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Roadwork: Underread and underrated

Discussion in 'Roadwork' started by The Walkin' Dude, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. The Walkin' Dude

    The Walkin' Dude Well-Known Member

    I don't know many people who have taken the time to read Roadwork, but I greatly enjoyed it. You really get into Bart's mindset and see how he gradually spirals down deeper and deeper. I think the book starts out too slowly but it only gets better as it goes along. I was also beyond excited to see Father Callahan pop up, even with a different name. Also pretty cool that Bart takes the same drug Roland takes (mescaline) in The Gunslinger.
     
  2. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I just re-read this one after reading it originally many years ago. I can't remember ever being as frustrated and disgusted by a main character in any SK story. He basically flushed everything good he had left in his life down the toilet because he was selfish and stubborn. I found myself thinking "You Idiot, just freaking sell it and quit lying to everyone!" about 20 times while reading it. I wanted to slap him upside the head.
     
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  3. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    These are the characters that Stephen King writes. So real they upset you.
    Yep.
     
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  4. ServantThirteen

    ServantThirteen Well-Known Member

    Paperback has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. I always seem to bump it to read something else. May have to just move it to the front and give it a go.
     
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  5. wolf lady

    wolf lady New Member

    I read this book years ago and it is very well written and holds your attention until the end. kudos to anyone who decides to read this, was written in typical King style, had some of us fooled for a while.
     
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  6. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    .....God pound it!......Wolf Lady is here!!!!!.....
     
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  7. wolf lady

    wolf lady New Member

    Has anyone compared Robert McCammon to King? Swan's song as compaired to The Last Stand? And there has never been a different picture on the flyleaf so is it our fav King doing his thing again?
     
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  8. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  9. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    No, Robert McCammon and Stephen King are different people. :smile2: There is a separate thread for Robert McCammon here on the Board and Swan Song is often compared to The Stand.
     
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  10. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....yes, there is an entire McCammon Thread here on the Board.....and I'm not sure what you're asking about the flyleaf?.....he has many different author photos...for sure he's still writing.....
     
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  11. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....pinch.....poke.....owe somebody a Coke....:D
     
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  12. wolf lady

    wolf lady New Member

    My library has grown so much, I have one room that's just books. I actually gave my niece all of my early Stephen King books, now she is now a fan. She's just a kid, but I'm starting her out with good reading material. Next generation coming up!:love_heart:
     
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  13. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    I first read Roadwork many years ago. I had The Bachman Books collection (the one with Rage in it) and I initially put off reading it because it didn't grab me the way the other books did, but I eventually slogged my way through it. I re-read it maybe ten years ago, maybe more, and liked it so much better. It's interesting to me that he wrote that character way back in the early seventies. Bart Dawes strikes me as the creation of a more world-weary writer.

    Wish I knew where my copy went. My oldest son had to buy The Long Walk on its own because I couldn't find the book in the attic. He loved it BTW...
     
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  14. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Roadwork is definitely an underrated novel from early in King's career. I imagine that his writing would have taken a far different turn than it did if Roadwork was accepted for publication before Carrie was. While it's not my favorite 'Bachman' novel (that award goes to The Long Walk), it is still a good read.
     
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