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Thread: Desperation Vs The Regulators

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    Default Desperation Vs The Regulators

    Ok here's the poll. So which was the one you liked better. Also let us know which one you read first as that seems to be the deciding factor for a great many people.

    I started with Regulators then read Desperation, but I really like Desperation and not so much the Regulators. Good stories both, but Desperation was just so much more.. fluid. It had a better groove.
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    I too read Desperation first and found it to be the better of the two.

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    Desperation. Hands down. No comparison.

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    I read Desperation first and enjoyed it. A short time later I started The Regulators and read about 1/10th of it and hated it. I put the book down and picked it up >5 years later. I then read it and although I finished it and it was interesting, I still thought Desperation was better.

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    Desperation is my fav. King book of all time. Alot my friends who read King say it's their favorite too. Maybe it's a location thing.
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    I haven't read the Regulators, but I really didn't like Desperation at all. I didn't think it was badly written or without good characters, I just find alot of books from that particular era of King's writing, too bleak.

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    i liked the regulators more. i thought it was weirder and more fucked up. maybe it has something to do with reading it first.

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    Are they interlinked? Would I like Regulators even if I didn't like Desperation?

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    They are indeed linked. Hard to say as far as your second question goes because they are different stories (mostly).

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    I read the Regulators first, and at the time of my first reading, it was the one I liked more. But a couple years later, I found the two of them in HC for really cheap, and reread them, and now I like Desperation more. Desperation has actually become one of my favorite King novels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkthoughts View Post
    Are they interlinked? Would I like Regulators even if I didn't like Desperation?
    Here is a brief description and then a link to a site that has done a very nice comparison.
    BE WARNED!
    The site does list characters that live in one book and die in the other.

    Desperation vs. The Regulators!
    Desperation and The Regulators was published simultaneously, and both novels really center around a new personification of evil that goes by the name of Tak. But Tak isnīt the only 'thing' the two books has in common.
    One of the major points of interest between these two books, is Kingīs use of the characters in each novel.
    Here is a little collection I have found...
    http://users.cybercity.dk/~nmb21186/desreg.htm

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    I'm the second vote for The Regulators. I read it when I was maybe 14 or so and loved loved loved it. I read Desperation about a year later and for some reason I can't remember much of it. I need to do a re-read. Who knows, I may change my mind.
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    Regulators was good, even though it took two pages to describe the summer at the start lol... but Desperation is an amazing book, they don't even compare really.

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    The Regulators has nothing on Desperation.
    The World Is Yours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Girlystevedave View Post
    I'm just nodding my head the whole time thinking "ok, stop now, please."

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    I read The Regulators before I read Desperation. I liked both books, but I enjoyed Desperation much more.

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    I read The Regulators first, and I like a lot of stuff about it more. I like the cartoon characters coming to life and such, and I think I like it better, but as much as I like it, on all honesty, Desperation is probably the better story overall because you find out more about Tak in it.
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    Thanks for the link RF!! I'll buy Regulators when I get paid this week and then maybe re-read Desperation.

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    Here's how big the gap is for me.

    1. Desperation is my favorite non Dark Tower King book.

    2. I'd be willing to say that The Regulators is my least favorite Bachman book

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rorschach View Post
    1. Desperation is my favorite non Dark Tower King book.
    The World Is Yours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Girlystevedave View Post
    I'm just nodding my head the whole time thinking "ok, stop now, please."

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    I liked them both, but Desperation was a better book, in my opinion. That is why I would tell someone to read The Regulators first. I think if I had read them the other way around, I don't think I would have liked The Regulators as much.

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    What did you all like so much about Desperation? (Those of you counting it as a favourite).

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    I thought the story was deeper. More to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkthoughts View Post
    What did you all like so much about Desperation? (Those of you counting it as a favourite).
    One word: TAK!!
    The World Is Yours.

    Quote Originally Posted by Girlystevedave View Post
    I'm just nodding my head the whole time thinking "ok, stop now, please."

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    ... Yeah, that was cool - I preferred the story once it moved out of the police station and into the mine stuff. Did you think Tak was IT? I maybe getting confused, its a while since I read it, but I seem to recall thinking that.

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    that crossed my mind while i was reading the regulators, but it didn't feel right so i never put much thought into it.

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