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Synopsis: In the year 2025, the best men don’t run for President, they run for their lives....
Ben Richards is out of work and out of luck. His eighteen-month-old daughter is sick, and neither Ben nor his wife can afford to take her to a doctor. For a man with no cash and no hope from the poor side of town, there’s only one thing to do: become a contestant on one of the Network’s Games, shows where you can win more money than you’ve ever dreamed of—or die trying. Now, Ben’s going prime-time on the Network’s highest-rated viewer participation show. And he’s about to become prey for the masses....
With an introduction by the author, “The Importance of Being Bachman”
Review: Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman) crafted The Running Man early in his career, though after such mega-hits as Carrie and The Shining. A bit of a departure from the supernatural horror that is most frequently associated with his work, the novel describes a science fiction dystopia where market capitalism and television game shows have spiraled out of control, and the separation between the haves and the have-nots has been formalized with separate currencies. King establishes characters quickly, creating sympathy in the first few pages for Ben Richards--whose 18-month-old baby girl is suffering from a horrible cough, perhaps pneumonia. Not able to afford medicine, Richards enters himself in the last-chance money-making scheme of the Free-Vee games. The games include Treadmill to Bucks, in which heart-attack prone contestants struggle to outlast a progressively demanding treadmill, or the accurately named Swim the Crocodiles. After a rigorous battery of physical and mental examinations, Richards is assigned "Elevator Six"--the path of a chosen few--that leads to The Running Man game. In this game, the stakes and the prizes are raised. Success means a life of luxury. Failure means death. Unfortunately, few ever win the game; in fact, as the producer tells Richards, in six years no one has survived.
The Running Man is a short book, tightly written to be read and enjoyed quickly. The future world it depicts is vividly captured with a few essential details. The action is also fast paced and, though the novel differs from much of King's other work, the sardonic social commentary reveals a pleasing glimmer of King's characteristically twisted sense of humor. --Patrick O'Kelley
Title: The Running Man
Publication Date: 1982
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Signet, 1982. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 0451115082-2-4
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0451115082I5N00
Book Description Signet, 1982. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. 1st edition! Book has a light reading crease to spine, faint crease at bottom of front cover, some very light corners. Otherwise in great shape, bright and attractive, with a solid binding and clean pages. 1st Edition. Seller Inventory # 917563
Book Description Signet, 1982., New York, 1982. Mass market paperback. Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. First edition. Paperback. Good - slight chips missing on spine, creases to front and back covers, spine cocked. Richard Bachman, pseudonym of Stephen King. A paperback original. PBCOLL. Seller Inventory # 1368
Book Description Signet, 1982. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0451115082
Book Description Signet Book - NAL / New American Library, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada., 1982. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. Painted Cover Art (illustrator). Simultaneous 1st Canadian Paperback Ed.. MAY/1982; 1st Edition, 2nd Printing (Actually 1st Canadian Edition); The Number Line begins with a "2" which is the Simultaneous FIRST Canadian printing of the PBO (Paperback Original); There were NO copies of this book from the Canadian SIGNET with a number line that beginning with a "1"; (And are NO USA SIGNET books with a number line that starts with a "2"); A Scarce PBO item, regardless if the USA or Simultaneous Canadian Edition; *** Original Painted Cover art, Depicting; Two Hands holding Disc with Blue Glow, TV with Man's face inside Disc; *** 219 Pages; Basis for the film /MOVIE with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Dawson; >> Minor edge wear to covers.rubbing to backcover.spine onslight slant. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" Tall. Mass Market Paperback. Seller Inventory # 10093-11
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR008963801
Book Description Signet. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Condition: Good. 0451115082 mjr Ships fast. Mild reading wear. Pages are tanning from age. Orphans Treasure Box is a 501c3 charity raising money for orphans and adopting families. Seller Inventory # BHT0000008
Book Description Signet, 1982. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020451115082
Book Description Signet, 1982. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Seller Inventory # P010451115082