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"The Long Walk is the work of an angry, impulsively fresh voice, and it's as real as it gets. Fans of Lord of the Flies, The Running Man, or more obscure titles like Battle Royale or Crimson Labyrinth will not be able to put it down. The debilitating suspense will leave you trying to catch your breath after every single page." David Hannon, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Travel a road of horrors with the world's bestselling author. The Long Walk is the newly repackaged novel of a terrifying journey originally published under the Richard Bachman pseudonym.

On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for an event known throughout the country as "The Long Walk." If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying...

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"A master storyteller." Houston Chronicle

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"An illusionist extraordinaire." Publishers Weekly

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Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.

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clackamaslee, April 3, 2014 (view all comments by clackamaslee)
This book is wonderfully exhausting.

This is the original Hunger Game, or a cross between The Lottery and The Hunger Games, at least. The setting is spare, much like the square in The Lottery... just a road, the people on it, and the people watching... treating it like a game. You're selected by a drawing, but you have the opportunity to back out until it begins. Plenty of other 13-17 year old boys want to take your place. Only one can win, but The Prize is worth trying. And survival takes so much more than physical strength and desire to win.

This might (MIGHT. I need to re-read The Running Man) be my favorite King book. I like the Bachman books because there is so much less paranormal bull-hooey in them. He focuses on the soul... on the psychological trauma we inflict on ourselves and each other. I'm not going to go into the premise of the book because I'm sure you already read the blurb and that's all that can really be said without spoilers. But I can say a few things about what I got out of it.

You have to keep going. If you ever stop for more than a moment, the urge to not get up again can overpower you, so just. keep. going. People you meet along the way might drive you bananas, but they're on their own journey so you can only decide to either get to know them, or try to ignore them... you can't change where they are going without changing yourself. You'll make friends, but when the chips are down they are probably just trying to get by and looking out for themselves. Just keep going. We all die in the end but we can choose how far we get or at least how we go down.

Maybe King didn't intend to convey that, but that's what I got out of it.
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Sugarbush, May 9, 2012 (view all comments by Sugarbush)
This is hands down one of my favorite King/Bachman books, which is really saying something. If you want a clear-cut ending and you don't want to have a story with depth, then don't read it. Anyone who is complaining about the ending, which are a good amount, shouldn't be reading King in the first place. It was such a gripping tale. I had the hardest time putting it down. The terror, the heartache, the rawness was so well portrayed in King's writing. He is truly a masterful storyteller and his writing is like butter - smooth and makes everything better.
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maryocontrary, April 28, 2008 (view all comments by maryocontrary)
This book was excellent. The dialogue between the boys was masterful, in true Stephen King style. From the first page to the last, I was enthralled. It did suffer from a typical King ending -- leaving the reader wanting to know what happens next. But all in all, this one makes my list of books to be remembered.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451196712
Author:
Stephen King as Richard Bachman
Publisher:
Signet
Author:
Bachman, Richard
Author:
King, Stephen
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Publication Date:
19990401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.69x4.17x1.02 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review A Day" by , "The Long Walk is the work of an angry, impulsively fresh voice, and it's as real as it gets. Fans of Lord of the Flies, The Running Man, or more obscure titles like Battle Royale or Crimson Labyrinth will not be able to put it down. The debilitating suspense will leave you trying to catch your breath after every single page." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "A master storyteller."
"Review" by , "An illusionist extraordinaire."
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