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The Dead Zone (Signet)

A book by Stephen King.

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Never ceased to be amazed by Mr. King.... spoilers

  • Aug 11, 2010
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Stephen King has done it again... completely blow my mind. This book was very well written, with a great cast of characters. It also, in my opinion, had a great mystery aspect. I really did not know how it was going to end or what was going to happen to the characters. The Dead Zone also had great stories within the main story. Like the story line with the serial killer, and how Johnny was able to help catch him. Greg Stillson is subtly one of King's greatest villains. It just goes to show you how someone like Hitler can charm the masses and then turn into an evil tyrant. I was a little sad at the end when Johnny dies, I really was not expecting that but it was good he got some closure with his father and ex-girlfriend. Throughout the book I could not help but draw comparisons between Johnny and Ben Mears from Salem's lot. They were both great, yet tragic characters. In the end it just shows how powerful and potentially harmful having psychic powers would be. Some would think it would be a gift, like flying or being invisible. But King shows just how tragic and haunting it could be.

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Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
King himself has said that he thought the film version (Dir: David Chronenberg) was better than the book, which he (King) felt moved too slowly. Perhaps, but still a good read. Suddenly able to see the future is bad enough... but knowing that you might be able to change it...
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
I'm starting to think I just don't like Stephen King.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
great story
review by . October 08, 2009
The Dead Zone is one of those books that one can turn to when they need to learn why Stephen King is a master at what he does.  It's also a good book for aspiring writers to look to when it comes to challenging the reader.  Some feel it doesn't, but when we dig into The Dead Zone, what you're getting is a story with a simple narrative, but a very complex question.  And how our main character goes about it is amusing.  The Dead Zone is almost all story.  But it is without …
review by . November 06, 2007
"The Dead Zone" is Stephen King's best novel, but it is not the best Stephen King novel.    Illogical? No, not when you realize "The Dead Zone" is something of a departure for the horror maven. John Smith is called upon to deal with horrible things, and otherworldly things, but the two things are not as connected as they are in other King novels.    Smith is an unprepossessing teacher whose long-forgotten childhood ability to flash on precognitive moments …
review by . August 27, 2006
The year before THE DEAD ZONE was published, Stephen King published THE STAND, a stunning novel that is almost certainly King's finest work - which is no small achievement. If THE STAND is not King's best, however, than THE DEAD ZONE probably is. The plotline, as in most of King's stories, isn't breathtaking: a man awakens from a four-year coma with the ability to see the future and read a person's inner thoughts by touching them. It's King's handling of that plotline that makes the book so utterly …
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In theSt. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that "King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature.... At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-dayAnthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as theCharles Dickensof the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era."

If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.

The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the ...

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ISBN-10: 0451155750
ISBN-13: 978-0451155757
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Signet
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