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
What would you do for $200,000 tax free? Check out what happens when Nora and Chad decide to fulfill an old man's evil last wish that turns their world upside down. Ok Bonus Story with an ending that left me unfulfilled.
(my 5 Star rating for the main event....Blockade Billy!)...more
Baseball has a rich history of good writing. Guys like George Will, Roger Kahn, Roger Angell, and Michael L. Lewis to name a few have contributed to building the game’s mythos. King also has contributed to baseball literature, especially his co ...more
Despite not being fond of the subject, this is a Stephen King story and I found the telling of the old baseball team i ...more
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
Blockade Billy -- a perpetually second-rate New Jersey pro-baseball team in the late 50's ...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
The story is told t ...more
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
The plot is a combo of suspense and just plain fun. A break from best-selling author's horror novels,
It's the story of William Blakeley, aka Blockade Billy, who had a short career in major league baseball. It really is historical fiction at it's best.
Country boy William Blakeley quickly establishes himself as the real deal—hitting well above average and ...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
An additional star is given for the second story, "Morality" but even that isn't particularly ...more
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.