A fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze in 1973 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 in late 2006 Ki...more
This is not your typical Stephen King (Richard Bachman) read, as a matter of fact, King did not originally think it worthy of being published, but be prepared, there are scary times, a kind of horror of a different sort you might say, that caused me multiple OH NO! and OM...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
Why does King start the book with an apology/warning? This book is now definitely in my top 10 favorite King books (if not the top 5)
Seems like this one is even frequently skipped by King fans - please, stop skipping and read!
This book has a great story and great characters. It is quick and easy to read and kept me interested every page.
Blaze is a flawed but easy to sympathize tragic hero who doesn't really know what he is doing, but thinks he is doing it for the be ...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
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
I'm not sure why King felt compelled to publish this after so many years and certa ...more
Es curioso que con el personaje principal de esta historia llegás a sentir una especie amor-odio.
Tiene un buen final; a muchos no les gustó, tal vez no fuese el mejor, pero es aceptable, y arriesgado. Me encanta que los autores se arriesguen con las conclusiones.
En fin, buena novela de King, para pasa ...more
After reading this I am a little surprised that it doesn't have a higher rating. I thought it was pretty damn good.
Written around the same time he wrote Carrie, King listed this one under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman. maybe that's fitting because one thing that stands out to me in this novel is that there is a complete absence of the supernatural...nada...zip...zilch!
Blaze, the nickname given to our main character here, is a hardcore crime novel. This is one of those stories that is told in su ...more
I don't believe was written by Bachman. I know. Who am I to say, but Bachman's books are always depressing or bleak. This one was neither. It was sad, but that's not quite the same thing, is it?
However reading Blaze I realised two things. The first was that its been far too long since I immersed myself in Mr Kings work and secondly - and I guess this will come across a l ...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
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
sk had the wonder of using different approaches to achieve equally satisfactory results like Of Mice and Men
if i were a director directing an sk's novel, this book would be my first choice!
If you're going to do a book with a protagonist/antagonist who is a big, good-natured mentally handicapped guy who partners up with a smaller, smarter guy, you'd better have a VERY good reason for naming the smaller guy George. No one, NO ONE in this book made ...more
I don't normally go into plot lines when going into a review because there's enough reviews out there that will do that. I just give my views and opinions. Overall I did think this was a really good book in that the storyline was easy to follow and I was completely engaged in the plot. I have never read Bachm ...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
Nice pace to the story, odd surprise here and there and quite a tense end sequence. Sad finish too but not in the way you may think, you end up rooting for the guy.... :(
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
At the beginning of Stephen King's career, the general view among publishers was that an author was limited to one book per year, since publishing more would be unacceptable to the public. King therefore wanted to write under another name, in order to increase his publication without over-saturating the market for the King "brand". He convinced his publisher, Signe ...more