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It Took Me Three Years To Read This Book...

Discussion in 'Blockade Billy' started by 91rewoT, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. !redruM

    !redruM Semi-Well Known Member

    Grrrr....alright, 91...I'll try reading it again! :)
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  2. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    I'll give the library version a try. I'm iffy on this one
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  3. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    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
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  4. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I probably giggled more times from this story than any other SK book. So many great lines and so damn well written.
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  5. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    Finished it today. Took me 3 hours total and I enjoyed it.
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  6. Jimpy

    Jimpy Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Love The Brain Jimpy. Welcome and I agree on novellas and short stories.
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  8. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    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.
  9. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    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.
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  10. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    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.
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  11. AudioArtist

    AudioArtist Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. Dynamo

    Dynamo Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. chief4db

    chief4db When it doubt, run!

    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
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...for me, it didn't make much difference-the bulk of the story remains the same....
  15. Paddy C

    Paddy C All Hail The KING...

    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.
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