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06 March 2009


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Eric Berlin

As I understand it, "Running Man" was a one-sitting novel for Stephen King. He wrote it in something like two days. Jeezum crow the guy has talent.

John Scalzi has a column this week where he talks about "unfilmable" novels. "The Running Man" is the king of all such novels. Yes, it was filmed already, but that doesn't count -- all they did was lift the title and put it on a completely different picture. But to do it for real? Impossible. Go back and read those last few pages and tell me how we put THAT on the screen in a post-9/11 world.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I need to reread it again myself.


Yeah, in the introduction he said that he wrote it in 72 hours and it was barely edited at all. And yes, the 9/11 thing. I'm almost surprised that I didn't see it mentioned in the 9/11 aftermath -- mostly because people brought "Rage" up after Columbine, so why not? Then again, maybe it came up and I just didn't notice.

Brian F.

I very much remember reading RUNNING MAN for the first time as a teen (mumble, mumble) years ago and thinking how great it was and so imaginative because something like that could never happen. Same thing with VENGEANCE ON VAROS. And ABC's short-lived MAX HEADROOM TV show. Now, of course, I see these all as visionary and frighteningly accurate. Seriously, doesn't it seem like sometimes there are elements of society who look at the cautionary work of sci-fi writers and say to themselves, "You know, I get that this is supposed to scare me but... it's kinda cool. I think I'm going to develop reality TV..."

Sheila Ruth

Yeah, the book totally better than the movie on this one. Makes me want to go back and reread it.

Brian: I was a huge fan of M-M-Max Headroom and was so sad when it was canceled.


Well, Doctor Who already taught us that reality TV is evil...
But I read the Bachman Books a few years ago, and of the 4, Running Man was my favorite. And I loved the end.
On the other hand, I'm a sucker for revolution, so I was lost before I started.


I'm glad I spotted this review - my Teen Advisory Council wants to do this one for our next book club after having discussed Hunger Games, but not having read it yet, I wasn't sure whether it would be appropriate. We've got a wide range of ages, from a couple of high school seniors to a 12-year-old, and although our younger members are pretty mature, I'm always concerned about running into iffy things. What's your opinion - would this book be okay for our group?


My goodness, this brings memories for me. I read The Running Man ages ago. I have one of those omnibus editions that have the Bachman Books, except for Thinner if I recall. Now I have to go back and look at it. But yes, I remember reading Ben Richards' story and basically holding my breath towards the end, and what an ending. Later on seeing the movie, it was such a letdown. I still find the movie entertaining, in a cheesy sort of way, but it is nowhere near the book.

I am also reading Battle Royale in manga form. Definitely an excellent work and great dystopian literature example. But I certainly have to go back soon and reread Running Man. Oh, and The Long Walk may be worth a look as well.

Best, and keep on blogging.

Sarah I.

Ooo, that sounds, er...fun. I'll have to check it out!


you make me want to go back and read Stephen King. I devoured his stuff in high school, many lives ago. Lost my taste for him in college. Sounds like a much better revisit than Flowers in the Attic.


Oh man. Incredibly (and with shame I admit...), I have never read anything by Stephen King. But boy did this description make me want to read it, RIGHT NOW.


Oh, I adored this book. I remember being freaked out (in a good way) because I read it on an airplane and...yeah, you remember how it ends, I guess. His Richard Bachman stuff was very twisted, though. I also liked Thinner.


You convinced me!

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