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From a Buick 8 chapter 1 From a Buick 8, meaning From a Buick 8, genre From a Buick 8, book cover From a Buick 8, flies From a Buick 8, From a Buick 8 781388fc0cdb2 The State Police Of Troop D In Rural Pennsylvania Have Kept A Secret In Shed B Out Back Of The Barracks Ever Since , 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 Waswrong, Just Wrong A Few Hours Later, When Rafferty Vanished, Wilcox And His Fellow Troopers Knew The Car Was Worse Than Dangerous And That It Would Be Better If John Q Public Never Found Out About ItCurt S Avid Curiosity Taking The Lead, 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 BuickSitting Out There Like A Still Life Painting That Breathes Inhaling A Little Bit Of This World, Exhaling A Little Bit Of Whatever World It Came FromIn The Fall Of , A Few Months After Curt Wilcox Is Killed In A Gruesome Auto Accident, HisYear Old Boy Ned Starts Coming By The Barracks, Mowing The Lawn, Washing Windows, Shoveling Snow 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 The Family Secret Like His Father, Ned Wants Answers, And The Secret Begins To Stir, Not Only In The Minds And Hearts Of The Veteran Troopers Who Surround Him, But In Shed B As WellFrom A BuickIs 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

10 thoughts on “From a Buick 8

  1. says:

    You ever make a meal comprised only of a bunch of leftovers that don t really match That s how you end up eating half a Salisbury steak with the sweet n sour chicken from last night s take out Stephen King loves doing that only it s with books instead of food.Here we have a hunk of Christine served up with stray bits from The Tommyknockers, and it s all done using one of his preferred methods of having a character tell a long rambling story Uncle Stevie then seasons it up with a lot of wistful thoughts on days gone by Call it King Casserole Surprise.The story here is told to the teenage son of a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper who was killed in the line of duty, and it s about a strange car that his father impounded twenty years before The car was abandoned at a gas station and at first glance was a 1954 Buick 8 Roadmaster in pristine condition, but closer examination shows a lot of odd things that indicate the car isn t a car at all After one of their troopers disappears they all believe that the Buick is somehow responsible, and they decide to keep the car stashed in a shed at their headquarters Supposedly it s to protect the public, but there s also a healthy amount of curiosity that turns into near obsession on the part of some of the troopers including the dead boy s father who spends the next two decades trying to unravel the secret of the Buick This is not one of King s best books, and one of the biggest problems is that he tries to have it both ways A large point of the story is supposed to be that there are some mysteries that we ll just never solve, and that we have to make peace with that when we run across it Which is fine, but if you re going to play it that way then the mystery of the Buick needs to really be unknowable What King does instead is to beat us over the head with that theme of acceptance, but then he pretty much goes ahead and tells us what the car is anyhow Plus, the weird things the Buick does get fairly predictable Yeah, I know, that s part of the point The story makes it clear that the car and it s occasional crazy happening became just part of the routine for everyone who knew it was back there, but then King has to have it unleash unspeakable horrors a couple of times which make it hard to believe that anyone could just go to work every day knowing it was back there instead of just being an oddity they deal with once in a while The cops also seem to take the disappearance of one of their own fairly lightly While this comes in at a relatively tight 350 pages for a later work by Uncle Stevie it just doesn t feel like there s enough story here to justify it As it stands it would have made a better short story or novella, but at this length it feels like there s both too much and not enough at the same time Despite all my misgivings I kinda like this one, but it s for mainly personal reasons My mother worked as a dispatcher for the sheriff s department of our rural Kansas county when I was growing up, and their office was just a block away from my grandmother s house who would watch us when the folks were working I spent a lot of time hanging around there, and this book, which details the humdrum everyday stuff that happens around any cop shop, reminds me of those times when I d sit in their kitchen listening to the chatter of the guys in the office and on the radio So it s pure nostalgia that gets me to boost this from two stars to three I make no apologies for that.

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    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 .

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    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 one page.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 has in 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.

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    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

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    Although From a Buick 8 isn t my favourite King book and I think it could have done to 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.

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    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

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    3.5 stars Yes, I did it I finished this book It is not like this book is horrible or anything, but for its 350 something page length, it took longer and a lot of energy to finish In comparison to King s novels that I have read, this is one of the most dense, uneventful books he has published From a Buick 8 is a novel that is meant to make you think than entertain It presents an interesting premise, one that emphasizes our human nature for needing meaning in life It makes us question how we demand for the world around us to give us closure, understanding, and to fit inside our internal plots When life works outside those constructs of understanding we tend to become frustrated, and that is exactly what happened for some readers From a Buick 8 is a book that tells us that there is not necessary foreshadowing or hidden agenda within its prose, just a story, plain and simple From a Buick 8 has very complex and realistic characters, which I expected from Stephen King They all asked the same questioned I did, acted the way I would, and overall believed the same things I did The only difference was that they were fictional and I am not or at least I believe am I not dramatic music The book also pushed the notion of stop assuming so much by a story I mean by saying this is that the book s main message was that our understanding of storytelling, in some ways, is distorted, due to mass media and other forms of story telling e.g t.v., movies, and video games We assume stories will follow a set guideline, one that consists of a beginning, middle and end, with a designated build up and climax And of course, there is required a hidden meaning in the story, the why is it so important , and how is this all relevant Usually stories hold a hidden message of the meaning of life, philosophy, or a warning of life s dangers When a story doesn t doe this usually the reader becomes flustered From a Buick 8 does just that, but with its meta fictional approach, it stresses the hidden message that in every story and every life event e.g the death of a loved one there may not be a poetic meaning, no spell binding, inspirational reason for that event It is what it is, and that is just that.What this book did amazingly at was creating characters that were believable, the monsters were nightmarish and grotesquely described, and the ending wrapped up the story nicely with some feels to go along with it It was not an ending that would usually be written for a book but it was an ending, nonetheless Also, I always feel at home when I read a King novel He is one of my favourite authors of all time and when I read anything by him I simply feel as though I have finally come home after a very long journey The problems with this novel aren t huge but may deter some readers from giving this a try In my opinion the book could have easily been a short story or novella A full length novel meant that the story was drawn out with a lot of blabbering King is known for his rambling and the expansion of unnecessary details which I normally enjoy but for this type of story I would have been happier with a novella or short story The characters, though realistic, were the generic King characters I have come across them before in his other novels under different names I feel as though he creates these characters with such description, backstories, and personalities that each one would be individualized but in the end all his characters begin to overlap And that is exactly what I felt with these characters They were all stock characters, none that I would care enough about to remember their names quite frankly Which is kind of sad, since King took the time creating each one.Finally, this was not a horror novel Yes, it had a few scary monsters that were straight from our nightmares but the backbone of the story was contemporary It was not a story about monsters killing people, things going bump in the night or ghosts possessing little girls This was a story about stories, which is a little unsettling at times but not horror In the end I did enjoy it but it was not one of King s strongest books It would have been one of his most amazing and complex novellas but as a book it ended up lacking As a side note too, I felt this was similar The Cuckoo s Calling Both were very descriptive but ended up lacking in plot or some other gratifying aspect I still suggest those who love experimental books that dive into other forms of storytelling, King fans, or someone who is looking for a contemporary that has horror elements So this year I am doing a genre challenge This book will cover the horror genre even though it didn t exactly do the genre justice If you are interested in the challenge here is a link to the group check out the other books I have read so far this year for the challenge Action Adventure ReviewAuto Biography Review Chick Lit ReviewFantasy Review Paranormal ReviewPulp Hard boiled or Noir Fiction ReviewRomance ReviewScience Fiction ReviewThriller Review

  8. says:

    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.

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    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.

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    A veces, cuando alguien lo pasa mal, le ayudan m s personas de las que esperaba Y a veces, aun as , no es suficiente Empezaba tan bien este libro Al principio pensaba que me iba a encantar, pero a medida que avanzaba se me hac a cada vez m s aburrido Lo bueno es que no es pesado, entonces se puede leer r pido No obstante, en relaci n con la historia, es muy lenta y repetitiva Lo siento, Steve, pero no me gust.

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