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The Long Walk to The Long Walk

Good way to spend this evening: I walked, first to a Burgerville (cheeseburger with carmelized Walla Walla sweet onions), then up to Division where a bus pulled right up in front of me -- yay for unplanned good timing! -- which I rode to 39th before walking up to Hawthorne. I took care of a purchase mixup at Fred Meyer, then went to Powell's on Hawthorne and bought a couple of books I want to pass along to Alicia.

One of them: a used copy of the original omnibus edition of Stephen King's The Bachman Books, including my personal favorite of those, The Long Walk.

A long walk to The Long Walk. That's almost elegant. (Heck, it could practically be a mantra.)

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robyn_ma
Aug. 6th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised The Bachman Books hasn't become a collector's item since King let Rage go out of print post-Columbine.
chris_walsh
Aug. 6th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
It's semi-hard to find now, but it seems like the versions of the compilation (at least three: a hardcover, a large-formet paperback and a regular-sized paperback) had very healthy print runs, though at this time Powell's has one left. It's not like King was having old copies destroyed. Still, I'm gonna warn Alicia about the Columbine connection. (And she can handle brutal; she loved Poppy Z. Brite's Exquisite Corpse, for example.)

I sought out and got the large-sized paperback version, which has black-and-white reproductions of the original covers.

By the way, I'm amused that both Powell's and the Multnomah County Library still have copies of Thinner with the misleading author's photo, 21 years after King got outed as Bachman.
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