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 ...
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-06-03 King, we learn in an author's note, hashed out the plot of this gripper while driving from western Pennsylvania to New York. The first draft took two months to write. That's quick work, and it's reflected in the book's simplicity of plot and theme; unlike King's chewy last novel, Dreamcatcher, this one goes down like a shot of moonshine, hot and clean, much like Cujo, say, or Gerald's Game. In 1979, an odd man drives what at first glance looks like a 1954 mint-quality Buick Roadmaster up to a service station in rural Pennsylvania, then vanishes, leaving behind the car. The state police of Troop D deposit the vehicle in a shed near their barracks, where, up to the present, it remains a secret from all but cop colleagues for the car isn't exactly a car; it may be alive, and it certainly serves as a doorway between our world and... what? Another dimension? Another galaxy? The troopers never find out, despite their amateurish scientific investigations of it and of the weird beings that occasionally emerge from the vehicle's trunk: freaky fish, creepy flowers and more. Moreover, the "car" is dangerous: the day it appears, a state trooper disappears, and experiments over the years with cockroaches, etc., indicate that just as the car can spew things out, it will ingest them. While the book's relative brevity and simplicity does lend comparison to earlier King, and King has relied on a nasty car before (Christine), the author's stylistic maturity manifests in his sophisticated handling of the round robin of narrators (both first and third-person), the sharp portrayal of police ways and mores and the novel's compelling subthemes (loyalty, generational bondings) and primary theme: that life is filled with Buick 8s, phenomena that blindside us and that we can never understand. This novel isn't major King, but it's nearly flawless and one terrific entertainment. (On sale Sept. 24) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-12-02 An assembly of readers performs King's latest, which is told from several different perspectives. This subdued, vaguely creepy tale is about an extraordinary force that infiltrates the lives of the people who work at a police barracks in rural Pennsylvania. King displays his masterful knack for building tension, but this work is more about the effect of events on the central characters' psyches than it is about the events themselves. In that vein, the portrayals of the characters, their inner monologues and their interactions are vital to the success of this audio, and the entire cast does a fine job. Rebhorn serves as an able narrator and provides a brief, chilling portrait of the sallow, mysterious man who brings an otherworldly '54 Buick into the life of Troop D before vanishing. Davidson handles the inner turmoil of Sgt. Sandy Dearborn and the youthful stubbornness of troubled Ned Wilcox. Among the other highlights is Tobolowsky's perfectly inflected Swedish accent for Arky, the troop's janitor. With only a few, appropriately wistful notes of guitar at the beginning and end, the production is kept to a minimum. The approach works well for a quieter book that relies less on shock than much of King's previous work. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover (Forecasts, June 3). (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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