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From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
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Jun 01, 2012

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Read in July, 2004

Reading about the blinding purple light and indescribable miscarriages of the Buick 8 made me think of both Tommyknockers and Christine -- a welcome reminder that it’s far past time I revisit both novels. I’ve always enjoyed Stephen King’s storytelling, but as I get older, I find myself appreciating much more than just the plots. His characters are people I know -- kids I grew up with, parents I despise, coworkers I’ve seen at the office, cops I’ve been pulled over by -- real people. And their relationships are just as complex as the next guy’s, which adds depth, making you want to continue reading even beyond that last page.

King has written plenty of great books, but this is the first one he’s written since his accident (granted, as he states in his author’s afterward, it was in rough-draft form long before the accident happened) that’s struck the same chord with me as The Stand, The Dark Tower series, Eyes of the Dragon, and Tommyknockers. And while it’s typical King work, it’s not. It’s not really a horror story (what?!), it’s not set in Maine (no way!), and it’s not about a writer (*gasp!*). It’s about a troop of Pennsylvanian policemen who watch over what could possibly be a link to another universe or dimension — a link in the form of a well-maintained Buick 8. The troops pass the legacy of "Code D" knowledge on to the rookies who join the force and will eventually take their place as guardians, and protect “John Q” from learning of the car’s existence. Like I said, not normal King fare, but good reading, nonetheless.

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