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The Dead Zone by Stephen King
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Dec 24, 09

bookshelves: autographed, horror

I have to say The Dead Zone is my favorite King novel for a rather non-literary reason. Although I have a number of signed books by him, it is the only book in my collection which is personally inscribed to me from Stephen King. I met Mr. King at a book signing. At that point in his life, he was not yet flooded with fans so there was plenty of time to say a few works to him and ask a few questions... and for him to actually add a personal touch in his signings. Oh, for the old times...

As for the novel itself. it is a very strong entry in King's works. It feature two of King's most complex characters, Johnny Smith and Gregg Stillson. There is also a rare example of socio-political commentary, if oh so subtle, in this story. For overall storytelling, it is King at his finest.The Stand and The Shining may be more awe inspiring, partially because they were earlier and more of a surprise. But I think The Dead Zone shows a slightly more mature and reflective Stephen King.

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