The Long Walk is on a different level

  • New to the board or trying to figure out how something works here? Check out the User Guide.
  • Hot Topics is on indefinite hiatus.

  • The message board is closed between the hours of 4pm ET Friday and 8:30am ET Monday.

    As always, the Board will be open to read and those who have those privileges can still send private messages and post to Profiles.


Comfortably Roont
Nov 19, 2011
Behind you
My special connection to The Long Walk was to pick it up this past summer at a used book store while on vacation. It was on sale for 4 dollars. I hesitated and decided against it.

Duh! :facepalm:

I found out later that the copy I could have purchased for 4 measly bucks was worth around 60 to 80 bucks!

Anyway - sorry, as I have not read it, I cannot comment.

But I WILL find another copy somewhere and after reading your glowing review I look forward to reading it :m_applause::m_cruise:

A girl in the book store seemed to think the concept was somehow similar to the book Hunger Games?

Never having read Hunger Games, does anyone around here have an opinion?

Old post. But the story is outstanding. Nothing to do with hunger games.
It will make you tired and your feet will hurt while reading it.

For sure. You will suffer along.


Well-Known Member
Sep 23, 2017
I finished The Long Walk about 3 days ago, and to say that I was completely infatuated with this story would be the biggest understatement. That being said having a book with 3 other Bachman novels I decided to read The Running Man which is arguably the more famous of the original Bachman works. After reading it I have to say it does not hold a candle to The Long Walk. Now the thing is The Running Man was not a bad book. In fact I found to be very entertaining and even had some useful commentary on poverty and exploitation. Had I read it first I probably would have praised it. It's not about what The Running Man lacked but more about what The Long Walk had.

To me The Long Walk was a story that was told on such a deep and intimate level that few books can ever compare to. It made me seriously think about the issues of death, and war and brutality that our society currently promotes as entertainment. The images that I congured up of the horrible suffering the boys went through will not leave my head. To me it felt like such an emotionally baring book that had the ability to disrupt my current mood an thoughts and continues to do so. Where as the running man just served as momentary entertainment. Did anyone else fell this special connection with The Long Walk? And that the book was just on a deeper level than most fiction? If so does King replicate this in any of his other books?
I've discussed this story to so many people who aren't necessarily King Fans. The whole concept makes for interesting conversations. Then, there's how the story is told.
We’ve created a Stephen King Library action for the 
			  Google Assistant and skill for Amazon Alexa. It'll give 
			  you a personalized reading recommendations based on your 
			  answers to a series of questions—so what are you waiting 
			  for? Find out which Stephen King book you should read