Blockade Billy

Blockade Billy

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GailPFL More than 1 year ago
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.
jcNC More than 1 year ago
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.
NJMetal More than 1 year ago
Blockade Billy is too long to be a short story and too short to be a novella. Blockade Billy also lacked that Stephen King sorta punch I kept waiting to feel the whole story through. Surprisingly it lacks a supernatural element. That being said, it IS the story of a short lived and mostly forgotten baseball ledgend of yore as told by the third basecoach of his ficticious major league baseball team. The story itself is entertaining and fast paced. My only real problem with Blockade Billy was it's lack of a supernatural edge. I felt that it made the ending unecessarily disappointing. The plot, characters and feel did have a very 'Green Mile'esque tone about it. Albeit without the depth of the 'Green Mile'. A nice little baseball read if you can grab it at the right price.
seeGreen More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I am biased towards Stephen Kings writings. I enjoy almost everything he writes and to me, much of it is superb. This short story, a very short story is intriguing. It gives a feel to the old days of baseball, with grittiness and grayness that one doesn't find today with all the finesse and flamboyancy. That alone helps make this story worth reading for it gives a true in-your-face look at what could have been the day to day of a major league team. The character of Blockade Billy and his interactions with the narrator, the Newark Titan's third base coach and the pitching ace who threw everyone under the bus except this young Iowa catcher whom he took under his wing, is incredible considering the short number of pages that the events develop in. There doesn't seem to be one extraneous word, nor one to few. Short, simply told, and beautiful imagery, which at the same time is gristly, the story of this young baseball prodigy and mentally unbalanced man is not so much thriller as a fictional true crime story with the reader knowing that something is coming and almost able to guess it. The plot doesn't really have any surprises but just a 'huh, so that's what he did' feel to it. Recommended to anyone who likes, King's work, baseball, mystery, or true crime. Can be read in an hour or so.
Italianice2k8 More than 1 year ago
Its not that I didn't like the book, its just that I cannot believe I spent $7.59 on a book that took me almost no time at all to finish reading... I didn't even look at the file size when I bought the book because King's books are usually long and in dept. This was the exact opposite. This should've been part of a collection, not its own book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the year Russia sent a satellite into orbit, New Jersey had a professional baseball team the Titans. Just before opening day, the Devil's catcher Johnny Goodkind was drunk and ran over a woman. He tried to run but was caught, which ended his sports career. His replacement Frank Faraday suffered a career ending injury during a game. The team calls up from the Minors Davenport Cornholers William Blakely who proves to be a first class player. He befriends pitcher Danny Dusen who is closing in on two hundred wins. "Blockade Billy" wants him to achieve the milestone. The crowd loves Billy, but one of the management workers who deals with the players begins to notice odd phenomena involving the catcher. Billy sometimes has a band-aid on his second finger's middle knuckle and that means trouble. Billy exactly parrots what Danny says even when he was not there to hear the words. By the time his team figures out what makes Billy tick, they erase his name from the baseball archives; the Titans since have become a historical footnote while the game's greatest play simply vanished as the season for the Titans does not count. This short novel will please Stephen King's readers especially those who cherish baseball stories. The story line feels somewhat like throwback to when baseball was the National Pastime just a decade after Jackie Robinson broke the race barrier. Well written and entertaining although the short format never allows the audience to get close to Billy or his teammates, fans will sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, King style. Harriet Klausner
BillCA More than 1 year ago
This is a Steven King book that I did not enjoy. Weak plot and character development.
HobbyReader1 More than 1 year ago
I am a big King fan, but when I bought this book thinking it was good(like most King books), but I was wrong. The concept of the book was great but the way it was carried out at the end was predictable from the get go. I was hoping there would be a twist a the end. I found myself thinking I could even make an ending like that. After the short story I read Morality, which I thought was a cool short read that seemed more like King. The only problem with this book is that its too expensive for only 130 pages that I finished in an hour or two. It really should be in a book of short stories that King does like Just After Sunset.
rothgar More than 1 year ago
Blockade Billy was a surprise with suspense as to who Billy really is. Rothgar
TenoreGC More than 1 year ago
It's an OK read, but not something I would ever suggest to somebody to get them interested in reading Stephen King.
rjb63 More than 1 year ago
Like most of Mr. Kings stories the character development is excellent. What can I say Mr. King just has a way with words and is a great story teller. Worth reading!
TravelinT More than 1 year ago
and whoever said it could be confusing to someone not well versed in baseball it could be confusing,you are right,but still I enjoyed it. ( ;
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
Stephen King - simple and pure! Loved it.
Greenfritos More than 1 year ago
First, let me say I enjoyed this short novella by King, it would make a great afternoon read while you sit by the pool, beach, or in the park. It was entertaining. But having read much of King's stories, the plot was almost predictable. I was pulled in to the story with the arrival of Billy, he's a likable character from the start. Simple, humble, hard working, with a little bit of mischief rolled in there. The story kept me interested up to the end. It was almost like King wanted to keep it at a certain length, and ended it quickly without much punch. I wanted something more sinister, or maybe "other worldly". I understand this was meant to be a limited edition hardback for collectors, then it was released to a broader audience. I can see it as a great addition to a King collector's book case as a limited edition, maybe it should have stayed that way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shortest novel ever written. I was upset at paying for this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brockade Billy may be a good short story but it should be in Stephen King's next short story collection coming out this fall. I know Mr King is a huge baseball fan and he had it released it at the beginning baseball season. A more appropiate release is it to be paperback and given free at every opening day this year.
JKtypist More than 1 year ago
While I am a fan of Stephen King and often defend him among my circles of fellow readers, this book appears to be not much more than a money grab. Spanning just 80 small pages, the short story is interesting enough to read but not worth the price of the hardback book. Could have fit nicely into a collection of shorts like After Sunset, but as a stand alone it doesn't have the legs. However, the Pixar-esque standalone short, Morality, which first appeared in 2009 in Esquire magazine is reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's masterpiece, The Lottery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First King book I ever read. He did not make me a fan from reading this book.
BostonProWriter More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story for fans of Mr. King (or rather Mr. Bachman), baseball and the novel Blaze.
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