I'm like 2/3 into the book and one question emerged in my mind. Why does John Rainbird want to kill Charlie by strangulation when she could set him on fire?
If you could answer that question without spoiling the ending, that would be great. I don't have much time to read, so finishing the book might take some time; and I really want to know the answer to that question. (hide spoiler)]
The, at the time of publishing still hot, cold war spy conspiracy secret agency setting with the human free drugs experimentation background, makes it a suspenseful read, especially as it escalates towards more complexity than in other of Kings works, especially including a kind of meta level, not focusing on the local dread and terror or cosmic horror, but on the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. Andy and Charlene "Charlie" McGee are a father/daughter pair on the run from a government agency known as The Shop.
During his college years, Andy had participated in a Shop experiment dealing with "Lot 6", a drug with hallucinogenic effects similar to LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide). The drug gave his future wife, Victoria Tomlinson, minor telekinetic abilities ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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, Salems 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 with ...more
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" ...more
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 ...more
Now that Ive finished it, I can say that though I recognized certain kinds of characters that repeatedly crop up in King's stories, I still liked the way the characters in this story worked together. The verbal patter between characters is dense and colourful (as expected with any King story), the stakes are high ...more
Andy and Daughter Charlie are on the run from a government agency known as The Shop.
Andy had participated in experiments during the 1960s that gave him the ability to auto-hypnotic, whilst meting hes future wife Victoria, she also gained minor telekinetic abilities.
But it was their child Charlene McGee who gained frightening powers.
Kings not adversed ...more
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 girls emotions ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The eventual decrease of the furious pace comes with an increase of terror and dread though, so no ...more
When I reviewed Stephen King's recent novel The Institute, about a mysterious place that exploits gifted children's powers, I wrote that there were echoes of previous King characters: Danny Torrance's telepathy, Carrie White's telekinesis.
My Goodreads friend Matt helpfully pointed out Charlie McGee's pyrokinesis (the ability to set things on fire) from the 1980 novel Firestarter. It was then that I realized I hadn't read the book or even seen the movie starring Drew Barrymore.
Anyhow, now that ...more
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 ...more
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