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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 ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two stories, the first one better than the second. Unlike most King novels these stories waste no time getting to the meat of it. Easy read.Published 1 month ago by Christopher Croston
"Blockade Billy" is a very lightweight pair of short stories from horror great, Stephen King. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy A
I admire Stephen King's craft as a writer, but I admit to being remarkably choosy when it comes to reading his work. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenya Starflight
The narrating character is awesome. The writing is fun. Feels like you're talking to your grandpa.Published 5 months ago by Monika Matthews
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 7 months ago by Bill Kane