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The Running Man Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1999
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The Running Man is a short book, tightly written to be read and enjoyed quickly. The future world it depicts is vividly captured with a few essential details. The action is also fast paced and, though the novel differs from much of King's other work, the sardonic social commentary reveals a pleasing glimmer of King's characteristically twisted sense of humor. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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No one has ever lasted more than eight days.
The games network, of course, hardly plays fair. The rules require Ben to periodically mail in videos, thereby running the risk of giving his location away. And rewards are given for any information leading to his apprehension, so Richards is also playing against a bored and bloodthirsty public -- in other words, everyone. The ongoing hunt is very suspenseful, but it's when Richards finally confronts his true nemesis that things get really interesting.
As I was reading I couldn't help thinking that this story was ready-made for film. It moves along at a rapid pace, especially once the game is underway. It's not simplistic, but neither is it complicated enough that it should require much tampering. (I've not yet seen the movie, but from what I have heard they somehow dropped the ball. Too bad.)
The concept of reality TV probably seemed outrageous or at least far-fetched in 1982, when The Running Man first appeared. Now it seems disturbingly prescient. Though the book belongs in the science fiction genre, it is more frightening than many of his horror stories.Read more ›
Who does that?? Yes, I get it, it has been republished so you want to add a note, but for those who would have picked up the book for the first time (never had seen the movie either so I don't know if it tells the true ending) the book has been ruined!!!. . . I always pictured Stephen King as a smart man. . . WRONG!
So please! Add a HUGE SPOILER warning before you give the ending of a book before the story even starts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I immiediatly began to enjoy the main character, Ben Richards from the very start. King creates a typical outcast of society, and rebel of authority but then adds a more sensitive side to the character. Balancing Richards' scathing wit with his powerful love for his family the author makes Richards both intensly charismatic and convincing. Defintely one of my favourite literary characters ever. However King doesn't stop there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not my favorite because I couldn't connect with the main characters snippy attitude.. Although his attitude is a product of the environment and the life he is living . Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Quick read, it was interesting to keep my attention. I wish there was a little more elaboration on the action scenes, but it was interesting enough to keep reading.Published 16 days ago by Jan
I purchased this Kindle version for my daughter because it is a requirement for her college class. I just had to read it and we have had some awesome book discussions on this... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Laurie Taylor
Word to the wise: skip the forward if you don't want any blatant spoilers. It does, however, provide an interesting perspective on Stephen King when he wrote it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Ryan Green
This book was great! I loved Ben Richards. He is an awesome character. The writing was solid (of course) and the plot moved very quickly. I definitely recommend this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lydia M
Very good book by Stephen King. Having seen the movie numerous times, the book wasn't what I expected. Dark and gritty, with snippets of humor and plenty of twists. Recommended!Published 2 months ago by C. Driskell
Well that was depressing. But exciting all the same.
This book is short and doesn't waste time. Read more
I really enjoyed the campy action-packed film version of this story with Arnold, but the book, while okay, just wasn't up to the same level for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Frank Mundo
This book... Honestly, I am extremely happy I picked up this book. I had just gotten out of reading a pretty bad book and needed something that would bring me back into my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kim Barletter