"The Importance of Being Bachman" has one colossal spoiler.

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  1. Ed Davenport
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    Ed Davenport New Member

    Not to be rude, but I often skip the introductions in Stephen's books; not because they bore me, but rather because they distract me from the story. I was lucky to do so when reading "The Running Man", because on page 7 (I think?) of the intro, "The Importance of Being Bachman" there is a explicit statement describing the end of the novel, which is as shocking and over-the-top as one can expect from a King book (especially the Bachman variety). I was so shocked to find this spoiler that I took a sharpie and immediately blacked out the entire paragraph, should any lucky soul happen upon it and choose to read it. And I never, never, mutilate my books. I do my best to keep them in bookstore condition. Usually.
    Anyway, that's my complaint. Otherwise, I've enjoyed nearly every one of King's books that I've read (we'll all try to forget about Dreamcatcher), but this was quite vexing.
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  2. Dana Jean
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    Welcome to the board Ed. Now I'm going to have to go look at that, yikes!
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  3. king family fan
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    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome,must go check this out.
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  4. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

  5. mustangclaire
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Welcome. But I, for one, enjoyed Dreamcatcher, when I re-read it last year.
  6. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I kinda sorta somewhat remember that spoiler, Ed. Dreamcatcher was my second read from King...1st hardcover...and I loved it. Go figure, hey? No soup for you! :) Just kidding. Welcome aboard.
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    blunthead Well-Known Member

    One man's sK trash is another man's treasure. I'll wager Dreamcatcher is the favorite of lots and lots of fans, and the least favorite of the same number. Welcome to the SKMB, and keep posting!
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  8. doowopgirl
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    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome to the board. If it's been a while try Dreamcatcher again.Sometimes our tastes change. BTW, I save reading intros till after I've read the book. So there can be no spoilers.
  9. prufrock21
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    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Welcome, but you have made a grievous transgression. You have blacked out a paragraph of Stephen King. For this no doubt your visit to Clive Barker's charnel house with be long and taxing.:sweat:
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  10. notebookgirl
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    Welcome to the board. You are not being rude to skip his intros, but I would suggest them. I have never read one that has a spoiler, but I think of the intros like a letter he personally addressed to us, the Constant Readers.
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    Haunted My favorite place

  12. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Thanks for the heads up - I must confess I have not read either The Running Man or The Importance of Being Bachman but I will now know for future reference not to read that info on page 7!

    Welcome to SKMB Ed Davenport and by the way, Dreamcatcher is not too bad IMO and it was also the first hard cover SK book I ever owned!
  13. AchtungBaby
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    AchtungBaby Angel in Devil's Shoes, Salvation in the Blues

    Glad to see I'm not the only one who loves Dreamcatcher :) You've made me curious about the intro/The Running Man, though. Sadly I've never read that one. Welcome!
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