The Running Man

Another chilling novel from Stephen King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, The Running Man takes place in a dystopian future (the year 2025) in the United States where people are hooked on reality tv shows! The government controls everything including entertainment. As such, the government-sanctioned “Games Network” showcasing ultra-violent game shows (where contestants end up being maimed if not dead, all for a chance at the prize money) broadcasted on Free-Vee (Television) which are pretty much located everywhere – from the streets to the Development apartments – and going off the name, we can surmise that Free-Vee is free (they want you to watch). The differences between the rich and poor are vastly disproportionate; the rich being ridiculously rich whereas the poor are desperately poor. Life is very bleak for the poor. Even air is poisonous on ground level and isn’t breathable but the rich live in a high Tower and are therefore unaffected. The sadistic game shows are the only chance the poor have at changing their lives for the better.

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The Long Walk

I’m going to be reviewing the Stephen King novel titled The Long Walk. I know I said I was going to review The Razorland Trilogy first (in the post Book Club) but I literally just finished reading The Long Walk so it’s still fresh in my mind. Plus, I felt a Stephen King novel (written as Richard Bachman) was deliciously apropos what with Halloween coming up and all. I did not purchase a physical copy of the book, which is 384 pages long and relatively short for a Stephen King novel, however I will be including several different illustrations of the cover art. I purchased The Long Walk on my Kindle Paperwhite and according to my Kindle (I forgot to mention earlier that it does that. Pretty cool, huh?) it takes about 5 hours and some change to read the whole thing. I started reading The Long Walk exactly 3 days ago (a little everyday obviously) but I passed out with 30 minutes still left in the e-book. I just finished the last 30 minutes today and decided to get to it while everything is still fresh on my mind. The cover art for the Kindle version I had purchased is shown above.
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