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  • Hardcover: 692 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1st692 edition (Sep 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0453005071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0453005074
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A writer of excellence...King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel. (The Sunday Times)

You can't help admiring King's narrative skills and his versatility as a storyteller (Sunday Telegraph)

An incredibly gifted writer, whose writing, like Truman Capote's, is so fluid that you often forget that you're reading (Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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To coincide with the exciting publication of BLAZE - the book written under Stephen King's Bachman pseudonym just found and to be published for the first time - comes a reissue of THE BACHMAN BOOKS in the new cover style. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
The true identify of Richard Bachman did not get out until the publication of Thinner, Bachman's fifth book. These first four Bachman novels were the sorts of books you might find in a grocery store or - more likely - never have come across at all because they weren't really marketed at all - at Stephen King's request. Naturally, they didn't sell all that well - not until the true author was revealed, of course. These represent an interesting cross-section of King's writing life. Rage and The Long Walk are truly early King novels, Roadwork emerged in between the novels 'Salem's Lot and The Shining, and The Running Man was published in 1982, the product of a mere seventy-two hours of writing. They are quite different novels, yet they all share a common theme - a man displaced by society and doing what he can to combat the forces closing in around him.
This collection is about the only place you can find the novel Rage these days. After the Columbine tragedy, Stephen King basically had all copies of Rage pulled from the shelves. The novel features a high school student who wigs out, shoots two teachers, and holds his class hostage for several hours. The real heart of the story is the way the students react to their captor during their ordeal; they go way beyond merely sympathizing with him. King really breaks down the emotional walls of these characters, mining some of the real issues that teenagers have to deal with in their lives. To me, this novel is raw but instructive, surreal yet amazingly open and honest, and well worth reading.
If you ask me, The Long Walk (written while King was a college freshman) may well be the most fascinating novel King has ever written.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By guillamus olivrus on 21 Jun 2011
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There have been lots of great reviews for this collection so I'm just adding that the new edition here does not contain Rage. From what I can understand, the red cover NEL edition from around 1987 included Rage and the three titles here...The Long Walk, The Running Man and Roadwork. So, to clear things up for people, this edition has three stories in it. From what I can gather, Rage has subject material concerning schools and killings so that could be a reason it isn't seen a lot nowadays. But, i only make that as an observation. Thanks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Crook VINE VOICE on 21 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
every single story here are briliantly written and paced. they differ from one another and that is why King for me will always be unbeatable!
RAGE: A great insight in teenagers minds and how they cope with tragic situation like being held hostage by a classmate. This was way before the Columbine tragedy and that alone makes you think...

THE RUNNING MAN: Way better than the film with Schwarzeneger and surprisingly a tight thriller/chase that i never knew King could tackle so well. The setting is in cities and not some dark studio like in the movie,therefore making the chase amongst civilians way more relentless and surprising. Wonderful.

ROADWORK: I really loved the main character and his foreseeable downfall from the start had me gripped. I couldn't help cheering for him despite knowing that the guy was unhinged. This story has no element of horror and is a human nature exploration, like Dolores Claiborne's tale was. Loved it.

Finally THE LONG WALK: King's imagination again strikes gold. 100 contestants musn't stop walking for an inhumane amount of miles that even by the stretch of my own imagination i could never consider doing. Like The Running Man, King might just be the first one to have predicted the future of what TV reality will one day sadly become. Sadistic, inhumane and yet unavoidable. The contestants each had a story and I cried at the end, King has that gift of finding my sympathy with a lot of his characters.
The best 4 short novels compiled, simply unmissable.
florence, london, 30
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov 2001
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Four excellent stories from the master and when you take into account that these were written when he was a young man then you can't help but marvel at his genius.
My personal favourite is 'The Long Walk'. I've read this several times over the last few years and it still gets to me! And no, I have no problem with the ending, I thought it perfect when I first read it and I still do.
On a final note I find it eerie that many of the horrors that King dreamed up for these stories many years ago have found their way into our news bulletins in recent years; From high school student shootings to planes being flown into buildings. Lets hope for no more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JuliaE on 30 Jun 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I read these books the 'old-fashioned' way many years ago. I recently purchased them on the kindle and they were as good as I remembered. I bought them mainly for The Long Walk - a really good story set in the future. They're different from King's usual work (which is why he wrote them under a pseudonym) in that there is nothing supernatural included. Well, anyway, I would read them if I were you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N.Evans on 1 Jun 2010
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I've read three of the stories, "Rage" "The Long Walk" and "The Running man" and thought they were excellent. They're remarkable when you consider King wrote "the Running man" (hugely entertaining sci -fi thriller which is far superior to the film) in just 72 hours and was pretty much a kid when he originally wrote the "the Long walk" which features a stunning premise and is an exciting, poignant and very satisfying read.
I urge all Stephen King detractors to buy this book, the man is a great writer and its a shame that he's tagged with the misleading Horror writer label, which I think does him a great disservice, he's so much more than a James Herbert or a Richard Laymon. If you want thought provoking, character driven, unflinching, very readable tales then start with this.
Can't wait to read "Roadwork" now.
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