- Publisher: Signet; First edition thus. edition
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451935659
- ISBN-13: 978-0451935656
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Stephen King Box Set: Desperation, The Regulators Paperback
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In Desperation, the humans are trapped in a small western mining town in Nevada where Tak has taken over and killed off most of the town's residents. Tak has apparently selected a random group of humans to keep alive to be used for it's own purposes, but it is unaware of the fact that one of these humans, a young boy, has a connection to a higher power than itself (i.e. God) which is intent on thwarting it's plans. In the story, King attempts to wrestle with serious theological questions, particularly with the problem of evil and suffering. While not overly profound, the book does have some moral and spiritual depth to it and is surprisingly Christian friendly.
In the Regulators, the creature Tak takes over the mind of a young autistic boy, and then uses images in his mind, gleaned from old western movies and Saturday morning cartoons to terrorize and demolish a suburban Ohio neighborhood. While The Regulators could be seen as a commentary on the effects of popular media and television, there really isn't the same kind of pointed moral and spiritual questioning that is found in Desperation. It's just an entertaining story.Read more ›
Same characters, but the plot and writing style are very different. I preferred Desparation of the two books, but The Regulators is very entertaining. I suppose I always preferred works written as King rather than as Bachman--so maybe it's the style and how King chooses to present each of thw two.
Definately worth reading and entertaining to read side by side (reread Desparation after T.R. and it was a fun endeavor!)
I know that they are showing a movie version of "Desperation" very soon on television and I do look forward to how they have adapted it but nothing could ever compare to the two novels! Excellent works from Mr. King. I recommend then strongly.
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This has to be the BEST book I have ever read!!!!! This book grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let do until the end. Read morePublished on March 14, 2001 by Lindsey Justiss
I loved it!! I was amazed by how many so-called "Stephen King fans" said they didn't like the book. Read morePublished on September 3, 2000 by Fran Iannazzo
I completely enjoyed these books. I think what most people are forgetting is that these are very early King works and do not reflect his style today. Read morePublished on April 25, 2000 by Jeffrey Picard
UGHH! These were the absolute worst books I've ever read in my life! These are my first books by Stephen King and will certainly be my last. What was wrong with SK? Read morePublished on April 12, 2000 by Disappointed Reader