Õ Read ¼ Blaze by Richard Bachman ✓ LookFirst 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 feel that Stephen King has become one of the masters of a story telling, and b character development I believe his characters, care about them, and, even through the unbelievable worlds and situations through which these palpable characters inhabit and experience, believe them.
In Blaze, which was originally written at a very young age, sat on the back burner for 25 years, and fortunat When I started this book, my goal was to read thirty pages a day until I was done I expected it to be a chore I expected to like it as much as maybe even less than I did the first time I read it This plan worked until yesterday, when I started reading and never wanted to stop After a mad dash through the last 100 pages of this book, I ve decided to write a letter to Past E and ask him what the fuck his problem was.
Cuz this book ain t half bad I know why I hated this book the first time Won t ever forget it George reminded me painfully of my father, and the less than subtle OF MICE AND MEN remake aspect ruined my experience Steinbeck s novella is perfect, if you ask me, and attempting to reboot and lengthen it seemed wrong on a basic human level, no matter if I am a massive Stephen Kin It was a dirty world, and the longer you lived, the dirtier you got 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 then we have the past which details Blaze s childhood and friendship partnership with George Blaze has been dealt a bad hand in life, you can t help but wonder what kind of life he might have had if things had been different King does a terrific job of making you sympathise with this tragic character I may have shed a few tears I much preferred the flashbacks to Blaze s past than the pre Aided by the voice of his dead friend George in his head, a slow goliath named Blaze kidnaps an infant and holds him for ransom Can Blaze hold things together long enough to collect the ransom 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, one of the present day kidnapping and the other of Blaze s past, how a beating at the hands of his father rendered him a simpleton and landed him in the state home I found Blaze s past way interesting than his kidnapping scheme, which had some ludicrous moments due to Blaze not really knowing what he was doing When the wheels predictably come off, things quickly go to hell in a handbasket DNFed on page 76I 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 since I was buddy reading it with Mrs Janie, from Bookworms Buddy, who is a fantastic Booktuber But the book didn t work out to me.
Of course, I wouldn t say DON T read THIS BOOK, because I haven t read the whole thing Because I was impatient , and I can t judge it as a whole because it might indeed turn
This was a bit of a return to the old classic King, sans monsters and gore It s a novel King wrote 30 odd years ago, then rediscovered and polished up and released as the last of his Bachman books Ironically, I found it to be one of the better stories of his I ve read recently, but I always have had a bit of a preference for his older stories his newer stuff often just doesn t quite strike the right chord with me.
King has always been good with stories that pull up the carpets on small town America and look at what s crawling around between the planks of the floorboards Blaze is about a huge galoot of a man, Clayton Blaisdell, Jr.
, who s as slow witted as he is strong bodied Basically a genial soul who doesn t want to hurt anyone and whose only sin was being born into a crapsack world where he never got Zadnja Bachmanova knjiga napisana davne 73 godine, a manuskript prona en na tavanu poslije 30 i kusur godina Stvarno teta to je Bachman preminuo pisao je prokleto dobre knjige Iako ovdje nema pr tenja ideja na sve strane i iako je pri a poprili no banalna, ima ono ne to, a to je karakterizacija Blaze, iako negativac ove pri e, je tako draga i fina osoba, a la John Coffey iz Zelene milje, da ti srce ugrije toplinom i dobrotom kojom lik zra i, uprskos u asnim djetinjstvom koju je imao, i pomalo nepravednim zivotom kojeg je pro ivio.
Mom apsolutnom u ivanju ove pri e je malko zasmetao policajac Albert , koji je bio nekako meh, previ e crno bijelo.
Sve u svemu, zaista poslastica za itat 4.
5 Stephen King may be the master of horror, but with Blaze he proves that he s also just a plain ole good writer This story is a mixture of a thriller, a mystery, a police procedural, and a personal struggle to figure out who you are 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 times , Blaze hasn t had the brains for learning The dent in his forehead might make him look scary, but we soon learn that Blaze isn t much of a threat except when he s really angry He might look like a giant at 6 7 and nearly 300 pounds, but this man s heart is as soft as his mind Blaze has pretty much drifted through life by skirting the law and mostly with exceptions avoiding trouble When he meets George Rackley, Blaze learns the art
I cannot believe how good this book is.
well, there were a couple things that bothered me in the narration sequence, particularly the final flash from the past, but I m still surprised at the overall low ratings.
This is not your typical Stephen KingRichard Bachmanread, 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 OMG moments.
It s not easy to entice a reader to like a character that kidnaps a babyno spoiler herebut Mr King accomplished just that for me with Blaze.
his GREAT BIG 6 7 doofus of a man who begins his early life with a busted head and slow bra Once Upon A Time, A Fellow Named Richard Bachman Wrote Blaze On An Olivetti Typewriter, Then Turned The Machine Over To Stephen King, Who Used It To Write Carrie Bachman Died In Cancer Of The Pseudonym , But This Last Gripping Bachman Novel Resurfaced After Being Hidden Away For Decades An Unforgettable Crime Story Tinged With Sadness And Suspense Clayton Blaisdell, Jr Was Always A Small Time Delinquent None Too Bright Either, Thanks To The Beatings He Got As A Kid Then Blaze Met George Rackley, A Seasoned Pro With A Hundred Cons And One Big Idea The Kidnapping Should Go Off Without A Hitch, With George As The Brains Behind Their Dangerous Scheme But There S Only One Problem By The Time The Deal Goes Down, Blaze S Partner In Crime Is Dead Or Is He Includes A Previously Uncollected Story, Memory The Riveting Opening To Stephen King S New Scribner Hardcover Novel, Duma Key