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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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You know how I said I was going to read a chunkster over the summer?

The Summer of King

It turned into what you see above—a chunkster and a half.

The other day, I shared this article on Facebook about all of the TV/Movie projects that Stephen King has in the works and then a group of us started talking about how there are so many books that we haven’t read, or have read and forgotten, that we almost need to read them again before all this stuff hits the big screen.

I cannot think of a better way to spend the summer. I wanted to read something deep and meaningful but I took a look in the mirror and I look and feel like hell. Chalk it up to a very stressful year but I am going to cut myself some slack and just read for fun. I recently finished Mr. Mercedes so why not just keep going?

Funny, because the two I chose to read are not any of the movie/TV projects he is working on! Oh well. Desperation weighs in at over 700 pages and I’ve read it before, but can’t remember a thing about it. Now I am wondering if I read it at all. The Regulators was written under Richard Bachman (his pen name) but I had not heard of it before. It’s about a suburban neighborhood in the summer that goes completely crazy in a classic King way. Doesn’t it sound good?

I downloaded both from the library and plan to dive into one of them tomorrow. I know I am supposed to be reading my book club book (The Goldfinch) and I will at some point, but for now, I need a break.

If anyone wants to read with me just let me know.