Fan submitted reviews of Running Man, The (Bachman Novel):|
Posted By: Alex - January 17th, 2013 10:21:30 pm EST
the book is 10000 times better then the film even though I enjoyed it too I wished I bought it instead fo going to the library going to as soon as possible thak you Stephen you are the one person that made me enjoy reading when I was in hospital or my bedroom with my bad leg and I still read and love your books from the age of 12 to now
Posted By: Mariam - October 31st, 2012 9:56:20 am EDT
This reminds me sooo much of the hunger games O.O
Posted By: Cannonball - October 3rd, 2012 8:18:08 pm EDT
This novel was a great read. The underlying themes of this book are classism/class war and environmental issues. A huge underclass is being taken advantage of and the pollution of the environment has caused the upper classes to wear filters in their noses just to deal with all of the pollution. Like Affas stated below , it's kind of eerie how this book ends, considering reading it after 9/11. This Bachman novel, like The Long Walk, has a wierd parrallel between the future society in the book and our own modern society's infatuation with reality t.v. game shows. This novel makes you wonder...... is this where we're heading?
Posted By: Affas - September 3rd, 2012 9:33:06 pm EDT
I love this book. I read it every year or so just for the pleasure of being immersed in the perfect dystopia. The narrative is swift and efficient and the interesting thing about this book is that it predicts the rise and domination of reality TV as well as the events of 9/11. I would love to get the rights to this work and make a gritty, mini series which reflects the novel more accurately than the rubbish Arnie film did.
Posted By: Lilix - May 6th, 2012 7:46:26 am EDT
One of my friends, a canadian friend, told me to read this book. She wasn't a big King's fan but she told me this book was very good. She was right : it was especially thrilling and the story was always surprising, from the beginning to the end. I loved it ! (I'm French, excuse my english ^^.)
Posted By: Oh.. - April 25th, 2012 7:13:40 pm EDT
Really wishing I hadn't come here to read the synopsis.. Ending of the book is ruined before I've even started reading it :(
Posted By: Keith - October 26th, 2011 2:47:09 pm EDT
King wrote this book before he wrote Carrie, and he wrote it in a week. After reading on writing, and knowing how poor king and his family were before Carrie sold, I think The Running Man represents Kings state of mind at the time.
Posted By: Jc Charlie - September 1st, 2011 10:06:43 pm EDT
I absolutely enjoyed reading this suspenseful adventure . I loved the book. I read the book just recently and was sort of surprised of the ending. Because the whole book leading up to the end, in my opinion seemed like he was going to win. But no that sick twisted mind of King. Simply remarkable.
Posted By: Keith - June 17th, 2011 12:19:00 pm EDT
I am one hundred pages in this book, and I absolutely love it. King create's character's so real and believable, its UN-believable. I really enjoy the attitude of Ben Richards. I am anxious to read what unfolds.
Posted By: S.K.Rules - April 10th, 2011 2:53:47 pm EDT
As with everyone else here I really injoyed this story and didn't like the adaption of it. I don't get why they (the film makers that is) didn't just use diffrent character names and changed the name of the game show because that's the only thing the book and the film have in commen. How come people keep saying the Stanley Kubrick film the shining was hardly faithful to the book. Stanleys film was faithful compared to the adaption of the running man, At least the shining had Danny be a shinner and have them stuck up in a hotel in the mountains for the winter and jack goes crazy and try to kill em, the shining seems the most faithful adaption of king's work if you watch the running mam.
Posted By: Jimena - February 2nd, 2011 12:49:58 am EST
I loved the book, I think its an excellent job, considering it was written within a single week, an amazing mind, definitely. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I guess it doesn't worth it!
Posted By: Anonymous - January 8th, 2011 11:25:06 pm EST
The ending is spoiled at the beginning of the book in the introduction to Bachman, King needs this fixed
Posted By: Anonymous - December 12th, 2010 4:56:26 pm EST
this book is awesome bt the movie iis a joke compared to the book it was an excellent book and the way it was written i thoughtthe ben would be a scronny person nnt arnold schwortzanager
Posted By: Ran - December 7th, 2010 6:09:30 pm EST
this book is good. the movie is garbage. i dont know how SK could let them make a movie on his book and it is so different from the book that they should have called it another title. must had been the money they offered SK
Posted By: Artlel - August 31st, 2010 6:20:49 am EDT
I'd like to listen some of King's books
Posted By: Rachel Peters - July 27th, 2010 3:43:49 pm EDT
I'll admit it I am a reality junky at times. Of course the book like real life there is no universal healthcare so I guessed a Republicans ran the future. But it made me wonder what reality shows will be like in the future and what I may be willing to do for a sick baby...
Posted By: Aidanl - October 27th, 2009 9:40:53 pm EDT
One of those books you can't put down. I thought the ending was a bit predictable, which is rare with stephen king books but it was still very good.
Posted By: Brnholmes - October 24th, 2009 11:51:37 pm EDT
It apears as if this story is not to far off from happening in the not too distant future. This was an ingenious if not prophetic tale by King. The worse thing that ever happened to this wonderful work of fiction was the 80s movie which belittled the whole concept, turning a dystopic master piece into a cheesy 80s adventure movie. The actual text and King's superior story telling skills are incredible and I think this book needs to be reexamined today.
Posted By: Anonymous - March 19th, 2009 7:23:52 am EDT
This one was the first Stephen King novel I read. I really liked it. For me, the ending was quite interesting.
Posted By: Pirate - March 8th, 2009 10:52:33 pm EDT
Amazing novel, couldn't put it down! Loved the ending made complete sense why Richards would do such a thing.
Posted By: Anonymous - November 14th, 2008 6:40:49 pm EST
Grerat story, but weak ending. Seems like King did'nt think it all the way through.
Posted By: JK123 - October 23rd, 2008 3:28:49 am EDT
great book .............. very weird ending ........ but still a good book
Posted By: Cheraine - August 24th, 2008 3:43:27 pm EDT
It was a movie called the running man, back in the 80's