The Regulators

The Regulators

Book - 1996
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Stephen King's pseudonymous alter-ego delivers a tale of occult mayhem and social satire set along a quiet suburban street in an idyllic town in Ohio, where the arrival of an inauspicious red van unleashes a nightmare.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, 1996
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAC
Characteristics: 466 p. : ill., map


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May 23, 2017

I read "Desperation" years ago and I have said for a long time it was my favorite Stephen King book. I may need to go ahead and re read it... The regulators was good, but it was off the wall crazy insane, just a little far out there for my tastes. I just read the shining which is based a little bit more in reality. Not that there's anything wrong with fantasy, but I mean It was super gory and just heart pounding all the way through. There wasn't anything symbolic or satirical about it, it was just a fun , shallow, deadly romp all the way through. Was it good? Yes, but not in the same way "It" or "The Stand" is good.

OhioEngineer Jun 27, 2012

The quality of the writing of most best-selling authors decreases proportionately with the size of their name on the cover of their books. We have all eagerly purchased the latest work by a famous author only to be disappointed by huge margins and widely spaced lines of type, as the publisher tries to hide what is obviously a “grind-it-out by the deadline” effort. Until now, Stephen King (Bachman) has resisted this temptation, but The Regulators is far below his usual standard. Normally I have trouble putting a Stephen King novel down, even into the wee hours of the morning. With The Regulators I actually gave up on it several times and then fell asleep just a few pages from the end of the book! The plot drags, the characters are paper thin and even the famous Stephen King “blood and gore” more rightly belongs in a cheap video game than in a novel by the master of the genre. I sincerely hope this is just a case of “you can’t win them all,” as opposed to a new approach to writing.

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