woensdag 24 oktober 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 46: Morality/ Blockade Billy by Stephen King

Title: Morality/ Blockade Billy
Author: Stephen King
Story: Morality - Chad and Nora Callahan are suffering from financial difficulties brought on by lack of employment and low-paying jobs. While both are seemingly frustrated with the influx of monthly bills and other expenses, they remain largely optimistic about future solutions to solve their money woes. Chad hopes to supplement their income by writing a book based on his experiences as a substitute teacher, while Nora, a nurse, works full-time for a retired reverend named George Winston, who is partially paralyzed and uses a wheelchair after suffering from a stroke. Nora's time spent with Reverend Winston is largely uneventful, until one day Winston propositions Nora with a solution to her monetary problems. Being a reverend, Winston states that he has largely lived his life without sin—though he also states he has not gone completely without it—and seeks to experience one major sin before he passes away.
Blockade Billy - 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... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.
Start: october 23rd 2012
End: october 24rd 2012
Comment: In this Stephen King month I decided to also read something that isn't that well known. At least I never heard of it. It's a book with two short stories. The first one tells the story of a retired reverend who wants to commit a sin. I read this story in just one sitting. Although not a lot of spectacular things happened, I had to keep reading. I just wanted to know what it was Winston wanted Nora to do. Only a master like King can make that happen. I really enjoyed the first story. The second story didn't really grab me as much. It didn't take me long to finish this one either, because it's just a straight forward story. But maybe because I'm not a baseball fan, it didn't grab me as much as the first story. What I liked about this story though was the way it was told. An old time equipment manager recounting the story of William 'Blockade Billy' Blakely to Mr. King himself. This book is definitely not one of my favorites by Stephen King, but I did enjoy it, especially "Morality".
Rating: 3/ 5

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