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Fire-Starter (original 1980; edition 1981)

by Stephen King

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Title:Fire-Starter
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1981), Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library, read
Rating:***1/2
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Firestarter by Stephen King (1980)

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Listened to this audiobook from the library, using Hoopla.

Classic King. Kinda horror, kinda scifi, kinda family in peril chase story. Book jumps right in, showing, main character Charlie and her father Andy, on the run from mysterious organization. We find that the organization is a secretive government organization (called the Shop) who want Andy and Charlie because they happen to have psychic powers. Charlie is the firestarter and Andy can "push" people with his mind to influence them (kinda like a cross between Scanners and the Force). In true King fashion, we jump back and forth to find out their backstory, where we learn that Andy and his future wife were part of a drug experiment when they were in college that gave them these psychic powers. When they later get married and have a child, we find that their abilities are passed along in full (and more) to their daughter.

Andy and Charlie are eventually captured and taking to a facility where they separate the two and try to find the secret to Charlie's ability and how they might control her. Needless to say, again in true King fashion, things come to a head and do not go well at all for the Shop. Its a good, fun, pulpy read. Just what you'd expect from 80's era Stephen King

6/10

S: 3/26/15 F: 4/9/15 (15 Days) ( )
  mahsdad | Apr 27, 2015 |
I borrowed this from a friend. I liked it. ( )
  tayitude | Mar 8, 2015 |
I borrowed this from a friend. I liked it. ( )
  tayitude | Mar 8, 2015 |
I can find absolutely nothing bad to say about this book. Firestarter is up there with 'Salem's Lot, The Shining, and It. This one isn't as creep-up-on-you scary as the aforementioned novels, but Firestarter is terrifying. To image a world wherein Charlie McGee exists is a scary thought indeed.

This is one of the few King books that has absolutely zero lulls in the narrative. When the pace does slow, King shows off his superhuman character development skills. He doesn't simply make his character dev engaging, he makes it entertaining as well. You have fun while getting to know these characters, and before you know it, page one turns to page four hundred and you want to start all over again. Books like this are the reason I'm rereading this man's entire catalog.

Notable names:
Patrick Hockstretter (Carrie)
The Shop (Tommyknockers, The Stand, and is mentioned throughout the Dark Tower series)

In summation: In my opinion this is one of King's hidden gems. People don't talk about it as much as they do his more massive novels, but Firestarter is one of his best, and deserves your attention. ( )
  Edward.Lorn | Feb 13, 2015 |
stephen king opens this book by dropping you right in the middle of the tension and the action, and there are very few parts of the following nearly 400 pages that ratchet down much. i thought this was a really smart way to approach this story, as we fill in the gaps through flashbacks, keeping our pulse rate pretty high, in the moments when the characters had a little downtime. and opening up by being thrown right into an intense chase scene, you're invested immediately. this is a well written thrill ride with very little time to breathe and relax throughout. as usual, he has great character development of the main characters, but not as much as i'm used to for the more minor-but-still-important players. he writes kids with such accuracy it's really quite something. excellent writing, pacing, and story. i love his style, and i feel like, like his character and her ability in this story, his writing is very controlled and we're only seeing the edges of his abilities, in a good way.

(this edition has a few typos that were disappointing considering it was supposed to be a nicer edition, but that's not king's fault.) ( )
  elisa.saphier | Jan 7, 2015 |
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"It was a pleasure to burn." -- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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In memory of Shirley Jackson, who never needed to raise her voice.
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"Daddy, I'm tired," the little girl in the red pants and the green blouse said fretfully.
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Book description
You are about to meet the sweetest, most irresistible little girl you've ever known - 8-year-old Charlie McGee.
She's everything that a proud father like Andy McGee could want - and all that he can fear. For Charlie was born with the most destructive power a human being has ever commanded - and somehow she must be saved from both herself and from those in high places who want to use her as their weapon.

Meet Charlie - and see what happens when innocence and beauty unite with evil and terro.
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FIRESTARTER is the mesmerising and menacing story of a sinister government agency, a fateful drug experiment, and a pigtailed girl named Charlie, who has an unimaginably terrifying gift: the power of pyrokinesis.
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Her power's constrained!
No, just seems that way because
thermometers melt.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451167805, Mass Market Paperback)

Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror as a young girl exhibits signs of a wild and horrifying force.



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Young Charlie McGee is a very special girl. The result of scientific experimentation on her parents, she has the ability to create fires wherever and whenever she chooses, by force of will alone. On the run from sinister government agents with her telekenetic father, she only wants to forget her monstrous abilities, and live a normal life. When the pair are captured, Charlie must decide between saving her father and using her fiery powers at the whim of a government only interested in using her ... as a weapon!… (more)

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