Struggled with this one

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Randolph Carter

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Sep 13, 2015
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.

I can see why that was your experience, as it was kind of a different book. It felt like it was all a build-up to the big scare or reveal of the big horror, and it never really happened. That's kind of what sucked me in (and also that it was set in my home state). It felt kind of Lovecraftian, in that it's impossible to really understand what's going on.

I also read this review from The nation before I read the novel- You Can’t Always Get What You Want: On Stephen King | The Nation . It interprets it using left-of-center political views, but even if you disagree with the author's politics I think his perspective on the book and why it's important are useful.

That being said, of course, as some of the others have noted, some books may not work for everyone. I still am trying to get through The Dark Half...


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Jun 23, 2017
I too am having a hard time getting into this book, I just read a super crazy interesting VC Andrews book so I'm hoping it's just going from that to the slow beginning of Buick 8, really hope it picks up for me I've heard lots of great things about it
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#1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side
May 24, 2012
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I didn't so much struggle with this one, as slog my way through it. It was overall enjoyable, but in a way more akin to squeezing a boil. That blessed relief once it's over.
Really? I must be a fanatic, as I recall enjoying it (maybe I am a masochist or something) - to each his own. 11/22/63 is still one of my favourites, but I also enjoy a bit of science fiction and fantasy which if I recall was a big element in From a Buick 8.


Doc Creed

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Nov 18, 2015
United States
The book has an interesting plot but it moves along like a game of golf. It's basically characters sitting around talking about the past. I would like to read it again, though, because I remember liking the two main characters.


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Mar 9, 2018
Just finished Buick 8 and liked it very much. It was a quiet, slow read but had me interested throughout. Much better after reading Dreamcatcher and the looong time it took me to get through it. On to Colorado Kid in my "in order" reading list.