Monday, April 30, 2007

Book Report on From a Buick 8 by Stephen King.

It is pretty good. It is about a car looking thing that must be from outer space. There is not a lot of blood and guts in this book. It seems that most of the dialog in this book takes place on the outside smokers’ bench of a Pennsylvania State Patrol barracks.

The book pretty much plays on the same violin that the movie Blair Witch Project played. It is what you don’t know is the scariest.

I thought Stephen King did some excellent character studies of real-like people in the book, in a laid back kind of style.

Not bad.

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Blogger kenju said...

I have not read anything by Stephen King. I don't care for scary stuff. Is this one scary?

7:02 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Judy,
It is not scary. There is something unknown going on but mostly it is the interacting conversations of regular adults.

7:25 AM  
Blogger cbish68 said...

Stephen King is an excellent writer, and his best stuff is far from scary. Here's one of my favorite excerpts from his short story "The Body", which was eventually adapted into the movie Stand By Me:


"...The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words dimish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst I think. When the secret stays locked within not for the want of a teller, but for the want of an understanding ear..."

7:42 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Chris,
I agree, Stephen King is an excellent writer - I think he really possesses the character he creates and looks at things through their eyes - or walk a mile in their shoes after he makes them. His character study of people is so good, sometimes I think his horror he adds is a distracter.
You used a good example.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I've always felt that Stephen King is one of the best authors when it comes to understanding people. "It" (which was super scary) is one of the most humane and understanding looks at children ever.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I have really come to hate fiction, but i have read a bunch of stuff by Stephen King, and I agree that he is really good. I always thought the 1st half of the stand was one of the most riveting pieces of popular fiction i have ever read.

3:19 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Suzanne,
I cannot figure Steven King out, he knows people so well, but how does he get to know them... surely, being the a very famous writer he would be just about forces to be a recluse - or he would be around people sucking up and auto-graph hounds - so, if he is a reclusive how does he get to know people so well.

Steve,
I love fiction... it tis art. But I love historical acconts too. Heck, I like comics and instructional manuals too.

4:50 PM  

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