Worth it?

Discussion in 'Blaze' started by Israel Regardie, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. Can't make my mind up. Is this book worth the purchase? Reviews are so varying.
    Is it as good as Roadwork or Rage? Is it near those in genre?
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  2. kingzeppelin

    kingzeppelin Member who probably should be COMMITTED!

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    Obviously peoples taste in literature vary, one man's meat etc. but I'd recommend Blaze.
    Very different from Roadwork & Rage, and for some reason it reminded me of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
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  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I liked it quite a bit. It felt like a more mature story than Roadwork or Rage, to me. Less young person's rage at society and more attention to craft. If you've read Of Mice and Men, you might find it to be a nice counterpoint.
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  4. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the SKMB! What zep said. What I've learned is not to trust what anyone else, even a CR, to turn me off to an sK title. The only way I can know if I like his work is to read it myself.
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  5. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

  6. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    If you read and liked Joyland then Blaze is up your alley. Like skimom2 said, Blaze is about the writing and the story, not about the thrills, chills and whatever other things that "go bump in the night" one comes to expect from "classic" SK.
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  7. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I didn't love it. But I've read everything King has written and even if I didn't love everything, it's all worth it.
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  8. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer Merry meet

    I liked Blaze. I don't think it's Mr. King's best efforts, but it was definitely worth reading to me.
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  9. xkittyx

    xkittyx Unfound

    I've read it twice, and really enjoyed it both times :)
  10. That's the thing though... I didn't like Joyland. In fact, Joyland made me loose some faith in King. It seemed to have no heart or passion.
    Roadwork, Rage and Dead Zone are my favourites, especially Roadwork which seems like a master work with no gimmicks or frills. But is Blaze like Joyland, i.e. a pale imitation of genre?

    I've decided to give Mr Mercedes a chance once the paperback price drops below 5$ :)

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    ...Blaze is not a masterwork, but certainly worth reading...and no heart or passion in Joyland?-hmmm, you must have gotten a different version then I did....
  12. MaxShalamar

    MaxShalamar Member

    It's the only one of Steve's books I started but didn't finish - maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind - will have to give it another go soon :)
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