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Preview — Blaze by Richard Bachman
Once upon a time, a fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze on an Olivetti typewriter, then turned the machine over to Stephen King, who used it to write Carrie. Bachman died in 1985 ("cancer of the pseudonym"), but this last gripping Bachman novel resurfaced after being hidden away for decades an unforgettable crime story tinged with sadness and suspense. Clayton Blaisde...more
Blaze is a straight up crime book from Stephen King, aside from the voice of George in Blaze's head, which might not even be supernatural in origin. I have to wonder why this wasn't the book Stephen King offered up to Hard Case instead of The Colorado Kid.
The story of Blaze unfolds in two parallel stories ...more
King has always been good with stories that pull up the carpets on small town A ...more
First and foremost, I am a self-described and unembarrassed "King Head." I have devoured Stephen King's words since reading "Thinner" as a fairly young boy with a slightly twisted mind that loved to be challenged, expanded, and scared.
I am also a person who has read loads of classic and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, scientific journals, periodicals, etc. My point? I don't simply spend my time reading one author or genre, and I am a fairly discrimiinating reader.
I fee ...more
Blaze, aka Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., is a dummy, and he knows it. Ever since his father threw him down a flight of stairs (and then hauled him back up and did it a couple of more times), Blaze hasn't had the brains for learning. The dent in his forehead might make h ...more
The thing that sets the tone of the Bachman entries apart from other works of King is that, while still very detailed and develope ...more
I really liked the premise of this story, and most of the characters were developed enough for my tastes, but I still closed it with a feeling of something not being completely fulfilled.
Mr. Bachman, if you can hear me from The Beyond, do us a favor...leave the noir writing to the other crowd. You se ...more
Blaze is a big hulking galoot who doesn't have much going on in the brains department, complements of his abusive father. Irretrievably damaged with a dent in the middle of his forehead, he is removed from the home and plopped into the uninviting lap of the state orphanage. After a ...more
This is a book that is pretty typical of Bachman, in that it's relatively short at 260 pages, and it is a simple story mostly devoid of the paranormal occurences that King books often contain. Though, I must admit, I didn't get the sense of bleakness and despair that normally accompanies a Bachman book... This was ...more
I wonder if King really wrote this in the 70's and just tweaked it, or if this is a marketing publicity gambit, and he wro ...more
Blaze is the story of a man who isn’t quite all there due to an “accident” when he was a child (his father threw him down the stairs) that left him brain damaged. He grows up in and out of state care and eventually come of age and leaves the system. He ends up befriending a hooligan who teaches him the finer points of criminal activ ...more
Иначе останах с много добри впечатления от книгата. Чете се изключително лесно (330 стр. прочетох я за 2 дни, което е по-бързо от средната ми скорост ...more
No pasará a la historia como una de sus mejores obras ni tampoco podrá decirse que sea una obra de terror o sobrenatural (a pesar de los diálogos con el difunto George), pero sí que contiene escenas dramáticas y duras. Pero, a pesar de todo, me ha gustado bastante.
La historia gana tensión conforme avanza el libro hasta llegar al final (que no puedes dejar de leer).
Como siempre (al menos para mí) está muy bien escrito y sobretodo es muy ameno y agradable de leer! Me ha enca ...more
George had gotten Blaze into the con game using him over the years to pull off small con jobs. They had always planned on pulling off a big one and retiring. George then dies at a crap game after being knifed. Blaze d ...more
Blaze is a nicely developed character—a loveable antihero. His circumstances are unfortunate and the reader is impelled to keep reading simply to find out how h ...more
My initial thoughts on this book were running somewhere along the lines of “if you like Stephen King novels in general, you'll like Blaze”. It seemed a pretty safe thing to say, really. And then I started reading reviews, both from the pros and the user community, and I found out just how wrong I was. Man, this book has been savaged up one side and down the other. And while some of those bad reviews you can easily dismiss out of hand (someone actually called t ...more
King mentions in the introduction that there is a strong ...more
My issue is the time frame. In the beginning of the book, he explains it as a "trunk novel" (written long ago). "I tried to keep the Blaze time-frame as vague as posible so it wouldnt seem too dated". After reading the book, it comes off as laziness. Many aspects of the story suggest something along the lines of the 50's, but then mention (that is NOT even ...more
I love the way that Stephen King weaves Blaze's past with his present to give an all round view of his life and his quite soft natured personality. There wasn't a character in the book that fell flat, they were all so well written and three dimensional.
I really found myself connecting with Blaze despite his wrongdoings, and rooting for him to be happy though I knew this could never happen ...more
Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman, writes a sad story of a likeable, damaged kidnapper. I was hooked on this book, and kept coming back to it, despite the constant examples of human cruelty. I know people can be so unkind, so I generally avoid examples of that in books I read.
Blaze kidnaps a baby ...more
This is not King-looking-for-his-muse while writing 'Cell' and this is not King-trying-to-be-too-sentimental-and-ending-up-only-stupid while writing 'Lisey's Story.'
This is a book where you can tell that King is enjoying himself writing at breaknec ...more
Fortunately, this book turned out to be refreshingly fast in pace and narrow in scope (and length). It's also a very “normal” story, featuring a sympathetic tragic protagonist whose life ...more
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When S ...more