I finally got a copy of both books, (and yes, I know “The Regulators” is technically a Richard Bachman book).
I found “The Regulators” at the used book store, and then bought a PB copy of “Desperation” Friday night.
I know they tie together somehow; does it matter which one is read first? If it doesn’t really matter, which one do you think should be read first?
I have to finish John Grisham’s “Skipping Christmas” first (oh, shut up ) and then will be in need a something to read.
Read them in either order, it makes no difference. The plots are not linked to each other.
The link is that both books have the same set of characters fighting a malevolelntly evil presense with nearly god-like power that has posessed one of the characters. The settings are different (middle-class suburb vs. small southwestern town), as is the character posessed. Different characters die and survive, depending on the particular situation. Whether the evil presense is the same is somewhat ambiguous.
I’d suggest reading The Regulators first, primarily because it was the first published (by a few weeks or months IIRC). Also, Desperation has a somewhat more satisfying conclusion.
I read “Desperation” first and found it IMHO a much better read than “The Regulators”.(Explaining why would contain possible spoilers !)
Regarding possible connections to other Stephen King novels, I´m coming more and more to the conclusion that somehow
most of his stories connect in some way or the other.There are just too many references and character tie-ins in his books.
(i.e Imsomnia,The Stand, Hearts of Atlantis, some of his short stories, the Talisman, Black House all leading to the Dark Tower series).
In some stories its more obvious then in others though…