Sunday, March 9, 2008

2008 Book 18: Blaze

Book #:18
Book Title:Blaze
Author:Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman
Publisher:Pocket Books
Pub. Date:2007
Started:March 6, 2008
Finished:March 9, 2008
Time to Read:4
Back Cover / Inside Flap:"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 1985 ("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?"

Review:A bit disappointing for a King novel...but if I look at it as a Bachman novel instead, I'm ok. It's an interesting story line - and, as King says, harkens back to Of Mice and Men in a not-to-terribly contrived way. The characterizations are good, but not enough is made of the real/surreal presence of's unfair to ask "Or is he" on the back corner when it's quickly established that George is dead and that his paranormal presence is all in Blaze's head.

All in all, a decent read, and essential for those of you trying to build a complete SK collection.

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,


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