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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.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2014
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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 B-dazzled

    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 :)
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  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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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...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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  13. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    I liked Joyland way better than Blaze, but then again I really, really liked Joyland a lot. Different strokes.

    I thought Blaze was kind of sweet in a lot of ways...which surprised me.
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  14. morgan

    morgan Well-Known Member

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  15. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I recently finished Blaze, and say it's definitely a good read.
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  16. Machine's Way

    Machine's Way “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

    One of my least favorite King books, but with that said I agree with Lily Sawyer, Just reading King is all worth it. But if you have any other SK stories you are considering reading first. I say choose one of those, but this thread is old, so if you did read it what was your opinion?
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  17. Aija

    Aija Member

    I loved Joyland, but i have to set Blaze aside for a while. Not because i don't like it , but because i get so emotional. It just so heart breaking to read about his childhood and abuse, can't take it just now. I myself don't have similar experiences, so it is not like it is a trigger, but for me it has allways been difficult to read about abuse. Maybe it is the lost opportunity; Blaze was a bright child with possibilities to have better life.
    I' m going to read this book, eventually.
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  18. Chris P

    Chris P Member

    I am going to go against the grain here and say I liked Blaze more than Joyland. Yeah...I said it....what are you going to do about it! (said in my best "George" accent).
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  19. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    Blaze reads a lot like Donald Westlake. (Not very surprising, really.)
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  20. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I agree with Skimom2's bang on comparison with 'Of Mice and Men' (the relationship between the two guys...not the plot). It is definitely worth it!
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