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The Dead Zone by Stephen King

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
Collections:Your library, Key books, Signed and Limited, Stephen King
Tags:Horror, Psychics, New England, Castle Rock, movie, edition (signed)

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this felt to me like an old manuscript that stephen king pulled out of a drawer after the success of the stand, rushed off some minor edits, and didn't bother to really put himself into. i love him so i hate to say that, but this has none of the character development and pacing that is so much a part of his writing, not to mention that the main relationship we're supposed to believe for years is based on their knowing each other less than 2 months. the ideas are there, the style is mostly there, it's just not put together in a way that is up to his caliber, at all. there is way too much missing, while there also being way too much extra. normally his books are so tight, even the long ones, that this really feels like a draft that he didn't rework enough (or almost at all) before publishing. because his ideas are good, and because he comes through in parts, this gets 2 stars, but i'm disappointed. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Oct 14, 2014 |
There are probably some faults with this book, but I easily love it the best out of all of my Stephen King favourites so I had to rate it as "amazing".

I still remember the first (of many, many, many) time that I read it and how it got me so emotionally worked up that I wanted to shake characters and shout in their faces "just believe him! Why don't you believe him?"

Frustrating, emotional, gripping, and overall a book that left me better off than it found me. ( )
  kathay | Sep 26, 2014 |
There is a lot of heartache and misery in this book. But pretty decent. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
There is a lot of heartache and misery in this book. But pretty decent. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
After watching a few episodes of the television show (and a glimpse of the movie with Christopher Walken and director David Cronenberg) I already knew much of what happened in this book story. So why read it? Because, adaptation issues aside, it's still a Stephen King book and he's not the kind of writer who delivers a bad book. Sure, they may not be all perfect, but there's always a lot of good qualities in them.

THE DEAD ZONE has very few, if any, things against it. It's well written, well developed and well plotted. The main story doesn't differ much from what happens in the movie, but it would be impossible to fit everything that happened in an almost 500 pages novel into a movie with less than two hours. Adapting a movie usually requires that the unessential aspects be trimmed and that's fine if you don't read the book prior to watching the movie. Or if you're kind the person who can separate one thing from the other, without making futile comparisons.

Everything that isn't in the movies or in the TV series is not essential to the story. True. Stephen King could easily have told the same story without those small secondary story lines. But it's those story lines, those unnecessary peaks at the characters that make like Stephen King so much. He could have written THE DEAD ZONE without them, but it would not have been the same book. Nor as good. ( )
  Joel.G..Gomes | Apr 17, 2014 |
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Brown, ChristopherCover artistsecondary 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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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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