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The Dead Zone (original 1979; edition 1979)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Dead Zone
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Viking Press (1979), First edition, Hardcover with dust jacket
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Rating:*****
Tags:Stephen King, Castle Rock, Thriller, New England, 1970s, novel, inscribed, unreviewed

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The Dead Zone by Stephen King (1979)

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“Johnny deseó estar muerto. Si su talento era un don divino, Dios era un lunático peligroso al que había que apagarle el carro.”

La Zona Muerta es mi tercer libro de Stephen King y aún me sigue asombrando su habilidad de mezclar religión, política, hechos paranormales y psicología en una única trama. Y hacer que funcione. Su talento si que es un don divino.

La historia resulta un poco predecible, casi desde el comienzo ya puedes adivinar como va a terminar todo. No hay giros inesperados, ni grandes revelaciones. Y, aun así, resulta completamente atrapante, un page-turner inevitable que hace que sus casi 500 páginas resulten cortas. Y es que la escritura de King no admite descuidos, te mantiene sentado al borde del asiento sin importar lo que pasa, sino como pasa.

GR clasifica esto como terror y thriller, pero nada más alejado de la realidad. Es cierto que contiene la más cruenta de las escenas de maltrato animal que jamás haya leído (en el opening de libro nada más y nada menos) y otros varios momentos bastante gore pero, más que para incitar miedo, su finalidad es mostrarnos la verdadera naturaleza de ciertos personajes que se esconden tras máscaras de bondad. De hecho, como dato curioso, todos los villanos de este libro siempre son descritos por los demás personajes como las personas más encantadoras, mientras que destacan que el protagonista tiene "un aire de maldad" y "ojos de psicópata".

[Editor: —¿Cómo planea llamar su próximo libro Sr. King?
Stephen: —«Las Apariencias Engañan».
Editor: —Ese nombre no es comercial, ¿quiere ganar dinero o no?
Stephen: —Oh, rayos. Supongo que entonces lo llamaré como esa frase que el protagonista repite una y otra vez; «La Zona Muerta». ¿Eso está de moda, no?]

Lo más parecido a una tragedia moderna que pueda existir. Un interesante estudio humano, que logra envolverte y hacerte pensar, al menos por instante, "y yo, ¿qué haría en su lugar?".

“¿Qué es lo normal? Nada, nadie. No en realidad.” ( )
  Glire | Jun 22, 2016 |
Post apocalyptic recovery. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Review: The Dead Zone by Stephen King.

Stephen King is well known for his gruesome zombies, horrible slimy characters and absurd adventures of the unknown. The Dead Zone is not that type of scary horror but still has the uniqueness of his perceptive style. It’s a well written story based on the supernatural mind with powerful emotional psychic experiences.

The story’s power is under scrutiny of the mind of a young man who has awakened from a five year coma. His life is no longer the same. He has become an emotional wreck with the responsibility of not knowing if it is right or wrong to use his new recent abilities.

The heavy consequences that he bares are so emotional and touching. Evan as a reader I could feel the torture and loneliness of his life. The story won’t allow you to stop feeling what the characters are going through. This is what makes this story so remarkable. I think it is one of his better reads. Stephen King never lets us down…
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
A coma patient awakens after several years and finds that he can see future events just by touching people. He didn't ask for this gift and he doesn't want it! A later TV series was made from this book with all the characters created by Stephen King. The fist couple of seasons stayed close to the book but began to take on a life of their own in later seasons. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
This book will remain in my Permanent Collection and not available to anyone else. It is AWESOME. If you have seen the movie, I will tell you that you have missed 2/3 of what's in this book. They also changed much in the movie from the Book.

John Smith, through a series of accidents has been given the power of second sight. The crux of the story comes down to one question. "If you could go back in time with what you know now about Hitler, would you kill him?" John Smith is able to see the definitive futures of individuals and is able to alter their outcome. The story of how he has to deal with this "gift" is the premise behind this book.

I found the writing easy to read. I found the characters very believable. I found the story fascinating. I would highly recommend this book as a great read! ( )
  DVerdecia | Jan 29, 2016 |
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King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bauman, JillIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brown, ChristopherCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matas, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Siddons, Anne RiversIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is for Owen. I love you, old bear.
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By the time he graduated from college, John Smith had forgotten all about the bad fall he took on the ice that January day in 1953.
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Awake in the dead zone and awake to a nightmare. Recoil in horror as you are touched by a young man cursed with the power to perceive the evil in men’s souls. And whose ability to see into the future forces him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and infinitely dangerous man.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451155750, Mass Market Paperback)

In the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that "King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature.... At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era."

If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.

The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster

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In his unequalled career, Stephen King has forged a place in publishing history as the most popular and recognized author of all time. Now, Signet is proud to reissue his most startling psychological thriller! After awakening from a four and a half year-long coma, a simple teacher finds himself irreparably altered -- both blessed ... and cursed -- with precognative visions of the future. Driven by his altruistic nature, he decides to use his newfound powers to prevent tragic events yet to happen. But as word of his unique ability leads to unwanted fame, the gift he hoped to share with humanity inevitably separates him from it.… (more)

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