Rewatching Firestarter lately with my family, I was prompted to re-read the book, which I had read decades ago. The book and the movie are unusually close for a book adaptation, but the book has more graphic and twisted elements than the movie. I had actually thought that one particularly graphic scene in the book was in the movie (it wasn't) because the imagery was so vivid and twisted.
The book is good, but it reminded me why I don't read Stephen King for the most part. I think I've read The Stand (the original version), The Shining, Firestarter, and The Eyes of the Dragon. It's been a long time, but I think I would not bother re-reading The Stand or Firestarter, due to the really dark sexual perversion and violence level. (Either that or I would mark up my Firestarter version to remind myself what scenes to skip. The Stand would have to be a "no" forever, especially the re-written version.) Yes, folks read Stephen King because he writes horror; color me a wimp, I...
This book was not signed at all. Not by the author, nor by anyone. I suppose that when they advertised this book as "first edition, signed..." I thought that meant that the author had signed it. Or at least, that someone had signed it. It was a disappointing trick, as this book was a birthday gift for my oldest son, who loves Stephen Kings writing. I thought it would be a real treat to get him a signed copy, so you can imagine that it was extremely disappointing when there was no signature anywhere on the book. The novel itself, Firestarter, is a well-written and enjoyable book for fans of Stephen King, but I would recommend purchasing it elsewhere and not from this seller. They are clearly misleading the buyer just to make money.
This is one of King's best works, and has always been one of my favorites. As opposed to the general run of horror stories he tells (admittedly very well), Firestarter is straight sci-fi. It deals, as all good sci-fi does, with the effects of technological advances on people. Little Charlie did not ask for her pyrokinetic ability, nor did her parents ask for theirs, when they were the subjects of a government experiment with a psychotropic drug. She rightly fears the power, which she likens to a vicious and rather stupid animal, that, once let out of its cage, had a tendency to run amok. But as the government continues to pursue Charlie and her father, she is forced to use the ability in self-defense, with catastrophic results. King does a superb job making the reader see what a double-edged sword such an ability would be, and you can't help caring for Charlie and hoping everything turns out well, despite the odds against...
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