©1982 Richard Bachman (P)2010 Penguin
"Merely by tickling the keys of his word-processor King can make the flesh creep half a world away" (The Times)
"Stephen King is one of those natural storytellers...getting hooked is easy" (Frances Fyfield, Express)
"An incredibly gifted writer, whose writing, like Truman Capote's, is so fluid that you often forget that you're reading." (Guardian)
Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.
I like King's earlier works. His newer stuff is okay, but everything from the late 80's on is so self-concious (does EVERY protagonist have to be a writer?) and too over-written for my tastes.
It's gritty and hopeless, and flips off the world it exists in at the conclusion. Typical Bachman beauty.
Jeffery Kafer would be my first choice. Somebody with a hard and expressive voice. The main character is supposed to be a jaded looser that sees the world for its true ugliness, and hates the man for perpetuating and exploiting it.
No, it works perfectly as a stand alone.
Seen the movie? Don't expect anything to be the same. This book presents a similar dystopian view of the future (2025) , but with a much more Orwellian take on things than the film. I may be bias , being a King/Bachman fanatic, but I had a great time listening and look forward to the second read.
I've read this book years ago and it was as good as I had remembered it (very current despite the fact that it was written so many years ago). We listened to it while driving cross country and I was very disappointed. The way it was read...It would have easily put us to sleep. We had the volume all the way up but the reader's voice fluctuated so much that at times we could not hear and other times we could not hear anything else (I had to readjust constantly). I understand the need for emphasis but you can do that without raising or lowering your voice. Would not recommend for road trip listening
Okay-ish futuristic tale. Can always tell it's written by a man when encountering the rather distasteful and gratuitous sexual references (are they really necessary?). Rather dark & grim otherwise. Probably fittingly for the setting. But perhaps unrelentingly so. Could use some relief along the way. Nice depiction of an unregulated spiral of the free market into stratifying society and the 'otherness' it creates between classes. Makes a good read to give to a supporter of the wealthy classes to give them an inkling of what they're shaping the world into.
I am sure this book was wonderful in the early 80’s when it was written. One thing Stephen King does, and I have heard him say he does, is he rights in the time he is righting. He readily admits that a lot of his books “Date themselves”. This is not a bad thing at all, and many of his books do hold up to the test of time. This book, however, did not. It is just hard for me to read something written 30 or 35 years ago about what life is going to be like, “Now” and it is always this horrible, dark view of the future. I did get a kick out of the technology though. How there was no Concept of the internet and wireless devices. Of cores King would have hand no way to even hold the consept of this this in 1980’s. But the way he had to record things on a video tape and mail it in just cracked me up. Oh well, it was interesting I guess but not grate. Just like this review. :0)>
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