Firestarter by Stephen King – A Book Review by  Out of the Bex

King Worthy of His Crown in: Firestarter by Stephen King – A Book Review

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Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson participated in a drug experiment run by a veiled government agency known as The Shop. One year later, they marry. Two years later, their little girl, Charlie, sets her teddy bear on fire by simply staring at it. Now that Charlie is eight, she doesn’t start fires anymore. Her parents have taught her to control her pyrokinesis, the ability to set anything—toys, clothes, even people—aflame. But The Shop knows about and wants this pigtailed “ultimate weapon.” Shop agents set out to hunt down Charlie and her father in a ruthless chase that traverses the streets of New York and the backwoods of Vermont. – Description from Amazon –

Two or so years ago, when the desire to read something deliciously frightening came over me (as it often does), I decided to try my first Stephen King novel, The Shining. I opened my kindle excitedly, snuggled under some blankets, and began to read. I was horribly disappointed. I found my first King experience painfully slow, uneventful, and, most offensively, not terrifying at all. You can imagine that I found myself hesitant to try another King after such a disappointment, but due to the powers of bookstagram (here’s looking at you @littlebookwormig and @grimdark_dad), I got the itch to try again.

At a library sale (the most glorious of all book sales), I discovered a few lovingly worn copies by Stephen King. Firestarter was one of them. Once I got past my near obsession with its 1980 cover art, I settled in to read – and didn’t stop.

I burned right through Firestarter (pun intended) and loved every hauntingly crafted page.

King wastes no time by starting Chapter 1 with vivid action that hooks in its reader with the need to know more. One of King’s greatest gifts is the uncanny ability to take his time without hindering his good pacing. He puts in the effort to wholly introduce his characters memorably, crafting an inseparable bond between character and reader. Some authorities on the subject argue that some writers craft plot, and some craft characters. King does both.

I can’t deny the possibility that some eons old god may have put in store for him the name ‘King’ for just this purpose, as it does seem that King is in fact the royalty of his genre.

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Good Things

  • Excellent premise
  • Finely crafted characters
  • Just plain good ol' FUN to read

Bad Things

  • None. A great first King for anyone new to his writing!

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