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Blockade Billy Hardcover – May 25, 2010
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The first story, "Blockade Billy" is, as one can tell from the cover and publisher's description, a summer baseball tale about the heyday of the game in the 1957. It's OK, because SK is a great writer, but the story itself is, well, very disappointing. There is nothing about it that is "haunting", and the back cover implies a "secret" about the "greatest player the game has ever seen". All of this is misleading. Trying for a no spoiler approach to reviewing, I think I am safe in saying that there is nothing of the supernatural, occult, science fiction or paranormal going on here. No hint of "The Natural" here. Just baseball in the big leagues on a fictional team in Newark, NJ, and regular everyday baseball people. And there is a lot that does not make sense. Including the reason that Billy's (rather short) career stats were "erased from the game etc. All-in-all, very disappointing.
The "bonus" short story, "Morality" was also just OK. This one had more of a SK-type feel to it but it was still not even close to any of King's best.Read more ›
So why only four stars? Well, I fear readers who aren't baseball fans wouldn't enjoy it as much. They might even find it boring. And whether you're a baseball fan or not, the plot is rather hard to swallow. I know, it's Stephen King, but still...it just doesn't seem like the events in this book could happen without it being a national scandal. And we're supposed to believe it's all been forgotten?
As others have mentioned, it's also very expensive for what you get. The large print is nice for those who no longer have young eyes, but still...this is basically a short story. It took me less than an hour to read. As much as I enjoyed this, I have to say it's overpriced.
The second story is about a woman that is paid to commit a criminal act for money so another man can enjoy committing what he believes is his first sin before he dies. Her criminal act is an act of cowardice action against a child. The story was not interesting or enjoyable.
Overall this is not a good set of short stories from Stephen King and they barely make a minimum grade when compared to his other good books. These two stories do not represent the best of Stephen King's imagination nor are they the best horror books or a great example of his creative story telling. They both missed the mark and I rated them as a 2 star item. I am a Stephen King fan and I have read and own all of his books but to be honest unless you are driven to just read all of his books then this book is worth not reading.
Being familiar with baseball, though not a diehard fan, this was the perfect book at the perfect time. A little treat from Stephen King to his fans, and in my case, a little dose of King to hold me over until I'm prepared to read the huge Wizards and Glass or 11-22-63.
I give the story four stars because I appreciate what it is. What is it? Well, it's a pretty faced-paced light read thats fun for an hour or two. It shows once again Stephen King is just a talented writer in general, as he tackles a sports fiction story. The story is short, but doesn't waste a word.
I get the feeling people may have rated this lower because either they don't care for baseball (which is understandable) or because they try and compare this story to King's full length novels that are ten times its size. The characters aren't developed to well, but I didn't expect them to be. After all the book is tiny and barely reaches 100 pages (and the pages don't have alot of words on them) in total length. It's more like a long short story, to read in one sitting and to have fun with, and in my case, that's exactly what happened. One thing I loved is how the narrarator is actually telling this story to "Mr. King" , who I can only believe is Stephen himself. Some may find is a little tacky, but I enjoyed when the character telling the story says something like: "I know what you're thinking Mr. King."
Now, the ending, as I've seen other reviews say, was a bit of a let-down, mostly because it was somewhat predictable. This is why I gave four instead of five stars.
Overall, just don't have sky-high expectations for this book, and I think you'll enjoy it.
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The narrating character is awesome. The writing is fun. Feels like you're talking to your grandpa.Published 17 days ago by Monika Matthews
I'm nothing more than a casual Stephen King fan. I specifically was in the mood to read a fictional baseball book and knowing Stephen King was a fan of the game, a simple google... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Reading should automatically trigger imagination. So, the theme of this story brought me back to the mid twentieth century. I am audience to a man born in the century prior. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Kane
Started reading the "teaser" online that actually gets you about a third of the way through the story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tommy H