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on 8 February 2013
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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on 7 January 2016
Only any good if you like baseball, which I don't. Not one of his best.
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on 9 May 2016
Stephen King is a big Boston Red Sox fan, so it's not surprise that he occasionally turns to his favourite sport for inspiration. This short tale follows Blockade Billy, a rookie catcher who is called up to the big leagues - but it quickly appears that something is not quite right. This novella turned out to be 80 or so pages on my device - a good choice if you're into baseball, but probably not the best read for most of King's UK fans.
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on 17 February 2013
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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on 15 March 2013
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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on 20 May 2013
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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on 7 February 2012
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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on 11 October 2013
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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on 25 July 2016
Most enjoyable. I have only been to one baseball game.and Stephen king captures the atmosphere just right.. thank you.
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on 26 December 2012
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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