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Review: The Regulators

The Regulators
The Regulators
By Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King)
New York: Dutton, 1996, New York (1996)

The Short of It:

Brimming with wit but tame as far as horror stories go.

The Rest of It:

One sunny afternoon, an entire neighborhood finds itself the center of destruction when a group of demented villains show up in vans and basically shoot anything that moves. As the residents watch in horror, they suddenly realize that this is no random act and that their quiet little neighborhood is under siege.

The Regulators was published under the name Richard Bachman, but most King fans know that Bachman is the pen name King used for several years. As far as his books go, this is one of the tame ones. There are lots of characters to keep track of in this small neighborhood but their personalities are different enough (in most cases) to keep everyone straight. There is a supernatural element but he doesn’t spend too much time on that aspect of it, just the aftermath and how it affects this particularly unlucky neighborhood. The story is a little farfetched but by the end, I was buying it. It’s definitely not one of his stronger books, but I did enjoy reading it and it was a quick read.

The Summer of King

When I posted about The Summer of King, and how I wanted to spend my summer reading King books, some of you told me that The Regulators and Desperation happen to be related. When I chose those two to read, I had no idea that they featured parallel worlds. Talk about dense. I mean, if you look real hard you can even see how the cover art connects to one another. Anyway, so although this book was a little tame for me, I appreciate King’s classic sense of humor in relation to being blown to bits, cheating wives and annoying kids. I chuckled many times and now can’t wait to re-read Desperation as I read that one when it first came out and cannot remember a thing about it!

Have you read a King book lately?

Source: Borrowed
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Review: Innocence

By Dean Koontz
(Bantam, Hardcover, 9780553808032, December 2013, 352pp.)

The Short of It:

Interesting characters and setting, but lacking that special something that makes you think about a book long after reading it.

The Rest of It:

One can argue that Dean Koontz does not write books with substance. Yes, his books lately have been a little different from the books of his past. I guess his books have always been page turners, meant to captivate a reader for a short amount of time, but some of his older books have stayed with me for decades.

This is not one of those times.

Innocence, starts off strong. A child is forced to live on his own because of a gross deformity that is never fully explained. He seeks shelter under the city, roaming the sewers and only coming up for provisions. At the same time, a young woman, on a quest to find the murderer who killed her father,  also lives in secret, hiding from society whenever possible. The two form an unlikely friendship.

SO much could have been done with these characters. The idea of living beneath the city is one that has been done before, but the complexity of doing so successfully and the mystery behind the “deformity” was enough to pull me along. But towards the end, I didn’t really understand what I was reading or where Koontz was going with the story. There was literally NO payoff. I felt somewhat cheated.

As a fan of his older works, I now realize why I stopped reading him. There isn’t much of a connection between his characters anymore. I still try his books every now and then to see if anything has changed, but I am sorry to say that his newer books seems to lack punch.

I think most of his old-time fans will agree with me, but if there’s been a current book of his, say…within the past five years that I need to read, let me know and I will give him another try.

If you’d like to try one of his older books, I highly recommend Watchers (my fave), Phantoms or Lightning.

Source: Sent to me by the publisher.
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