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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451608217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451608212
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Bookmarks Magazine

Reviewers tended to dismiss Blockade Billy when they compared it to the sum of King's oeuvre, but they appreciated the book as a better-than-usual attempt to fictionalize the world of baseball. Readers with a more nostalgic take on the game will particularly enjoy King's evocation of the way it was played in 1957. And baseball-stats wonks will likely salivate over the mystery of what event could be so horrible that the Majors would efface the scorecard for all time. But other readers may wish to start with one of King's classics.

Review

' ... suspenseful ... deftly executed ... with sharp spikes hoisted high and aimed at the jugular on the slide home' -- Publisher's Weekly on BLOCKADE BILLY 'America's greatest living novelist delivers his masterpiece.' -- Lee Child on UNDER THE DOME 'King's most purely entertaining novel in years ... utterly compelling.' -- John Connolly on UNDER THE DOME --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed the book as a baseball fan and as a Stephen King fan.
L. Davis
I like what I've read of Stephen King and his storyettes contained in "Blockade Billy" (just two, "Blockade Billy" and "Morality") don't disappoint.
Wayne A. Smith
Second, the story itself is not very creepy, or spooky, or shocking...it seems like it's going to get very dark, then just doesn't.
J. Hill

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff W. on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love Stephen King and for decades I've been purchasing his books the moment they come out. I even ordered the limited edition of this book from Cemetery Dance so I could get the bonus baseball card. I am sad to admit that Blockade Billy is a huge disappointment. As some have noted, this is first and foremost a short story, not a novella. The trade edition comes with a "bonus" short story called "Morality", which was featured in Esquire magazine and is 52 pages long (Blockade Billy is 80). It is a tiny book with large font, which is the oldest trick in the proverbial book. I read both stories in about 40 minutes. Surprisingly I found Morality to be a lot more engaging than the titular Blockade Billy, which is a lot of build up for a mildly interesting punch-line. I'm sure King will include Blockade Billy in some future anthology and I would recommend waiting until then to read this story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Only Stephen King could write two stinkers like that (Blockhead Billy, and the Colorado Kid) and still make me stick with him. I might miss the next "Stand", one of the best books period, by anyone ever that's my story and I'm stickin to it. The only question is which one is worse. I can't think Mr. King has lost it, I still have a few years left, very few, but I hope he is going to continue. Come to think of it, The Dome kinda made up for at least one of them. Save your money on these two, King has enough that, If he is printing drivel for money, he should know that most of his readers would send him $100 or more each, if he needed it, as payment for the joy he has brought us in the past. No grudge like Jane Auel, but save the dough for his next one. fredt
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By One Big Happy on August 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've enjoyed King's work over the years. It's always been hit and miss story wise, but his telling of stories is usually worth the effort (though not always). I have to say I have no idea what he was thinking with this "story." It's more like a vague outline of a story he could have told but he was too busy with something else to get to it. So he put the outline into a narrated format and put a very nice cover illustration on it and there you go. Another [...] bucks down the tube. Honestly, why does he do this kind of thing. This man is capable of amazing work. He still is after all these years. But this is really nothing more than an overblown vanity publication. Seriously. I hope for better with the book out this fall.
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Format: Hardcover
Stephen King has written some of the greatest masterpiece novels of all time, such as It, Christine and Misery. He can write a great short story too, The Mist, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption are just two examples of King's brilliance. With Blockade Billy and Morality (the other story that comes with this) your fighting a strong urge to just stop reading due to boredom, only continuing on because it's Stephen King and hey there must be at least a great scene coming up. There isn't.

Don't waste your time on what is simply a boring baseball story and another that's just trying a glorifying pointless violence to shock and be a talking point. Borrow it from the library, but don't waste any of your hard earner money obtaining these two stories that wouldn't even make the filler list in King's other short story collections.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randall Brooks on January 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Ok, as most of you on here already know, this is not a novel, but a very very VERY short story that could have (and should have) been released in the "Full Dark, No Stars" collection instead of as a seperate piece. Yes, a lot of people are complaining about the price of this, and rightfully so! I repeat, this is not a novel! And, for those who have tried to defend it, and attack reviewers for complaining about these issues, saying "well, it is a novella", well, you are wrong: it is nothing more than a short story! And a not-so-good one at that! Ok, yes, it is written very well, technically.

Yes, as a writer, Stephen King has again shown great talent for tackling yet again new terrain and writing styles. But, that doesn't make up for a weak story. "Casey At The Bat" this is not. It has such great potential to be a great story, but it just falls flat like a penny left out on a train track too long. It kind of reads like, well, an IDEA FOR A STORY, and not the actual fleshed out end result. I have read everything King has written, and have devoured every word, and pretty much enjoying everything I have read by him. And, as a writer myself, I have been greatly inspired by him and his writing.

Yes, not everything he writes is gold, and this falls in that category, I am afraid to say. Why so harsh on this, well, it is because it is released as a stand-alone novel instead of allowing it to be just part of a short story collection like it should be, because then it could be considered just another one of his "good" stories, and maybe even better than a lot of his short stories (namely "The Lawnmower Man"). But as a stand-alone novel, this is just bland and weak, and leaves the reader scratching their head wondering what all the fuss is about.
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