Blockade Billy

Blockade Billy

eBook - 2010
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"Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse."
Publisher: Baltimore, MD : Cemetery Dance Publications, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780615365985
0615365981
Characteristics: 1 online resource (112 p.) : ill.
Summary: "Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse."

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MrMiyagi
Jan 16, 2016

Boring, uninspired, predictable, definitely nowhere near "chilling" or interesting.

Proof that once you have a name in your field, whatever that may be, you can crank out drivel and everyone will still kiss your keister.

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RandomPainterGirl
Jul 23, 2015

I liked the ending. The ending definitely delivers on an, otherwise, noteworthyless story.

It's a fast read, though the flow is bombarded with a blockade (like what I did there?) of baseball terms, unnecessary to the baseball lover and completely useless to anyone else.

There is just so little to say about this short-story-like novel.

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midasthemadman
Mar 14, 2015

I like reading out loud and this was fun to perform to myself. It reads rapid fast with lots of slang. The story was lacking however. Pretty boring. C+ -----Midas the Madman (PAY ME JACK!)

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brandella27
Jul 01, 2014

This wasn't your typical Stephen King book. It was an okay fast read, nowhere near as enjoyable as his usual stuff though.

tcraig1 Jan 09, 2014

You like baseball and Stephen King. Perfect read. Great baseball dialogue in Stephen King fashion. Story is fine , the dialogue is better.

dzomberg Dec 02, 2012

Nothing like any of King's other books. It's pretty awful- it's all about baseball. I love the writing style, though.

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lmcrane
Jun 28, 2012

Not too bad. I was expecting something a bit more strange, or out of this world, being from Stephen King. I also thought I'd feel a bit more for the characters--some sort of sympathy or affection for Billy, but really didn't feel anything for him at all. I liked much more the narrator (and old guy in a senior type home) and wished the story was more about him and his life. This just fell sort of flat for me.

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Frogglin
Mar 01, 2011

This is probably an awesome book if you love baseball. It's a decent story, but nothing amazing. The "Chilling Bonus" story is not chilling whatsoever. Big disappointment, as I love King.

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DASTardlyGal
Feb 02, 2011

Was expecting something WOW with this story...somewhat disappointed. Actually, it was all build up and then a let down in the end-like going up, up, up on a rollercoaster ride-the anticipation building, building, and then the ride ends up going on a flat plateau-which is exactly how this story ended. Just flat. I almost want to say, I wish I could say I want the time wasted reading this story back, but it wasn't all that bad. It did have some good points, just disappointed by the description of the story-it was seriously something I could of come up with and written myself, and I AM NO STEPHEN KING!!!!!!

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teenlibrz
Aug 16, 2010

Great for baseball fans. It was an interesting read, even for someone who is not a huge baseball fan. Not terribly scary, but still a note of strange, as you would expect from Stephen.

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