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Insanely readable: storytelling doesn't get better than this,
This review is from: The Dead Zone (Kindle Edition)
Re-reading "The Dead Zone" for the first time in over 20 years, I am absolutely stunned by the power of King's storytelling powers here. On any number of levels, this is a stunning book, and deserves to be studied as an example of the craft of writing. It's more than a horror novel, packed as it is with real insights into the human condition, what it is to be different, what it is to be cursed. King's sweep of history is also impressive - mid-seventies US politics is done with some conviction, and the little insights into family life and times past is also beautifully done, seen as these things are through the eyes of King's hero in the book: Johnny Smith.
Smith is a convincing, likeable character with which to travel through the book, and the narrative pace never slackens throughout what looks like a long book, but is actually a breeze to read. I simply could not put it down - and for a book where you know what is going to happen on a second read, that says a lot.
Infinitely superior to the film version with Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen - "The Dead Zone" really does stand up well to the test of time. Interestingly, given the lavish praise being heaped on King's current blockbuster "11.22.63" - there are hints in the Dead Zone of more than a passing interest in "what if?" and the opportunities to change things if travelling back in time. At one point, Smith discusses the notion of travelling back to 1932 and killing Hitler - so, it may well be that such ideas germinated in King's fertile mind and came to fruition all those years later.
If any book can convince you of the power of stories well-told, The Dead Zone is surely it. Absolutely compelling.