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Discussion in 'Blockade Billy' started by 91rewoT, Dec 4, 2013.
Grrrr....alright, 91...I'll try reading it again!
I'll give the library version a try. I'm iffy on this one
buuuuuutttttt......it's NOT really about baseball !!!
that's like saying i won't read 'christine' because i don't like cars...or...'delores claiborne' because i don't like domestic violence....or 'the shining' because i don't like hotels....
c'mon, it's about Billy...
this is a stephen king short story that was sold as a tale with a twist...
good story...i liked 'em both
I probably giggled more times from this story than any other SK book. So many great lines and so damn well written.
Finished it today. Took me 3 hours total and I enjoyed it.
I liked it. It was a bit like the stories in Full Dark, No Stars, which came out about the same time. I could mostly see where it was going, but it was a fun, dark little journey. I prefer Stephen King's novellas and long short stories to his novels and short stories. Not that I dislike the others.
If you can't take the heat, don't swim with the big dogs.
Love The Brain Jimpy. Welcome and I agree on novellas and short stories.
11/22/63 was the first king book I read and became a huge fan. then it was like a kid in the candy store. all these books to choose to read from. I am a huge baseball fan and played in college so I gravited to this one. I really liked it. I thought there was lot of room for this to continue and wasn't ready for it to end. I got the cemetery dance issue mainly I just don't like cover on board covers. cemetery dance came with a dust jacket and slipcase and the book was a little bigger. if I had to be picky the one thing is I don't quite understand why he couldn't have just gone out and make it on his own if he was that good. I mean there are open tryouts everywhere back then.
Usually, what I love about King stories is finding some connection among the characters that relates to my own life. In the neighborhood where I grew up, I had two neighbors who loved to talk old-timey baseball. I actually knew a guy who struck out Babe Ruth (or claimed to have) and I used to hear wonderful tall tales about guys like Warren Spahn and even Ty Cobb, who was a notoriously hateful person who would think nothing of cutting a guy up with his spikes.
It may be that some of these old guys were just sharpening their story-telling on a naïve kid, but I prefer to believe they told the truth. There's always been a love affair with baseball in this country. I guess that's dying a little now that the players make so much money and the season never seems to end.
But I do love those old stories . . . just like I love Blockade Billy.
I didnt think I'd like it. But someone sent me the nifty little hardback--the one with that hard azz second story...er...Morality? That sucker was cold blooded, man. And the baseball story was a great little afternoon's diversion(better'n watching baseball, do ya).
Reminded me a little of E.C.'s Foul Play. Now THERE's a baseball tale, kiddies.
My copy also has the extra story, Morality, in it and no card for me.
I enjoyed it even though I'm not a huge fan of any sport but more of a casual watcher from time to time.
I thought that the factual basis was an interesting little tidbit that even many big time baseball fans might be unaware of, so that was a nice little bonus.
I've only read the version in Bazaar Of Bad Dreams, which is "revised". Were the revisions enough that I should check out another version? I really enjoyed it and would look for the book if there's anything there that adds to the story.
I loved the book. Now I'm probably bias bc I love baseball. Played all growing up and in college at Penn State. But ur right. It's not all about baseball. King always says write what u know. He loves baseball. Red Sox is his team. Faithful is more of a baseball book but blockade billy isn't so if u hate baseball don't pass it up bc of that. But I would pass on faithful if u hate bb. Basically chronicles a entire red Sox season so u will find it a bore if u dislike bb
...for me, it didn't make much difference-the bulk of the story remains the same....
Same here, Dynamo. Was nice to see Morality included in that collection as well. I know next to nothing about baseball but I really liked Blockade Billy.