I like to post about books n films because I like 'em and I wanna talk about it somewhere.
I recently read The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) and it was a great interesting book with a cool group of characters, simple but interesting plot, set in a creepily realistic dystopian world. Until it just was a let down for me with it’s completely lackluster and abrupt disappointing ending that had all the impact of a soft burp.
The only thing happening in this book is characters walking, talking and going slightly crazy. By the end I'm really invested in how it's gonna end and what will be the consequences of the ending, what I get is some bizarre half ambiguous explained let down. I still don't know what happened to the protagonist, if he succeeds, dies, lives or whatever. And it you say 'that's the point of the ending' you can piss right off. It doesn't work for me in this book because the whole thing is a massive build up to a thing that doesn't happen. I can't understand why so many people find this one of their favourite King books.
However aside from the infuriating ending the story and characters are a really interesting mix, you find out enough about a lot of them and you are left wanting to know so much more. The world is really well made to feel eerily real and disturbing. It's sort of done like if the Hunger Games was set in the real world America instead of Panem. You could believe it might happen if too many of the wrong people got in power. The story also leads to some high tension and scary moments that are sometimes surprising. However what I think could have been great, and what I thought might happen, would be to halfway through have the protagonist die and then follow the rest of the story from another's perspective. It would have been brilliantly shocking.
To sum up: Great interesting book until right at the very end.
p.s. also Stephen King, if you don't want people to figure out your pen name then stop goddamn setting the books in goddamn Maine.