Firestarter Paperback – 8 May 2006
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Stephen King's finest novel yet...the most tightly plotted of King's chillers, it is also the most terrifying (Cosmopolitan)
One of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel (The Sunday Times)
King does this better than anyone else. We finished the book in about three non-stop hours after we picked it up (Playboy)
For the first time from Hodder paperbacks, comes a riveting chiller from the early pen of the master.See all Product Description
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It's been mentioned in another review that Firestarter is one of King's most emotionally compelling books and I have to agree. I rarely experience particularly strong emotional reactions to even very good books: I don't think I've ever read a story that scared me, or made me happy, or want to cry. However, Firestarter is one (possibly the only one? No - there was Gallipoli) that /really/ moved me and I can vividly remember first reading it (many years ago) and being sucked in by the story and engaging with it as if it were reality (and for a book about telekinesis, that's quite an achievement!). In fact, I would go so far as to say that I found Andy and Charlie's plight heartbreaking. Don't worry, there's no gratuitously gory medical experimentation or anything like that. What moved me was Andy's devotion to his young daughter, Charlie's innocence and the dispassionate, detatched cruelty of their tormentors. I'll say it again, because it still surprises me - this is a moving, upsetting, sad and engaging story. It's not (for me anyway) a tearjerker but it really did tug on my heartstrings.Read more ›
It's one of King's most tightly plotted novels, completely lacking in his sometimes too-frequent ramblings that don't seem to go anywhere. Though not really horror, it does have King's typically excellent characterisation, and as usual I felt very connected to the main character's plight and cared a lot about his outcome. Definitely highly recommended.
Stephen King is normally very good with creating characters that seem multi-dimensional and rarely entirely black and white. I like reading about what they THINK and what they FEEL and why they DO such and such after.
The plot is predictable though, the ending is sort of predictable too, but left hanging in the mid air.
Stephen King has written much better books, his short stories are absolutely brilliant. Read this one but do not expect too much.
Charlie McGee is just a cute little girl, yet she is denied anything resembling a normal life.Read more ›
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By the time Firestarter came out in 1980, Stephen King was a bona fide phenomena. He was living in his now-famous mansion in Bangor, Maine, he was making more money than he knew... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jodie cook
I don't know what it was about this book but it really just did not seem to interest me and i had no desire to finish this book, only managed to get just past the halfway mark with... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Caleb
Another excellent page turner from Mr King. When he gets it right his books are how every book should be - very hard to put down.Published 8 months ago by J H
Loved this book, though I can't say I am ever disappointed by anything by Stephen King. As always, this is storytelling at its best and I couldn't put it down.Published 9 months ago by CE