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Roadwork Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1999
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Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
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And likewise, with Roadwork, what's enjoyable about a man named Burt that lost his job, his wife, his home, and ultimately his sanity and his will to live. Roadwork is essentially the journey of his unraveling. Really, the story isn't that sophisticated. But please--for Pete's sake--don't expect paranormal activity around every corner, because Bachman is not the same person as King (they are physically, but not in their literature). Bachman, in a way, is like Eli Roth (the director who made Cabin Fever and Hostel Part I and II), in the sense that it's all about the displeasure of the character and the audience.
If you compare this to The Long Walk, you'll still be kind of disappointed by the slowness of this novel. But, remember, by default The Long Walk's premise promises more "action." If Roadwork had lots of action, it would be there just for the sake of it. And King is usually good at knowing when to pick up the pace (or should I say Bachman?).
If you read this novel and keep AMC's Breaking Bad in the back of your mind, I think you'll enjoy this book a lot. Even the premise is similar to Breaking Bad. If I were to have given this novel a score the first hundred pages in, I would have given it a 3/5. But, at the halfway point, I started to understand the style and the tone, and that's what makes this book so endearing. I highly recommend it to a patient reader or a Breaking Bad fan.
And remember, when Stephen King wrote Roadwork, he never intended on people knowing it was really him; with that being said, it's the furthest thing from a King novel. It's complete freedom for an author to do what they want, without restraints.