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The Long Walk
The Long Walk | Stephen King
In this #1 national bestseller, master storyteller (Houston Chronicle) Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, tells the tale of the contestants of a grueling walking competition where there can only be one winnerthe one that survives.In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the ruleskeep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and youre outpermanently. A psychologically dark tale with commentary on society, teenage life, and cultural entertainment, The Long Walk is still poignant decades after its original publication (Publishers Weekly). This edition features an introduction by Stephen King on The Importance of Being Bachman.
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Reggie
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@shortsarahrose Thanks for my creepy Christmas package! Which segues perfectly into my last read of the year. 100 boys/men are picked for the annual Long Walk in an unclear just how dystopic America. Each participant will walk until they cannot walk any longer at such time a soldier will shoot them. It sounds so simple a story and then King puts his magic on it. You care for these guys and become invested and then affected. So good.👇🏼

Reggie Thanks Margie for this book!🖤 1mo
Bookzombie Yay! I was so sure you had probably read this one. 🖤 1mo
Rissreads Another one stacked! 1mo
HettyG I read this book one time, 30 years ago. I have never stopped thinking about it, it has literally haunted my life in a way very few books have. Cheers! 1mo
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karasu13
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Mehso-so

My favorite book is “Battle Royale,” so I‘m no stranger to the theme of dystopian regime holds a competition that kills teens. However, I found this book to be underwhelming. Maybe it‘s because I wasn‘t emotionally attached to any characters, so their deaths didn‘t affect me. Still, I‘ll be thinking about this when I‘m walking around Seoul on Saturday afternoons 😅

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Pikathulhu
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I'm biased with this one. I discovered it at a young age, and it's always been a favorite of mine. While the concept itself is a good deal older than this book, I love King's take. The characters are memorable, the conversations are interesting, and the examination of our innate death wish is provoking. Despite a few "speed bumps" along the way, The Long Walk is one I consider worth taking time and again. 5/5

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MidnightBookGirl
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This was a re-read that happened to fit the next #PromptMaze (decade I was born). Because it's a Bachman book, it's rather dark in tone, and no happy endings are to be had here. Like the Hunger Games, there can only be one winner, so lots of dead kids walk these pages. This is a story I've read multiple times, and depending on my mood when I read it, I view the ending differently. Can't believe this hasn't been made into a movie yet. #Scarathlon

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kelseycoleburke
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Picking up an old favourite

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Nalbuque
The Long Walk | Richard Bachman
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Stephen King is not rly my vibe but I will say he‘s a very good writer and can relay that doom-feel super well. However, I was a bit on the fence with this one. I know it was published back in the day but I extremely dislike how he uses casual gay bashing and the n-word for effect. It bothers me and detracts from the overall experience 🤷🏽‍♀️
This was a cool premise tho and altho there‘s not much world building, I was so intrigued abt ⬇️

Nalbuque I was intrigued abt this world. We hear a lot of talking and characters thoughts, but we know very little abt what‘s actually happening in this universe. Made me want to know more. Also all the walkers felt multi dimensional, and were interesting and somewhat likeable. Worth a read but I prob won‘t go back to it (but many reviewers said they would!) 7mo
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GinaKButler
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Waiting room reading! I‘m late...this is my May #bookspin 📖

@TheAromaofBooks
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
GinaKButler @TheAromaofBooks This book is definitely not for everyone, but it‘ll be in my top 5 Stephen King books. I can‘t stop thinking about it and it might call for a reread at some point. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I love it when a book gets under your skin like that!! 7mo
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danx
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I read this during long haul flights from Australia to Spain and back, which felt fitting to the discomfort. Overall it left me unsatisfied. Why is there a Long Walk? What are the Squads? Had any winner survived? What actually happened at the end? Interesting idea but not a book I'd recommend, probably would have enjoyed as a novella but pointless as a novel.

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GinaKButler
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Ohhh...I‘m excited! My #bookspin is The Long Walk and my #doublespin is Seabiscuit! Looking forward to both!

@TheAromaofBooks
#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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ItsMeeshCapiche
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First in my 12 books in 2022. Absolutely wild.

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Ast_Arslan
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Eggs Perfect 🖤❤️🖤 13mo
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PaperbackPirate
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It‘s #Two4Tuesday time with @TheSpineView !

🕐 I prefer a fast moving plot, but when I look at my favorites list from last year it‘s full of mostly slow burners so 🤷🏼‍♀️?
🕑 This is a book about walking, and, wow.

Thanks for the tag @TheRiehlDeal ! I tag anyone who wants to play!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 13mo
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PaperbackPirate
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🏆 This was my favorite book read in March!

📷 Photo taken in the Mojave National Preserve (on an infrequently used road)

#12BooksOf2021
@Andrew65

Linsy Beautiful! 13mo
Leftcoastzen Such a great photo! 13mo
Andrew65 Great photo, and can‘t go wrong with Stephen King. 13mo
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Ruthiella Perfect picture for that title! 13mo
Bklover This pic is perfect! 13mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you! This was a very difficult picture to get because the wind was blowing so hard! The book fell over between each photo. It was worth it! 😂 @Linsy @Leftcoastzen @Andrew65 @Ruthiella @Bklover 13mo
fredamans My favorite story from the Bachman Books. 13mo
bthegood such a creative post/photo- always fun to see how you will post your reads! 13mo
PaperbackPirate @fredamans It‘s amazing how he can make a story about walking so interesting! 13mo
PaperbackPirate @bthegood So sweet, thank you! 13mo
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Traci1
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Panpan
RaeLovesToRead This is one of my favourites, weirdly enough! 😊 1y
TheSpineView 😊 1y
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MelKelsey
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Book 117

I listened to The Long Walk by Stephen King, a dystopian story about an annual walk during which, if you stop walking, you get shot. The entire thrilling novel takes place during the walk. Characters could be better developed and the ending could be more satisfying. 3.5 ⭐s

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deeannloso
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“In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules—keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you‘re out—permanently.”

deeannloso I had to bail on this one. It was just too slow. 😴 1y
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vivastory
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As promised, here is my King ranking. This is 1 of 2 posts. This includes books 16-30 & are ranked horizontally from left to right starting at the top row. I broke the series down for this ranking, a ranking including series in place of individual book entries would look diff. Also, I'm planning on reading “Four Past Midnight“ in the future, but “Langoliers“ was read as a separate book.

TrishB Interesting 👍🏻 can‘t wait to see the top 5. 1y
vivastory @TrishB Just posted 👍 1y
AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie here is the second post for the King lovers 1y
BookwormAHN Four Past Midnight is one of his best collections along with If It Bleeds. 1y
HettyG I read The Long Walk what must have been 30 years ago and it haunts me to this day, I still think about it all the time! 😂 1y
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MidnightBookGirl
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#LitsySummerCamp @ImperfectCJ

Keeping things morbid here in Camp Bitches Be Readin', this is the first book that came to mind when I saw the prompt talking about a significant walk. I've read novella many times, because the ending still haunts me. The book is about a group of young men who sign up to do the long walk, where the last person still alive is the winner. Your feet will ache just reading it!

ImperfectCJ This was actually the first one I thought of, too (along with The Road), but I figured as host I should keep it upbeat. 😆 1y
CharismaRaven13 I remember reading this years ago. Great book. 1y
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intothehallofbooks
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The Long Walk (one of four stories in this collection) bored me. I could definitely tell it was written by Stephen King and I think he did a lot to develop these characters while they were on their long walk. But I needed more from this world or perhaps more to set up the story before the walk began. It would have been even better to me if it were one of his *very* short stories. I doubt I‘ll reread, I just didn‘t enjoy it. #readingStephenKing

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vlwelser
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Is this a metaphor for the Vietnam War?

Also, how alarming is it that Stephen King used this pseudonym when he didn't want to write a happy ending?

#BookSpinBingo square 9
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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intothehallofbooks
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My gosh, I‘m struggling with this one. I‘m exactly halfway thru and bored to pieces. I can‘t believe it. I won‘t be DNF-ing because I‘ve wanted to read this one for-e-ver and because I‘m hoping it will pick up soon. I even added the audio to see if it helps with my interest. Not yet! But I‘m only halfway thru, so there‘s still time 😩 #readingStephenKing

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amywithbooks
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Next stop on my #stephenkinglonghaul re-read adventure!

Reagan My favourite! 2y
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PaperbackPirate
The Long Walk | Richard Bachman
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🚶🏻 I met my first #MarvellousMarch goal by finishing this book! This is maybe the only author who can make a story about walking interesting while getting the reader invested in the characters.
👟 I took this picture on a lightly used, lightly maintained highway Sunday on the Mojave National Preserve. I love how it goes straight without cars almost as far as the eye can see. Only the wind was against me, knocking over the book many times.

Kenyazero The receding line in this shot is amazing! Great shot! 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏🙌 2y
PaperbackPirate Thank you @Kenyazero ! 😎 2y
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PaperbackPirate Thank you @Andrew65 ! 🙌 2y
Gissy Nice picture! 2y
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PaperbackPirate
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@Andrew65 has a #MarvellousMarch Readathon to help me us to our goals this month!
I want to
🚶🏻 finish The Long Walk - only 68 pages to go
💐 read The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauerneister
🍎 I‘m switching from online back to the classroom this week, so I can use the motivation to set aside some me time!
Sounds like fun! Who else is playing?

Andrew65 Great to have you with us. Good luck. 😊👍 2y
Andrew65 Good luck with the move back into the classroom. We did that last week. 2y
PaperbackPirate @Andrew65 Thank you! Any advice? 2y
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Andrew65 @PaperbackPirate Children I have to say were fine. Hungry for learning and meeting with friends, Main advice they got tired easily so doing things over shorter period of times and afternoons being lighter touch and creative activities. But bit by bit aim to build up stamina. Staff loved it but were tired them selves, don‘t put pressure on yourself in the first week. 2y
PaperbackPirate Thank you for the advice @Andrew65 ! It was pretty rough mostly due to technology issues, but we‘re settling into a routine now. 2y
Andrew65 @PaperbackPirate Great 😊 Well done, a massive achievement! 2y
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Auntynanny
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I listened to this on audio. I'm not sure if I would have liked it better if I read it in print. It's kind of a dystopic horror in which young men compete to see who can walk the longest. Those who are unable to keep up a set pace are shot. I found that I wanted to know more about the society that the men came from, but it was largely left unexplained.

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jackilynn
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Soubhiville
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I feel like using this sticker is a little cruel for this book 😈.
I‘m pretty sure this was my third reading of The Long Walk. I don‘t know why the imagery has really stayed with me. It was just as good this time around. 👍👍
#AuthorAMonth

j9brown This one really stuck with me, too. Such a weird premise but so good. 2y
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Dogearedcopy
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I‘ll hand it to King: Only he could leave me in the dark and surprise me on the very last page! At first I was unhappy with the ending, but now that I‘ve re-read it a couple of times and, slept on it, I totally get it!
Anyway, the Bachman books are underrated and in this one, I loved the richness of each moment, each step— and even cried at one point.
🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏻‍♂️ 🚶🏻🚶🏼🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏼‍♂️ 🚶🏽‍♂️🚶🏽🚶🏿‍♂️ 🚶🏼

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LaraS
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Just finished The Long Walk and am currently reading Horrorstor, a creepy book set in a knock-off IKEA. Each chapter starts with a stylized catalogue add for a piece of furniture. I love when books on my life unintentionally link together. 👟 #screamathon2020

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LaraS
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Each year, 100 teen boys walk w/o stopping til there is only 1 left. Drop below 4 mph and get a warning; get enough warnings and you are killed. #screamathon2020

Only 30 pgs in and I figured I must've missed something. Why exactly are these kids walking? Is this in lieu of a prison sentence? Public blood-lust? Overpopulation? Higher-purpose grandstanding? Weird and violent expression of being trapped in a prison of privilege, a la fight club? 👇

LaraS Oh, no, it's a contest. An no one is forced to do it, they just...sign up. And the prize is...“anything you want. For the rest of your life“. Wait, what? How...how does that work? Is it just me, or does that seem like lazy writing? Hoping we at least get to hear the boy's stories so we can understand why they willing volunteered for this death march (with no objections from their friends/family?) 🤔 (edited) 2y
Sleepswithbooks I read this one this year.... 👍🏼 2y
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Dogearedcopy
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I started this one last year as my annual King read; but I made the mistake of listening to the audio at the same time! Odd habits die hard and I found myself proofing the audio against the text. Also, it took me a long time just to get to page 86! I‘m trying again, print only 🙂

From what I remember, set-up-wise, this is a combo of Hunger Games and a Death March 🥾

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Zombmom
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I got through this in about a day because it was such a good read!

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Ruthiella
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#tropesinaugust
#gamescompetition

One of King‘s Bachman books, this takes place in a future dystopian U.S. ruled by a totalitarian government. Once a year 100 teenage boys join an annual walking contest called "The Long Walk". Each walker must maintain a speed of 4 mph. If he drops below that speed, he gets a warning; too many warnings he is shot. But what really kills most contestants is the psychological burden...only 1 can win/survive...?

Klou Oh my gosh. Wow. Your description has me hooked!! I must read this book 😂 2y
Soubhiville This is my favorite King story! 2y
Ruthiella @Klou I think you will like it, especially since you‘ve enjoyed other books by King. 😀 2y
Klou @Ruthiella good to know! Thank you! 2y
Ruthiella @Soubhiville I read all four Bachman books decades ago and this one really stuck with me. 2y
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BittersweetDreams
The Long Walk | Stephen King

“Just go on dancing with me like this forever and I'll never tire. We'll scrape our shoe on the stars and hang upside down from the moon.”

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Michellesibs
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This is probably the most exhusting book I've ever read. Stephen King in his usual way pulls you into the plot and all I will say is put some comfortable shoes on, as the title suggests you're in for a long walk and it's going to hurt and you absolutely will lose your mind.

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Sleepswithbooks
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This afternoon calls for a new reading adventure while creating a double chin #overachiever

Bookwormjillk Way to multi-task! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Coconut almond swirl sounds AMAZING 3y
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BookwormOfTheDamned
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In this video, I discuss "The Long Walk" by Richard Bachman. Also, Kerry sings Happy Birthday to me.

https://youtu.be/wsZr5Jq_Bmg

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WellReadCatLady
The Long Walk | Stephen King
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Have at least two weeks off for emergency closure. The days are starting to run together and it‘s only been 3 days. 😭 #stayhome

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vivastory
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My final book of the decade. As I've previously mentioned, I gained a deeper appreciation of King this year after reading The Dark Tower. There's simply nothing else like it. Long Walk is my first experience with his Richard Bachman books. It initially came to my attention when someone on Litsy compared it to the Hunger Games, only a couple of decades before Collins book. I think Stand by Me meets the Hunger Games is a pretty good description.👇

vivastory Will there come a time when King stops surprising me?! Don't count on it! This was a great way to end the year! 3y
vivastory Also, I need these minimalist designs by Jim Tierney to be available for all of King's paperbacks!! They're currently available mostly as ebook, but I love them! 3y
LauraJ Right?! Love these covers. Wish I had seen them when they were released a few years ago. 3y
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vivastory @LauraJ I think they're available for only a couple of the paperbacks. I wish they'd release an entire set! 3y
sprainedbrain What a great way to end the year. ❤️ 3y
readordierachel Agreed. These covers are awesome! 3y
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vivastory
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Although I've already started planning my first book of 2020, I also put as much thought into my final book of the year. One of my favorite reading experiences this year was Dark Tower, so I'm going to send the year off with another King. I plan on finishing by 11:59 pm 12/31 no matter what it takes!

Bookzombie Good luck! I really like this one. 3y
Mitch13 Great book and great choice to finish off the year .. have two books I am working on before the year end myself... the dead house by Billy O'Callaghan and Strange Weather by Joe Hill ... Good luck and cant wait to see your reaction and review of your year end read 3y
Scochrane26 I‘ve put more thought into it this year, too. Last year, I ended on a boring book, this time I would like to end on a really good one. It‘s the end of a decade! 3y
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LauraJ My favorite of the Bachman books. 3y
Mitch13 @LauraJ toss up for me .. also really really liked Blaze 3y
Cinfhen I agree #LastFirst deserves serious contemplation 🤓 3y
Soubhiville This story has stayed with me more so than any other King. (edited) 3y
vivastory @Bookzombie I'm about 70 pages in, liking it so far! 3y
vivastory @Mitch13 Strange Weather was one of my favorites of the year. Hope you enjoy! I'm glad to hear that you liked Long Walk. 3y
vivastory @Scochrane26 Exactly! Last book of the decade, it's a big deal!! Hope you finish with a great one! 3y
vivastory @LauraJ This is my first Bachman. Really liking it so far. 3y
vivastory @Cinfhen I knew you'd understand! 3y
vivastory @Soubhiville Wow, that's saying quite a bit! I'm really enjoying it so far. 3y
AvidReader25 I can remember scenes from this one so vividly! 3y
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LiterallyLiterary
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By far, my favourite Stephen King book. As horrific as it is, it is definitely a page-turner! King creates dread right at the beginning of the novel that stays with the reader until the very end.
#StephenKing #Favourite

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Madds
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Some light reading for the week. 😎 The end was a bit anticlimactic in my opinion, but quite a wild ride to get there.

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toofondofbooks
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Really good. I think this is a good place to start with King for sure. Interesting premise and executed as only Mr. King can.

BookwormAHN I also really enjoyed this one 👟 4y
Slajaunie This one horrified me. I am unable to read many of his works. 4y
Cailey_Mac Silly question but would you suggest the print version or the audio version?😅 4y
toofondofbooks @Cailey_Mac I listened to the audio and thought it was good. I'm super picky with narrators too. 4y
Cailey_Mac @toofondofbooks Awesome thank you! ☺️ 4y
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mreads
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Ray Garraty a is a 16yr old #smalltownboy in the walk of his life. In a grueling competition where there's only one winner and he'll gets whatever he wants there's just one rule - don'tstop moving. If you stop your out and by out I mean dead.

#wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Sounds like a real Stephen King! 4y
Geeklet I got into the weirdest internet argument over this book when I said 4 mph was a little unreasonable for something called a walk. A friend of mine apparently has very passionate views about walking speeds. Other than that, I love this book. I read somewhere recently that someone plans on making a movie out of it. 4y
mreads @Geeklet lol I agree 4 mph is fast especially after the first couple of hours. Not sure I'd want to see the movie tho I liked the book. 4y
Geeklet @mreads I can‘t imagine how this book will translate to film. So much happens in the minds of the characters that it seems like it would be hard to translate to screen. I‘ve said that about a ton of books though and their film adaptations have turned out okay. 4y
Cinfhen Never even heard of this King novel 4y
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everlocalwest
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Not my favorite of his books, but still great characters and atmosphere. I love how much is missing from this novel; the characters and their struggle are central to the point that they are the only thing on the page. No backstory, no news reports about the Long Walkers; just these boys and the walk itself. Because in the end, that's all there ever really is; everything else is just a distraction. Damn, King's worldview is so bleak.

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Quellek
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Fittingly, I finished this audiobook on a very very long #audiowalk of my own! It was just as good as I remembered.

Though if I listen to The Running Man at some point I do not plan on running.

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Quellek
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I went for an initially rainy but ultimately really beautiful #audiowalk today with one of my favorite Stephen King books. (My walk was much more peaceful than the Long Walkers')

Cinfhen Beautiful 4y
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