Even the most die-hard baseball fans don’t know the true story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was t...more
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The story is told in reminiscing by third base coach George "Granny" Grantham to King in a ...more
Huge baseball fan + Huge Stephen King fan = A killer of a baseball catcher and a horror of a story. Loved it!
Morality - 3 Stars
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(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
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
For those who aren't baseball fans though, this book still contains enough of King's wonderful characters and dial ...more
I have finally found a kind of baseball I can get into!
I seriously did NOT think I was going to like this story on baseball--let alone give it a justly deserved 5*. I mean baseball bores the heck out of me.
I basically picked it up because the cover on this adorable tiny little hardcover is so perfectly retro and nostalgic. It's beyond cute enough to leave out on my beloved made-to-order coffee table; a place screaming for a book just like this, next to a plate of chocola ...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.”
There were two stories in this edition: Blockade Billy and Morality.
Blockade Billy was my least favourite of the two. However, it was the better written story.
Morality was my favourite. It was, however, rushed at the end. It had a great lead up to an explosive ending, then King rushed it, chopped it into bits, and left it flat.
Oh well, fun lil break from novels.
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
An additional star is given for the second story, "Morality" but even that isn't particularly ...more
But now, I much prefer writing non-fiction, although a big part of that is because it pays the bills ...more
The style is nice, though, with the former equipment manager of the New Jersey Titans narrating to "Mr. King" as if King is a reporter. George Grantham ("Granny" to the players) has seen a lot in his time, but n ...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
Mucho suspenso, eso si.
Mi historia favorita de las dos, fue Moralidad. (view spoiler)[ Ese acto de maldad que transforma a Nora en una perra sádica, me encanta. Creo que puede pasarle a cualquiera, que si al ser humano le das la oportunidad de actuar con maldad, la tomará y la explotará. Sobretodo si es una persona muy moral. No lo sé, es algo que tenemos los humanos, esa maldad latente que a veces nunca aflora. (hide spoiler)]
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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
"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