Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Regulators (July 13)

For this week’s meme combo I have chosen The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King). I picked up a hardcover of it this week for $0.50 in a local thrift store. I read The Bachman Books a while back and have always been curious about this one. At half a dollar you can’t go wrong! GoodReads has the following description:

Richard Bachman is really Stephen King, and The Regulators is a kind of companion novel to Desperation, which was published simultaneously. These books mark the return of the Stephen King of old; the Stephen King of The Stand and Pet Sematary, where good and evil were at war and blood and gore flowed through the pages. The companion novels center around a new personification of evil that goes by the name of Tak, unearthed by an evil mining company that’s destroying the earth in the name of profit. In each, the characters and situations are altered as King plays with questions of identity and form. But the real point here is what’s on Tak’s mind? Does it want to “Eat pork rinds? . . . Screw some NFL cheerleaders? . . . Rule the earth?”

Now for this week’s excerpts.

Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The Regulators:

Summer’s here. Not just summer, either, not this year, but the apotheosis of summer, the avatar of summer, high green perfect central Ohio summer dead-smash in the middle of July, white sun glaring out of that fabled faded Levi’s sky, the sound of kids hollering back and forth through the Bear Street Woods at the top of the hill, the tink! of Little League bats from the battlefield on the other side of the woods, the sound of the power-mowers, the sound of the muscle-cars out on Highway 19, the sound of Rollerblades on the cement sidewalks and smooth macadam of Poplar Street, the sound of radios – Cleveland Indians baseball (the rare day game) competing with Tina turner belting out “Nutbush City Limits,” the one that goes “Twenty-five is the speed limit, motorcycles not allowed in it” – and surrounding everything like an auditory edging of lace, the soothing, silky hiss of lawn sprinklers.

That has to be one of the longest opening sentences I’ve ever seen in a book!

The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Regulators:

Collie shrugged. “I don’t know. I don’t know why it was here in the first place. Better to be safe. Get inside, folks.”

That’s a fair bit shorter than the opening! Not sure what it is or why it’d be safer to be inside, though.

So, that’s it for another week. I may get around to reading this book soon, hopefully.


9 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Regulators (July 13)

  1. The opening sentence is very short — but that second sentence is a doozy! I love book beginnings like that, that tell a whole story.

    Rayme Waters – the author of my Book Beginnings book – guest posted on Rose City Reader today, explaining how the heroines of 19th Century literature inspired her debut novel, The Angels’ Share.

    It will give you a much different idea about the book than the opening sentence.

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

    • One of our local thrift stores has all paperbacks at $0.25 and hardcovers at $0.50. Also kids books are $0.10. Sometimes they’ll do bag book sales as well, usually one to two dollars for a full shopping bag. Occasionally they will have some books individually priced (special editions or rare), but I’ve never seen any there for more than $5.00. I buy lots of books there! Thanks for dropping by.

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