Stephen King and Richard Bachman - The Regulators

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  • Stephen King Should Have Kept His Name Off of This One

    Jul 30, 2013 by JiggyJay is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A handful of good moments, initial premise
    Cons: Very watered down by weak characters and plot, not original, somewhat confusing

    Summary: Wow, I don’t really know how to explain Richard Bachman’s The Regulators. Okay, so we all know Stephen King is Richard Bachman. After I vacuumed through Stephen King’s Desperation it was recommended that I check out his ... read more

  • The Great Morbid and Macabre Wild West Show

    Jul 19, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It ends sooner or later.
    Cons: Where the hell is a third book Mr. Bachman?

    Summary: Welcome to the World of Bad Dreams There are places, dens that house the darkest, most sinister dreams. Hell? Maybe even Derry, where strange things are known to happen? Or Wentworth, ... read more

  • A rose by any other name...

    May 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It is Stephen King (even if it is his alter ego).
    Cons: ...

    Summary: Well, since I read Desperation I felt I also had to read The Regulators. This book has many of the same names you see in Desperation, but even though the name and the description of the way the person looks is the same, they are ... read more

  • The Regulators - Generic King With Extra Gore

    Oct 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Decent story.
    Cons: Has a recycled feel, cardboard characters, large holes in logic and plot.

    Summary: The Regulators is an all right book, but by no means a standout. It's a little overly familiar if you've also read Desperation (also by King); both books share characters and parts of a story. The Regulators has a recycled ... read more

  • Another hit!

    Sep 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: King is the King
    Cons: none

    Summary: DISCLAIMER: S. King is one of my favorite authors. I can't help it! But this review will be unbiased. Spoiler: Yes I will. King writes a lot. Not all of it is "Green Mile" caliber, but his success rate is certainly ... read more

  • I'll be Bach

    Aug 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: very imaginative, great story
    Cons: not many, but can get very weird for Bachman neophytes

    Summary: The Regulators is the most recent novel from Richard Bachman, Stephen King's pseudonym. It's about a street in Ohio and the people who live on that street, but it goes far beyond that as peculiar vans begin pulling onto Poplar Street and bring ... read more

  • Graphic Violence Is An Understatement...

    Jul 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Full of Suspense, Scary.
    Cons: Lot of Violence, Can be Slow at Points.

    Summary: I admit, I am one of those people that like just about everything that Stephen King or his alter-ego have written. Regulators is another great book, with some differences from what I would call the typical Stephen King kind of book. This one has ... read more

  • The Regulators, by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)

    Jul 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Written by Stephen King, a master storyteller - most of the time.
    Cons: A bit boring due to the unnecessary repetition of some sequences in the story.

    Summary: The Regulators, by Richard Bachman (Stephen King). 489 Pages, 1997. The Regulators is the first of two stories, the sequel being Desperation, Both of these books are equivalent in their manner of writing by the author, ... read more

  • Read 'Desperation'? Now read 'Regulators'!

    May 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A real page turner!
    Cons: Extreme gore!

    Summary: Here's an interesting and rather gruesome tale that is a companion to the King novel 'Desperation'. This story has more than it's fair share of gore, but even still, it is well written and worth the read. Not for the squeamish, one can pick up this ... read more

  • Complimentary to DESPERATION

    Apr 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good read, quick, scary
    Cons: not much

    Summary: My friend and I disagree on which book is better: Regulators or Desperation. I'm here to put in the last, DEFINITIVE word: The Regulators. Why? The Regulators puts a completely different spin on the creature called TAK, who this time ... read more

  • Tak!

    Apr 12, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: scary idea behind the book
    Cons: this is related to Desperation--how?

    Summary: I would really recommend Stephen King addicts to read this one, if they haven't already. The only problem I find with The Regulators is that it's not really related to Desperation. The characters are kind of the same, but not exactly. Names are ... read more

  • Regulators Vs Desperation

    Mar 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: excellent, scary read that keeps your mind jumping between the two books
    Cons: was a little saddened that he left out a few key elements he used in "Desperation"

    Summary: I read desperation first. Great story, kept my attention 100%. Its a story following the lives and events of several strays that happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Welcome to Desperation, Nevada. Meet Tak. The newest evil creation from ... read more

  • Stephen King Regulates the Twilight Zone

    Feb 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: If you couldn't get enough of the main-course evil in Desperation, then this makes for a tasty desert
    Cons: It's dripping with blood and guts

    Summary: I can just picture Stephen King sitting at his desk, staring at the blinking cursor on his computer screen. The little bar’s flashing on the just-finished side of the “D” of the words “THE END.” King’s just capped off his best book in years, a ... read more

  • Bach to Life

    Feb 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great book
    Cons: none

    Summary: Richard Bachman died in 1985 (because everyone found out he was actually Stephen King), but now he's back with this companion to King's Desperation. I loved this book. I am always impressed with the Bachman books because of the ... read more

  • The Regulators, Not one of King's best works.

    Jan 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Typical King subtle humor mixed with good scares
    Cons: characters not as deep as usual, but still realistic

    Summary: I've been a Stephen King fan as long as I can remember reading a book that wasn't assigned to me. I've just recently finished The Regulators and while I found some parts eerie, some suspense, and a bit of the usual King macabre style, this certainly ... read more

  • so-so book from King

    Dec 24, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: some good knuckle whitening action scenes
    Cons: way underdeveloped plot

    Summary: When I finished reading this thick splatterfest by the King, I put the book down and looked around to make sure I didn't have blood all over me... This was seemingly an attempt by King to jump back to his old school style of gore, ... read more

  • GET BOOK

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Interesting, fascinating
    Cons: NONE

    Summary: This was a great book. If you Love Steven King books, and anything in the unusual, you will love this Book. This book Goes into the real unusual. It interested me so much, I couldn't put it down. It's a real strange but interesting and intense book. I ... read more

  • The King of the Hill

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: good book
    Cons: characters are in another book by King, can get confusing, slow rise to plot

    Summary: What can I say about Stephen King that hasn't already been said. He was the first writer whose full-length compilation caught my eye. From his Bachman works to his King writings, he is undoubtedly at the top of his chosen career and looks to be there ... read more

  • King are you in there?

    Dec 14, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It is a cheap book where I am located
    Cons: Where do I begin?

    Summary: I hated this book. I like Stephen King and read a lot of his novels, but I have never read one like this. I don't think I ever got a plot. That is unless the plot is childrens toys come to life. That is about the best I can do for plot. The blood ... read more

  • Arghh!!

    Dec 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Stephen King wrote it
    Cons: Too much gore and violence - too little plot

    Summary: Gratuitous violence and gore... I love King, so usually this is not a problem; however when that is all there is it's pointless. That was my over-riding opinion of this book. It really pains me to say that, but I feel I must be honest despite my ... read more

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