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  • School & Library Binding: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (August 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881037257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881037258
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 11 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,158,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 14 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Firestarter gets comparatively little attention among Stephen King novels. It doesn't make many readers' list of favorites, it's sometimes falsely dubbed a recycled version of Carrie, and the film adaptation of it didn't do the novel any favors. I first read Firestarter some twenty years ago, and frankly I remembered it in somewhat fuzzy terms. Having reread it again now, a quarter century after its original publication, that ambivalence I felt has been turned into - well, something. I don't think anyone would consider this King's best novel. It is very much a localized story, built mainly upon emotion; certain questions can be asked about the story's progression, and we never really come to "know" the bad guys as intimately as we do in so many other King classics - Rainbird is for me a problematic character in this story; like the young protagonist, I just never feel as if I can truly read him. There is no real adrenaline rush for me in these pages, either, and that is probably the main reason I had such hazy memories of the story after all these years. Having said all that, though, I have to point to some real strengths of Firestarter. It is one of King's most poignant novels, sad and depressing rather than horrifying. The relationship between Andy McGee and his daughter Charlie is by turns heartwarming and heart wrenching; seeing this seven-year-old girl suffer so much can be hard at times, and those moments when Charley screams for her Daddy, her only source of comfort and safety in her unimaginably horrible world, definitely affect you as the reader. It makes Firestarter a somewhat sobering read, one you may want to put out of your mind rather than revisit - that is this novel's power.

Charlie McGee is just a cute little girl, yet she is denied anything resembling a normal life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ed on Feb. 16 2004
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Do you enjoy thrilling, horrifying, and exciting novels? I know I do because of a man with a mind that has no limits for creativity and horror, Stephen King. The catchy hardcover of a pair of eyes in a flame and the title, Firestarter, in huge bold letters caught my attention. From that very instant I knew I had to read this novel that had me under a spell already.
Firestarter starts out with Andy and Vicky McGee meeting each other at a drug testing job offer known as "The Shop". Andy and Vicky fall in love and end up having Charlie, which I think is a boy name but surprisingly Charlie is a girl. However as the story of this family goes on Charlie, only 8 years old, becomes aware that she posses extremely strong mysterious powers due to the combination of the drugs that both Andy and Vicky took. "The shop" turns into a secret Federal government that kills Vicky to try to get to Charlie. After every failure to capture Charlie, "The Shop" chase both Andy and Charlie isolating them from mankind taking them to the border of insanity. The fact that the drug agents make Charlie angry it also encourages her to release her powers against evil. Now the question throughout the novel is the following: "Is Charlie really evil or good?". To make things more exciting a hitman is introduced to become Charlie's friend. The Hitman begins to learn more about death than any of his killings he had throughout his career. The story has so many blasts and excitement its hard not to go into further details. I will leave it up to you to discover those details.
The novel has so much intensity that the author goes deeply into the mind of the main characters and puts the reader to the tip of their shoes cheering for Andy and Charlie. The book made me think that if such people existed with powerful powers such as pyrokinesis how would the world be today?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calinira on Oct. 29 2003
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I'm not going to write about the plot of this book because so many other reviewers have already done that but I will just give my opinion about Firestarter! My Favorite Stephen King book is the Shining but my second favorite is Firestarter and I agree with the reviewers who have said that this book is underrated, underappreciated and misunderstood. I think some people didn't like Firestarter because it wasn't as scary or weird as some other books by Stephen King and I agree that parts of the story are more mystery and suspense but it's a nail biting sit on the edge of your chair or sofa type of mystery and supsense book and I enjoyed reading it. I don't have this book anymore, I had traded it in at a used book store and I have really regretted doing that so I'm planning on buying it again and this time it's going to be a keeper! I also wish they had made an audiobook recording of Firestarter, I would love to listen to an unabridged audio recording of Firestarter but when this book was first published audiobooks weren't the popular product like today but anyway I still think they should consider doing audio recordings for Firestarter and also The Shining! There is a movie based on this book starring Drew Barrymore as Charlie and I enjoyed it even though they left out a lot of things from the book.
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Firestarter was very fun to read. I loved to read about Andy and Charlie through their perils with The Shop. I think this book should be read by anyone who has read and enjoyed any other novels by Stephen King. Although it was a great book, it should not be read by anyone who is under the age of 13, nor should any of his other books, as they are difficult to understand, and often include violence. This book in particular included a few scences of violence, and again it should not be read by people under thye age of 13. I do not think this book is quite as good as his other books, such as The Shining, but it is still one of the best books I have ever read. Charlie's struggle with her powers were a great read, and should be enjoyed by people who have not read this book. Andy and his thoughts of what using his powers were going to do to him were interesting, and they made me want to read more and more about Charlie and Andy's desperate struggle. The whole entire story of Firestarter was a captivating experience. This book is a great example of Stephen King's work, and should be read by all people who have the chance to do so in their lifetime.
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