From A Buick 8 Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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The review of this Book prepared by Karen Moss

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.
The review of this Book prepared by sue jeffrey

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.
The review of this Book prepared by Jacques COULARDEAU

Scribner, Sept 2002, 368 pp.
ISBN 0743211375

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

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

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 Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the inanimate object chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   police/lawman Age:    -   a teen    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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