Even the most diehard baseball fans don't know the true story of William "Blockade Bill ...more
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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!)
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 ...more
For those who aren't baseball fans though, this book still contains enough of King's wonderful characters and dial ...more
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 ...more
“El hombre sonrió. Fue una sonrisa benévola. También desagradable: labios de oveja, dientes de lobo.”
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
BLOCKADE BILLY: Tells the ...more
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 ...more
But now, I much prefer writing non-fiction, although a big part of that is because it pays the bills ...more
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*
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more