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Blaze: A Novel by Richard Bachman

Blaze: A Novel (edition 2008)

by Richard Bachman, Stephen King (Foreword)

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Title:Blaze: A Novel
Authors:Richard Bachman
Other authors:Stephen King (Foreword)
Info:Pocket Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Der erste Teil ist sprachlich knapp und brutal - das Beste, was ich von King bis jetzt gelesen habe. ( )
  ufkls | Jun 20, 2017 |
Review: Blaze by Richard Bachman.

Between the years of 1966-1973 Stephen King wrote under pseudonym as Richard Bachman. No matter how old his books are he masterly created for his readers. Blaze is not a creepy, haunting, horror or a classic but it still entails some developed shady characters that strive on the other side of the law.

The story begins with the main character, Blaze who is sympathetically slow because he was beaten brutally by a drunk, abusive father. His abnormity shows a dent on the side of his head where his father threw him down a flight of stairs many times and he grew to a massive size at a young age to six foot seven inches tall. He was a good size boy and at school he had a friend he protected from the bully’s. While still living home with his father he committed petty crimes but once he moved out on his own his criminal sprees increased. Blaze committed crimes, but his last was a felony but I still felt a little sorry for him. I never felt like he was insane, his friends he choose maybe, but he was just mentally retarded to where other criminals took advantage of his size and slowness and used him on some of their offensive capers.

I thought Blaze was smart in his own way and very caring. He had one best friend in school while living home but after he left home he connected with a few offenders until he met up with George. Both he and George were incarcerated a couple of times but always managed to get back together when they got done their time. George was like a mentor for Blaze and I honestly believe George really befriended Blaze. George had big plans for himself and Blaze. Over a few months he explained it all out to Blaze and that was going to be the highlight of their lives.

Soon, Blaze is alone again but he believed George was still with him most of the time because George would talk to him. Their plans they made Blaze felt he still had to go through with it and he felt he was getting help from George. However, Blaze did realize at times that George was gone for good but George’s voice kept coming back telling him what to do or if he did something wrong. The job Blaze took on this time was serious and he felt he could do it with George’s help. Blaze did a couple more robberies to get the supplies he need for this next crime. The felony crime was kidnapping…At this point you will see another side of Blaze…

The book was really enjoyable because I also knew Blaze was a caring person throughout the story….Amazing to the end which I wished was a little longer because Stephen King created a great story… ( )
  Juan-banjo | Feb 19, 2017 |
Truly an amazing read...your heart goes out to the characters as only King can do. ( )
  Emery_Demers | Sep 17, 2016 |
The story concerns Clayton Blaisdell, Jr. (known as "Blaze" for short, thus the title), a mentally challenged small-time con artist who kidnaps a millionaire's infant child, in the hopes of fulfilling the dreams of George Thomas Rackley, Blaze's deceased best friend and partner in crime. The chapters alternate between Blaze's past — which covers his childhood (including how he came to be brain damaged) and his entry into a life of crime despite an otherwise sweet demeanor — and his current caper, in which he imagines that he is still constantly advised by his friend George. Despite the helpfulness of (the imaginary) George's advice, Blaze's world begins to crumble during his kidnapping venture, especially as he bonds with the baby. In the end, Blaze runs from his inevitable destiny back to the horrors of his old orphanage, the Hetton House. After the cops storm it, he rushes to a cave, where the baby is nearly killed, and Blaze ends up killing two policemen. He is killed by a police officer, and is buried only a few miles away from where his father lived.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
This was just ok. I am a big Stephen King fan, but I just wasn't thrilled with this one. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
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Chronicles the life and times of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr.--the crimes committed against him and the crimes he himself commits, including a kidnapping he is doomed to attempt.

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