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Blockade Billy

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,426 Ratings  ·  1,235 Reviews
"I love old-school baseball, and I also love the way people who've spent a lifetime in the game talk about the game. I tried to combine those things in a story of suspense. People have asked me for years when I was going to write a baseball story. Ask no more; this is it." - Stephen King

Even the most diehard baseball fans don't know the true story of William "Blockade Bill
ebook, 132 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Storyville Records (first published 2010)
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Blockade Billy - 5 Stars

Huge baseball fan + Huge Stephen King fan = A killer of a baseball catcher and a horror of a story. Loved it!

Morality - 3 Stars

What would you do for $200,000 tax free? Check out what happens when Nora and Chad decide to fulfill an old man's evil last wish that turns their world upside down. Ok Bonus Story with an ending that left me unfulfilled.

(my 5 Star rating for the main event....Blockade Billy!)

Apr 27, 2016 TK421 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
I have many pleasures in life, but two that really make me smile are Stephen King and baseball. Now I’m not going to write this review in hopes of changing your mind about Stephen King—he is what he is. You may like him. You may not. For my own two cents, I think he is a wonderful storyteller. Sure, one could peruse his body of work and find numerous examples where he stunk up the place; but, and I am saying this not only as a King fan but also as a fan of literature, one could also find numerou ...more
Wayne Barrett
Jan 30, 2016 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, stephen-king, 2016

I can understand the reason for the mixed reviews of this King novella. There is definitely a huge amount of baseball jargon associated with this story, so I can understand that if you are not a baseball fan, this may not be entertaining to you.

There is not the usual horror element we usually find in King's work, at least not in the supernatural sense. But we do have our blood, don't we?

I actually thought the story was superb. It was a quick, fun read, told from the perspective of a retired coa
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I'm a softball fan more than a baseball fan, I wanted to get that out there first. I liked this book. I really liked the Granny character. Such a hoot!! A different kind of King book for sure.
Stefan Yates
Apr 19, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Blockade Billy is a very solid and entertaining novella that fans of baseball and non-fans alike should enjoy. There is simply not much good baseball fiction available and this offering from King manages to fill a void that I simply didn't realize was there until I read it. Overall, the story gave me feelings of some of my favorite baseball movies such as Bull Durham and The Natural.

For those who aren't baseball fans though, this book still contains enough of King's wonderful characters and dial
So, if you read the back of this book, you get a pretty good sense of what you’re getting into. This is a collection of two long short stories, one the story of Blockade Billy, a catcher for a baseball team that has been OMG ERASED FROM HISTORY because he did an OMG HORRIBLE THING, which was so bad that even he was OMG ERASED FROM HISTORY. Not literally, so much as the history books just didn’t mention him, but dang if you don’t get this sense of dread reading the story, waiting to see what this ...more
I like baseball. Watching it. I don't follow or understand stats or anything, and I'm not "down with the lingo". I understand the basic concept of the game and am pretty good with the rules, but that's about the extent of it: I enjoy watching baseball games.

I know now that I do not like reading about baseball. I am familiar with the game, but even I had a hard time following all of the lingo and action. To Stephen King's credit, the parts I did understand were vivid and easy to see, as usual, b
Ruth Turner

(Collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams)

The finer points of American Baseball may have eluded me, but this is a damn good story nonetheless.
Mar 16, 2016 Reddish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, king
En este pequeño tomo nos encontramos con dos historias. La primera no me ha aportado nada de nada. Si no eres fan de los deportes, te llega incluso a aburrir. Pero la segunda historia ha sido mucho más interesante, más estilo S. King, y me ha encantado! Yo recomiendo totalmente "Moralidad" antes que "Blockade Billy", pero para gustos, colores.

“El hombre sonrió. Fue una sonrisa benévola. También desagradable: labios de oveja, dientes de lobo.”
Two great little stories, fun quick read, highly enjoyable.
Jul 04, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blockade Billy:
Ok, now I hate being hard on Stephen King books, but this book confused me a bit. I am not a baseball person at all (any kind of sport really) and throughout alot of the story he is describing games. So much of that was over my head. I did love the conversational tone, as if Granny was telling the story to Uncle Stevie, and that did help a bit. Well, that's my only complaint there. Thought I was gonna trash it didn't ya? lol. I was pretty surprised by the twist and very much enjoy
Franco  Santos
No le tenía muy buenas expectativas a este libro, pero me terminó sorprendiendo.

Blockade Billy es un relato que lo podría haber disfrutado mucho más si me gustara el Baseball, sin embargo, me resultó entretenido y me cautivó con ese final. Me encantó la narrativa en primera persona, también.

Luego tenemos al segundo cuento, Moralidad. Es una buena historia, te atrapa desde el inicio. Me pareció un poco inverosímil, ya que, en mi opinión, es muy exagerado; no obstante, es muy interesante por ser
William "Blockade Billy" Blakely only played the Major League for a month or so, but he just might have been the greatest baseball player the game has ever had. So why haven't you heard of him? Sitcher self down, Constant Reader, and let ol' Stevie tell ya the story!

I'll admit, I haven't read much by King--The Stand, Dark Tower, Under the Dome, one or two others--so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I figured THE THING that got Blockade Billy erased from the record books would be something mor
Yolanda Sfetsos
Aug 27, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
It's no secret that I'm a Stephen King fan. After all, I have a copy of every book he's ever written--more than one format for some--and absolutely love the way he spins a tale. But I've fallen behind on my challenge to read 6 King Books this year. lol.

So, when hubby suggested I try this book, I shrugged and got started. I read the first 30 pages in one sitting, and was totally intrigued. Then, I found out there was another story included as well, which made me happier.

Jul 12, 2010 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
When you're as big a name as Stephen King, you could pretty much publish a grocery list and people would snap it up. But part of that is because he's earned the trust of his readers, so that when he decides to push the limits or do something different, readers will follow him and give whatever experiment he's trying a fair chance.

Those experiments have given us some enjoyable reads and some interesting entries in the Stephen King library.

"Blockade Billy" is another noble experiment by King. Rele
Desiree Koh
Once upon a time, I wanted to be a horror writer, because of Stephen King. "It" grabbed my heart, kept it warm, then squeezed it cold whenever it grew talons. "Carrie" just plain scared the living shit out of me. "Different Seasons" put short stories in a different light, then freaked me out when the light went out. And so on... there was a time I actually rented "Christine" on VHS and enjoyed it.

But now, I much prefer writing non-fiction, although a big part of that is because it pays the bills
Mar 16, 2015 Joey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Perfect little story to read as Spring Training is under way. I enjoyed reading with the only fault being it's too short. And Morality was a good one too.
Jun 05, 2016 Joel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mucho se ha criticado a este libro, y aunque estoy de acuerdo en que no es ni de lejos uno de los mejores libros de King, la verdad es que tampoco me parece tan malo.

Creo que el punto a favor es que es muy corto (ademas de que tiene dos historias completamente distintas) y por eso no quita mucho tiempo su lectura. Sin duda lo disfrutarán más aquellos que sean fan del baseball.

Blockade Billy: 3*
Moralidad: 3.5*
A lot of people seemed to enjoy this novella, yet it simply was not able to convince me of its ingenuity. I couldn't connect to any of the characters, wasn't invested in the plot, and my lack of knowledge and interest in baseball did not add to my enjoyment. Another one of my failures on my King quest.
Jay Jessmer
Feb 14, 2014 Jay Jessmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to try to keep this very simple...if you need a way to kill about an hour of time, grab hold of this Stephen King novella and prepare to be sucked in and mesmerized!! This is the fictionalized story of a phenom baseball rookie who captivates the sports world for one shining moment in 1957, but appears to be harboring a dark secret. the story is told through the voice of the teams' former 3rd base coach to Stephen King in a nursing home. The suspense builds rapidly, as we are told earl ...more
This was a nice treat. Two stories in one small volume that's easy to tote around. Not that you need to tote much, as it won't take long at all to finish it. But King almost always delivers, and he does so here once more.

"Blockade Billy" is a delightful little tale about baseball, told to Mr. King by an old baseball manager in a retirement home. It's about one player at least, and the events surrounding his playing career. King hits a home run here. There is a lot of baseball talk and game descr
Sam Quixote
Baseball fans or no, the best of the two short stories in this slim volume (a rarity with Stephen King) is without question "Morality". A young married couple is given the moral choice of going through with a nefarious deed for $200k by an elderly Priest. It smacks of Richard Matheson's story "Button, Button" (recently filmed as "The Box"), and is one of King's best stories in a while. It shows how a deed can change a person and how a secret can tear apart a marriage - moreover his characterisat ...more
Apr 25, 2010 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Baseball fans, Stephen King fans, Writers, Short story readers
Stephen has a way with words that comes (must come?) with ruthless self-editing.

Blockade Billy is a novella at best and should probably be considered a novelette. The size, coming after “Under the Dome”, is a bit of a let down. But it is appropriate. Particularly in it’s hard-bound state. And you do get a trading card...

The story is told from the perspective of the Titans third base coach, George Grantham aka. Granny, telling the whole thing to Mr. King. The first bit of advise he gives him is
When I saw Stephen King's author photo on the back of this book, I felt a hole somewhere inside of me fill up with love and joy (or something close to it). This man loves his baseball. Look at that photo and tell me you don't grin ear-to-ear. He's like a kid on Christmas morning, a kid in the candy store, a kid who just caught a home run hit by his favorite baseball player of all time. King is goofy-happy about his baseball. And while I might not care that much about the sport, I can appreciate ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another one of those random finds going round the local charity stores. I have been after this book for a while but being a limited availability hardback book which what is essentially two short stories parcelled as one - one 80 pages or so the other 50. As with me I won't do spoilers just to say that regardless of the content - the packaging or anything to me these are classic Stephen King short stories - the likes of which I have always enjoyed from the classics of Night Shift and ske ...more
Emily G
I've never gotten into the phenomenon that is Stephen King. I cannot tell you the amount of books of his I have started and never finished due to losing interest, and I've only ever finished one, Pet Cemetery, which was amazing. So, I have decided to try again but starting with novellas, and I picked this one as the baseball theme piqued my interest.

The premise of the story is that the New Jersey Titans need a new catcher, when they lose two in 24 hours. What they get is William 'Blockade' Blake
Diego González
Hay gente que paga una cantidad, normalmente modesta, por abonarse a Real Madrid Televisión o la tele particular del equipo de sus amores. En esas emisoras en ocasiones se emite en riguroso directo el entrenamiento de los equipos a los que deben su existencia. Esas retransmisiones deben ser las únicas más aburridas que un partido de cricket. Y sin embargo hay quien paga por verlas desde su casa, y también por acudir al extrarradio mal comunicado donde los equipos suelen situar sus campos de entr ...more
Paul Cockeram
This short book delivers the title novella and a "bonus story" titled "Morality," both of which feature otherwise good or innocent-seeming people doing the wrong thing. But King's most noteworthy accomplishment in this mini-collection is the voice of the title novella's narrator. He is a crusty old baseballer steeped in the game's jargon, a living embodiment of the game's history. He is love of the game incarnate, and I suspect he is the reason my father handed this book off to me, saying only, ...more
Stephen  Alff (AlffBooks)
An intriguing story with a interesting point of view. I enjoyed reading this story, a pity I know so little about baseball, it might of made me understand more of the detail but in the end that wasn't really the most important part of the story, it's just extra detail to flesh out the story and to make it realistic and it is very well done. Short enough and quick to read. This is one of the lighter stories that I have read by Stephen King.
G.S. Wright
Feb 26, 2016 G.S. Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of his stories. Still enjoyable.
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