I couldn't stop listening to this. All the character's are brought to life and you know who they are. Not a boring part to it. You know how it has to end but you keep hoping that it doesn't.
I love Stephen King and typically like Richard Bachman. Even though this book is a "trunk novel" as described by King, it doesn't feel out of date. It was narrated perfectly with great character differences. Bachman makes you care about the main character and how he finds himself in the current predicament. Well worth the credit.
It is a good thing that I overlooked the fact that Stephen King was involved in this; if not, I would have missed reading a very good story. The story of "Blaze" is one filled with "what ifs" and sad turns, but the reader can't help but wishing for the best outcome. In many aspects, it made me reassess some long standing opinions and judgements. The narration was top-notch. I have great respect for Ron McLarty and his ability to create an unique voice for each character, withouth falling in caricature.
rage against the machine
This novel has Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. playing the part of Lenny. However, there is a George; sort of. It is the story of “One big score” and how it goes wrong. Thankfully, unlike some of his other novels, SK properly concludes this one…..enjoy
As always King/Bachman is able to develop characters in a way that makes me think about them long after the story is over. I really came to like Blaze but don't want to say more here without giving away the ending.
Yes. He captures the Bachman mileu
Just one thing. I came away with this ringing in my ears: Life's a bitch and then we die, that's why we get high. Was that the message or do you now have something against an ending to the tale?
How bout some closure, a twist maybe. Joe grew up to be the next Hitler....what? Next time may I suggest leading with: The following will be a wonderful character sketch and that's it; don;t expect any denouement, resolve.
I got the feeling you hit a writing deadline and said, WTF, put a period on it and phoned it in.
In the forward by Stephen King he describes the story as an early effort that has its faults. The story is heartbreaking but somehow lacks punch.
It is a great early effort and I look forward to seeing what this author does next. Ha,ha,ha!
Definitely worth the read, if for nothing else to see where it began and how awesome it became!!!
I was prepared for a stinker after reading the forward where King referred to this as a "trunk novel". But don't let that scare you off of Blaze. This book is just as good as anything else King has written.
Very disjointed, with a lot of fluff. I did like to see that all proceeds go to a fund for aspiring writers, unfortunately that is the best thing I can say.