Regulators, The
  Fan submitted reviews of Regulators, The (Bachman Novel):
Posted By: Vabeachygal - February 6th, 2013 11:53:17 am EST

What I thought was really cool about the Regulators and Desparation were if you put the books side by side on the book shelf, the spines (atleast the covers) kind of blended together....

Posted By: Kenneth Globis - January 2nd, 2013 3:07:47 pm EST

I thought this book was one of a kind by the time i was done with the first 2 pages i was so excited i had to read the whole book and i am not a book reader.

Posted By: Mary - August 30th, 2012 11:21:39 am EDT

I found The Regulators to one of my favorite of Steve's books. Although I have to say I just love them all. But the movie sucked the big one!!!!!! Stop letting these asses change your stories!!!!!

Posted By: Susyf - July 14th, 2012 6:56:05 pm EDT

I loved The Regulators! For me out of this one and the "mirror" novel Desperation, The Regulators wins hands down. The fact that the evil plays out through a childs imagination is inspired!

Posted By: Ostricho - March 16th, 2012 5:07:10 pm EDT

My favorite book of time is The Regulators. The exploitation of an innocent children's show was especially chilling.

Posted By: ElviraTepes - January 22nd, 2012 3:26:36 am EST

This book was amazing! When I read it I was in shock about what happened and how everything conspired. The ending left me speechless. It was sad yet very good. Applause Given.

Posted By: Kim - April 2nd, 2011 11:34:55 pm EDT

Only SK book I never finished - read 100 pgs and put it down never to be picked up again!!! Yikes!! Really!! you have done so much better!!!

Posted By: Blyan85 - January 10th, 2011 12:40:25 pm EST

I just finished reading The Regulators. It was terrific. This was my second ''Bachman novel". the first one i read was Thinner, which i did not like as much as The Regulators. I live in a mid-west suburb, so I found this book especially scary.

Posted By: Bguy85 - January 9th, 2011 12:18:10 pm EST

I am approximately half-way through reading The Regulators, and I love it! Initially, I was a bit overwhelmed because there are so many characters. I had to make a list of all the characters who live on Poplar Street, and briefly describe each one. That way, if I get confused, I can refer to the list. Now that the characters are more familiar to me, I am enjoying The Regulators so much.

Posted By: Jason - January 7th, 2011 5:32:16 pm EST

How is this not a movie? Sorry I love the book and finished in 3 days and was tempted to start back from page one again! Was a little hard at times because i read Desperation first(weeks ago) but names were fresh in my head but wow. Good from start to finish and "letters" at end were nice too.

Posted By: S.K.Rules - December 30th, 2010 4:59:30 pm EST

READ IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT NOVEL COMES "FIRST". I'm a bit sick and tired of everybody asking what novel comes first, well there are two things: 1) both novels were releashed on the same date. 2) both novels have the same characters in both stories even though they died in Desperation or the regulators or BOTH. So that means they are MIRROR novels and doesn't matter, because one of them isn't a sequal. SPOILERS look at collie for a moment he gets possesed in Des. and dies but he doesn't get possesed in The R. and dies. so does that mean he got possesed, died, returnd to life and dies again, No because there MIRROR novels, Now please stop asking.

Posted By: Lba4g - December 16th, 2010 6:19:45 pm EST

If I remember correctly, at the very end of Desperation a car is driving down the highway right by the china pit with a family in it that has a baby boy. This baby boy starts mumbling "Tak a la" as they ride off into the sunset. This boy turns out to be the "autistic" nephew in the Regulators. So I guess Desperation came before the Regulators?

Posted By: S.K.Rules - October 6th, 2010 3:45:32 pm EDT
Just read this book, amazing story, guit a bit of savageness to it and a bit of comedy in away (Spoiler) like when that lady goes outside and she gets shot and he (SK) says "she was there one moment then she was gone, no what her shoes are still there" LOL. The only thing I don't get is why he had to use the same characters from desperation, it's just when your reading it (and if you have read desperation) you keep thinking of it. But awesome story all the same.
Posted By: Anonymous - September 29th, 2010 12:10:11 am EDT
Ten Years ago I received the audio book as a gift as at the time I was driving on a weekly basis between Rochester, NY and Dayton Ohio 7 hours alone. This story scare the daylights out of me several times to the point I would would have to stop the tape and not turn it back on for several weeks. However this was so well written and the story that good I soon would put the tape back in and pickup where i left off. I don't know if you can put this into a 90 minute movie without killing the story, but I would have to see it. I highly recommend, by the I bought the book and read it myself --- Same results I had to stop and put it down for a day or so at time. Great Book!
Posted By: Anonymous - September 24th, 2010 8:42:12 pm EDT
I understand that The Regulators and Desperation are companion novels. Which novel is to be read first?
Posted By: Rachel Peters - July 27th, 2010 3:47:59 pm EDT
I can't tell you how scared I am now when a van drives by my house slowly."It's the Moto wagons, DROP!" Seth broke my heart. What a good Aunt he had!!!
Posted By: Maxyman101 - March 26th, 2010 9:16:33 pm EDT
They should make The Regulators into a theatre release movie.
Posted By: Gav Worlledge - February 24th, 2010 12:03:39 pm EST
I bought this on hardback the day of release back in 1996 along with Desperation. I read Desperation straight away and loved it, but somehow The Regulators stayed on the shelf until 3 days ago, some 14 yrs later almost! I am kicking myself that such a fantastic book has been looking out of my bookshelf at me for so many years yet I ignored it (I have the first edition UK hardback with green cover which actually HAS an eye on the front - maybe it WAS looking at me after all!?!). I have just read it within 2 days and from start to finish it enthralled me, mesmerised me and if i'm honest, scared the living daylights out of me too! One of SK's more sinister and freaky novels and an instant classic that I know I will wanna read time and time again. There are some truly horrific scenes that made me cringe with delight, and the ending really got to me, not what I was expecting at all! The flashback scenes courtesy of journals left by Audrey were indeed both frightening and heartbreaking...then comes a letter written by the worker from the mine - these 6 or 7 pages had me on the edge of my seat!!!! One of the best SK books I can honestly say I have read, and I have read many. It's strange that if I had to choose my Ultimate top 5 SK stories, 3 of them would be Bachman novels (The Long Walk, Blaze and now The Regulators). If you like King's more twisted and sickening stories, you cannot afford to miss out on this treat!!! Can't get the image of the SLB (Stalky Little Boy) out of my head!)
Posted By: Susan - October 19th, 2009 3:43:30 pm EDT
I would like to own a new copy of this in Large Print.
Posted By: Rick - October 3rd, 2009 8:02:17 pm EDT
This book,along with Desperation are one of Stephen's best works..i read this about 6 years ago.....
Posted By: Cfahooligan - September 22nd, 2009 6:15:29 am EDT
Please, please, please make this story into a movie. It would be a great a movie. It would have been perfect at the height of the Power Rangers phenomenon, but it's still such an action packed, twisted, messed up story that would be awesome for the big screen.
Posted By: Khemm153 - May 4th, 2009 3:59:54 pm EDT
One didn't come before the other. Desperation and Regulators are kind of alternate realities, much like those in The Dark Tower Series. Both are great books by the way!!!
Posted By: Anonymous - February 16th, 2009 2:54:50 pm EST
I didn't know which came first Desperation or the Regulators.
Posted By: Todd Butler - November 16th, 2008 8:50:34 pm EST
Crazy Story, Another great book
Posted By: J.S. From Minnesota - August 27th, 2008 7:01:34 pm EDT
Fun, wonderfully weird story.
Posted By: Bamjo - August 19th, 2008 3:00:39 pm EDT
The bodys Tak inhabits fell apart in Desperation, yes. The body it inhabits in the Regulators, the boy, doesn't fall apart because he is autistic.
Posted By: Punkrockmatt - August 18th, 2008 8:40:30 pm EDT
gus bus and RN09: read the foreword given by SK in the recent edition of THE LONG WALK. it will answer those questions. matt
Posted By: Punkrockmatt - August 18th, 2008 8:37:34 pm EDT
this was the first book i ever read. i read it in juvie hall when i was 14. i know thats a little late for a "first book" but it was perfect timing. i was young, impressionable, always in trouble and in great need of direction. im not sayin i got "direction" from this book, i am sayin that the majority of the time i spent reading this book i was scared shitless, and young enough for that to almost be a literal statement. thanks a million Mr. King
Posted By: RN09 - August 5th, 2008 9:50:15 am EDT
I was wondering the same thing: which book came first? I guess it doesn't really matter...
Posted By: Gus Bus - July 24th, 2008 7:14:33 pm EDT
This book was awesome! But i want to know which book came first Regulators or Desperation. I looked at the publish date and both say the same year. They both have Tak in them. How come in Desperation the bodys Tak posses start to fall apart but in Regulators the kids body is just fine.
Posted By: Rjt65 - July 24th, 2008 11:44:36 am EDT
Excellent book. Suggest reading this after Desperation.


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