|Plot Summary of From A Buick 8|
Scribner, Sept 2002, 368 pp.
In 1970, a car stops at a gas station in the small western Pennsylvania town of Statler. The driver asks the attendant to fill up before he disappears in the vicinity of the bathroom. When the customer fails to return, the attendant calls the state troopers. Troop D company impounds the vehicle and take it to shed B as they realize that this car is dangerous and not of this world.
In 2001, a drunk driver kills Trooper Curt Wilco. His son Ned starts hanging around D Troop and Curt's peers take care of him. It's only a matter of time before he sees the 1957 Buick in Shed B. The troopers all take turns telling the high school senior what the car has done over the years including causing one trooper to disappear. It periodically gives off a weird light show and from time to time it regurgitates strange objects and life forms. Ned becomes caught up in the story as deeply as his father was enthralled by the car.
It is always amazing how Stephen king can take an ordinary object like a car and twist it into such a frightening terror that readers will never be able to forget it. The ‘57 Buick is more than just a car, but what it is become is the subject of reader imagination. The structure of FROM A BUICK 8 is absorbing as each trooper tells Ned about his dealings with “the car” leading the audience to think twice before entering a strange vehicle.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"A strange car appears one day in Western Pennsylvania. It is a gate to another world that is trying to invade ours. It is seized by State Troopers and taken care of by them, particularly as for destroying the invading beings that come from it and fighting against its attraction that leads it to swallowing human beings. A young man, son of a killed State Trooper, is coming of age through his discovery of this mystery, of this evil car."
Jacques COULARDEAU, Resident Scholar
|"When State Trooper Curtis Wilcox is run down and killed by a drunk driver, his teenage son Ned finds comfort in the company of his father's fellow cops and starts hanging out at the Department's yard. He discovers the Buick out in a back shed.
The Buick was abandoned at a service station years before, when his father himself was only a rookie, coincidentally the pump attendant is the same man who years later plows into Curtis Wilcox killing him instantly at the side of the road.
However the car is not what it seems. It emits blinding light shows and occasionally vomiting out things."
sue jeffrey, Resident Scholar
|"This novel gives readers a glance inside the lives of a group of not so ordinary police officers, who have kept a very large secret hidden away in the back of Shed D. This story is about a mysterious Buick that has possibly eaten people and occasionally teleports strange creatures from another dimension or plane of existence. "
Karen Moss, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of From A Buick 8|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 17.5%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 35%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 17.5%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- the inanimate object chased me!
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- An "It".
- long-lived adults
Has magical powers?
Magical/mental powers of main antagonist:
- mind control
- super strength
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
- 20th century
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- rotating 1st
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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