Fan submitted reviews of From A Buick 8 (Novel):|
Posted By: Matthew F - October 9th, 2012 4:51:19 pm EDT
Absolutely loved the premise, but this is all over the map. There's a lot to love, but it never really grabs you or says anything all that significant. Still, it's worth a read. Mainly for the fragmented writing style King experiments with. Also interesting in that it seems to share many similarities with characters/creatures from The Mist and to an extentNeedful Things.
Posted By: Anonymous - September 23rd, 2012 5:19:18 pm EDT
Its a good book. Stephen king tells this story perfectly. His transitions from past to present are perfect, he couldn't of did any better. He gets the flach backs nail on and he dscribes the aliens perfectly maybe even a little to detailed. I would recommend this book to any one who likes Stephen King or anyone who likes a good thriller.
Posted By: Kat - July 22nd, 2012 6:03:44 pm EDT
From what this car was barfing up, it must have been a conduit to CBGB! LOVED it!
Posted By: Brandon Anderson - July 10th, 2012 9:08:02 pm EDT
This is a great book. Would love to see this as a movie!
Posted By: Anonymous - June 12th, 2012 8:32:11 pm EDT
Terrible. It reads like a footnote to The Mist. There's no imagination at work here; the whole thing is a Lovecraft/Phantasm ripoff. The vast majority of the text is given to characters that never develop. Mr King might as well have phoned this one in...or better yet, kept it to himself: he certainly doesn't need the money. Perhaps reissue Salem's Lot.
Posted By: Ka-Mai - June 11th, 2012 5:44:56 pm EDT
I think Mr. Munshum from Black House left the car before picking up that breaker kid. My only reason for this is that he was described as wearing a black jacket and having a funny accent (Like Borris and Natasha). Although the low men have funny accents they usually where yellow jackets and Mr. M had a black one before old Jacky Sawyer and his ka-tet broke his face open!!
Posted By: Fifedogg - June 11th, 2012 1:55:52 pm EDT
Stephen King gives me the chills with this novel. I wish there was a movie about this book.
Posted By: KarenK - June 5th, 2012 10:02:34 am EDT
I finally got around to this book and could not put it down from start to finish. It was unbelievably creepy and fascinating at the same time. It also made me think of a Buick my uncle had way back when and I was afraid of it as I thought the grill was a mouth with teeth and the headlights eyes!
Posted By: Dodgeram3500turbo - May 24th, 2012 11:54:13 am EDT
really good book 5 out of 5 stars
Posted By: Isaac - April 29th, 2012 11:38:43 pm EDT
My favorite of king's books. The first of his I read, and it definitely left an impression on me. the creatures that emerge from the Buick captured my imagination, and have held it for quite some time. to those interested, the audiobook is quite good as well, with some great vocal performances.
Posted By: Anonymous - March 20th, 2012 11:08:18 pm EDT
this is not one of kings better books. I have read about 10 of his books so far and this is by far the worst one I have read
Posted By: April Ault - February 23rd, 2012 3:36:35 pm EST
i just found out about this book and started reading it two days ago and now i can not put it down. it is a good book and i love how much detels that Stephen king put in that book. i love his books. i wolud love to have all of Stephen kings books
Posted By: Dan - February 10th, 2012 6:01:18 pm EST
Awesome book. I've been waiting for "From a Buick 8" to become a movie for years. I read the book when it first came out and I loved it. Hopefully some day it will happen and I will get to watch it. It's weird though that the cover is still so engrained in my mind. After all these years I can't believe that my memory of the cover is almost so accurate. I loved "The Talisman" as well and also can't wait for that to become a movie too.
Posted By: Matt - July 28th, 2011 2:23:29 pm EDT
This book was so much fun. I couldn't put it down! Read the whole thing in an afternoon. One of my favorites. :D
Posted By: Micky - July 3rd, 2011 4:09:09 pm EDT
this was a great book
Posted By: Aspiriing Writer - January 2nd, 2011 10:22:57 pm EST
Loved this book, read it back to back with On Writing. From a Buick 8 had great, visual narrative.
Posted By: Fiona Machnik - December 15th, 2010 1:36:48 pm EST
Stephen kings Books are just amazing im 13 years of age and already ive read so many of the book so far IT is my favorite. he is a creative and strong writer and if i ever had the chance to meet him i would.
Posted By: Christian - October 26th, 2010 6:37:11 pm EDT
I really loved the story but the ending left me flat. I love King's work and have read every book he has written except the Colorado Kid (which I am currently on page 72) and Eyes of the Dragon. Huge fan, great story, weak ending.
Posted By: Mamaluvshim - October 10th, 2010 3:13:33 am EDT
@Clunker429... I don't think the book ever gave an actual year to the vehicle. It was a pieced together car that had different year panels and components. The car itself was an enigma.
Posted By: Anonymous - July 28th, 2010 6:18:09 pm EDT
Read this months ago and love it, remember it well. The novel seems to have an untold link to Dark towel, just like The Talisman and Black House ( also excellent reads ). It seems S.K. took a lot of inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft in having so many of his writings linked in some way. Many more have potential to be linked. Wonder if King's and Lovecraft's worlds could be linked, too bad they didn't have the chance to work together. From the time I read From A Buick 8 I have wished to see this as a movie.
Posted By: Fitz - July 15th, 2010 7:26:47 pm EDT
@ MickyB, The previous owner is assumed to be a "low man" a Can-toi from End Wolrd. The car was very similar to the description of those in "Low Men in Yellow Coats" from "Hearts in Atlantis".
Posted By: MaryJ - June 15th, 2010 7:55:37 pm EDT
I actually really liked this book. Like all of Stephen Kings books, I could picture everything that was going on. I was wondering if they are ever going to make a movie based on this book. I own every single Stephen King book and movie, and I would love to see what this movie would be like!
Posted By: Picklefiend2185 - May 20th, 2010 9:32:16 pm EDT
Not a huge fan, and I love King's work. The ending didn't appeal to me at all. There didn't seem to be any closure.
Posted By: Clunker429 - May 14th, 2010 7:39:41 pm EDT
Oh snap! I just found out my grandparents have a buick eight sitting in their front yard!!! What year is the one in the book i forgot.
Posted By: MickyB - May 12th, 2010 8:36:28 am EDT
I found this book totally awesome. It reminded me a lot of Dark Tower, especially as thie car was suggested to be portal to a different dimension / world as with Dark Tower. Just wish we were given more info on what the car actually was, where it came from, why it came here & who its "driver" was. But I think its mystique is part of its charm.
Posted By: Jeanette - April 28th, 2010 1:33:43 pm EDT
I loved this novel and have read it quite a few times..As I read it I could picture the details in my mind from the glow coming from the car down to the more simple details of the story..It is quite amazing..I wish there was a movie made of it...It would be a definate buy for me.
Posted By: Anonymous - April 25th, 2010 11:36:47 am EDT
An awesome book indeed! I am about half way through. This is the first Stephen King book I've ever read and I already know I want to read more. Very creepy. Very good. Keep up the good work Mr. King
Posted By: Delfino - April 20th, 2010 3:31:50 pm EDT
Probabley my second favorite book, after 'Salems lot. Have heard other fans say they did'nt like it and i cant understand that. Great characters, amazingley original concept, no its not Christine 2, and the discriptions of the creatures made me want to throw up, only book to do that to me
Posted By: GrammaRoxie - March 15th, 2010 9:47:53 am EDT
I guess I need to re-read the story. It's been a struggle for me to read it. The times I have tried, it just seemed like it took forever to really get into the story. I started with Salem's Lot, and have been reading King ever since. I want this to be rememberable, too.
Posted By: Gavvo - January 22nd, 2010 10:30:34 pm EST
I am currently reading 'Buick 8' for the first time and getting into the story nicely. Just wanted to let you guys know that I was looking at upcoming movies in pre-production at IMBD and it says that "From A Buick 8" is scheduled to be made into a movie in 2011...can't wait for that! Also Bag Of Bones!!! I just wish there were movie versions of 'Insomnia' and 'Rose Madder' too, fantastic novels!
Posted By: Wilkinss77 - September 25th, 2009 5:11:58 pm EDT
this is one of my favourite stephen king novels, & one of his scariest- it even has a lovecraftian atmosphere at times- it is almost a cthulhu mythos story (take, for example, the tentacled alien 'thing' that came out of the car). it is also the most mess-with-your-head story he has written. an excellent novel!
Posted By: Corey M. - August 25th, 2009 6:33:23 pm EDT
I've read alot of Stephen King's books, and by far this is my favorite. (and I love the dark tower series) I've got ten pages left and cant wait to re read this one. Superb story telling.
Posted By: Runa - July 23rd, 2009 2:38:46 pm EDT
One if not the creepist King novels ever written
Posted By: MacGyver - July 8th, 2009 10:45:34 am EDT
This was once again a great book. The story isn't told in a traditional fashion, since most of it is told in flashbacks. That works well in this novel, and it bring a nice and homey feeling to the book. As always, the characters work and feel real. which makes the buick even more compelling. I don't know about you, but i sure felt bad for the fact that we will never know what the buick was which is the point of the book. The ending worked well for me. I was afraid that there was going to be some revelation about what the Buick was, which would have destroyed the point of the book, but luckily there wasn't. The ending still was interesting and "final" enough to make you feel satisfied after finishing the book. Again I do nothing else but to strongly advice you to read this book!
Posted By: Anonymous - April 21st, 2009 10:39:13 am EDT
it is a really good book,but it doesn't have the spirit of it's predecessors..I really pity my town's public library because it only has 5 or 6 Stephen King books...:(
Posted By: Shelad - February 24th, 2009 9:32:36 pm EST
This is such a great book. I think it would make a great movie. Thanks Larry
Posted By: Drlavelle - February 6th, 2009 1:45:15 pm EST
This is one of the first novels I read on my Kindle and boy did it bring back memories. My father bought Buicks, except for one Hudson Hornet, that I can recall up to his death in 1963. The Buick 8 that I first drove was a '56 Buick Roadmaster. I really enjoyed this novel and often think of it whenever I see a Buick reference.
Posted By: DianaJ - January 25th, 2009 11:18:10 am EST
This is such a cozy & compelling book. You get quite nestled in the town (a little more than other novels, I think), you get comfy with the townsfolk & you are desperatley curious about this Buick!
Posted By: Oscar - January 25th, 2009 10:55:02 am EST
well the story captivatd me, specially how Mr. Dillon died, poor pooch, but yeah the endin was kinda "unthough throughly", i kinda disappointed me, but its a 4 start book ;)
Posted By: Anonymous - November 30th, 2008 2:26:45 pm EST
Great story... But the ending!!! Awful... I was really disapointed, but the story is good untill that.
Posted By: DJ - November 21st, 2008 10:34:47 pm EST
I loved the book. The way the story was told from different points of view really helped you get a clear picture of what was happening. I really hope that they make this into a movie. It would be great it Stephen King could come and speak to our school because there are many that don't like writing. In fact, I D.J. Bilka, invite him to speak to Chester Area School, Chester SD. Sincerely, D.J. Bilka P.S. I hope that you really don't destroy the Bel Air in the movie like what happened to Plymouths in Christine.
Posted By: Teddy - November 20th, 2008 10:18:11 am EST
I loved "From a Buick 8"! I have read it several times over the years. I have always loved vintage GM cars and that's what initially drew me to read this book and then became intrigued with other SK novels. From a Buick 8 would make an awesome movie. Any chance of that becoming a reality? I have enjoyed several other King books Insomnia, Heart's in Antlantis. I am currently reading the Cell. I discovered there is a movie for Hearts so am picking up a DVD. Thank you for writing such wonderous stories.
Posted By: Hortdawg - September 25th, 2008 2:10:00 pm EDT
this book was dank
Posted By: TheCreativeOne - September 21st, 2008 10:37:53 pm EDT
This book really drew me in just like the others. I still wondered about the man in the black coat to this day. I could see everything as it happened from the cars mysterious glow to the it's dying breath. A Good work indeed