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Just be aware that conditions can change quickly, so be sure to dress in warm layers, bring extra food and water, and let someone know where you're going before setting out. Those are important rules to follow at any time of the year, but in the winter they can be especially important. If you're the kind of hiker who doesn't want to wait until spring to get back outside, we have five can't-miss trails that you'll want to explore this winter.
So layer-up, put on some warm boots, and get hiking. You'll be glad you did. While only a little over a mile in length, the Robert Frost Wayside Trail is definitely worth a walk during the winter months. The route prominently features several of the poet's more famous works throughout its length, allowing hikers to stop and appreciate his words in a place that supplied plenty of inspiration for Frost's writing.
During the warmer months, the trail often sees heavy traffic, but in the winter it is not unusual to find few other hikers braving the snow and the cold.
The premise of the book is annually, teenagers entered a competition called "The Long Walk" where they have to walk literally non-stop until only one person remaining. The winner gets to have anything they want.
It's a very simple premise and it somehow made Hunger Games looks like Disneyland. The slow To think something so dark and depressing could come out of a premise so simple. The slow descent into madness and insanity are clearly shown step by step, the changes in the characters from when they began were shown gradually. This is truly a dark tale, sometimes even depressing.
The author's prose was great and descriptive. The fatigue, the pain, and the gradual changes in the characters can be felt from the writing. Not gonna lie, at one point, I felt my feet get tired from reading. It's a very compelling story, I finished reading this in one day. The minor cons I had on the book was even though this is a really short book, there are still some parts that I felt goes on a bit longer than necessary during the first half of the book.
Also, the ending was too abrupt and a bit too ambiguous. There are a lot of great fan theories on the ending though, so if you feel disappointed by it, I think one of this theory can put more closure on the reader. Overall, I highly recommend this for anyone who's looking for a short, dark, engrossing, and a bit philosophical book. View all 39 comments. Man, I've read this book at least 10 times and it is just as horrific as all the other times I've read it. Definitely in my roving top 5 of Mr.
Kings stories. I would actually like to thank my library, "Lewis and Clark" and all library's that do ebooks. What a difference! I've got hard and soft bound copies of all my favorite books, but I can't read them because of arthritis. So, I get these intense urges to re-read something, and unless I've bought it for my kindle, then I'm skee-rude! I hate Man, I've read this book at least 10 times and it is just as horrific as all the other times I've read it.
I hate spending 8 to 16 dollars for something that I have 2 copies of on my bookshelves. So, again Modern day libraries rock! This book isn't your average horror. Blood and guts. Not much here. This shit messes with your head. Every time I read this, I'm consistently thinking to myself, "what would I do? If I met a friend along the way? I would walk until I couldn't. Just to help them "walk down" everyone else. Truth is that this is very much a Bachman book. I know Stephen King had control of the pencil, typewriter, blah!
His hand was in it, but Bachman wrote it! Don't believe it! Try all the early Bachmans and you'll realize the difference.
If you read King, then this book is a must! View all 14 comments. I kind of blame Stephen King for reality television.
However, two of the books he did under the Richard Bachman pen name before being outed are about death contests done to distract the masses in dystopian societies. The scenario here is that teenage boys volunteer to be part of an annual event called The Long Walk. The rules are simple. You start walking and keep up a speed of 4 miles per hour.
If you fall below that pace you get a few warnings. Easier than checkers, right? All boys walk until 99 of them are killed. Last one still teetering around on whatever is left of their feet then wins the ultimate prize. On the surface you could say that this concept that could seem silly or absurd. Why would anyone volunteer for this? Answering that question turns out to be one of the best parts of the book as King moves the walkers through stages while things get progressively worse for them on the road.
While the story focuses on one character it really becomes about all of the walkers, and we get to know them through their conversations and how they deal with the death that is literally nipping at their heels. Eventually the grim reality of their situation sets in, and we also view how the boys react to realizing the true horror they signed up for.
The boys essentially just show up in whatever clothes they have and they start walking with little fanfare. If the story were told now there would be a lot more about the media coverage, and the whole thing would probably have a corporate sponsor.
Plus, the walkers would have matching shoes and uniforms designed to look cool and keep them walking longer. One more note about Stephen King: The man really needs to have a spoiler warning branded on his forehead. I had to stop following him on Twitter after he spoiled major events on both Game of Thrones and Stranger Things.
My friend Trudi had part of The Killer Inside Me ruined for her by King's introduction in which he described several key twists. I was listening to an audible version of this that had an intro from him talking about why he did the whole Richard Bachman thing. In it, he casually gives away the end of The Running Man novel. Fortunately for me I'd already read that one, but Uncle Stevie clearly just doesn't get the concept and why it pisses people off.
Overall, The Long Walk held up to my memories of it as one of the better King books as well as having a chilling idea at the heart of it. Sure, some might say that the idea of contest that dehumanizes people for entertainment to make things easier for a fascist ruler is far-fetched. On the other hand, this TV show will be premiering a few days after a certain orange pile of human shaped garbage takes power.
Get ready to walk. Or maybe run. View all 27 comments. Aug 20, Dan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Long distance walkers, totalitarianists and extreme optimists. The Long Walk is simply exhausting to read. I found myself keep drifting in and out of sleep, needing to eat, drink, and use the bathroom. But most of all, my feet ached a little more after each page. This is not because the book was bad and that I was losing attention, it was simply because I was so involved in the story.
I was walking WITH them. The premise is simple and I'm sure if you're reading this review you're aware of what its about. The fact that the story is so simple, allows for it to The Long Walk is simply exhausting to read. The fact that the story is so simple, allows for it to become deeper on so many different levels. At the end of the book I found myself questioning everything, not because the ending left me unfulfilled but because it made me realise so much about life. The Long Walk is depressing, exhausting and brutal.
But ultimately it is a beautiful story that makes you aware how great it is to be alive. At this time of writing this review 1st August , the rights to making a film have been bought by Frank Darabont, director of the Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. View all 8 comments. But why are you so goddam sure that makes us human beings? There are too many ways to count actually, which is why no matter how many re-reads I've done of it and there have been many over the years , The Long Walk has always left me too intimidated to review it.
I managed a brief blurb of something when I listened to the audiobook a few years back, but never a "real review". So heaven help me, here's my real review. According to King, he wrote The Long Walk while in college in and it became one of those "drawer novels" that got put away to gather dust when he couldn't get it published.
King wasn't a household name yet of course. First, he had to publish Carrie in Then Salem's Lot in Followed by The Shining in In three short years King became a household name. So much so that he got the idea to become Richard Bachman.
King decided he would use this pseudonym to resurrect a few of those dusty "drawer novels" and rescue them from obscurity. He believed they were good for me, two of them are better than good, they are outstanding -- The Long Walk and The Running Man -- according to King written in a 72 hour fugue in But King wanted to know readers thought the books were good because they were good , not just because his name was on the front cover in giant letters. His publisher at the time also didn't want to flood the market with more King books when he was already churning them out one a year.
The Long Walk is easily, hands-down my favorite Bachman book, but it also ranks as one of my favorite King books period. Top 5 without even blinking an eye. It's lean and mean, with a white hot intensity to it. What I love about The Long Walk is what I love about King's early short stories collected in Night Shift : There is a rawness in these stories that reflects the drive and hunger of a young man consumed with his craft.
For me The Long Walk has always burned bright as if King wrote it in a fever. There's a purity in these pages, a naked desire to tell the tale that still gives me chills every single time I pick up the damn book and read that opening sentence: "An old blue Ford pulled into the guarded parking lot that morning, looking like a small, tired dog after a hard run.
A bit of an awkward simile? But what a hook. And the hook only digs itself in deeper as each page is turned. Until finishing becomes a matter of have to , any choice or free will stripped away.
It's one of those books that grabs you by the short hairs and doesn't let go until it's finished with you. Before the dystopian craze spawned by The Hunger Games trilogy, before the rise of reality TV with shows like Survivor , King imagined an alternate history American landscape where an annual walking competition would become the nation's obsession.
One hundred boys between the ages start out walking, and continue to walk at 4mph until there's only one remaining -- the winner. Boys falling below speed for any reason get a Warning. Three Warnings get you your Ticket, taking you out of the race. It's walk or die. And as someone who's done her fair share of walking, the idea of that much walking without ever stopping makes my feet and back ache just thinking about it.
But King will make you do more than think about it, he will make you walk that road with those boys, to experience every twinge of discomfort, to feel the rising pain and suffocating fear, to suffer with the boys in sweat, and cold, and hunger, and confusion, as they walk towards Death and consider their own mortality. You will hear the sharp cracks of the carbine rifles and your heart will jump and skip beats.
One theme that King has revisited over the years is writing about the human body under brutalizing physical duress, at the body in extremis and what humans are hardwired to do to survive and go on living another day. Excruciating physical peril undeniably comes with a psychological component and no one writes that better than King. King uncovers all the nitty-gritty minutia of human physical suffering and asks the question: How far is any one person willing to go to keep on taking his or her next breath?
Stephen King knows pretty damn far. Just ask Paul Sheldon or Ray Garraty. Or the castaway in "Survivor Type" -- him most of all. King also knows that the human body has an amazing capacity for trauma. It can withstand a lot -- so much so that the mind often breaks first. Each chapter heading of The Long Walk quotes a line from a game show host, but the one that really sticks out and presumably gave King his idea in the first place is this one by Chuck Barris, creator of the The Gong Show -- "The ultimate game show would be one where the losing contestant would be killed.
Certainly, the Romans knew this as they cheered for Gladiators to be mauled to death by wild animals or other Gladiators. Just ask the French who cheered and jeered as thousands were led to their deaths by guillotine. There is an insatiable blood lust that lingers in humans that I don't think we'll ever shake completely, no matter how "civilized" we think we've become. Violence as entertainment is part of the norm, so I have no problems believing that under the right terrifying conditions, death as entertainment could become just as normalized.
Outwit, Oulast, Outplay on Survivor suddenly takes on a whole new meaning. One of the things I've always loved about this book is how King handles the audience as spectators, complicit in this cold-blooded murder of its young boys. When the novel first starts, the spectators are individuals, with faces and genders and ages.
As the story progresses, spectators increase in number to "the crowd", loud and cheering, holding signs. By the novel's climax, spectators filled with blood lust have morphed into a raging body of Crowd with a capital C. It is an amorphous and frightening entity that moves and seethes with singular purpose obsessed with the spectacle, and baying for blood like a hound on the scent.
It's chilling because there's such a ring of truth to all of it. Were it to ever happen, this is how it would happen. When King is writing at his best, the devil is always in the details. I've always wanted to ask King if he meant this story to be an allegory for young boys signing up to die in Vietnam considering he wrote it as Vietnam was heating up and on the nightly news. I think naivety and ignorance got a lot of the boys to The Walk, including Garraty.
I think young people especially young men believe themselves to be invincible, that death is not something that can happen to them no matter the odds or circumstances. I'm sure no boy went to Vietnam thinking he would come home in a body bag, though many of them did. If it's not obvious by now, I could talk about this book until the sun burns itself out, or the zombies rise up.
And I haven't even touched upon its possible links to the Dark Tower! Which I will do now under a spoiler tag. If you haven't yet, read this book. If you have a reluctant teen reader in your life, give them this book.
If it's been a long time since you've read this book, don't you think it's time to read it again? BUT and this is a big but , I find it credible to believe that before King ever put pen to paper in regards to Roland and his quest, or to ever imagine a man in black, King had the seeds and themes of these ideas percolating in the back of his writer's brain already.
King wrote this poem in college and it is in essence Randall Flagg's origin story. Which brings us to that dark shadowy figure that's beckoning to Garraty at the end of The Long Walk. It is very "dark man", "man in black", "Walkin' Dude" "Flagg-like". Whether it is or not, we'll never know. If he hasn't by now, I'm sure King has no plans to confirm or deny it.
Something else to consider Constant Readers: TLW flirts with being an "alternate history" because of this passage: The lights filled the sky with a bubblelike pastel glow that was frightening and apocalyptic, reminding Garraty of the pictures he had seen in the history books of the German air blitz of the American East Coast during the last days of World War II.
The date April 31st is also used. So here's a question -- is this alternate history or do you suppose King had already started experimenting with the idea of "other worlds than these"?
And one more passage that jumped out at me on this re-read that felt very Dark Tower-like: Garraty had a vivid and scary image of the great god Crowd clawing its way out of the Augusta basin on scarlet spider-legs , and devouring them all alive. The scarlet spider-legs reminded me of the Crimson King. Stretching, maybe. But it's fun to think about. View all 36 comments. Nov 14, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Shelves: Every year, boys take part in a nightmarish pilgrimage called The Long Walk, the winner receiving The Prize and a ton of cash.
Ray Garraty is one of the contestants. Will he win The Prize or be one of the ninety-nine dead boys on the road? And I thought the six mile hike I went on in October was rough. Imagine walking non-stop, day and night, and getting shot if you stop too long? That's the horror of The Long Walk. The Long Walk takes place in a slightly different reality, where Germany Every year, boys take part in a nightmarish pilgrimage called The Long Walk, the winner receiving The Prize and a ton of cash.
The Long Walk takes place in a slightly different reality, where Germany had a nuclear reactor in Santiago in , and where the Major runs a spectacle ever year, The Long Walk.
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