The Regulators - Stephen King

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Pages: 464 Pages
Genre: Horror
Date Started: April 14th, 2017
Date Finished: April 18th, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 3.61
“The red van rolls past…humming and glinting.…Things are happening fast now, although no one on Poplar Street realizes it yet.”

It’s a gorgeous midsummer afternoon along Poplar Street in the peaceful suburbia of Wentwort, Ohio, where life is as pleasant as you ever dreamed it could be. But that’s all about to end in blaze of gunfire and sudden violence, forever shattering the tranquility and the good times here. For the physical makeup of Poplar Street itself is now being transformed into a surreal landscape straight out of the active imagination of the innocent and vulnerable Seth Garin—an autistic boy who’s been exposed to and possessed by a horrific, otherworldly force of evil, one with sadistic and murderous intent and who is willing to use whatever means necessary to grow ever stronger.
Oh Stephen King, I truly have a love-hate relationship with your writing. While the story is moving and progressing, it’s so incredibly exciting and absorbing. Then the story comes to an abrupt halt with page long sentences describing every tiny, unnecessary detail. The writing is so terribly frustrating.

The Regulators did start pretty quickly, despite the struggle through the landscape description. And while it seemed to move forward pretty steadily, King peppered the story with letters and journal entries that, while they do add to the background, were a pause in the story that couldn’t really stand a pause.

The book was a decent read but I doubt I’ll revisit it anytime soon. It was much like a bad B-movie. There was a lot of violence and gore and the dialogue was cheesy and at times forced. If you’re looking for a simple horror book to read, you do have worse choices, but there are so many others that are much better, even within King’s collection.

☆☆ out of 5 stars