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
King has always been good with stories that pull up the carpets on small town A...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
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 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
i like how he used the voices...
you know...i think he did it again in full dark no stars the voices, or a voice, the kind of voice we hear ( i do, anyway) from time to time...and yes, this device was used again in....ummm....the good marriage i believe...
nothing earth-shattering here...i guess this is a story that had been written years earlier and whatever...
....picked up again, read through, and a decision w...more
There was a time when admirers of Stephen King would seek out every scrap from the Masters work bench, and it was a cause for celebration when it was discovered that the writer Richard Bachman was, in fact, a pseudonym for King. There were more King novels available than we had all thought! And it was even more an occasion for celebration when it was discovered just how good these Bachman books were.
With Blaze (issued here with a new foreword by Stephen King), we have one of the most ad...more
Blaze is an interesting character, and he's richly drawn. He is simultaneously sympathetic, piteous and repugnant. The strength of this character is what makes the book work.
Aside from that, nothing here is that remarkable. The plot...more
I really liked this book – I think it’s one of King’s better stories. The tone of the story – fast and hard crime drama with a lot of heart, blended in with the back story alternations leads to a fast, satisfying, depth of a read. There isn’t a lot of extraneous side stories or information that leads nowhere, like many of his other books (although I enjoy that aspect of his writing) and the story line is concise, complete and fulfilling. A self-proclaimed not a “Grapes of Wrath,”
Nüchtern betrachtet ist es aber nunmal ein Krimineller, der ein krummes Ding nach dem anderen dreht, meist geleitet von etwas klevereren Burschen. Wie es den Hinterbliebenen seiner Fausthiebe oder de...more
Hardcover edition - published June 2007 by Scribner.
Stephen King and I have had an "on again off again" relationship. 25 years ago I read everything the man wrote and very much enjoyed it. It is one of my favorite books. But somewhere around Insomnia I got very tired of the Stephen King train and I got off for about 15 years. I picked up Cell at the library and I enjoyed it. Since then, I've done a little more Stephen King...more
W ogóle ja w tej książce wyczuwałem homoerotyzm jak nic :D chociaż Blaze i George byli tylko przyjaciółmi, naprawdę, to mimo wszystko. Z resztą mieli taki numer, że udawali gejów :D
Książka jest dość zabawna,...more
Stephen King relates in the foreword how he thought the book was lost but his assistant found it stored at a university --- the only copy mind you, written on a typewriter without a carbon copy --- so he read it to see just how bad it was. He surprised himself and thought it was a pretty good story. The fo...more
For those who are not aware, this author, Richard Bachman, is Stephen King. (Or maybe Stephen King is Richard Bachman…?)
I liked reading Blaze. Although it has been compared to Of Mice and Men, and it was somewhat...more
I've decided to not act...more
George had gotten Blaze into the con game using him over the years to pull of 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 de...more
Das Baby einer reichen Familie wurde entführt – Täter ist der geistig etwas zurückgebliebene Blaze. Diese Entführung war lange geplant und soll ihn einiger Sorgen berauben: Mittels des Lösegelds, möchte er ein neues Leben beginnen.
Doch Blaze bemerkt, dass die Entführung eines Babys schwerer ist, als gedacht. Denn während bereits nach ihm gefahndet wird, muss er lernen, das Baby zu versorgen. Wird er die Nerven dafür bewahren? Oder wird er dem Kind etwas antun?
Bisher hatte ich bei...more
Blaze is a guy screwed from birth. After his father throws him repeatedly down a flight of stairs, young Blaze ends up in a state ran boy's home. He grows into his hulking physique, his forehead permanently dented from the stairs incident, and loses everyone he loves before reaching adulthood. Hi...more
Clayton Blaisdell, Jr, is stupid. And he knows it. His drunkard of a father lopped him down a set of stairs three times in a row as...more
Though Blaze does have this overtone of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, it manages to be its own...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...more