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Today is the first installment of our Round Robin Guest Posts!
Mel from Reviews in a Pinch, Ali from No Money 4 Books, and I are all reviewing books on each other’s blogs. We’re doing this twice so we can all post on each other’s blogs once, and this way you can get to known all three of us!
For this first round, we chose the theme of “Stephen King Books” and each chose a book by Mr. King that we hadn’t read. Now you guys know I love me some Stephen King, but miraculously both Mel and Ali chose books I haven’t read before! Mel chose Firestarter, Ali chose The Eyes of the Dragon, and I chose Doctor Sleep.
You can check out all the reviews by clicking on the links to the blogs above – mine is over at No Money 4 Books today! We’ll have a second round of reviews for you soon, so stay tuned! Now here’s Mel from Reviews in a Pinch with her review of Firestarter by Stephen King.
Hello Books Are My Thing readers! I am Mel over at Reviews in a Pinch and I am very excited to be a guest here today. I typically read and review anything I can get my hands on. I’m a massive dork when it comes to reading and sometimes I think I may have a bit of a reading addiction. Without further ado, here’s my review for the very first Stephen King book I’ve ever read.
Overview (from B&N.com):
Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror…
First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers.
Then, they are married and have a child. A daughter.
Early on the daughter shows signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her.
Desperately, her parents try to train her to keep that force in check, to “act normal.”
Now the government wants its brainchild back—for its own insane ends.
Being able to set things on fire with your mind would be awesome. Scary as all get out, but awesome. I’ll admit that I’m a massive dork when it comes to “super” powers and tend to really get into books that delve into the extraordinary and seemingly impossible.
This also happens to be my first Stephen King novel. I was pretty nervous to read anything by the master of horror. I’m a massive wimp when it comes to horror movies and I was assuming that would carry over to books. Thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case, or at least not where Firestarter is concerned.
I’ll start with the obvious. The writing was pretty great. No obvious spelling or grammar errors that take your mind away from the plot. Stephen King is a big time author with major publishers backing him, so this should be expected.
The plot left a lot to be desired. I was unimpressed. I thought the overview sounded awesome and I’m always up for a story about the extraordinary. Firestarter was shockingly boring. It wasn’t until almost the end of the book when something remotely exciting/heart pounding happened. That’s way too far into a long book for me. Frankly, if this hadn’t been my book for this book blog round robin I would have never finished it.
What does it come down to? I’m right in between not liking Firestarter and liking it. The majority of the book bored me, but it did get interesting towards the end and left me wondering with how it actually ended. Maybe my expectations were too high going in or maybe it’s just not a great book. I really can’t say. I would not recommend Firestarter, unless you’re already an established Stephen King fan.
2.5 out of 5 Bookmarks = I ended up liking it, but it took way too long for me to get into it.
I am sad to hear that Mel didn’t enjoy her first foray into SK, but seeing as I haven’t read this one, I can’t say whether it was the book or that she just didn’t mesh with King’s writing. I know that I personally am not as big of a fan of his older stuff as I am his newer books (except The Shining), and Firestarter is definitely one of his earlier works (seriously, have you ever looked at his bibliography??). Knowing she’s a lover of all things zombie, I’d probably suggest The Cell to her if she were to ever take another stab at Stephen King.
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