I planned for 2014 to be nothing but classics. However, I have had difficulty reading through the literary greats tha have been time-tested. Instead, I decided to go with oldies and classics of the genre.
I recently finished The Long Walk by Stephen King back when he was Richard Bachman. I found the story to be interesting enough to keep me reading although it has a dated feel. Because it was set in an alternate present, the dust on the story didn’t matter too much. While I read this book, I could help but think about a lot of the YA books out right now, especially The Hunger Games. The story had that feel to it. I even think that it might make a good YA film in that particular genre. Some of the gore might have to be toned down, but for a Stephen King book it wasn’t over the top.
I would give this book a three and a half out of five, maybe a four. I liked the breeziness of the story that didn’t get bogged down in the K-mart meanderings that so many of King’s later books have. King is his best, in my opinion, when he is writing sleek prose.
Read this book. You’ll enjoy it.