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Granted, it was great for suspense, (does Garraty make it or not) and great for horror ( all the men shot in graphic detail), however, I think that it makes a deeper comment on society. I have been known to be wrong but are we not the same people watching the long walk as those watching the Fear Factor, Survivor, Big Brother or any of the other "real TV" shows? Are we not watching, hoping for a spectacular failure? I do not watch these shows myself, but I know many that do and I know people who are journalists that say these shows would not continue if they did not make ratings. Yet, they continue....because we continue to watch. [Ratings] As we read this book, we were revulsed by the crowds cheering the deaths of the young men but... Rest of this review on the detail page
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In the fall of 1978 (between The Stand and The Dead Zone), Stephen King taught a course at the University of Maine on "Themes in Supernatural Literature." As he writes in the foreword to this book, he was nervous at the prospect of "spending a lot of time in front of a lot of people talking about a subject in which I had previously only felt my way instinctively, like a blind man." The course apparently went well, and as with most teaching experiences, it was as instructive, if not more so, to the teacher as it was to the students. Thanks to a suggestion from his former editor at Doubleday, King decided to write Danse Macabre as a personal re... Rest of this review on the detail page
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It is classic Stephen King. Then supense takes you from page one to the end. My only disappointment with this novel was that, if you have read enough of Stephen King, by midway it was predictable. Even so, the spell, the hope that survival is possible, etc. stays with you till the end. If you are looking for a quick read of higher caliber this is worth a try. Even if you know what is coming before you reach the end, you will still get a nightmare or two!!! ;)
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In the introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985), his second collection of stories, King pokes fun at his penchant for "literary elephantiasis," makes scatological jokes about his muse, confesses how much money he makes (gross and net), and tells a story about getting arrested one time when he was "suffused with the sort of towering, righteous rage that only drunk undergraduates can feel." He winds up with an invitation to a scary voyage: "Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way." And he sure does. Skeleton Crew contains a superb short novel ("The Mist") that alone is worth the price of ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) crafted The Running Man early in his career, though after such mega-hits as Carrie and The Shining. A bit of a departure from the supernatural horror that is most frequently associated with his work, the novel describes a science fiction dystopia where market capitalism and television game shows have spiraled out of control, and the separation between the haves and the have-nots has been formalized with separate currencies. King establishes characters quickly, creating sympathy in the first few pages for Ben Richards--whose 18-month-old baby girl is suffering from a horrible cough, perhaps pneumonia. Not a... Rest of this review on the detail page
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