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Weak plot point drops this from 5 > 4 stars

Discussion in 'The Running Man' started by justanotherperson, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Howdy yall,

    Long time SK fan here. Not looking to stir the pot or start a bash fest. I just wanted to post some friendly criticism.

    I never read running man until recently and the book absolutely knocked me out until 1 little plot point sorta dimmed the flame....
    When richards tells amelia to exit the car at the airport and reveal to the authorities that it's really dynacore in his pocket......i just can't believe this??? I mean seriously, the woman was just shanghaied and we are supposed to believe that she's gonna lie for richards? I ask the question Why? and i already know the answer she gives in the plane.....because richards had a wife and he looked pitiful. i'm sorry but this was a very poor move on Kings part as far as the plot goes. Why not just keep her in the car and walk her into the plane with him? I just didn't buy it and it made an amazing novel drop down a peg.

    ok. all done. thanks for listening. Im off to start the next book. :)
  2. kingricefan

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

    Welcome! Did you know that one of the characters in The Long Walk gets killed and then towards the end of the book is back in the walk? Those books were written by a very young King and there are mistakes thoughout. (Even some of his newest books have a mistake or two in them) Don't sweat the small stuff, man, just enjoy the ride. Stick around and enjoy the show here.
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  3. Neesy

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

    Sorry - I could not read your spoiler as I have not actually read the Running Man yet

    (oooh - avert your eyes, Neesy!) (I see when you reply the spoiler appears to be visible)

    So I am now typing this while only looking at the "bottom line"

    Welcome to the board anyway!

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  4. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Really? I must reread this.

    My son was going to read it for a school assignment. Couldn't get permission. (He had mentioned a different book first, and the teacher marked it as his choice.)

    I'm still hoping to get him to read it anyway.
  5. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Westerns...rawhide! Heh! Remember those, yay back. Mr Peabody and Sherman. Guys with 110-shooters...bad guy only had a 109-shooter but did that stop them? No sirree Bobbee.
    Those horses standing around, looking embarrassed to be associated with those guys. Mister Ed was real, believe me you.
  6. Just finished it yesterday and it almost took my #1 spot as far as the Bachman stuff goes. For some odd reason that thing I mentioned bugged me.

    On the positive side, Did I mention I squealed and dropped my book when
    richards had to crawl through the pipe and got stuck

    ........not kidding! I could barely read that part it was so graphically creepy and uncomfortable man!
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...young writer=naiveté, older writer=Glocks with external safeties...
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  8. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Yep. Stephen was young.
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  9. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Yeah i caught that to. Hes definitely not a gun guy cause he constantly makes mistakes when describing a gun or how it works, i think its kind of funny actually,but it IS fiction so it can be whatever he wants it to be,thats what makes him original.
  10. recitador

    recitador Speed Reader

    he was pretty much out of options at that point, and threw caution to the wind and hoped. i believe this was after the cops had already taken shots at her as well, so she would have been a bit disillusioned and he knew that and was banking on it. they'd also discussed the official version of him versus what the real thing was. and he demonstrated at that point he wasn't particularly interested in her getting killed, versus the cops who didn't seem to care. stockholm syndrome being a thing makes this less unbelievable than you'd think. i do believe the book also articulated his thoughts about what might happen if she didn't lie for him, so he wasn't 100% in his belief that she would by any means
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