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Firestarter Hardcover – September 29, 1980
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This Story had a very strong start. I flew through the first 150 pages because I didn't want to stop..but then it became a slow crawl all the way until the very end. Thats what made it an "okay" experience. Amazing concept, but could have had a lot more epic, suspensful moments.
I felt the ending was just underwhelming. The climax was short-lived unfortunately. There weren't many memorable moments altogether.
(I noticed reviewers mentioning "Horror" there was very little to no Horror elements)
I liked the book but probably won't remember it in a few months and I wouldn't really recommend it.
Firestarter seems to be an under appreciated tale, if such a thing were ever possible, from Stephen King. It never seems to be on any list touting his greatest works. It is, however, a very worthy story with strong characters mixed with a story that feels like it's smack dab out of the late 1970's TV show, In Search Of. ESP and government conspiracy cover ups were huge back then and, with how little people trust the government currently, it doesn't seem to be out of the possibility now. While its way too easy to say that this is simply a watered-down derivative of Carrie, Firestarter is much more and definitely worth checking out.
4 1/2 Hot Potatoes out of 5
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Unfortunately the Kindle ebook, was littered with errors. I'm absolutely astonished that the publisher didn't proofread the ebook. If publishers allow this many errors (seriously, you can't go ten pages without hitting one) then I have to ask: why would any author go through a major publisher these days? You could hire an editor and a proofreader and then finally proof it yourself and come out with a better finished product.
That said, the strength of the book itself still overcomes. Five stars.
It is very much the kind of story Stephen King is known for. Heavy on suspense (with a lot of prescient comments dropped), use of science fiction tropes (psionic powers), heavy characterization, and philosophical sensibilities. The characterization isn't nearly as strong as in The Stand, for example, but the philosophical musings are better. King's strength isn't from dealing with it in the abstract (The Stand suffers from too much of this), but from dealing with it on a visceral level, e.g., capturing the impotent rage people feel when confronted by the Shop. He also nails the bureaucratic inefficiency inherent to a government agency, especially one as unanswerable to the public as a covert intelligence shop.
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HIs imagination and storytelling abilities are tremendous Had a few slow spots but in general story moves along very well