The Running Man

The Running Man

Paperback - 1996
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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"
Publisher: New York : Signet, c1996.
ISBN: 9780451197962
0451197968
9780451230621
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 18 cm.

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Then they could discuss the possibilities of social inequity, the way your socks always fall down when you're wearing rubber boots, and the importance of being earnest.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“He had never been a social man. He had shunned causes with contempt and disgust. They were for pig-simple suckers and people with too much time and money on their hands”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“The apartment was haunted by the ghost of her long departed cabbage.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Say your name over two hundred times and discover you are no one.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“Outside, daylight was bleeding slowly toward dusk.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“He understood well enough how a man with a choice between pride and responsibility will almost always choose pride--if responsibility robs him of his manhood.”

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neocarleen
Dec 18, 2013

“In the year 2025, the best men don't run for president, they run for their lives...”

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susan_findlay
Apr 03, 2017

Definitely the best book in this set.* This time, the author actually takes the time to develop a character that you can care about. His motivations make sense. The world is also developed enough that you can imagine it and understand how it came about (as horrible as it is). Add a compelling narrative and you have a very good story.
*I read this as part of a four-story book of Bachman/King novels.

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jbee33
Nov 06, 2015

Great read about a dystopian future...really enjoyed it!

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