So Chandra and I have been talking about doing a read along with THE REGULATORS and DESPERATION for months and we finally have some wiggle room in our schedules!
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THE REGULATORS – Richard Bachman (November 1st – 15th)
DESPERATION – Stephen King (November 16th – 30th)
THE REGULATORS is my favorite – Bachman or King. Reading it again was a treat. I was reminded why I love this book and why I always have. I will always be in the minority with this one and I’m alright with that.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
It’s so hard for me to really review books like this that I’ve read multiple times without spoiling anything. THE REGULATORS is the sister book to DESPERATION. One written as Bachman and the other as King. There seems to be a clear division between readers – you either like one or the other more. I have always been on the side of THE REGULATORS and I still am after this reread.
The small suburban neighborhood on Poplar Street is about to go from the perfect summer day to a bloody nightmare. Upon the arrival of some strange looking vans, like something out of a sci-fi novel, an onslaught of shotgun fire rips through the neighborhood, and anyone that steps outside. What I love about this book is that this action begins immediately. After the first chapter the madness begins and doesn’t let up.
The town slowly begins to transform from the suburban homes to cabins and the residents find themselves in an old western landscape, with terrifying creatures that almost look like a child’s creation. What is causing all the violence? Why their street?
Meanwhile, in the Wyler home of Poplar Street, Audrey is desperately fighting for her life against an evil entity that has taken over her sweet nephew, Seth. Tak will always remain one of my favorite villains. An entity that attached itself to the young Autistic boy and proceeds to feed off of and weaken those around him. I think King did a really good job depicting Autism and how Seth interacts with those around him and even with Tak.
Just like the cover of my beat up paperback says, “Lean and Mean”. There’s something about the Bachman books that I’m drawn to and I think it’s how bleak the stories are, they have a darker overall tone to them. This is perfectly depicted throughout THE REGULATORS. I’m anxious to start up DESPERATION – it’s been over a decade since I last read it. Guess we’ll see how I feel about it this time around!