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Desperation/Regulators Paperback – Sep 1 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: New Amer Library; Box edition (Sept. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451935659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451935656
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,687,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A notice to those who feel that Stephen King has lost his magic touch: Desperation is the genuine goods. The ensemble cast of ordinary Americans thrown together by chance, including a disgruntled alcoholic writer and a child who is wise beyond his years, may be a bit too familiar. But the nearly deserted Nevada mining town with an enormous haunted mine pit and an abandoned movie theater where the survivors hang out makes for a striking battleground, and the grisly action rarely flags. Best of all, though, are the characters of "Tak," the ancient, body-hopping evil who emerges from the mine, and of "God"--whom the New York Times describes as "the edgiest creation in Desperation. Remote, isolated, ironic, shrouded behind disguises, perhaps 'another legendary shadow,' this deity forms a sly foil, and an icy mirror, to Tak."

In The Regulators, an evil creature called "Tak" uses the imagination of an autistic boy to shift a residential street in small-town Ohio into a world so bizarre and brutal that only a child could think it up. It's as two-dimensional and gaudy as a kid's comic book, but for this reviewer, The Regulators is a gripping adventure tale about what happens when a mind fixated on TV (especially old Westerns and a cartoon called MotoKops 2200) runs amok. As Michael Collins writes in Necrofile, "[Stephen] King offers his readers a glimpse of the true evil of popular culture ... which has no design or intent, only an empty need to sustain itself. King is, I think, about the canniest observer of what America is, and that he generally writes horror ought to give us pause from time to time." --Fiona Webster


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