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Thoughts on "The Dead Zone"

Discussion in 'The Dead Zone' started by Malachi Holden, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. Coincidentally, I started "The Dead Zone" the day after I finished "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Bradbury. Stephen King is obviously a fan -- I was delighted to see three whole references to Ray Bradbury's epic.

    The first reference was at the carnival when Sarah says that the mirror maze reminded her of "Something Wicked This Way Comes"; the second was when the traveling lightning rod salesman shows up at the bar; the third was when Chuck says that he recommended the book to his girlfriend.

    It was also pleasing to see the "Carrie" reference, when the bar burns down, and someone accuses Johnny of telepathically burning it down "like in that book Carrie".

    So, those thoughts aside, I consider this to be one of the greatest books ever written, at least in my limited experience, and it definitely falls into my top five favorites, possibly even into the #1 slot. Its only contenders are "Crime and Punishment" "The Lord of the Rings" (a trilogy, I know, but I read it in the format of a single enormous book, so I consider it to be a single work) and "Ender's Game".

    Now, this is the first Stephen King novel that I've read. My question to you is: are there any better, and if so, which ones?

    He has a great many books.
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  2. I want to be cautious before getting into another of his works, because this one was so good that I couldn't help but pour over it. I've afraid that I'll miss out on other parts of my life if I pick up a long one like "The Stand" or "Under the Dome" or God forbid "The Dark Tower Series".
  3. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Welcome Malachi.
  4. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the boards! The Dead Zone is a great, great book. Others by SK I think you'll enjoy are Joyland, Different Seasons, 11/22/63. They're all good though.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...any are worthy, even the dinosaur size ones...you're but a pup...ready and enjoy!!!!....
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  6. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    I like The Dead Zone a lot. This was the book where it became apparent to me that King could do it all. This was a personal story tied to a big idea and handled beautifully. For that, it holds a special place in my King fan heart.

    Love the movie with Christopher Walken - The ice is gonna break! - and really enjoyed the TV series before it went off the rails in the last season.
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  7. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Not my favorite...but good.
  8. Considering your contenders, I'm thinking you might like Under the Dome. If you're not pulled into the story after a couple chapters, stop reading. It's ok... we won't scold you for not liking it or finishing it :)
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  9. Echo Looper

    Echo Looper Well-Known Member

    I agree with you - The Dead Zone is fantastic! I would recommend The Shining or even Salem's Lot from here. They make for excellent "winter" reads & aren't quite as epic as those other books you mentioned. But as they all have said, you can't go wrong anywhere. Happy reading.
  10. Andy1963

    Andy1963 Well-Known Member

    The Stand, It and what has superseded both of these as my personal favourite 11.22.63, but get the tissue box ready for this last one.
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  11. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    I love this book, am towards the end, with Greg stiltsion and I really think king was trying to work something out in his,own mind hear, I love this book
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  12. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    I hope to,finish this book this week, and then I can get down my tbr and donated book pile, I think I will do non fiction next
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  13. Dynamo

    Dynamo Well-Known Member

    Were Johnny or Stillson ever mentioned in any other stories? I know several of the Castle Rock stories reference Bannerman and serial killer but I don't recall them mentioning Johnny's involvement. I don't remember seein any mention of Stillson elsewhere but I haven't read every single novel/story yet either.
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  14. Dynamo

    Dynamo Well-Known Member

    Well, I found an answer to my own question. I'm re-reading Needful Things (it's been 17-18 years) and there was a small mention of Johnny. When the bandstand was struck by lightning there is mention of it being the place "where a tormented young man named Johnny Smith had once discovered the name of a killer".
  15. imajica

    imajica Active Member

    The Dead Zone, for me, is one of SK's best tales. Heartbreakingly sad, and very, very clever.
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  16. wdb1124

    wdb1124 The Ayatollah of Rock And Rollah

    Same for me. Johnny Smith is just SO darn likable, you just can't help but feel bad for him because of all the horrible things he experienced when all he ever wanted was to lead a normal life and teach.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....hey man, welcome to the King Consortium and Admiration Society.....
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  18. wdb1124

    wdb1124 The Ayatollah of Rock And Rollah

    Thank you sir! I'll stick around as long as I don't have to be hazed! ;;D
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....nah, you just have to clean up Cujo's "biscuits" in the front yard of the clubhouse...
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  20. wdb1124

    wdb1124 The Ayatollah of Rock And Rollah

    I have two sons, I've cleaned up worse. :shock:
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