The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979, when Troopers Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox answered a call from a gas station just down the road and came back with an abandoned Buick Roadmaster. Curt Wilcox knew old cars, and he knew immediately that this one was...wrong, just wrong. A few hours later, when Rafferty vanished, Wilcox and his fellow troopers knew the car was worse than dangerous. Curt's avid curiosity took the lead, and they ...
The state police of Troop D in rural Pennsylvania have kept a secret in Shed B out back of the barracks ever since 1979, when Troopers Ennis Rafferty and Curtis Wilcox answered a call from a gas station just down the road and came back with an abandoned Buick Roadmaster. Curt Wilcox knew old cars, and he knew immediately that this one was...wrong, just wrong. A few hours later, when Rafferty vanished, Wilcox and his fellow troopers knew the car was worse than dangerous. Curt's avid curiosity took the lead, and they investigated as best they could, as much as they dared. Over the years, the troop absorbed the mystery as part of the background to their work, the Buick 8 sitting out there like a still-life painting that breathes -- inhaling a little bit of this world, exhaling a little bit of what world it came from. In the fall of 2001, a few months after Curt Wilcox is killed in a gruesome auto accident, his eightee-year-old boy, Ned, starts coming by the barracks. Sandy Dearborn, Sergeant Commanding, knows it's the boy's way of holding onto his father, and Ned is allowed to become part of the Troop D family. One day he looks in the window of Shed B and discovers family secret. Like his father, Ned wants answers... From a Buick 8 is an audiobook 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.
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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