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Blockade Billy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Rules of Baseball

Stephen King is hearing the eyewitness account of the amazing, but short-lived baseball career of rookie, William "Blockade Billy" Blakely, as you simultaneously overhear the conversation. The gruff baseball lingo of the New Jersey Titan's third base coach, George Gran...
Stephen King is hearing the eyewitness account of the amazing, but short-lived baseball career of rookie, William "Blockade Billy" Blakely, as you simultaneously overhear the conversation. The gruff baseball lingo of the New Jersey Titan's third base coach, George Grantham, or "Granny", takes you to the games and relates the highlights of the innings that bear telling.
To anyone who has ever seen a softball or baseball team in play, courtesy of Mr. King's storytelling ability, the action unfolds and comes alive compelling you to turn the pages.
You know all along that something is not quite right with Blakely, or King would not be interested in his tale of celebrity or why the record of his stats no longer exist, but you need to complete this consuming and sometimes melancholy novella to get the answers.
This is an easy read, but one should take in this tale slowly so as to capture and visualize the full effect.

posted by GailPFL on April 28, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Not worth the money

A good story - my bad for not looking at size of file to determine it was a short story and not a book - certainly not worth $7.99.

posted by jcNC on May 24, 2010

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Classic Baseball Story with a Twist

    The narrator of "Blockade Billy" is a crusty old former baseball man who recounts the story of an odd but immensely talented young catcher whose numbers had been permanently erased from the books.

    But why?

    You'll need to read this haunting novella for that answer. Stephen King has penned a winner here in this all-to-brief, nostalgic look at baseball before scandals, drugs and free agency changed the game forever. The first-person writing style most closely resembles King's earlier work, "Dolores Claibourne."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2010

    A very good story

    A story for fans of Mr. King (or rather Mr. Bachman), baseball and the novel Blaze.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    King shows his love for the game of baseball...

    Not a bad read, although for some odd reason I thought it was a novel, not a short story. Better for younger readers. Interesting characters. I've read much better from Mr. King. All in all it is okay-a 3-star read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    a waste of money

    I've read all of Stephen kings and like most of them but this was just dumb. It's a small book 6 inches and a short book. just not worth the money. Under the dome was great, wonderful.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

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    Must read for Stephen King fans

    Well written and interesting, this novella moves quickly to it's revelation. It's shortness does not allow for King's usual deep character developement. It is more the bare bones of a very good book.I enjoyed it & would recommend adding it to your collection.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Perceptive and entertaining.

    Two stories about the destructive ripple effects of a festering human soul.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    A Quick Read

    Boom Boom Boom Out go the lights!

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    It was a good story, however, it should have listed as a short

    It was a good story, however, it should have listed as a short story. I would not have purchased it for $7.99 .

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    "There was something strange about him, something off, some

    "There was something strange about him, something off, something that made folks nervous..." William "Blockade Billy" Blakely was a last minute replacement for not one, but two catchers who met with accidents right before the baseball season opened. There was no expectation that he'd do well, but the New Jersey Titans needed a catcher and were desperate. So up from the minors came Blakely, and while he was a little "off," he could stop a ball, and an opponent, like no other.

    The story opens with an old man in a nursing home telling Stephen King the story of Blockade Billy. We soon learn that the old man is George Granny Grantham, the long since retired third-base coach of the Titans. Billy, he recalls, was called up from the farm team and it was soon apparent that he was a young man of few words. But that didn't matter once his talents were exposed. Billy was a strong hitter and nobody got past him trying to slide into home plate. The fans loved him, holding up signs such as "Road Closed" and "Bloh-KADE!" Okay, so he talked to himself and often spoke of Billy in the third person. Quirky? Yup, but he was an invaluable member of the team so who cared?

    Since this is a Stephen King short story, we know that there is more to Billy that initially meets the eye. And at just 80 short pages, it doesn't take long to discover what the mystery is. While a fun story, it certainly doesn't rank among the creepiest of King's. The language is also a bit "spicy," and because it revolves tightly around baseball, will likely appeal primarily to baseball fans. Still, if you are a Stephen King fan, I'd recommend adding this one to your collection.

    This edition of Blockade Billy contains a second short story, Morality. In this tale, we meet Chad and Nora, a seemingly happy couple. Chad works as a substitute teacher while working on his novel, and Nora works as a visiting nurse, caring for an elderly, retired minister, Winnie, who is recovering from a stroke. Money is tight, so when Winnie proposes a deal in which Nora will have to do something illegal but unlikely to land her in jail, in exchange for $200,000, she and Chad must make a big decision. Of course there'd be no story if they passed on the offer, the question is, what will happen once Nora "does the dead"? The tale doesn't hold any real surprises, but does bring home the fact that money doesn't buy happiness.

    Quill says: Typical quirky King, Blockade Billy certainly won't rank as one of King's best short stories, but it is a satisfying read for a Saturday afternoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Highly recommended

    An original and poignant story. The ending made me want to cry. A must read!

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    It's an okay read, should have been thrown into one of King's sh

    It's an okay read, should have been thrown into one of King's short story novels.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

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    Shut up harriet klausner. You ruin every book you post about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Good quick read

    Not a long book like most of kings works. This story keeps you guessing billys secret. I say this is a good rainy day read. If you are a king fan to begin with, you will probably enjoy this book.....but at the end youll see its not like kings signature gore and scary scenes im your mind. Enjoy

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

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    Justifiably King

    Smooth flowing storytelling for which King is synonymous. Must read for any King fan or someone looking for something different...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

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    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    Well Done Mr. King

    Stepgen King has done it sgain in this short but very sweet story of the game of baseball with a twist. Of course it would not be a Stephen King story without a twist. Mr. King since I first picked up The Stand in '92 you have not dissapointed me. Can't wait for 11/23/63

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Recommended - need sequel!!!!!

    I bought this as an audio book for my dad. Originally he didn't like the ending because it leaves the reader hanging. He wants a sequel Mr. King! Finish this book :-)
    Overall, he said it was a good book. We look forward to Part II.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    good short

    MR KING SHORT STORYS ARE HIS BEST ONLY 4 STAR BECUASE IT WAS ONLY
    45 PGS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    e-book is NOT the whole book.

    I bought this as an e-book to read on the nook that I received for Christmas and was utterly shocked to see that A) it was only 50 some pages and B) did not contain the second short story, "Morality" that is included in both print editions.

    Why would Barns and Noble sell an incomplete product at such and inflated price??

    Avoid on the Nook. Instead, read Blockade Billy in book form.

    Very Disappointing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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