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5.0 out of 5 stars Great King Baseball novel
Usual King great read. Difficult to put down. Some of the baseball terminology took a bit of understanding but that said it was still a good read.
A must for all King fans and a good introduction to King for new readers of him.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. M. Kilvington

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3.0 out of 5 stars Baseballs and morals
Baseball fans or no, the best of the two short stories in this slim volume (a rarity with Stephen King) is without question "Morality". A young married couple is given the moral choice of going through with a nefarious deed for $200k by an elderly Priest. It smacks of Richard Matheson's story "Button, Button" (recently filmed as "The Box"), and is one of King's best...
Published 21 months ago by Sam Quixote


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3.0 out of 5 stars Baseballs and morals, 8 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Blockade Billy (Kindle Edition)
Baseball fans or no, the best of the two short stories in this slim volume (a rarity with Stephen King) is without question "Morality". A young married couple is given the moral choice of going through with a nefarious deed for $200k by an elderly Priest. It smacks of Richard Matheson's story "Button, Button" (recently filmed as "The Box"), and is one of King's best stories in a while. It shows how a deed can change a person and how a secret can tear apart a marriage - moreover his characterisation of the Priest Winston is pitch-perfect as a tempter of sin.

"Blockade Billy" isn't bad but it isn't good either. It tells the story of a maverick unknown baseball player from the 50s who had a good season but had a dark secret that changed everything and ensured his name was kept out of the record books. The ending felt a bit incongruous and silly and Billy himself a bit of a cipher rather than someone you could see in your mind's eye.

At any rate it's a quick, one sitting read and an enjoyable read if only for "Morality" than the title piece. King fans will love it, short story lovers will find it so-so.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 11 Oct 2013
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Not one of the better stories from the master story teller. The book did not become a compulsive page turner in the way that many of his books do.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, 2 Sep 2013
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This is a short story focusing on the world of baseball. It's quite a simple plot and seems to be over before it even gets going.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blockade Billy, 22 Aug 2013
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Format on the kindle is fine - no problems noted.

(There seems to be a version including the short story Morals - this does not seem to be it.)

It's a well written short story that does the job of distracting and entertaining. Is it great art? Probably not. It's enjoyable and I'm afraid I've not been enjoying a lot of the crop of the recent Mr King output so that was a pleasure in itself.

Personally I'd put it on my bookself next to Green Mile. It has that same elegant composure of a time past that is easily captured by the reader due to the industry of the author. It's a totally different story so don't let that book shelf confuse you.

I have to mark it down simply because it is, first and foremost, a baseball story. If you know or understand the sport then im sure it's a real pleasure. As a total noob who has a slightly better grasp of string theory than baseball then just too much of the story flies miles above my head making it less comprehensible and less satisfying "in the round".

Bottom line, I'd welcome Blockade Billy as a worthy story in any compendium but I'd be reluctant to buy it as a stand alone book. CW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great King Baseball novel, 20 May 2013
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Mrs. M. Kilvington (England) - See all my reviews
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Usual King great read. Difficult to put down. Some of the baseball terminology took a bit of understanding but that said it was still a good read.
A must for all King fans and a good introduction to King for new readers of him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY - SUMS IT UP, 31 Mar 2013
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Not one of his greatest, rather lightweight, and the outcome was fairly predictable.
Still, it whiled away a flight successfully
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helps to know baseball, 15 Mar 2013
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As others have said a knowldge of baseball would probably help in the enjoymeny of this story. Having said that the core of the strory stands on its own and as always with Mr King its an enjoyable read, even if the 'twist' is guessable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another baseball book, 17 Feb 2013
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Cj Campbell "Chris John Campbell" (South England) - See all my reviews
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Usual Stephen King standard but not as readable as alot of his other titles. Based around the baseball game which by very nature of the terminology used gets a bit confusing for UK readers who may not be totally familiar with the game.Personally, I prefer the more horrific Stephen King style
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blockade Billy, 26 Dec 2012
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Gillian Forsyth (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Not one of his best, still a decent read to pass the time with - reckon baseball fans would enjoy it more.One for the American market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 7 Feb 2012
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L. P. Lewzey (north-east London, UK) - See all my reviews
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In a bit of a rush, so all I will say is that this is great. Told as one of the characters talking to Stephen King. Probably best if you know baseball a little. Great shortish story. One of his best.
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