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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  171,162 ratings  ·  2,572 reviews
"La Bottega": un'agenzia governativa che ha lo scopo di sviluppare facoltà psichiche eccezionali. Charlie: una bambina dotata di un'energia terrificante e potenzialmente distruttiva. Venuta a conoscenza di questo fatto, "la Bottega" cerca con ogni mezzo di acciuffare la piccola e, quando ci riesce, si sforza di orientare verso il male le sue straordinarie capacità. Ma non ...more
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Published April 29th 2014 by SPERLING & KUPFER (first published September 29th 1980)
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Dan Schwent
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books, 2016
When some cash-poor college students volunteer for an experiment, they have no idea of the Pandora's Box they are about to unleash. Years later, one of them, Andy McGee, is on the run from The Shop, with his daughter, Charlie. Can Andy and Charlie evade The Shop before their world goes up in flames?

First off, for years now, I cannot read the title without hearing the Prodigy song of the same name. Maybe he'll follow this one up with a book called Fuel my Fire or Smack My Bitch Up one of these da
Buddy Read with my pal, The Jeff.

I don't think the scariest thing about this book is the fact that this tiny kid has the power to potentially crack the Earth in half.
Don't get me wrong...the thought of that curls my toes.
The genius of this book is that your fear builds with the father's fear.
And it's not the fear of simply being captured. He fears what all of this is doing to his daughter, and he fears what he has had to do to his daughter in order to keep her safe from herself.
The part that re
Johann (jobis89)
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You're a firestarter, honey... just one big Zippo lighter."

Andy and Vicky McGee take part in a top-secret government experiment, gaining psychic powers. Then they have a daughter - Charlie. Charlie demonstrates even more power than her parents and they must keep her abilities secret, as the government wants Charlie back.

Firestarter was one of the few "classic" Kings I had left to read (I had never watched the movie either), and yet I wasn't particularly excited about it, it seemed like a Carrie
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only people trying to read all of King's works
This was an audio re-read – I last read this probably 15 to 20 years ago. My original remembered review was 3 stars and it will remain the same. I always hope the second time will be better and it will move up to 4 or 5 stars, but that just doesn’t always happen.

Can I confidently say why I am not going higher? I give a few examples below, but it is more of a feeling . . . a feeling that did not break as I worked my way through the book. I kept hoping for moments that would make me wonder why I o
Edward Lorn
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pushes and shoves can be a dangerous can Fear, Pain and Fire!

FIRESTARTER had me at the get-go with a super-intense, spring-into-action run as 34 year old Andy McGee and daughter Charlie, 7 flee for their lives with no money and only the clothes on their back.

The story alternates between Andy's college days bringing to light how the need for an extra $200 bucks brought him to present day terror in search for a way out....a way to survive....a way to keep his daughter safe.

There is

Ashley Daviau
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Firestarter doesn’t quite crack my top five King books, it does come pretty damn close! While I do find the idea of pyrokinesis and telekinesis fascinating and it is no doubt a big part of what makes this book so good, that’s not what makes this book great to me. For me, what really seals the deal, is the beautiful relationship between Charlie and her father. There’s just so much love and trust there, it’s incredibly touching and what makes me love this book so much!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
Charlie McGee and her father Andy are two people on the run from the shop a group of ruthless government mad doctors that wants to experiment on Charlie for her powerful pyrokinesis powers. Can they survive? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good read. If you enjoy Stephen King's books, definitely check this out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Manuel Antão
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1980
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Page-Turning Foofaraw: "Firestarter" by Stephen King

(Original Review, 1980-09-21)

The popularity of "occult" novels haunts the science fiction community. We of all people are expected to pay serious attention to stories based on semiliterate misreadings of religious apocrypha. Not based, mind you, on either testament of the Bible, but on superstitions which Catholic, Protestant and Jewish theologians can tell you are mostly transformati
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked most about Firestarter was the bond between a father and his daughter. The character development is solid in this Stephen King story, especially considering the relationship of Charlie and Andy McGee. Maybe I liked this element of the book because they are the victims, and I always root for the underdog. Also, because it’s clear how much Andy loves his daughter. He would give his life for her. A short afterward follows the end of the book. In it, King thanks his own daughter, who mu ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Damn hippy musicians!

This was a buddy read with my bestest pal, Firestar.

Stephen King sure as hell likes his characters with a heaping helping of psy-abilities. At the time of this writing, Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot, The Shining, The Stand and The Dead Zone had been published (needless to say, this is one hell of a run) and three out of five employed characters with some sort of psychic ability. Here, Andy and Vicky were part of an experiment that left them wit
Fabian {Councillor}
Buddy Read with Anne

Have you ever thought about how it would be like to possess superpowers like being able to set things on fire with the simple power of your thoughts? Surely you have, even if pyrokinesis might not precisely be what people imagine when thinking about superpowers. Just think about it for a moment: You could wander through the streets and destroy entire cities; you could burn the people who want something bad to happen to you; you have all the power necessary to climb to the ver
Mar 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Firestarter was my second book by Stephen King. Somehow it managed to be a lot worse than Carrie, which was my first. I'll be bluntly honest with you, reading this almost felt like flipping through 520 pages of nothing. I guess it's easy to forgive this disappointment because this book is early King, and regardless of the fact that I'm not an expert in the King field, it seems that this lacked a certain va-va-voom factor which his books are known for. And besides, Fabian is a King expert and he ...more
Paul Nelson
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Next up on my Stephen King quest is Firestarter, again it’s not a review as such but a collection of my thoughts on the book. So there most definitely will be spoilers.
Firestarter was originally released in 1980 and was the Kings 6th release not including The Star Invaders.

This story is a page turning masterpiece that flows effortlessly with literally no break in the pace whatsoever, from the initial chase and capture, to John Rainbird ruthlessly planning and playing with a young girl’s emotions
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason Firestarter always seems to get overlooked in various King lists, but it’s got all the hallmarks that makes he’s stories so popular.

Andy and Daughter Charlie are on the run from a government agency known as The Shop.
Andy had participated in experiments during the 1960’s that gave him the ability to auto-hypnotic, whilst meting he’s future wife Victoria, she also gained minor telekinetic abilities.
But it was their child Charlene McGee who gained frightening powers.

Kings not advers
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king
Part of February's #reviewking19 project where I revisit my Goodreads reviews of King books I've read.
Firestarter. This one flies under the radar when it comes to Stephen King standouts. The popular kids: IT, Salem's Lot, The Shining, Misery steal a lot of the limelight.
But it's King's lesser known titles that truly standout as favorites for me.
I read this book in high school and I'm particularly fond of it.
Honestly, this has more of a Science Fiction/Thriller vibe to me, rather than "horror" bu
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may very well be one of the earliest subtle horror stories from King. That said, this one wasn't a scare-fest out to make the reader piss himself/herself like many of his early works.

But here the terror is perhaps worse. In this novel, the "monsters" are normal human beings that work for the US government. Agents of The Shop earn a paycheck from the legitimate government to keep America "safe". They just might be scarier than Cujo, Barlow, Pennywise, Annie Wilkes, Tak, and the Crimson King
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Oh. my. gosh. review to come.....
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This was the first novel of Stephen King I bought - well, not exactly me. I was laid up in bed with a dislocated knee and my aunt bought it for me, to keep me through the monotonous days.

But somehow, I never got around to reading it at that time. It was only about an year later, after finishing The Shining, that I read it. By that time I was willing to love anything by Stephen King, and this book didn't disappoint.

Charlene McGee is a girl with a gift - pyrokinesis, i.e., the ability to set thing
Thomas Strömquist
Stephen Kings 9th is for me truly a partly hidden (or at least partly forgotten) gem! This sailed up amongst my very favorites of this mans books now and is the first that I actually changed (the 5-level) rating of following my re-read. The book starts in the midst of a breathtaking white knuckle hunt for a man and his daughter and does not stop for as much as a breather during the first third.

The eventual decrease of the furious pace comes with an increase of terror and dread though, so no res
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Having always been a big fan of the film, I was anxious to experience the fire starting abilities of Charlie in book form. Did the book end up leaving a burned imprint in my mind as much as the movie did?

Stephen King's Firestarter, written in his older school style, begins with Charlie and Andy McGee on the run from a company called “The Shop”. The first few chapters are riddled with intriguing flashbacks to fill the reader in on current day situations and up the desperation of the protagonists
Miss Kim
It all started with twelve broke college students. Andy’s friend told him about a drug trail at the university that was paying each participant $200. Thinking ‘easy cash’, Andy goes for it. He ends up spending an undetermined amount of time there and is given the drug which also contains some kind of hallucinogenic. He also meets the woman that would later become his wife, Victoria, and during the trial, they both realize they can communicate with out speaking. After it was over, both were unsur ...more
Abbie | ab_reads
Firestarter has definitely earned a place in my top 10 Kings! This is King writing at his very best.
This book combines some of my very favourite elements of a novel: mental powers such as telekinesis and pyrokinesis; an awesome young female protagonist who isn't perfect/infallibly strong; and a ruthless, brutal, government secret agency who will stop at nothing in the name of national security. If that doesn't sound great to you then I dunno what does!
Charlie McGee is now one of my fave protag
Sometimes King comes up with the best and most creative ideas. Firestarter was no exception. The whole idea behind a government experiment giving people "abilities" is pure genius. Then, to twist it a bit to make those abilities effect human genetics to give the offspring of those who participated in this government experiment have abilities as well? Genius. I loved the whole idea of the story.

When King does sci-fi, sometimes he really gets it right. The Dead Zone, anyone? It was one of the bes
Joe Valdez
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heat seekers, warm hearts, trailblazers
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Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, horror

Stephen King is a firm favourite of mine and I’m enjoying working my way through all of his books (although I’ve only done around 1/3 so far!). This one is definitely one of his better offerings but didn’t quite get the upgrade to 5 stars but there is plenty of interesting things going on here to make this a must read for anyone looking for a good psychological thriller with corporate medical mischief.

Who doesn’t want some sort of super power. But, as Uncle Ben once said, with great power c
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
More sci-fi than horror, Firestarter borrows many similar elements from King's own Carrie to tell its story of a young girl with pyro powers. Substitute a loving father for a crazy mother and you have the same inner turmoil present here as in the previous novel (i.e. Charlie's reluctance to use her powers). The opening sections are intriguing, and do a good job building the back story so that the middle section feels a bit more important than it really is (it also drags a bit but King wisely spe ...more
Ken McKinley
Andy and his daughter Charlene, Charlie for short, are on the run. A government agency known as The Shop are after them. Years ago, The Shop was responsible for administering a secret experiemental drug into the veins of Charlie's parents when they were broke and naive college kids. The drug, called Lot Number Six, went helter-skelter through most of it's test subjects causing carnage which required a massive government effort to coverup the mess. For Charlie's parents, something in the drug alt ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Firestarter, Stephen King manages to pull together beautiful character development, political commentary that remains relevant despite this book being over thirty years old and that signature unsettling terror.

King is often criticised for being overly wordy but, in this case, there is an efficiency of writing that proves beyond any doubt that King can tell a tale with urgency. This book hits the ground running and does not let up until the last page. And while the story is very much one of tw
I've read a fair amount of Stephen King by this point, and this is one of the better ones. Aside from some dated language and ideas (fatphobia, gender essentialism, homophobic/racist language used mostly by bad guys), I liked this one almost as much as I like Misery. Good villains, simple but effective story. Just a really well done horror/suspense novel. The 1980s just ooze from every page.

I actually wasn't anticipating the intensity of this novel. It opens in the middle of things, and our two
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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