Firestarter

Firestarter

Book - 1980
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Andy and Vicky McGee's eight-year-old daughter, Charlie, has the ability to set things on fire and a secret government agency is determined to make use of Charlie's horrifyingly destructive gift.
Publisher: New York : Viking Press, 1980
ISBN: 9781501192319
9780812430578
9780670315413
0670315419
Branch Call Number: FIC King
Characteristics: 428 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Fire starter

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Stranger Things owes much to this 1980 Stephen King novel (and the 1984 film adaptation). The telekinetic young female character, the nose bleeds and experimental testing associated with her powers were borrowed from King's work in creating Eleven’s character.


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andreabilyeu
May 22, 2020

This was the first Stephen King novel I ever read. I was a teenager and I am now a big Stephen King fan.

VaughanPLJessicaT Jan 04, 2020

At the heart of the book is the relationship between the two main characters, Andy McGee and his daughter Charlie. For Andy, the worry of a first-time parent is amplified as he attempts to teach Charlie the best he can in an impossible situation. Charlie is a sweet little girl with the ability to start fires. The love between the two characters is endearing and leaves you constantly fearing for their safety as they run from a top-secret government agency known as The Shop. This is a worthwhile read that will keep you in suspense.

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brudadoug
Nov 15, 2018

great book

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alicat1
Sep 28, 2015

Gripping novel; movie stars a young Drew Barrymore

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Lesscott2003
Aug 14, 2014

Tiny hard cover edition - too hard to read.

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Tiffanyjohnson
Jul 19, 2012

Hmmm, maybe I read it at a certain time in my life which colored my reading. I had just finished Shutter Island, which I found to be superiorly written in every way. Plus, I had such high hopes because The Shining is a favorite book of mine. I found the subject matter fascinating but the telling of the story was good, but not great. Still definitely a page turner, and worthwhile too, but I was just a tad disappointed in King's storytelling abilities this time around.

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ScorchingSun
Dec 06, 2009

Really absorbing. Dramatic, exciting.
Avoid the movie. Drew Barrymore and George C. Scott both miscast.

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