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
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
If you love Of Mice and Men, then this would be a great King to pick up! Both feature a couple of guys just trying to make ends meet, one of which is the “brains” of the two and the other is this 6 foot 7 gentle giant that isn’t too bright due to the beatings he took as a kid (poor Blaze!)
The story unfolds with two separate timelines: we have current day where Blaze is trying to kidnap a baby in order to make some money, and t ...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
Cuz this book ain't half bad.
I know why I hated this book the first time. ...more
An obvious homage to Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Blaze follows the life of clay Blaisdell Jnr. A big lummox of a man, a little short in the intelligence field, he is both needy and loyal. The sum of these traits make him easy prey for undesirables who like to use him as an offsider.
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
I hated this book from the very first page. I didn't like the atmosphere of it. I didn't like the writing, which, to me at least, felt very dry. And I didn't like the two main characters; not even Blaze, who is soft in the head (I am sorry if that sounds inhuman to say, but it is how I felt), and I thought that he isn't an interesting character, as far as I've read.
I just didn't care about anyone and anything.
Also, I need to say that I was very excited to read Blaze, especially ...more
I like the way King introduced his main character in the beginning with a sparse amount of information, and then interchanged chapters the character's past with the present. We know that Blaze has ...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
This was the last book written under that pen name, and it is not of the horror genre but a bit like Of Mice and Men with a crime story thrown in. A kind but slow fellow named Blaisedell is befriended by a small time con called George who uses him in his cons, but genuinely cares for the big lug. Blaze continuously talks with George throughout the snatching of a six month old baby, but the twist ...more
Not 100% convinced this belongs in the Bachman stable, but a solid read with a lot more sentimental crime fiction feel than suspense, thrills or horror. A must-read for King-completists, but not one I would recommend say if you wanted to read his top 20 works. Long days and pleasant nights. ...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!
As always I appreciated King's own words about the story ...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
This review contains spoilers.
Written before Carrie, then edited before its release in 2007 as a posthumous Bachman book, Blaze tells the story of sympathetic rogue Clayton Blaisdell, or "Blaze". King tips his hat to Steinbeck in this one, it being a shadow of Of Mice and Men. Our narrator splits the story between Blaze's tragic childhood and adolescence, and his life in the present.
And, presently, our big galoot—dull-witted but big and burly—is car ...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
Clayton Blaisdell Jr. aka Blaze hails from Maine. His brogue is a testament to his deplorable childhood. And when he decides to go it alone and pull the con of his lifetime, by kidnapping a rich heir, he doesn't listen to his partner in crime George and falls right into a routine with the six-month-old baby. But with the authorities hot on his heels, does he manage to pull it off? What is it that makes him tick? And what is it that made him who he is?
"If you think of this ...more
It took me some time to really get into it,and at times it felt a bit slow. That took away that one star. But other than that,I really enjoyed this. The character of Blaze was so well written,I really started to care for him. The story tells his life story as well ...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?
Blaze's story is so sad. I've read some reviews that see him only as a criminal. I saw him as a kind, gentle, good-hearted man who is easily swayed by others. If he had had the right support, even once in his life, he would never have gotten mixed up with criminals. If only the farmer who befriended him had lived, Blaze's life would have had such a wonderfully different turn. The poor boy had no support or undestanding from anyone at all while growing up.
I got t ...more
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
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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