Come close, children, and see the living crocodile. A vintage '54 Buick Roadmaster. At least, that's what it looks like ...There is a secret hidden in Shed B in the state police barracks in Statler, Pennsylvania. A secret that has drawn troopers for twenty years - terrified yet irresistibly tempted to look at its chrome fenders, silver grille and exotic exhaust system. Young Ned Wilcox has started coming by the barracks: mowing the lawn, washing the windows, shovelling snow; it's a boy's way of holding on to his father ...
Come close, children, and see the living crocodile. A vintage '54 Buick Roadmaster. At least, that's what it looks like ...There is a secret hidden in Shed B in the state police barracks in Statler, Pennsylvania. A secret that has drawn troopers for twenty years - terrified yet irresistibly tempted to look at its chrome fenders, silver grille and exotic exhaust system. Young Ned Wilcox has started coming by the barracks: mowing the lawn, washing the windows, shovelling snow; it's a boy's way of holding on to his father - recently killed in a strange road accident by another Buick. And one day Ned peers through the windows of Shed B and discovers the family secret. Like his father, Ned wants answers. He deserves answers. And the secret begins to stir ...
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This book is classic King. Only Stephen King can make you afraid of a Buick!
This collectors edition from Cemetery Dance has beautiful drawings from Berine Wrightson. No Stephen King book collection is complete unless you have this awesome book.
Jul 9, 2009
wonderfuly written as all of his books - just short on plot. Very short on plot.
Sep 13, 2008
One of his worst
I am a huge Stephen King fan - normally.
However, I have to say that this is one of the worst books he has ever written. I must add that, in all fairness, the writing style is vintage King. The story progression was terrific.
It was the ending that was so lacking it left you feeling like you had just fell asleep and missed the ending to a movie that was only going to be shown once in your lifetime. It was as if King came up with this great idea, an idea so epic that he had to create a story around it, but he never did an outline first; he had NO ending, no explanation. It's as if he spent months writing the tale and wracked his brain for meaning or explanation and, in the end, couldn't some up with one, so he just ended it.
He tried this at the end of his Dark Tower series. He tried to tell us that it was just about the story. It is about the story, but the story is a build up to an end. At least with the DT series he did give us an ending. I have heard people say they didn't like the ending, but at least it was and ending.
From a Buick 8 had NO ending.
Don't buy this book. Don't borrow this book and read it. Don't waste your time. Read It, The Stand, Carrie, Pet Semetary, or any of his other terrific books. Skip this one.
Oct 8, 2007
A Stephen King miracle
Stephen King is known for his hair-raising, spine-tingling thrillers. What's more he is a genius, he grabs your attention and doesn't let go EVER. "From a Buick 8" is a prime example of King's hold. It is about a boy dealing with the loss of his father and a strange Buick from another world, and how they shaped the life of each other and the man who loved them both. It's not so much scary as unsettling, and a bit, dare I say it, philosophical. This is one the best Stephen King books I have ever read and I have read it 3 times!!
Mar 24, 2007
from a buick 8
Despite being set in western Pennsylvania, and featuring a plot about a posessed car, (two things in common with previous King novel Christine) this is a very entertaining and original story. The story follows a group of rural Pennsylvania police officers who discover a very unusual automobile. Abandoned at a local gas station years prior, the car has no working parts, and a truck that you do not want to open under any circumstances. As the officers recount their experiences, the car sits idle in the stations garage. This is not a horror story, it is an adventure. Along with being in some way related to the famous Dark Tower series, it is also it's own original novel.
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