"Blaze" by Richard Bachman AKA Stephen King Review

1Once upon a time, a fellow named Richard Bachman wrote Blaze on an Olivetti typewriter, then turned the machine over to Stephen King, who used it to write Carrie. Bachman died in 1985 (“cancer of the pseudonym”), but this last gripping Bachman novel resurfaced after being hidden away for decades an unforgettable crime story tinged with sadness and suspense. Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., was always a small-time delinquent. None too bright either, thanks to the beatings he got as a kid. Then Blaze met George Rackley, a seasoned pro with a hundred cons and one big idea. The kidnapping should go off without a hitch, with George as the brains behind their dangerous scheme. But there’s only one problem: by the time the deal goes down, Blaze’s partner in crime is dead. Or is he?

Stephen King has ones again shown us that he is one of the greatest authors of all times. It’s kind of mind of how good this book is.

The whole story in this book is just wow. It’s so unique and amazing. Yes it is far from the typical Stephen King novels, but it doesn’t make it any less good. Many die-hard Stephen King fans skip this book and its more or less pointless and stupid. Because this book is good, and you will be surprised how good it is when you give it a shot.

The characters in this are very few of them. And the main character is a giant and a bit slow thinker, but overall he is likeable and pretty good as a main character. There are times when you will feel sad for him

Of course the main character does many stupid things but these things makes even more a likeable character. He does bad things but in his mind he thinks he is doing what he does for the best. His entire life was sort of linked to bad events and throughout his whole life he had only 2 really friends.

There were times while reading when it feels like you are reading something similar to “You” by Caroline Kepnes. This pretty much describes the writing style and how good it is. The writing style in this book is through the roof.

The ending was amazing but if you loved this character throughout the story as I did you will feel sad while reading the ending. Yes it is a sad ending but it is an ending we deserve to end a such good book. The last like 20 – 30 pages you will know that FBI will get some stuff done. But however you will not expect that ending which we got.

Details and descriptions in this book are pretty good. And it almost feels like you are watching a movie because details and descriptions are so good that it makes it as an movie before your eyes. But there are a lot of things which are overused couple times in this book, but these things are very small in the end.

I think that it is important to say that the main character cant sort of deal with the his friend (George), so more or less he is like acting like he didn’t die, and he is sort of hearing his voice in his head and pretending like George is still around and sort of bossing him around. The whole idea behind it is sort of mind blowing and cool. But I guess that some people will not like it. Because of the thing that the main character is imagining George, for some parts of this book you will not know hats happening. Because George will appear and disappear out of nowhere.

I give this book 4,5 / 5

"Elevation" By Stephen King Review

98Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

This book is one of the worst books written by Stephen King. But after all with was fun to get away for a little bit from the classic Stephen King novels.

This book is very short which makes it to a very quick read. But if you are someone like me and loves the classic Stephen King, you will find this book a form of torture.

The writing had surprised me because it is a typical Stephen King writing. The writing style in this book feels like it was written bu a 15-year-old.

When it comes to the story, then all I can say about it is that it is pretty weak and boring. It would be much better if there were some action added into this story. In this book we have only one main problem and it would be better if the main character was facing multiple challenges.

The characters are oh boy. I mean the characters in this book are well done, but it would be much better if there were something more added to them. And I personally found some stereotypes in this book which doesn’t work in 2020. One of these stereotypes was that the LGBT girl in this book, are always pissed off and are mean as fuck to every guy she meets.

I personally felt like the story was missing something. I can’t name what it is, but there is something missing. There are also couple of plot wholes in this book.

The die hard fans of Stephen King (myself included), will not like this book. Because it is far away from the typically stuff which Stephen King usually writes.

I give this book 1 / 5

"IT" by Stephen King Review

96It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

There are parts of this book which are creepy. It was suspenseful and interesting. Almost throughout the book you will have the sense of dread. And the thing that there is some scary parts in it makes it even more interesting to read this book. If you are someone like me who are afraid of clowns this book will be even scarier for you.

This book is one of the classic horror books now on days which you just need to read.

The characters in this book, is probably the best characters I’ve ever read about (by far). We have 7 main characters which are Bill, Ben, Mike, Stan, Eddie, Richie and Beverly. There are also plenty of side characters. The descriptions of them are brilliant. And each and every one of them are unique in their own way. They are different from each other but still they have things in common. Everyone of them are bullied / abused either in school or at home.

For the most part all characters are very relatable. And i beat that everyone can relate themselves to at least one of the 7 main characters.

Richie are pretty much that one kid who is always cringe and awkward. He have a lot of annoying dialogues which may make you uncomfortable. because someone are so out of place.  He have a lot of embarrassing dialogs which made me at least cringe.

The story behind the 7 biggest losers in town getting together to fit the evil and powerful is just brilliant and amazing.

This book have over 1100 pages, and it would be better if it was separated into two books. Like first book about the 1957/1958 battle and the second book about the 1984/1985 battle.

There are a lot of jumping back and forward between 1957/1958 and 1984/1985. So keep that in mind.

The ending is pretty harsh. Because of the Gangbang at the end. Just be aware about the fact that Beverly fucks the rest of the members of “the loser club” in a cave when they are still kids. It is more or less a child orgy which is not the usual thing to involve in a novel.

The writing style, again Stephen King doesn’t disappoint with that. The writing style is at very high level and amazing.

The thing that Derry is short of a character of its own, makes this book even more unique. Yes Derry is a town but it is also an independent character in this book and a lot of Stephen King’s book.

Details, we get a lot of them. Details and descriptions in this book are through the roof. You will not miss any of them in this book. This book have a ton of details and descriptions.

The explanation of the villain in this book are brilliant. We get the explantation about both the background, power and creation of the villain which is very impressive.  And we learn this when Bill and the villain have a conversation at the end.

This book gives me at least sort of 1980s horror novel. It gives a tone to this book and really it makes even more impressive.

The Henry Bowers situation in this book in my opinion takes too much attention away from the main problem. Henry Bowers is basically a town bully who bullies every member of the Loser club. And it feels like he is everywhere in town.

The thing that this book over uses words like “Nigger” and “fucking homo”, doesn’t make easier. I get that 950s and 1980s weren’t the kindest times in history for gay people and black people but still come on, I don’t want to read these words 10 times on every page.

This book have also a deeper meaning to it. Which is about the magic of childhood and how kids can see things from a perspective from which adults can’t. It’s about how kids can accept things which adults can’t. But it is also about the true power of friendship and how a true friendship can survive even the worse things ever.

This book gets 3 / 5

“Christine” by Stephen King Review

Arnie, a nerdy high school student, and his friend Dennis notice a dilapidated 1958 Plymouth Fury being sold by an elderly man with a back brace, Roland D. LeBay, who named the car “Christine”. Despite Dennis’ reservations, Arnie buys Christine for $250. While Arnie finishes the paperwork, Dennis sits inside Christine and has a vision of the car and the surroundings as they existed when the car was new, 20 years earlier. Frightened, Dennis decides he dislikes Christine. Arnie brings Christine to a do-it-yourself garage run by Will Darnell, suspected of using the garage as a front for illicit operations. As Arnie restores the car, he stops wearing his glasses and his acne clears up, but he also becomes withdrawn, humorless and cynical. When LeBay dies, Dennis meets his younger brother, George, who reveals LeBay’s history of anger and violent behavior. George reveals that LeBay’s young daughter choked to death on a hamburger in the back seat of the car and that LeBay’s wife subsequently committed suicide in its front seat by carbon monoxide poisoning. And as the book goes on Dennis notices that the 1958 Plymouth Fury may be possessed by supernatural forces. Can you goes how it will end and how many people the car will bring to dead?

The first book review on this blog and it is already a big book, written by a big author. Before we start this review I need to say that I have sort of a weird relationship with books written by Stephen King. When I picked this book up to read it. My first thoughts about it was basically that this book will be about an evil version of Lightning Mcqueen, but of course nothing is so simple with books written by Stephen King.

When I was starting this book I was sure that I will not like this book. But after around 50 pages into this book, I began to fall more and more in love with this book. Now around 2 months after finishing this book I think that it is one of the best books written by Stephen King. This book was more or less the 5th book written by Stephen King. Because 2020 was and still is the year where I really got into books and all that. But enough about me and lets go back to the book review.

This book is one of the Stephen King classics and it is defiantly a MUST READ for any horror fan. In this book we have few characters which are incredible described and written.

The character development is very clear in this book. This book have 4 main characters which are Arnie Cunningham, Dennis Guilder, Leigh Cabot and of course Christine aka the car. All these 4 main characters are different from each other and very likable at least in my opinion. We have some side characters which are pretty much parents of these 3 teenagers, some school teachers, a detective, owner of a so-called garage, some dudes who bullies Arnie at school, the guy who sold Arnie the car and his brother. And we don’t have anyone else in this book. If you are the person who likes strong and very good described and written characters in a book you should probably give this book a shoot. It is very easy to see who is the bad guy in this book and who is the good guy. But these characters aren’t all bad and all good. Because the bad guys in this book does some good things and the good guys does some bad things. So they aren’t all bad or all good. Every character in this book (expect of one) are more or less a mix between good and bad.

I’m super glad that this book avoids the “high school drama”. Because the main characters (expect of the car) are in the high school. It was a relief that Stephen King didn’t bother to use like 50 pages on a school drama between characters. However there are some conflicts between Arnie, Dennis and some school bullies. But mostly these conflicts don’t last more than 3-4 pages. Everything which the characters does in this book felt realistic and pretty much logical.

Writing style of this book is brilliant. It almost feels like every word in this book was specially chosen by Stephen King to fit in this book. The writing style makes it really easy to get into this book and like it.

This book changes perspectives as it goes on. And I completely love that because we see stuff from point of views of multiple characters and because of that we get more stuff explained. The perspective we get the most of in this book is the point of view which Dennis have.

This book provides the slow process of Arnie being more and more obsessed with Christine. And how Christine changes him. The whole process doesn’t happen over night but rather throughout this whole book.

The ending is impressively good. In most books the endings sucks and lucky for us this books isn’t one of these books. The ending more realistic than I have expected. And the ending don’t disappoint us. Don’t expect the ending to be happy, it is rather a harsh realistic needing or at least it was for me. However it could have been used more on telling us what happened with people in this town after all these events which had happened.

This book aren’t trying to sell us some super human bull shit like “I broke my leg but I can still run”. And if you want some “Superman” type of characters pick a different book because this book doesn’t have this kind of characters.

Characters in this book can be described as rather a team work people. This book was sort of missing the aspect of explaining about Christine. Sort of why and how is Christine the way it is. And why does Christine act like it does If we go quickly back and talk about Dennis and Arnie. I need to point out that there are couple of times in this book where I felt like in the end Dennis and Arnie wasn’t best friends. But rather that Dennis was obligated to look over Arnie and take care of him when his parents or any adults were around. Because there are times where Dennis is described as the cool football player and Arnie is described as the shy nerdy guy. And whenever Arnie is bullied or trash talked by others Dennis jumps into the picture to save the day.    

                   This book gets 4 / 5