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CCAL

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its odd I suppose but I always feel uncomfortable when others begin pointing out apparent boo-boos in stories. I mean the author tries so hard to be accurate...I just ignore when possible. (and since its fiction we CAN ignore, cant we??) please understand I once was expelled for challenging a teacher on history. I was correct but they insisted on following the textbook of their choosing. ssdd so ldpn
 

blunthead

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Can someome tell me one of the stories in The Bachman books(there were 4) rage I thnk it is has been left out of futures editons of the bachman books - read it years ago and had a coopy of tBB but there were only 3 stories in it. I think as well maybe i am wrong but when i read and the long walk it had a differnet ending to it. is this right?
That's the first I've heard of more than one ending to The Long Walk. I dunno.
 

Sunlight Gardener

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I don't know anything about different endings but i can absolutely say that the Long Walk is probably the finest short story I have ever read. At least in the sense of having the most profound effect on me. My mouth literally dropped open several times while reading it, knocked me for a loop. I thought about that story for months afterwards and could not get it out of my mind.

I re-read it a few months ago and loved it just as much as I remember. Never read a better short story.
 

kingricefan

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I don't know anything about different endings but i can absolutely say that the Long Walk is probably the finest short story I have ever read. At least in the sense of having the most profound effect on me. My mouth literally dropped open several times while reading it, knocked me for a loop. I thought about that story for months afterwards and could not get it out of my mind.

I re-read it a few months ago and loved it just as much as I remember. Never read a better short story.
TheLong Walk is a novel. Are you sure you meant The Long Walk and not an actual short story?
 

Sunlight Gardener

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TheLong Walk is a novel. Are you sure you meant The Long Walk and not an actual short story?

It is? No it's my favorite story, that's the one i meant. If it's a novel, it's an incredibly short one. I have it in the 4 story collection of the Bachman Books along with Rage, Roadwork and The Running Man. If not a short story then I would say it's a Novella.

EDIT: I just checked, it's only around 250 pages long.
 

kingricefan

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It is? No it's my favorite story, that's the one i meant. If it's a novel, it's an incredibly short one. I have it in the 4 story collection of the Bachman Books along with Rage, Roadwork and The Running Man. If not a short story then I would say it's a Novella.

EDIT: I just checked, it's only around 250 pages long.
It was originally published by itself as a paperback original novel, as were all of the other Bachman novels in the omnibus edition that you have.
 

Walter Oobleck

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I'll never understand the criteria used to classify a story short or long novella or novel. They put the manuscript on a scale and weigh it? Or they have a special set of weights for King? Couple of beefy guys in a back room at the Publishing House, moment of truth, slip the manuscript onto the metal plate hanging by the chains. One guy starts dropping counter-weights onto the opposing plate. On the wall a schoolroom clock jumps forward. "A bit underweight, wouldn't you say, Clive?" Clive is already nodding, "I believe the Old Boy is losing it. His last used all of the counter-weights and we had to use loose change to make up the difference." "Agreed. The world trembles."
 

seeker619

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its odd I suppose but I always feel uncomfortable when others begin pointing out apparent boo-boos in stories. I mean the author tries so hard to be accurate...I just ignore when possible. (and since its fiction we CAN ignore, cant we??) please understand I once was expelled for challenging a teacher on history. I was correct but they insisted on following the textbook of their choosing. ssdd so ldpn

I think that with age I've learned, or I hope I have learned that it is not my job to change other people or even influence them in such a way that it pleases me. In high school I was always challenging teachers mostly because I wanted to make sure they were well informed on all of those issues which they could not possibly defend and remain rational(or at least not to my way of thinking). One teacher I had never failed to bitch about the school's policy on using military time. She claimed it was too difficult to grasp. My jaw almost fell out and I remember sarcastically asking if she could count to twenty-four. Not a good way to endear yourself to a teacher but I suppose the jolt of artificial superiority I felt from embarrassing a teacher in class. I'm not sure if your comment about challenging a teacher was aimed at correcting my comment on Rage having been pulled after Columbine or even if your comment was meant for me. In any case cheers. People have nothing better to do than argue about whether a map of a fictional town was drawn consistently throughout the book all the power to them. I just prefer to choose my battles more carefully.
 
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