Thursday, October 21, 2010

Blockade Billy (e-book) by Stephen King

 While I was searching for books on the other tasks for the Take Another Chance Challenge, I realized I was outright dismissing certain writers.  One of the them was Stephen King and I realized that I always assume that I will be scared or won't like a King book.  Once when I was around 10 or so, I wanted to read The Stand and a neighbor told me that I wouldn't like it because it might be too scary (I can agree now that The Stand might be too much for a 10 year old esp. one prone to nightmares) and so I never read anything by him.
I was suppose to read Dolores Claiborne but in the end I couldn't do it.  So I picked Blockade Billy, a novella by King, which combines two thing I don't read, Stephen King and sports.

Told in an interview form, Blockade Billy tells the story of a rookie coming in to catch for a professional New Jersey baseball team in 1957.  But bizarre things begin to happen for the team and something is up with the new guy.
There was something strange about him, something off, something that made folks nervous...but that something made people take to him too.  p.13
Going in I wasn't sure at first.  Like I said I'm not usually up for Stephen King and I'm not a huge sports fan, but I enjoyed this novella.  It was suspenseful waiting for the secret of Billy and even interesting to hear about the bad luck that followed him around.  The ending was as disturbing as I had anticipated.

Even though I enjoyed this, I don't think I'll read any more Stephen King.  I am just a huge fraidy-cat and I know that I won't sleep reading a lot of his books.  Though, even saying that, I might have to give The Stand a try or maybe just try to graphic novels of that book first.

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  1. Hi! I'm stopping by to say that the November Novella Challenge is back. I hope you'll sign up again!

  2. @J.T. - Definitely! Thanks for telling me.

    @Juju - Yeah, nostalgic but sinister too.

  3. I haven't read anything by Stephen King before (I get scared easily, haha!). I have a feeling I'd be up all night if I read too many of his books, too. But I really want to know what happened in the end... darn that suspense!

  4. @Linna - This one wasn't too scary, just suspenseful.


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