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ISBN13: 9781416554844
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blue_rose, August 12, 2007 (view all comments by blue_rose)
A great King novel that you'll "blaze" through. It is both a good homage to John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men as well as a good double story of its own. Recommended to King fans and those that are new to him alike.
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kiraboo, July 9, 2007 (view all comments by kiraboo)
I liked it MUCH better than Lisey's Story, but not as much as Cell. Definitely more Bachman than King- not really scary, yet still quite suspenseful. I read it in just 2 sittings, because it was very gripping. I liked the back & forth, past & present structure- that really moved the book along, and added to the suspense.
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Spacklebury, June 12, 2007 (view all comments by Spacklebury)
I just read the first few chapters online, and I am excited about this book. Stephen King is always on top of his game and this is a book not to miss. It would be cool if he did another book tour and came to Portland again. The Snitzer reading last October was great. If you haven't read the Dark Tower books, even if you are not a King fan, you should because they are awesome....sorry to get off subject but I am a huge King fan.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416554844
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Stephen King as Richard Bachman
Foreword:
King, Stephen
Author:
Bachman, Richard
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
General
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Edition Description:
Scribner Hardco
Publication Date:
20070612
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in

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Product details 304 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781416554844 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Written circa 1973, this 'trunk novel,' as Bachman's double (aka Stephen King) refers to it in his self-deprecating foreword, lacks the drama and intensity of Carrie and the horror opuses that followed it. Still, this fifth Bachman book (after 1996's The Regulators) shows King fine-tuning his skill at making memorable characters out of simple salt-of-the-earth types. Clayton 'Blaze' Blaisdell has fallen into a life of delinquency ever since his father's brutal abuse rendered him feebleminded. King alternates chapters recounting Blaze's past mistreatment at a series of Maine orphanages and foster homes with Blaze's current plans to follow through on a kidnapping scheme plotted by his recently murdered partner in crime, George Rackley. Blaze talks to George as though he's still there, and the conversations give the tale tension, with Blaze coming across as a pitiable and surprisingly sympathetic contrast to prickly George. Despite its predictability, this diverting soft-boiled crime novel reflects influences ranging from John Steinbeck to James M. Cain. Also included is a previously uncollected story, 'Memory,' the seed of King's forthcoming novel Duma Key. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]n exquisitely written tale of suspense....In this unexpectedly heartfelt novel, the words swirl up off the pages, forming cinematic images that engage the mind and tug at the heart. It's classic American noir. Here's hoping there's another Bachman novel moldering in a trunk somewhere."
"Review" by , "Although King's flourishes have turned out an entertaining book, it's a pity that he is more serious about being taken seriously as an author. He should have committed himself to writing a truly comic caper."
"Review" by , "What makes this novel interesting...is that it's a book from which King has tried to cut the sentiment to leave something harder and more lasting....What we get is King's former alter ego channelling John Steinbeck, in a novel that reads like Of Mice and Men written as a crime caper."
"Review" by , "Blaze can best be described as a fair example of lightweight literary noir. It's not as fine as Cain, nor as down-and-dirty as the hardboiled works of Richard Stark or Jim Thompson (two other writers King cites as inspirations in his intro), but it's still a worthwhile read."
"Review" by , "[A]n exquisitely written tale of suspense....It's classic American noir. Here's hoping there's another Bachman novel moldering in a trunk somewhere."
"Review" by , "No matter to whom it is credited, Blaze contains some of King's finest work."
"Review" by , "Blaze is a solid piece of crime fiction, but certainly not something worth raising the roof over in terms of praise — King himself notes that in his introduction — and certainly doesn't rank with his best work."
"Review" by , "Although King's flourishes have turned out an entertaining book, it's a pity that he is more serious about being taken seriously as an author. He should have committed himself to writing a truly comic caper."
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