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Discussion in 'Firestarter' started by Randolph Carter, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Randolph Carter

    Randolph Carter Active Member

    First, I'm only 3/4 of the way through the book, so no spoilers please.

    Ok, here we go. I picked up Firestarter at the beach. I've been a little unsure about how much I would like some of his earlier books, as I didn't know if they would lack the epic or deep feel of the more recent ones I've loved, like 11/22/63 or Under the Dome. But I thought I'd try it.

    And was blown away. This book about a government agency and psychic powers has at its core a really powerful, important story about dads and daughters. As a relatively recent dad of a daughter myself, it has really spoken to me and while we aren't dealing with the exact same situation I can relate to some of what the dad is going through as he tries to keep his daughter safe.

    This is what is so amazing about Stephen King. He not only writes great books with great characters, he somehow makes these fantastical stories immediately relevant to his readers. I've got some other thoughts on some of the bigger themes in this book, but needed to say this first.
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  2. Tery

    Tery Dreaming in Middletown Moderator

    Absolutely agree! He creates characters that make you care, relationships that you get invested in... Read Joyland. It's like a writer's class for doing it.
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  3. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Did you read his son's work? Joe Hill is grabbing the baton from his father and running with it. Team King will continue. Welcome to the forum.
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  4. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Try Duma Key, too. It has a wonderful father/daughter storyline all throughout the novel.
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  5. Randolph Carter

    Randolph Carter Active Member

    thanks everyone, I will check out those books and Joe Hill's work. It's funny when I try to explain to people who aren't huge fans of King how books that are technically horror can have such meaning in my life, but they do.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  7. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    This is exactly how I felt from Day 1 back in 1976 when I first read Carrie and it still holds true today.
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  8. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I must give Firestarter another try. But it's his way around characters that keeps you wanting more.
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  9. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I read it as an 18 year old and again last year. Naturally, I had a fresh perspective on the book (and still liked it) but the plot suffers a bit in the middle and can seem too methodical (predictable?) past the midway point. Overall I give it high marks because, even though it enters familiar territory (Carrie), he still makes it interesting and a solid page turner...or should I say page burner? Yeah...that was beneath me.
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  10. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    I just finished re-reading this a few weeks ago. I totally agree about the father/daughter relationship dynamic and I have always liked the way his pacing just pulls you through a very exciting story. All the bet, mal.
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  11. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Firestarter has one of my all-time favorite SK endings.
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  12. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    I like puns, so no worry. I read it when it came out and didn't like it, so never picked it up again. I know what you mean about fresh perspective. Tommyknockers is my prime example, so I'm sure Firestarter will prove to be the same.
  13. raperm

    raperm Member

    Firestarter has a special place in my heart for that very reason. As a dad with a daughter I'm very close too, I can totally relate to the story. I'd be frustrated and freaked out, too, and I love how the dad "pushes" himself and even kills himself trying to save his daughter. I'd do the same thing without thinking about it, so the story was really one of the one's King did that I could relate to the most. Time for a re-read, I think...
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