Just finished Blaze yesterday, and luckily I was not disappointed with what King has written some 35 years ago and nearly forgotten until now. I like the Bachman books a lot, and I can see traces of King's old writing in there - Blaze talking to George in his mind, like the main character in Roadwork did, for example. But also, it reminded me of his more recent work, Love. Blaze's childhood, what his father did to him...
Nevertheless, the book is strong enough to stand on its own. Predictable, of course. You know quite early on what is going to happen, it is inevitable. No happy ending for Blaze. But still, I wanted to keep reading and just couldn't put the book down until I was finished with it.
At the end, one is ready to shed a tear or two for Blaze - what had me crying almost also was a short passage, a sidenote only, about Blaze's child (one he never knew of), adopted by a nice couple and growing up to be an intelligent young man - a glance of how Blaze's own life could have been, hadn't his father thrown him down the stairs one too many times when he was a child.
Great book! Can't wait to read Duma Key, which will be King's next book - at the end of Blaze, you will find a short story called Memory for good measure, which is connected to Duma Key.
A happy constant reader :-)
I kill with my heart.