I read a pretty fair amount. While I’ve been reading more non-fiction the last few years, I still search out fiction books that will entertain me. While I’ve enjoyed many page turners I would recommend, such as self-published Hugh Howey’s Wool, Flynn’s Gone Girl and Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain (all three of which are being made into movies this year or next) only a few have been pulse pounding adrenaline thumpers that you can’t put down.
I mentioned Stephen Kings (pen name Richard Bachman here) The Running Man as one of my favorite fast-paced fun books the other day, but the better buy (or library checkout – always the better option between the two) is the full Bachman Books that combines four novelettes. While generally classified as YA, they combine serious subject matter. They contain four stories: Rage – a story of a high school student gone shooter and hostage taker (released in 1977, King asked the novelette on its own to be taken out of print), The Long Walk – while note the page turner Running Man is, this is my favorite of the bunch. A story of a physical trial of 100 teenage boys that must walk 4 mph indefinitely until there is one winner. Roadwork – like Michael Douglas’s movie Falling Down, it is about a pissed off divorced dude who is fighting against society. Finally, The Running Man – not being able to find work, a man turns to a TV show and becomes an Enemy of the State with the promise of riches if he lasts 30 days without being killed
Ready Player One – for all you geeks and computer game players… for all those who grew up in the 1980’s watching Family Ties and ALF… for all those who enjoy fantasy and Dungeon and Dragons, this book is for you. I’ve read this a couple of times and is always a fun read. Basically take standard dystopian world, add in virtual reality world along with a world-wide treasure hunt and bad guys and this is what comes out. Very fast paced and getting that high-flying pop-culture fix. More of a fun, fast, easy-read book than anything with substance. Pop-rocks and Coke versus a real thinker.
Beat the Reaper – Basically take a cool Doctor show with a bitter protagonist, add a mafia past, sharks, drugs and some oral sex to boot and you have a fun read. Unrealistic and disbelieving are a few adjectives, but I haven’t read (or really, read a couple of times) a more fun novel. like RPO above, it moves fast, and isn’t much of a thinker. The author’s second book (Wild Thing) isn’t nearly as good, but this one is on my top 5 fun read list of all time.
[NOTE: both Beat the Reaper and Ready Player One have been purchased for future movies, both currently categorized as “In Development”]