRoadwork 3 My Review Roadwork The Running Man 5 My Review The Running Man


  22. The original version of The Running Man would have made a much better movie than the one Arnold starred in, but with the 9 11 attacks and the protagonist s obvious racial views and language, it couldn t have been done by a Jewish owned Hollywood movie studio King had a realistic worldview before he got hit by that car and totally cucked.


  23. I actually like a lot of what Stephen King has written although some of it, like The Gunslinger, seems too hastily written and lengthy This one of the better collections I liked The Long Walk 1979 especially.


  24. I read Rage and The Long Walk Very violent and depressing I didn t care for them They were well written but as any who know me, I don t do depressing pleasure reading I m glad that King s style has changed.


  25. Stephen King.oops Richard Bachman is a master of short stories and I really loved this collection Mind you, I read this years ago but I still remember how good it was.


  26. I picked up this book used on after reading King s recent long essay, On Guns, which is where I learned he had taken the first novel in this collection, Rage, out of circulation due to its popularity with school shooters The collection actually includes four early King novels under his Richard Bachman pseudonym Rage, The Long Walk, Roadwork and The Running Man And they are all worth reading First, they are all really well written, including the most adolescent and anti social of the group, Rage [...]



  27. Rage Simplified Plot The Long Walk Entertaining Roadwork Underrated The Running Man Dystopian Suspense That simply sums up each novel within The Bachman Books And since there ARE four novels included, I provided an individual review of each one and then an overall review at the end of The Bachman Books But, the review for each of these four novels should not be considered a review comparing the four It should be considered a review based on as if it were an individual book being compared to all [...]


  28. I ve read the first four Bachman books a few times now and these are how I d rank the stories contained herein 1 The Running Man 4.5 stars, standalone review this one bears very little similarity to the movie starring Arnie, including the ending which is totally spoiled by the introduction by Stephen King in the standalone version of this book don t read the introduction first Ben Richards is much darker and angrier than in the movie, too This is really a tie with the second book for being the b [...]


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