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Blockade Billy by Stephen King
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Jul 28, 2011

This edition brings together two long stories from the pen of Stephen King. The first, Blockade Billy, is set in the mid-1950s world of baseball, and tells the unlikely story of a rookie ballplayer assigned as replacement catcher for the New Jersey Titans. Billy makes an impressive start in his first game creating a wall with body for runner's to get past in their attempts to reach homeplate. But the first game also comes with an injury to a runner, one that raises some questions about Billy. King is certainly in his element with very vivid dispatches describing plays in each of the games Billy plays in and communicates his joy and love for the game. A twist to the story may be a little of a letdown, but still a good narrative from King. The second story here is "Morality" originally published in Esquire magazine last year. A young husband and wife struggling to make ends meet as he is putting together his first book about working as a substitute teacher. She, an experienced and licensed nurse, is currently working as a caregiver to a elderly priest who has recently suffereed a stroke. This priest offers her the chance to earn over $200K if she will perform an act of sin for him and videotape it as authentication of the act. The act is vile though non-sexual, but what follows for the couple turns their relationship upside down. A deviously encapturing read for fans of King's offbeat sense of realism.

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Kelani Thanks. This is a great description. Cannot wait to read!

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