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Struggled with this one

Discussion in 'From a Buick 8' started by lowman, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Just finished the book this morning,have to tell ya i struggled to get through this one. It wasnt a horrible story it just didnt keep my attention,i just couldn't get into it. Oh well, no biggie ive still got a bunch of SK books to read that i know will be no ddisappointment, cant wait to get started.
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  2. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Don't let it bring you down, lowman.

    They're not all going to grab you, despite what some of the more zealous acolytes around here will tell you. ; )

    I had to slog my way through this particular story,too, not so much because the style didn't appeal to me, but for whatever reason, I just didn't care about the characters. That's unusual for me. While I am not automatically in love with everything King writes, I've always maintained that his character development is his strongest suit. In this one -- and a couple others you may find -- his obsession with Roland's obsession may not resonate with every reader the way it does in the author's mind.

    That's just the way it goes sometimes.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...quick question...where did you grab the concept of Roland's Tower obsession in this novel?....
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  4. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Wow, this one is in my SK Top 10 list. I was riveted all the way through and found it emotional and touching. But then there are some books that are almost universally loved that didn't really hold my attention either, so I get it totally.

    I'm curious too, I've read it at least 4 times and don't remember anything having to do with Roland or the Tower stories.
  5. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    It took me four tries to get through this one, but when I finally finished I loved it.
  6. Ted Brautigan

    Ted Brautigan Well-Known Member

    I loved this story too. Def. top 10 SK for me. As for the Tower, I think it was just implied that the car was from another world in the Tower Universe. At least that's what I got from it as his later Tower novels (Wolves of Calla) the books that are Tower related are bold.
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  7. stelles75

    stelles75 Member

    I was shocked at how quickly this one grabbed me. Some of Mr. King's books take some time before they really pick up the pace, but I thought this one was pretty great from the get go.

    I think if Frank Darabont was going to give another Stephen King book his Shawshank/Green Mile treatment, it should be this one. Dumbing down some of the supernatural elements just a touch and focusing on the meat of the story, the relationships among the troop, would make phenomenal cinema, imho.
  8. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Read something light. Try Gerald's Game.
  9. Maskins

    Maskins Well-Known Member

    I'm different as I loved it but can readily accept that it isn't immediately a hook and that it is one of those where the explanations are thin on the ground. I also like stories that are told in a slow flashback, I thought the characterisations were excellent. I also found it creepy about the car just acting out like a child.

    Oddly enough though, the other 'crazy' car book (Christine) is one of my least favourite King books and that puts me in a bit of a minority I know.

    Each to their own though!
  10. Arbitrary Refrain

    Arbitrary Refrain Active Member

    Interesting to see the different opinions, and how the same book can inspire such a range of reactions - I absolutely loved this book. The alien stuff was cool (especially the snapshot of the alien world at the end) but it was all about the relationships, the characterizations, the setting and the slow build to the climax for me. I just found it moving, and the world was so fully realized I even found the police procedural stuff interesting.
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  11. sam peebles

    sam peebles Well-Known Member

    I didn't love it; it'll never make my top ten; but I enjoyed it thoroughly, much more than a lot of his thicker, more popular novels in the past decade or two. I thought it was a good, solid story.
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  12. SDakotaJoe

    SDakotaJoe New Member

    Read Finders Keepers.
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  13. rudiroo

    rudiroo Well-Known Member

    After I read Buick 8, most phone conversations with my Mom (doesn't feel right saying 'mum' to so many US readers) managed to include "curiosity killed the cat" (from me) and "satisfaction brought it back" (from Mom, not-at-all and by-no-means a fan of SK or anything spooky or ooky).

    This weirdness went on for six months or so:a11: because Mom and me like to share quotable quotes.

    Maybe Buick 8 isn't one of SK's masterpieces, but it slipped into my head and snuggled up to my heart.:okay:
  14. Ted Brautigan

    Ted Brautigan Well-Known Member

    I loved this book! I'm being a little bias here but I liked the rural Pennsylvania setting and one of the main characters name is Curtis (and I'm a Kurt).

    I feel like this book was SK's long approach at explaining SSDD happens and you may never know why and nobody is deserved an explanation. Things happen and that's that.
  15. Jules3155

    Jules3155 Well-Known Member

    I agree with you, Lowman. I didn't care for this book either. But one of the many things I like about SK is the variety of topics that he has written about. It is amazing that one person can write about so many different things.
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  16. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I missed something if there's anything at all about Roland Deshain in Buick 8, especially an obsession with him.
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  17. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    Oh i have that is one of my favs,i cant wait for the final book to come out the first two were very good.
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  18. lowman

    lowman Well-Known Member

    So true he can write from one end of the spectrum to the other and it all be good stuff.
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  19. Pucker

    Pucker We all have it coming, kid

    Reading for comprehension is not everyone's strong suit, my young friend.

    Maybe you're good at something else.
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  20. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    Larry, you're really a treat. :rofl:
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