It has been conclusively proved that there is no gravity the earth just sucks Rage was a book before it s time One of King s earliest books and the first released under the Bachman pseudonym It s a look into the troubled mind of a teenager a story that is really close to home for many now, but was very far fetched when it first came out Now, due to the rash of school shootings and calls to end bullying over the past couple of decades, the story sounds eerily familiar.I have heard that after a few school shootings a copy of this book was found in the lockers of the shooters Because of this, the book is no longer in print per King s request If you want to read it, your best chance is to find and early copy of the collected Bachman Books at your library or a used book store I am guessing that finding a copy of this book by itself would require a trip to eBay and cost a pretty penny This was my second time reading it The first time must have been over twenty years ago It was definitely before gun violence in schools became a frequent part of of the news When I joined Goodreads and was running through all the books I had already read and was trying to rate them, I gave this book 2 stars I am not sure why I remembered it as 2 stars, I think it isof a 4 star book.Reading this is like reading a cautionary history lesson Much of the language and many of the elements are dated to the late 70s But, with the subject matter being so relevant and disturbing, it does endure through today This is a horror story not of supernatural monsters or mischevious poltergeists This is real horror that could exist in your community right now waiting to be unleashed, and that is truly terrifying Based on subject matter, I suggest proceeding with caution if you are troubled by stories of teen violence. Charlie Decker takes a room full of his classmates hostage Will any of them walk out alive In this Bachman book, Holden Caulfield takes the Breakfast Club hostage with a pistol At least, that s what the book feels like to me.Rage is a really quick read, short and to the point It s also not that great King can say he wanted it out of print because of all the school shootings in the last couple decades but I have to wonder if quality wasn t also a contributing factor.Charlie Decker is a bit of a outcast and has a whole dresser drawer full of issues His classmates, seemingly normal, aren t without problems themselves John Hughes at gunpoint is a good way to describe most of what goes on in the book If snipers were watching the windows of the library in the Breakfast Club, Rage is probably what the result would be like.I don t have a lot to say about this one The ending was unexpected I ll give Bachman King that Other than that, I m glad it was short 2 stars I hope this doesn t lead to Stephen King rejecting my friend request. Find all of my reviews at was a super shorty so there isn t a whole lot to say without giving the entire thing away I ll just leave it as This, I said pleasantly, is known as getting it onYep Ol Charlie s having a bit of a shit day and to top it all offIt probably says something for the state of the universe or at least the state of my psyche that this book left me with such a meh reaction I d blame it on the fact that it was written by Richard Bachman and not King, but that argument doesn t fly since The Long Walk is one of my favorite stories For Rage being a book that was pulled from printing by King due to its disturbing nature I didn t find it to be all that disturbing I appreciated horrible choice of words there, so forgive me the spin on the deranged student, but for me the execution was a failure I wasn t invested in Charlie or in any of his classmates, and when you re dealing with a hostage situation it s kind of important to route for someone be it the bad guy or the good guys Bottom line is I was left feeling like this You are disturbed, CharlieAndlike thisMy friend Councillor does a much better job explaining why this story didn t quite live up to expectations and even uses words instead of pictures to do the talking ..Sad and Frightening..RAGE is the story of a disturbed child.who becomes a disturbed teen.who acts out on his frustrations by taking a hand gun to school his senior year, taking the life of his algebra teacher, and holding his class hostage for several hoursno spoiler here ..In the midst of all the chaos, keeping school officials and police at bay, Charlie shares a few tales of his abusive home life, his encounters with bullies, a sex episode, and strongly requests his captives disclose embarrassing secrets about themselves too All are cooperative.except one...A good portion of this short read is dedicated to Charlie discussing his feelings and regrets, but be prepared for a few shockers along the way...RAGE is one of Stephen King s earliest novels written under pen name Richard Bachman, a work he has pulled from the market due to real time eventssomewhatresembling the storyline He has also excluded RAGE from new editions of The Bachman Books Highly recommend reading GUNS as a follow up to RAGE as it fully details the reasoning behind his decision. Lately I ve been wondering about why violence seems to breed so freely in the United States I don t have an answer by the way Everywhere I seem to look there is something violent being portrayed books, movies, music, art, heck, even CNN is going to do a new segment on Cold Cases that they have deemed so interesting that further exploration is needed Tupac and Biggie, here s your chance to spin a fewrhymesAnyway, I was sitting in my basement, perusing my collection of books, wondering what to read next, when The Bachman Books caught my eye I took it down from the shelf and flipped through the pages, wafting to my nostrils old dust motes caught within the yellowed pages that have traveled with me from place to place over the years, then I started to read the first story Rage The title alone was enough to get me hyped I mean, c mon, it s not like I didn t know that this was going to be a story I would be affected by one way or another I kept reading Pretty soon, my freshman year in college came back to me I had just finished a geology test, before heading into the week of finals, and was meandering my way across campus in that whimsical manner one does after spilling their brains out on some problem or essay, when one of my friends intercepted me She was talking a mile a minute, telling me that there was a shooting at a high school named Columbine I can honestly tell you I was little affected by her words I didn t have any family or friends in Colorado, and I still didn t have any idea as to what all happened Back in my dorm, before turning on the television, the hallways to my room buzzed with the news Smalls groups of huddled conspirators whispered to each other as if talking aloud about what happened would doom their high school, or, worse, our university When I finally sat and listened to the news report, the information about the two killers washed over me as if I was in some weird dream Why did they do this How could they do this The answers were provided by Talking Heads and their belief that the youth of the day had checked out and given the finger to all and every authority, including the one connected to the sanctity of life Time has passed School shootings still continue And I realize that those Talking Heads didn t understand one damn thing about being young, confused, or scared about making a mistake All they wanted to do was place the blame on Marilyn Manson and Stephen King and video games BULLSHIT Their remarks are too convenient, nestled with too pretty of a bow I understand for the first time since walking across campus that fateful day, that one can only choose what to do when exposed to violence This may not be physical violence it might be emotional or mental or spiritual And that s what King was saying in this short novella We have a choice with every act of violence committed against us Pardon my soapbox for a bit Take Christianity for instance those of you who are not Christians please feel free to insert your choice of religion, deity, or belief we are taught that to err is human, but to forgive is divine We are expected to live by the New Testament, not the Old one When lashed out against, it is imperative to check one s emotions To answer withviolence is just plain silly Okay, I m rambling.the point is, things can t take the place of personal responsibility Art doesn t make a suitable excuse Music doesn t hypnotize you to place a baby in an oven Video games can t make you go out and rob a 7 11 or kill hookers That is all FAKE What aren t fake are the emotions and insecurities of our youth If you are a parent, hug your child, kiss them, and tell them you love them But most of all, LISTEN TO THEM If you don t have kids, but know of young ones that need help, HELP THEM This is a fucked up world we live in But it can also be a wonderful place I m not saying we all need to hold hands and sing kumbaya that would be even afucked up world , but we can stop the precipitation of violence Think about it Maybe I made a point Maybe not Regardless, this is for you Mr King, I think it a shame that you took this novella out of print It s not your job to be a parent to others kids Your job is to be a storyteller And that you have done wonderfully VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Holy hell, I had no clue what I was getting into with this one I am a SK lover and King s earlier Richard Bachman books are some of my favorites read The Long Walk and The Running Man if you haven t I happened upon this one rather randomly and couldn t stop reading it It is out of print, for reasons that will be absolutely clear by the time you are done reading the next paragraph SK and his publisher both agreed that it was for the better Written in 1977, Rage starts of with a bang pun intended , when Charlie Decker gets called to the office, mouths off, lights his locker on fire, then shoots two teachers He holds his entire class hostage and the rest of the book is basically a psychotherapy session wherein he and his classmates tell stories of times when they got it on no sexual connotation Are we all a little bit crazy I have no clue The shared experience of the hostage situation was weird but not unrealistic It is amazing to see how people react in stressful situations I mean, there is a body lying in the room and everyone is basically shooting the shit, but I could buy it and that is what is kind of scary It s that moment when everything is so serious and you ve gone beyond the seriousness to some sort of relaxation King writes, When you re five and you hurt, you make a big noise unto the world At ten you whimper But by the time you make fifteen you begin to eat the poisoned apples that grow on your own inner tree of pain You bleed on the inside God, how sad is it that When I saw the movie Se7en, I remember thinking it was crazy to imagine a government keeping tabs on what people are checking out at the library This is the type of book that would be on those hypothetical lists hypothetical There are at least two instances of teenagers taking guns to school and holding their classmates hostage after reading this book Do I think it is dangerous No, not any so than all the other crap we are bombarded with daily Impressionable teenagers will find their inspiration from somewhere else And this book isof a commentary on how parents affect their children for better or worse The takeaway should be not to exhibit violence in school but to keep lines of communication open, not be a shitty parent, and to treat your classmates like human beings is this even possible in high school Stephen King is the ultimate storyteller I swear, on nearly every page, I m either chuckling, underlining, or completely aghast He is like that friend that we all have who can tell a story about something completely benign and have you rolling on the floor with laughter or make you cry just by recounting the plot of a sad movie I m sad thatpeople won t get the chance to read this book If you can stomach it, definitely find a copy. After thinking a lot about how to rate and review Rage , the first novel Stephen King published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, I still have no clue what to think of this really short novel Rage is not available any as King decided to take it off the market since it was feared the novel would inspire people to run amok, and due to the socially relevant and interesting subject this novel deals with, I was very interested in reading the actual text But after finishing it this morning, all the impressions the novel leaves in my thoughts consist of disappointment TheI think about it, thedoes the opinion that King utterly failed to depict the novel s core in his work become manifest in my considerations.It s about Charlie Decker, the spree killer himself, who kills his teacher in school and then takes several hostages in the aftermath of this escalation King spends a lot of time inside Charlie s head, exploring his thoughts, his inner turmoil and his plagued past Although his character is well developed, his deeds themselves remain unexplained, which may be the most significant factor for why I wasn t able to get into the story Spree killers may have been victims in their past, but they become perpetrators the moment they commit their crimes, and Charlie s crime is a horrible one however, King depicts him as the victim during the entire course of the story, not only by telling the book from his first person point of view, but also by making the hostage taking feel like an afternoon coffee party Some scenes appeared dubious and unrealistic to me, while in addition King s writing talents are not performed at their best in this novel Apart from that, I thought Rage shares a lot of similarities with Carrie , King s first published novel, which was interesting to investigate.Finally, what is left to be said about Rage It is no huge loss to the world of literature that it isn t officially available any, and although it deals with a socially important subject, King leads the story into absurdism 2.5 stars, rounded down to 2 stars for the lack of explanations of the protagonist s actions Why is this book shelved as horror by 412 users Had it been written by any random author, it would have been shelved anything but that In my opinion, Rage is a thriller with dramatic components, but does not belong into the section of King books meant to be horror novels. Finally, I ve read this elusive novel The first thought I had after reading this was It s a shame this book is no longer in print.The reason it was removed from print, by request from Stephen King himself, is because the novel was found in the locker of Michael Carneal, a bullied boy who opened fire on students at Heath High School in 1997 Under the assumption that the book partly inspired the school shooting, the book was pulled from print.Given the sensitive nature of the novel, I can certainly understand King s decision to stop its print However, after I read the novel I was very surprised to find it was nothing I had expected it to be In all honesty, I ve read a lot fiction that remains in print that hasviolent depictions of gun violence in schools than was displayed in Rage. Forgive me if that comes off as insensitive I in no way want to play down the sheer terror and trauma that comes from any violence in a school I simply mean that Rage doesn t deal with as much forward and utterly gruesome violence as some other books out there In fact, many of King s characters in his other novels have been farviolent than Charlie was in Rage. What I read was a book that dissects a troubled teenage boy s mind The entire novel is a psychoanalysis into what caused this boy to hold his entire class hostage at gunpoint And what we are told by the characters but mainly by Charlie himself is that he grew up in a violent home and was bullied at school TextbookWhat really troubled me not in a bothersome way, but in such a way that I knew this book was hitting an emotional chord in me was the way the kids reacted to being held hostage They were, for want of a better word, blas about the situation At times they were quite well humoured and seemed almost to enjoy being there Only in a few instances did they become jumpy or frightened This is a curious juxtaposition from what we often see in real life hostage situations, where the hostages are extremely frightened to the point of hysteria, begging for their lives, or screaming and trembling uncontrollably It creates this gigantic spotlight on the children in that classroom and forces us to observe their behaviour And I think this contrast is why the novel is so powerful It draws a clear line between Charlie and the other children, between troubled young man and the people who didn t ask to be held hostage But interestingly enough, I found myself wondering, who exactly is the victim in all this This novel is short, and in true King Bachman fashion, you can t help but keep turning the pages until the end I know this book is hard to come by, but it was well worth my months long search for a copy From a purely entertainment standpoint, this is a must read if you re a King fan I think there is a lot that can be learned from Rage and books of a similar nature in why violence in schools happens Or, to look at itbroadly, we can learn why and how violent behaviour in adolescents develops in the first place It gives us a window into the mental health of youth, in particular youth that have been bullied And it may provide us with answers on how to act before it is too late for everyone.In defence of Richard Bachman and Rage, I don t think the book created a monster in Carneal in 1997 I think the tendencies were there in a boy who had gone through the ringer, and Rage may have been the final straw for him in a overlong, delayed cry for help. Charlie Un Ragazzo Come Tanti Ma Nella Sua Mente Qualcosa Reagisce In Maniera Abnorme Alle Sfide E Alle Ingiustizie Della Quotidianit Di Provincia Fatta Di Bravate Tra Ragazzi E Vagheggiate Avventure Con Adolescenti Civette La Sua Rabbia Esplode Improvvisa Una Mattina Durante Una Lezione A Scuola Pistola In Pugno, Charlie Comincia Una Disperata Avventura Coinvolgendo Nella Sua Ossessione Privata La Vita E Il Destino Di Una Classe Intera Segreti Di Sesso, Di Sangue, Di Odio Vengono Alla Luce, Tutti Tolgono La Maschera Dell Ipocrisia In Una Confessione Tragica E Liberatoria Qualcuno Ci Rimetter La Vita, Qualcun Altro La Reputazione, Qualcun Altro Ancora La Sanit Mentale Ma L Avventura Vissuta Da Charlie Agir Su Ciascuno Come Potente Catalizzatore Per Scatenare La Follia Nascosta Nel Proprio Profondo E Finalmente Guardare In Faccia Le Radici Del Male In this case the GR bug that says I read this twice is correct The first time was over 20 years ago, so the story seemed new to me In light of all the school shootings that have occurred since this book was written, I understand why King pulled it from publication in later editions of The Bachman Books That said, I do not think this is a good example of King s work I ve always thought that it was King s characters that made his stories so great, but I didn t find the characters in this story to have much depth I didn t care about any of them and other than the novelty of being inside the school shooter s head, I didn t find anything special about this tale, other than that I did need to see it through to the end I re read RAGE so that I could take part in a local Stephen King book group, and I m glad that I did Though I m still waffling about actually attending the group meeting, as my introvert alarm is sounding I say that I m glad because this story reminded me that King hasn t always been the master of storytelling that he is today, he stumbled now and then But hey, even when he stumbles he gets 3 5 stars from me because RAGE is a compelling tale.
Stephen King pseudonym.At the beginning of Stephen King s career, the general view among publishers was that an author was limited to one book per year, since publishing would be unacceptable to the public King therefore wanted to write under another name, in order to increase his publication without over saturating the market for the King brand He convinced his publisher, Signet Books, to print these novels under a pseudonym.In his introduction to The Bachman Books, King states that adopting the nom de plume Bachman was also an attempt to make sense out of his career and try to answer the question of whether his success was due to talent or luck He says he deliberately released the Bachman novels with as little marketing presence as possible and did his best to load the dice against Bachman King concludes that he has yet to find an answer to the talent versus luck question, as he felt he was outed as Bachman too early to know The Bachman book Thinner 1984 sold 28,000 copies during its initial run and then ten times as many when it was revealed that Bachman was, in fact, King.The pseudonym King originally selected Gus Pillsbury is King s maternal grandfather s name, but at the last moment King changed it to Richard Bachman Richard is a tribute to crime author Donald E Westlake s long running pseudonym Richard Stark The surname Stark was later used in King s novel The Dark Half, in which an author s malevolent pseudonym, George Stark , comes to life Bachman was inspired by Bachman Turner Overdrive, a rock and roll band King was listening to at the time his publisher asked him to choose a pseudonym on the spot.King provided biographical details for Bachman, initially in the about the author blurbs in the early novels Known facts about Bachman were that he was born in New York, served a four year stint in the Coast Guard, which he then followed with ten years in the merchant marine Bachman finally settled down in rural central New Hampshire, where he ran a medium sized dairy farm, writing at night His fifth novel was dedicated to his wife, Claudia Inez Bachman, who also received credit for the bogus author photo on the book jacket Other facts about the author were revealed in publicity dispatches from Bachman s publishers the Bachmans had one child, a boy, who died in an unfortunate, Stephen King ish type accident at the age of six, when he fell through a well and drowned In 1982, a brain tumour was discovered near the base of Bachman s brain tricky surgery removed it After Bachman s true identity was revealed, later publicity dispatches and about the author blurbs revealed that Bachman died suddenly in late 1985 of cancer of the pseudonym, a rare form of schizonomia.King dedicated Bachman s early books Rage 1977 , The Long Walk 1979 , Roadwork 1981 , and The Running Man 1982 to people close to him The link between King and his shadow writer was exposed after a Washington, D.C bookstore clerk, Steve Brown, noted similarities between the writing styles of King and Bachman Brown located publisher s records at the Library of Congress which included a document naming King as the author of one of Bachman s novels Brown wrote to King s publishers with a copy of the documents he had uncovered, and asked them what to do Two weeks later, King telephoned Brown personally and suggested he write an article about how he discovered the truth, allowing himself to be interviewed King has taken full ownership of the Bachman name on numerous occasions, as with the republication of the first four Bachman titles as The Bachman Books Four Early Novels by Stephen King in 1985 The introduction, titled Why I Was Bachman, details the whole Bachman King story.Source
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