History Literature / FromABuick8

29th Jul '16 10:48:12 PM gunslingerofgilead
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* FromBadToWorse: The "worst day ever", as described by Shirley, starts with [[spoiler:a chemical tanker colliding with a school bus, causing all of Troop D to head to the accident, leaving her alone with Huddie and Mister D. Eddie pulls over his old high school bully Brian Lippy, who has since become a neo-Nazi drug addict, for beating his girlfriend. He and his partner George take him back to the troop, where they discover to their horror the Buick has given ''live birth'' to a HumanoidAbomination, which they are forced to kill. Mister D ingests some of the creature's flesh, suffering a horrifying death. Finally, Brian Lippy escapes custody in the confusion, and is "eaten" by the Buick while hiding from the troopers]]. Yeah, it was a pretty shitty day indeed.
20th Jul '16 3:58:46 PM gunslingerofgilead
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* MagicRealism: When the novel isn't about the Buick and the crazy shit that happens because of it, it's a perfectly grounded look at the lives of a group of state troopers. Tellingly, [[spoiler:the Buick only ever claims the life of one of the troopers, while others die throughout the years due to car accidents or suicide]].


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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: A running theme throughout the novel is how the Buick is overshadowed by the often mundane, occasionally dangerous, and once in a while lethal life of a state police officer. The Buick may be an otherworldly, inexplicable ''thing'' from somewhere else, but the troopers have other things to do, and have gotten used to it.
17th Mar '16 3:49:34 PM SeanMurrayI
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* BizarreAlienBiology: The creatures that come out of the Buick. In addition to the visually apparent weirdness, there is something about their chemical makeup that makes them start decaying almost instantly in our atmosphere. An [[AlienAutopsy autopsy]] that was attempted on one creature does not go well. [[spoiler: Sandy later realizes that if some of the blood-like black substance that squirted out of the bat-creature had gotten into Curtis' mouth, he would have died.]]

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* BizarreAlienBiology: The creatures that come out of the Buick. In addition to the visually apparent weirdness, there is something about their chemical makeup that makes them start decaying almost instantly in our atmosphere. An [[AlienAutopsy autopsy]] that was attempted on one creature AlienAutopsy does not go well. [[spoiler: Sandy later realizes that if some of the blood-like black substance that squirted out of the bat-creature had gotten into Curtis' mouth, he would have died.]]
23rd Jan '16 9:29:51 AM nombretomado
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And that's just the start because ''things'' come out of it - the story--as written by StephenKing--is framed as the current Sergeant Commanding and some other officers explaining the thing to the traumatized son of an officer who was tragically killed by [[ContrivedCoincidence that same loser]] years later.

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And that's just the start because ''things'' come out of it - the story--as written by StephenKing--is Creator/StephenKing--is framed as the current Sergeant Commanding and some other officers explaining the thing to the traumatized son of an officer who was tragically killed by [[ContrivedCoincidence that same loser]] years later.
12th Jan '16 5:20:10 PM SbenLives
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* NothingIsScarier: The world on the other end of the dimensional portal in the Buick is only glimpsed briefly by the narrator, but in that brief moment, he sees the remains of the people the Buick had drawn in. No bodies, just a boot, a swastika necklace that had belonged to Brian Lippy, a policeman's hat and a gun. Someone has driven a stake through the hat, and the gun is rusted. What exactly happened to the people is never revealed.

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* NothingIsScarier: [[spoiler: The world on the other end of the dimensional portal in the Buick is only glimpsed briefly by the narrator, but in that brief moment, he sees the remains of the people the Buick had drawn in. No bodies, just a boot, a swastika necklace that had belonged to Brian Lippy, a policeman's hat belonging to Ennis Rafferty, and a gun. Someone has driven a stake through the hat, and the gun is rusted. What exactly happened to the people is never revealed.]]
12th Jan '16 5:16:57 PM SbenLives
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* AlienSky: In the climax, Sandy pulls Ned out of the car, and in the process, gets a brief glimpse of the world on the other side, an alien world, along with remnants of the people absorbed by the Buick.

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* AlienSky: [[spoiler: In the climax, Sandy pulls Ned out of the car, and in the process, gets a brief glimpse of the world on the other side, an alien world, world with a deep purple sky, along with remnants of the people absorbed by the Buick.]]


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** Come closer, children. See the living crocodile.
20th Oct '15 9:39:07 AM jmparker78
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* ItsPronouncedTroPay: Tony Schoondist's last name is pronounced "Shane-dinks", which Sandy makes a point of saying.
27th Jul '15 2:21:09 PM Black_Diesel
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8th Jun '15 12:07:29 AM JakesBrain
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* BizarreAlienBiology: The creatures that come out of the Buick. In addition to the visually apparent weirdness, there is something about their chemical makeup that makes them start decaying almost instantly. An [[AlienAutopsy autopsy]] that was attempted on one creature does not go well. [[spoiler: Sandy later realizes that if some of the blood-like black substance that squirted out of the bat-creature had gotten into Curtis' mouth, he would have died.]]
* CallASmeerpARabbit: Various things come out of the trunk of the Buick. They tend to get called things like birds and bats when it is very clear that that is not what they are at all.

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* BizarreAlienBiology: The creatures that come out of the Buick. In addition to the visually apparent weirdness, there is something about their chemical makeup that makes them start decaying almost instantly.instantly in our atmosphere. An [[AlienAutopsy autopsy]] that was attempted on one creature does not go well. [[spoiler: Sandy later realizes that if some of the blood-like black substance that squirted out of the bat-creature had gotten into Curtis' mouth, he would have died.]]
* CallASmeerpARabbit: Various things come out of the trunk of the Buick. They tend to get called things like birds "birds", "fish", and bats "leaves" when it is very clear that that is not what they are at all.all; Ned's repeated failure to grasp this point irritates Sandy immensely.



* HumanoidAbomination: The mysterious driver of the Buick that originally left it at the gas station at the start of the story, and who disappeared behind the building. The gas station attendant described him as looking "melted", and he had a very odd posture. Outside the novel, said driver is generally theorized to be a [[Franchise/TheDarkTower Low Man]].

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* HumanoidAbomination: The mysterious driver of the Buick that originally left it at the gas station at the start of the story, and who disappeared behind the building. The gas station attendant described him his ear (the only feature he saw clearly) as looking "melted", "melted, like he'd been in a fire", and he had a very odd posture. Outside the novel, said driver is generally theorized to be a [[Franchise/TheDarkTower Low Man]].



** [[spoiler:When Sandy gets a glimpse of the world beyond the Buick, he sees Ennis Rafferty's hat lying on the ground with a wooden stake driven through it, as if whoever or whatever found Ennis was afraid he would come back to life.]]



* MrsRobinson: Invoked. Sandy wonders if Shirley might be telling Ned so much and so easily because he's good looking and wonders if she might be thinking of 'playing Mrs Robinson' but nothing ever comes of it.

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* MrsRobinson: Invoked. Sandy wonders if Shirley might be telling Ned so much and so easily because he's good looking and wonders if she might be thinking of 'playing Mrs Robinson' "playing Mrs. Robinson", but nothing ever comes of it.



* NothingIsScarier: The world on the other end of the dimensional portal in the Buick is only glimpsed briefly by the narrator, but in that brief moment, he sees the remains of the people the Buick had drawn in. No bodies, just a boot, a swastika necklace that had belonged to Brian Lippy, a polcemans hat and a gun. Someone has driven a stake through the hat, and the gun is rusted. What exactly happened to the people is never revealed.

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* NothingIsScarier: The world on the other end of the dimensional portal in the Buick is only glimpsed briefly by the narrator, but in that brief moment, he sees the remains of the people the Buick had drawn in. No bodies, just a boot, a swastika necklace that had belonged to Brian Lippy, a polcemans policeman's hat and a gun. Someone has driven a stake through the hat, and the gun is rusted. What exactly happened to the people is never revealed.



* PoliceBrutality: Commented on in-story. One of the cops notes that small town cops are good enough, but they get a bad rap from bigger cities: for every honest, hard-working cop, there's a power-tripping asshole waiting to beat you.

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* PoliceBrutality: Commented on in-story. One of the cops Sergeant Tony Schoondist notes that small town cops are good enough, but they get a bad rap from bigger cities: for cities -- "for every three honest, hard-working cop, cops in Los Angeles, there's a power-tripping asshole waiting to beat you.two Hitler Youth wannabes on motorcycles."



* RuleOfScary: This is one of the themes of the book. The creatures that come out of the Buick, and the Buick itself, make no sense by human standards and will probably never really be understood. The same goes for the motivations of the driver who abandoned the Buick, there is no elaboration of who, or more likely, what he was, just that he drove the "car" to the gas station, left it there, and then disappeared.

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* RuleOfScary: This is one of the themes of the book. The creatures that come out of the Buick, and the Buick itself, make no sense by human standards and will probably never really be understood. The same goes for the motivations of the driver who abandoned the Buick, Buick; there is no elaboration of who, or more likely, what he was, was -- just that he drove the "car" to the gas station, left it there, and then disappeared.



** Tony Schoondist tells his officers that the Buick needs to be kept a secret, and points out that it's fallen right into the hands of people equipped to do that.



** It's also speculated that, for all the scary power the Buick possesses the vehicle was left behind because it was somehow ''broken''...

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** It's also speculated that, for all the scary power the Buick possesses possesses, the vehicle was left behind because it was somehow ''broken''...
1st Oct '14 10:48:37 AM SilentStranger
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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Averted, as the creatures that come out of the Buick pretty much die and sometimes rapidly decompose when exposed to the open air. It's theorized it would be the same for someone going into their world.

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* NothingIsScarier: The world on the other end of the dimensional portal in the Buick is only glimpsed briefly by the narrator, but in that brief moment, he sees the remains of the people the Buick had drawn in. No bodies, just a boot, a swastika necklace that had belonged to Brian Lippy, a polcemans hat and a gun. Someone has driven a stake through the hat, and the gun is rusted. What exactly happened to the people is never revealed.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Averted, as the creatures that come out of the Buick pretty much die and sometimes rapidly decompose when exposed to the open air. It's theorized it would be the same for someone going into their world.
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