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Subject: King/Bachman question
Date Posted: 10/9/2007 2:01 PM ET
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Okay I have a question,  From what I under stand Stephen King and Richard Bachman are one in the same man. I have two one by King... Desperation and the other by Backman The Regulators. they are hardbacks, and on the back of the dust jacket for Desperation is fence with a square cut out of the fence and you see the cover of the regulators minuse the title and author, and the same is on Bachman's but the photo on the bach is of kings Desperation.... Does any body know why? If they are part of a series which should e first... I'm not sure if it will really matter, because I recently seen King's Desperation on DVD. But I got the book  becaue I loved the movie... Ya know I love King's movies but I have never read any of his books, I went on a King binge on Book Mooch, I have Cell and Lisey's Story coming. OOOOOh no no I have read a king book, my friend recommended it to me back when I was 13... Gerald's Game... Didn't really feel like Stephen King story though. What would be a really god King book to start with?

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 3:49 PM ET
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I don't think The Regulators and Desperation are tied together.  Personally I would recommend Pet Semetary, It, Needful Things or The Stand as a good place to start with Stephen King.

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 4:19 PM ET
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Those two novels are mirror novels of each other. I found an intersting site about this http://users.cybercity.dk/~nmb21186/desreg.htm

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 4:36 PM ET
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My all time favorite King book is The Stand. Fantastic read.
Date Posted: 10/10/2007 7:44 AM ET
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Yeah, I'm trying to get The Stand on hardcover at Book Mooch, but the only person who has it, wants me to order a second book, but they live in canada so each book is 2 points a peice, and I only have 7, it's one thing to order a book you want for 2 but another entirely to order something I wont even read, I'm not wasting 2 credits on something I don't want.

Date Posted: 10/10/2007 9:56 AM ET
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To start off with, I  would suggest 'Salem's Lot, Cujo, The Shining, Pet Sematary, The Dead Zone and perhaps a couple of the short story collections, Skeleton Crew and Different Seasons, which includes the stories that were made into the films "Stand by Me", The Shawshank Redemption" and "Apt Pupil".

Date Posted: 10/18/2007 9:59 AM ET
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My favorite and the first King book I ever read was 'Salems Lot.  I loved it so much, that I wrote to him.. and this was something I have never done before (or since).  I actually received a reply from him that I've kept & is now sitting in a frame. The Stand is also fantastic, the kind of book you will want to read over & over again.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 8:34 AM ET
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The regulators and desperation have the same character names, but are totally different stories. I love both of them.

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 2:00 PM ET
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I'm reading the Stand right now and while it's LONNNNNNNNNNNNG I am really loving the book.  I'm zipping right through it because it is keeping me intertained.  Keep in mind it is very long though.


I would read Desperation first, then the Regulators.  I read them both in this order and they just seemed to fit...they are different stories but the Regulators does tie into Desperation and to understand the "force" that happens in the Regulators it would be better to read Desperation first.  Just my opinion.  :-)


I just finished reading Pet Semetary and that book scared the H*ll out of me!  I guess that sounds silly but it really did.  I'd read it years and years ago and don't remember being so freaked out back then.  I was on the internet looking up the bad spirits (for lack of a better word) to see if they existed in real life, and they do, basically.  Shiver!!

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