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From a Buick 8 ePUB ñ From a  MOBI :ñ I avoided this novel for years, in fear that it would be a Christine part 2 situation Well, I was wrong It s actually an extremely better novel, in my opinion Scarier No More exciting Definitely not More entertaining No Better written Yes George A Romero used zombies to explore deeper meanings of civilization in his films Stephen King does the same thing in his novels, just with the supernatural unexplained, and usually a car is involved in some way as well Buick 8 is about dealin I avoided this novel for years, in fear that it would be a Christine part 2 situation Well, I was wrong It s actually an extremely better novel, in my opinion Scarier No More exciting Definitely not More entertaining No Better written Yes George A Romero used zombies to explore deeper meanings of civilization in his films Stephen King does the same thing in his novels, just with the supernatural unexplained, and usually a car is involved in some way as well Buick 8 is about dealing with loss whether you allow yourself to move on from death or let it become your life themes explored in an earlier King novel Pet Sematary as well as in Revival The major complaint to this novel is how nothing happens it lacks resolution King foreshadows this by having Ned Wilcox express his anger with Sandy he begs for a story, for a beginning middle and end with everything explained Sandy gets angry and explains how that isn t how it works This tease should prepare the reader The imagery of the creatures from the Buick is a love letter to Lovecraft that s beautifully signed by King the overall imagery of the novel rivals the ones found in the phenomenal novel Insomnia The character building is, of course, front center Troop D is a great underrated Ka Tet of the Stephen King Multiverse Side note for someone who grew up with no father, King writes father child relationships so painfully well it can hurt one s heart Overall, the novel lacks the action found in works like Misery or The Dark Half but is heavy on structure characters themes, I will re read with glee As further time has gone by, I consider From a Buick 8 to be my favorite King work post accident An important novel in King s career as it displays his maturity as an author The boldest claim I can make about From a Buick 8 is this it could just be the best written tale of King s career To me, King will be remembered by literary snobs for three of his novels Bag of Bones , Hearts in Atlantis , and From a Buick 8 It s funny how close the past is, sometimes Sometimes it seems as if you could almost reach out and touch it Only Only who really wants toUnpopular opinion here, but for me From a Buick 8 has always been one of King s favorites What can I say you love what you love Well, how do I love thee Let me count the ways, or something akin to that.Maybe it s the lack of a traditional ending that neatly explains everything Sometimes I do get a kick out of mysteries that insist on remainingIt s funny how close the past is, sometimes Sometimes it seems as if you could almost reach out and touch it Only Only who really wants toUnpopular opinion here, but for me From a Buick 8 has always been one of King s favorites What can I say you love what you love Well, how do I love thee Let me count the ways, or something akin to that.Maybe it s the lack of a traditional ending that neatly explains everything Sometimes I do get a kick out of mysteries that insist on remaining mysteries and stay unsolved even at the end of the story.I mean, Stephen King s propensity for writing endings that fizzle when compared to usually fantastical buildup is so well known that Uncle Stevie himself made a self deprecating cameo in the latest movie version of IT funnily enough, the end of that movie, although different from King s version, was still less than satisfactory.So maybe one of the reasons why I always loved Buick 8 is that it does not really have a resolution It s really just the buildup, and the rest is up to you The strange unknown remains mostly unknown The mysteries that are never satisfactorily solved, the endings that are not conclusive, the questions that have no definite answers these can be frustrating as hell, but can also ring true and for me this one doesTell me everything But this is important tell me a story, one that has a beginning and a middle and an end where everything is explained Because I deserve that Don t shake the rattle of your ambiguity in my face I deny its place I repudiate its claim I want a storyOr maybe it s because it is one of King s quieter action light stories that has my favorite King s trademarks, focusing mostly on the life of regular people in a small police force in a backwoods community King is at his best writing about people in quaint towns going about their normal routines, living lives and just getting on even in the face of some really weird shit happening He shines here as usual connections and relationships between people are his forteI knew what he was trying so say, and I knew something else at the same time the boy would never quite understand the way it had really been How mundane it had been, at least on most days On most days we had just gone on The way people go on after seeing a beautiful sunset, or tasting a wonderful champagne, or getting bad news from home We had the miracle of the world out behind our workplace, but that didn t change the amount of paperwork we had to do or the way we brushed our teeth or how we made love to our spouses It didn t lift us to new realms of existence or planes of perception Our asses still itched, and we still scratched them when they didKing is quite good touching on the themes of loss and grief Does it consume you or do you move on How do you process the loss What and who do you hang on to Who is there for you when everything is bleak and lostIt killed my daddy he shouted in a child s voice, but it wasn t me he was shouting at He couldn t find whatever it was he wanted to shout at, and that was precisely what was killing himMaybe it s the writing which is solid as always Some of his best, evenSeen in that light, the whole idea of curious cats attaining satisfaction seemed slightly absurd The world rarely finishes its conversationsMaybe it s the ability to show not tell what makes us human and what makes us monsters Or bothUp until then, what I d mostly felt was sorry for him Everything I d done since he started showing up at the barracks had been based on that comfortable pity Because all that time when he d been washing windows and raking leaves and snowblowing his way through the drifts in the back parking lot, all that time he d kept his head down Meekly down You didn t have to contend with his eyes You didn t have to ask yourself any questions, because pity is comfortable Isn t it Pity puts you right up on top Now he had lifted his head, he was using my own words back at me, and there was nothing meek in his eyes He thought he had a right, and that made me mad He thought he had a right and I wanted to make him sorryMaybe it s the bits of nostalgia without romanticizing the past as King knows how to do wellBut all that is in the yet to be We are in the past now, in the magical land of ThenMaybe it s just that I love what I loveYou don t know where you came from or where you re going, do you I asked him But you live with it just the same Don t rail against it too much Don t spendthan an hour a day shaking your fists at the sky and cursing God But There are Buicks everywhere, I saidAll I know if that I re read it multiple times and it still fascinates meWe ll outwait you, I said to the thing in the shed We can do that It only sat there on its whitewalls, and far down in my head the pulse whispered Maybe and maybe not4.5 stars From a Buick 8 a Novel, Stephen KingFrom a Buick 8 is a horror novel by American writer Stephen King From a Buick 8 is a novel about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable First published on September 24, 2002, 2004 From a Buick 8 a Novel, Stephen KingFrom a Buick 8 is a horror novel by American writer Stephen King From a Buick 8 is a novel about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable First published on September 24, 2002, 2004 1382 208 21 2.5 StarsOMGOSH, I really can t believe I m rating a Stephen King novel 2.5 Stars, but From A Buick 8 turned out to be a real clunker of a read for me.The story begins enticingly when a mysterious man dressed in black rolls into a gas station for a fill up and forthwith disappears leaving his evil vintage car behind Unfortunately though, except for a few freaky monster moments and light shows, the plot was long, lacking and laborious.A rare disappointment from The King Although From a Buick 8 isn t my favourite King book and I think it could have doneto be original and memorable, I still really enjoyed reading it This is a very ambiguous and somewhat strange novel, but contrary to its reputation, I didn t find it bad at all It wasn t great but it s obviously a strong effort and it s still a fun story What really brings From a Buick 8 to life in every respect are its characters and the connections they have together, although the sci fi and fantasy asp Although From a Buick 8 isn t my favourite King book and I think it could have doneto be original and memorable, I still really enjoyed reading it This is a very ambiguous and somewhat strange novel, but contrary to its reputation, I didn t find it bad at all It wasn t great but it s obviously a strong effort and it s still a fun story What really brings From a Buick 8 to life in every respect are its characters and the connections they have together, although the sci fi and fantasy aspects were also quite interesting.Books like these often start out with the best ambitious ideas but the idea itself can t really hold up a whole book Nonetheless, King does manage to bring this intriguing story to life with his usual horror magic, focusing on so many aspects My only serious complaint that would probably put me off of reading it for a second time is that From a Buick 8 is very repetitive, choppy and transitions from scene to scene in a rather confusing and jumpy way Still, this doesn t really make the book terrible, it s just not exactly up there in creativity with Pet Sematary and Carrie There are many problems with this book, but they can all be summed up with a quote from the actual text From page 297 of the hardcover, third paragraph, starting fourth sentence in But this is important tell me a story , one that has a beginning and a middle and an end where everything is explained Because I deserve that Don t shake the rattle of your ambiguity in my face I deny its place I repudiate its claim I want a story.No Fucking Shit King spends a great deal of this book explain There are many problems with this book, but they can all be summed up with a quote from the actual text From page 297 of the hardcover, third paragraph, starting fourth sentence in But this is important tell me a story , one that has a beginning and a middle and an end where everything is explained Because I deserve that Don t shake the rattle of your ambiguity in my face I deny its place I repudiate its claim I want a story.No Fucking Shit King spends a great deal of this book explaining to the reader that there s not always a definitive ending He prepared us But that doesn t mean I accept it It doesn t mean I have to like it.Listen, friends and neighbors, I can get behind a short story or a novella that leaves me with an unsatisfactory ending because they aren t time sinks To be in the audience of a magic show wherein the magic is only alluded to is a terrible trick I don t need everything explained I don t need my hand held But I want a complete story This is not a complete story It is a rambling mess The shifts in tone are jarring You never know what kind of book you re reading The characters are taken part and parcel from The Green Mile If you ve read both books, you ll probably see where I m coming from I mean even down to the wild fucker named Billy Billy the Kid Billy Lippin And yes, Sandy Dearborn and Paul Edgecomb are the same fucking person I don t care what their names are Sweet baby Tom Cruise, the parallels are so obvious it feels like Desperation The Regulators all over again Only this time, the books aren t supposed to be that way Fuck this book Take it out back and put a goddamn bullet in its brain Still, I cannot stand to give it any less than two stars I want so badly to give it that single star, but I simply cannot allow myself to put anything King s written in the same category as the unedited garbage floating around out there This was, according to Goodreads star explanation, an okay read I guess I mean, I finished it Twice There are books out there if you can even call them books by authors if you can even call them authors who can t stay in tense for a single sentence Some don t know the simple difference between their, there, and they re These bumbling yucksters don t have a single fuck to give for their craft King does He s had his missteps, but he cares about the language He cares about literature and the future of reading and readers So no, I cannot bear to give this book anything less than two stars Spoilers for books other than From a Buick 8 in the spoiler section Click on view spoiler at your own risk view spoiler Conspiracy theory I believe the car comes from the same realm as the creatures from The Mist I have no idea why the fucking thing looks like a buick, but there That s how I connect it to the King verse and the Dark Tower Sorry, but I just can t be bothered to look any further into this trunk novel hide spoiler In summation I can t believe I did it I read From a Buick 8 twice I might be the only numb fuck to have done such, but YAY ME or some shit.Final Judgment Only slightly better than a lemon juice enima How does it feel, how does it feel To be on your own, with no direction homeA complete unknown, like a rolling stoneBob DylanWhy do I choose Dylan lyrics to open a review Two reasons 1 author King s title was inspired by the track called From a Buick 6, from Dylan s 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited, which contained the classic tunes Tombstone Blues and the above quoted Like a Rolling Stone, and 2 by the book s conclusion I realized my time would ve been better spent instead jHow does it feel, how does it feel To be on your own, with no direction homeA complete unknown, like a rolling stoneBob DylanWhy do I choose Dylan lyrics to open a review Two reasons 1 author King s title was inspired by the track called From a Buick 6, from Dylan s 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited, which contained the classic tunes Tombstone Blues and the above quoted Like a Rolling Stone, and 2 by the book s conclusion I realized my time would ve been better spent instead just listening to said album.I ve read a fair amount of King, but mostly his 70 s and 80 s output I consider IT one of my all time favorites, and much enjoyed a dozen or so of his other books as well I even read Gerald s Game in nearly one sitting over twenty year ago However, I have to wonder if my co worker friend is onto something, as she has repeatedly advised me His work after his 1999 accident isn t as good The story here, in a superficial outline, sounds like a sure thing highway patrol cops versus a likely supernaturally powered old school automobile in Pennsylvania my home state woot woot I can tell King did his research, both geographically and with the region s state police There are some great, quotable lines likeThe old sergeant called law enforcement a case of good men doing bad chorespage 335 andCops we clean up the messes and we always know the truthpage 345.ButI kept waiting for the expectedit was a normal dayand then EVIL came to townmoment you know, maybe some shocking vehicular mayhem on the turnpike but nearly the entire narrative was a talking head, long winded slow burn of a tale The so called suspense and or action felt like it was non existent until the final thirty pages The title vehicle spends 99% of its time locked in a shed How can this story feature a possibly demonic or evil alien 53 Buick Roadmaster if that s what it really was and have it parked impounded for the duration of the book I guess I was simply hoping for something well written but yet sort of schlocky like the 70 s horror B movie The Car though NOT necessarily just a retread of King s Christine , so I was pretty disappointed by this effort I don t think this is the best novel I ve read It s not even Stephen King s best It is my favorite though It s the novel I ve reread most often This was at least my fifteenth reading of it and I still had fun. I often wonder if Buick counts as metafiction a story told within a story which is, in a way, about stories, and our obsession with endings and with finding out Principally, though, it s a rollicking good horror yarn in which the creepy is layed on with a trowel until you just want it to stop well, maybe after onepage.The premise of an alternative dimension has never been handled so diffidently It s there, in the boot of a car, under a tarp, in a garage on the local sheriff s offic I often wonder if Buick counts as metafiction a story told within a story which is, in a way, about stories, and our obsession with endings and with finding out Principally, though, it s a rollicking good horror yarn in which the creepy is layed on with a trowel until you just want it to stop well, maybe after onepage.The premise of an alternative dimension has never been handled so diffidently It s there, in the boot of a car, under a tarp, in a garage on the local sheriff s office lot Don t get too close, don t get too interested and when stuff comes out of it run What s important here is the draw, the raw fascination that comes with the unknown It s a mistake to compare Buick 8 to Christine simply because the two stories are about cars For one thing, the Buick isn t really a car it s a metaphor on one level, and an otherwordly artefact on another Christine was full of murderous rage, both possessed by and possessing her owners the Buick is never conclusively considered sentient.A further difference between Christine and Buick, is the ending Christine is a fully formed story, with a beginning, lots of guts, and the perfect horror story ending Buick is a story about how stories really unfold an increasing preoccupation in King s writing and how they don t necessarily come tied up neatly with all four corners properly inside the wrapping In this respect, Buick hasin common with later work, such as The Colorado Kid, and even Cell or the Dark Tower.Buick 8 is readable, thought provoking and full of things that make you shudder It s an important part of any King collection For twenty years the officers in the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks have kept a secret in Shed B A vintage Buick which lures the troopers to come and take a look Now young Ned Wilcox, son of the recently deceased officer Curt, has started hanging around the Barracks One day he can t resist peeking through the windows And it s time to share the secret So the veteran troopers sit Ned down on the smoking bench and tell him every skin curdling detail from the Buick s arrival to the terrifying light shows and what it sucks in and breathes out For the Buick is a conduit to another world As King puts it, when we confront the deep and authentic unknown, we glimpse that place where our familiar universe stops

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