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  1. says:

    This was my second time in The Dead Zone I remember the first time fondly as this is only one of two Stephen King books I read in one sitting the other being Pet Sematary The first time was in the late 1990s at an all night coffee shop in Cincinnati I read until the sun came up fueled on caffeine and the enthralling words of the Master of Horror himself I suppose knowing that I read it in one sitting says a lot about what I thought about it – I LOVED IT It blew me away It was creepy heart wrenching introspective speculative terrifying thought provoking – and on and on and on I just knew I had to read it again now to see if I still felt the same And I do I definitely do I think many people recommend Carrie or The Shining to people just starting King I rarely hear The Dead Zone But to me this would be a fantastic place to start It is not too long to be daunting like It or The Stand It does not involve the potential commitment of a series like The Dark Tower or Hodges Trilogy I think the story is fairly straight forward and would be easily accessible to many Also hoping that I am not saying too much I think this story is particularly terrifying in the world’s current political climateThis time around I did the audio I was skeptical at first because it was James Franco and he usually seems kind of silly to me most of my memories of him are Seth Rogan stoner movies I am guessing he may have been invited to do this audio version because of his involvement in King’s 112263 mini series – which I still need to watch Update 182020 Just noticed I said I still need to watch this but I did in 2019 It was great I think he did a great job narrating this book and I will gladly do other books in the future narrated by himYou ask me what King book I recommend – this is it You haven’t read it yet? Why not?


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    “We all do what we can and it has to be good enough and if it isn't good enough it has to do” Who else but Christopher Walken could play Johnny Smith in the highly praised David Cronenberg film?Johnny Smith is a rookie teacher with 8 in his pocket just enough money to take his best girl Sarah also a new teacher to the local county fair Sarah is coming off a couple of recent relationships that were exciting with aggressive unpredictable men Johnny is a step in a new direction maybe a responsible direction not driven as much by physical attraction as by mental stimulation She has no idea who Johnny is but that can’t be helped because Johnny doesn’t really know who he is either We get our first inkling that something is different about Johnny as they are leaving the fair The Wheel of Fortune guy running a crude version of the roulette wheel tempts Johnny over to try his luck with his last few remaining dollars Johnny starts by betting on black or red and wins As his confidence grows he starts picking exact numbers and keeps winning A crowd is drawn to this run of luck But is it luck?He turns his meager money into three months pay Sarah becomes sick from a bad hot dog Johnny uits the game to take her home Since they came in her car he takes a taxi back to his apartment There is an accident and Johnny goes through the windshieldHe doesn’t wake up for four and half years His mother never a stable person before becomes frantically religious She throws herself at every new religious concept even going so far at one point to joining a commune who are waiting for alien space ships to come pick them up to take them to God With each new religious venture she brings the Smith’s closer to bankruptcy Religious zealotry is always so scary to me They believe it whatever it is so fervently that any rational thought is wrestled to the ground and pinned by unuestioning faith When Johnny comes out of his coma he has the abilitycurse of being able to touch someone or something owned by that person psychometry and see pieces of their future Some key elements always seem to be missing and those murky parts Johnny calls The Dead Zone An ability like this? Wellit scares people ”The nurses were lined up against the glass of the nurses’ station staring at him Suddenly they reminded him of crows on a telephone line crows staring down at something bright and shiny something to be pecked at and pulled apart”That does seem to be our nature to fear what we don’t understand uickly followed by the need to destroy what we fear Anyone different whether they have a unconventional sexual orientation or a disfigurement or just see the world differently will feel the constant pressure to conform ordisappear It is only logical of course that if Johnny knows about a fire before it happens that he must have been involved in setting that fire The possibility of clairvoyance is too uniue too extraordinary for others to comprehend Johnny is ridiculed exposed as a charlatan He is fine with that It might mean he has a chance to find a normal life He is doing well until a small town Sheriff can’t catch the Raincoat Serial Killer A handshake can be so revealing And yes that is Martin Sheen playing Greg StillsonAs Johnny is finding himself back in the spotlight there is another man a Bible salesman by the name of Greg Stillson who is starting to have big thoughts dreams of power than any lunatic should ever have Stephen King is setting up a collision course between the two men both unusual both psychotic but on opposite sides of the same scale When Johnny shakes Stillson’s hand he sees a future that can not be allowed to happen If you could build a time machine and go back to 1932 and kill Adolf Hitler would you do it? It seems logical that you would save millions of lives which I can’t even calculate the number of descendants of those saved lives The implications of lives that never existed in our timeline suddenly being thrust into our era are staggering The reshuffling of the DNA deck is mind boggling On a micro level it could change your own personal history significantly Your grandfather might marry someone different or your mother might meet someone before your father that didn’t exist before You could wink out of existence before you can even fire up the time machine to return to 2015 Knowing the historical results of Hitler being alive even though there is always the risk that someway somehow by altering history you might make our present worse I would still have to vote that I would gladly assassinate Hitler On top of being a monster Adolf was also monstrously annoying I might even take a short detour and take out Joseph Stalin as well I’m already rolling the dice so why not cast them out there one time? I’d chalk up another couple of million lives saved Alter another gazillion time lines of history Good lord the enormity of it and the logic and the illogicalness of it all start to circle back around until it becomes very easy to talk oneself out of such a risky decision Nobody wants to destroy the world while trying to save it Johnny goes through the same thought processes Logically he should find a way to stop Stillson but there is the nagging worry that he could just make things worse This is not a horror book It is a psychological thriller written by a writer near the top of his game While working in the book business I have always puzzled over why Stephen King was read by so many people Of course then I didn’t read him I didn’t need to read him because there were already plenty of people ueuing up to buy and read his next book My job of course was to read people like Cormac McCarthy or Alan Furst or writers like John Williams and try to bring them to a wider audience I have tried a couple of newer King offerings but have found them to be bloated overwritten and ponderous I read The Shining fairly recently and realized that the King’s gold is in the dusty trunks of his early writings The book spawned a movie which spawned a popular TV show starring Anthony Michael HallKing even made a playful reference to his book Carrie in this novel which made me laugh out loud It was a bit of tongue in cheek referring to his own celebrity This book also fits very nicely into my 1970s nostalgic tour of horror books even though technically I can’t call this horror Here are the other books that I've read on this uest The Exorcist ReviewThe Shining ReviewJaws ReviewThe Omen ReviewHarvest Home ReviewIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    A heavily shattered psi protagonists deals with the demons his unwanted gift shows him by playing the or less voluntary hunter view spoiler of serial killers and world destroyers hide spoiler


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    WOW No horror or gore here just bits of well done paranormal and one hell of an excellent storyMeet John Smith he is a good guyyou'll like him He has a great sense of humor loves his parents including his lunatic mother and Sarah Even after life deals him a devastating blow with recurring conseuences and difficult challenges Johnny still perseveresVisit a carnival and spin the wheel of fortune see inside the mind of a sick serial killer and watch a dangerously radical politician hopeful in action with his deadly threats and evil intentionsOh and don't despair The Wheel of Fortune The Laughing Tiger and Notes from The Dead Zone are all stories related to Johnny just different phases of his life as he experiences The Dead ZoneFor those leery of KING reads don't befor those opposed to animal cruelty like me there is a uick incident but just wait till you see what happens to the evildoer and find out his identity ANDfor those who like song lyrics and current events of the time interspersed with their stories you'll find that here too THE DEAD ZONEa 2016 super favorite


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    Johnny Smith is one bad luck bastardHe starts off well enough as a nice guy with a talent for teaching and is in the early stages of what looks to be a very promising relationship with Sarah However a car accident leaves Johnny in a coma which nobody thinks he’ll recover from Miraculously he wakes up 4 years later but he finds that Sarah has married someone else his mother has turned into a religious lunatic he’s got a long and painful rehab to endure and he faces a mountain of debt from his hospital bills Oh and he now has psychic ability to learn details about a person by touching them or personal objects as well as sometimes seeing their futures This might seem like a gift but as Johnny uickly learns it’s really a curse that eventually puts him on a collision course with a dangerous politician named Greg StillsonI’ve always thought this was one of King’s better books but hadn’t read it for years A new audio version with James Franco narrating and doing a pretty good job of it got me motivated and I’m pleased to find that it mostly lives up to my memory of itThe elephant in the room on this one is that even though it was published in 1979 the Stillson plot is about a populist demagogue who manages to rise in politics despite being a crazy and corrupt piece of shit just because he has talent for making rubes think that he’s a maverick who tells it like it is even as they willfully ignore the obvious warning signs So it’d be easy to say that King is a prophet these days Yeah he hit the mark with that one but on the other hand there’s plenty of writers who have done stories about shady politiciansWhat I found interesting here is what King did with Johnny’s mother Vera She starts out as someone with strong fundamental religious beliefs but Johnny’s accident sends her over the high side and into the realm where she starts believing tabloid stories about Jesus living underground at the South Pole She’s completely immune to facts and logic and she’d rather rely on prayer than medication to handle her high blood pressureIt’s fascinating to read a character like this in the ‘70s setting where tabloids and poorly printed tracts are how Vera gets her crackpot theories and how even then she uses them to create her own view of the world because reality doesn’t suit her Fast forward to the 21st century where some people pick their news web sites based on how it conforms to what they want to believe as they spread rumors on Facebook about child sex rings in the basement of pizza restaurants that don’t even have a basement and you realize that King had tapped into something that was on the rise even then Leaving aside the eerie similarities to America today what sets this apart from his other novels is the way that King focused on John Smith and made his story a genuine tragedy Johnny just wanting to try and resume some kind of normal life but unable to stop himself from using his power to help people and put himself in a media spotlight is incredibly compelling Uncle Stevie takes his sweet time with this so that it comes across as a slow burn and it’s not really a horror novel although it can be creepy at times You can see where the bigger plot involving Johnny and Stillson is headed for a good long while although King still makes the journey there worth the trip and Johnny is one of his characters who haunts me the most


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    The Dead Zone is a brilliant book It has practically no filler It's criminally underrated It was a fun read from beginning to the end In a way Johnny Smith reminded me of myselfThe bare bones of the plot are not important I thought that a human life should always be considered with dignity That sometimes doesn't happen with our hero I use the term hero in the Greek sense of tragedyPlease read this book if you haven't yet It's far better than recent King books I tried on another site to ask for underrated King books The Dead Zone was part of this recommendation Everyone knew except for me So yeah


  7. says:

    Fantastic book Sixth sense Teacher in an accident Visions of the future Great film too starring Christopher Walken🐯👍Loved the scene in the film when Christopher Walken is talking to Herbert Lom his doctorHe asks him being that he is a Jew if he could go back in time and get close to Adolf HitlerWould he kill him?Herbert Lom replies that he is a doctor and his job is to save livesAnd finished by saying he would kill the son of a bitch Classic Stephen King Imagine if you could go back in time like 112263 his other book and take out a despot or foil an assassination The repercussions today would beAnyhow the world would be a different place today Even just one simple thing changed in the past would have such an impact today Ripples in the pond of time 👍🐯


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    In my own personal opinion this is the best story Stephen King has ever written Not the most frightening not the most thrilling no but this novel has true literary merit And a tragic hero not a mere protagonist mind you who really ualifies for the titleJohn Smith his name immediately marks him out as the common man is blessed and cursed with second sight It began as a minor ability due to a skating accident in his childhood; but when he wins big time at the roulette wheel in a village carnival this gift proves to be his undoing Because while coming home late from the carnival the taxi John is travelling in meets with a horrific accident and he is precipitated into a four year comaWhile he is asleep John loses his career girlfriend everything He wakes up a pauper in material terms but endowed with the full fledged version of his latent childhood giftAnd thus begins the career of John Smith the clairvoyantAs he moves from discovery to horrific discovery the amount of darkness he unearths in human souls pushes John further and further down into a sort of spiritual abyss There seems to no purpose to his tragic life until he meets Greg Stillson prospective presidential candidate A casual handshake allows John Smith a look into the cesspit that is the soul of the future president of the USA and suddenly he finds that there is something he has to do Finish of Stillson before he finishes of civilisation as we know itThere is horror in this novel But it is not supernatural oh no John's supernatural power is benign The horror is in what that power unearths Yes Greg Stillson is the boogeyman in this story One must pay homage to Stephen King's gift of seeing into the future At the time the novel was written people would have laughed at the idea that a secular democracy would elect a blackguard like Stillson into office I would humbly suggest that events of the past two decades have convinced me otherwiseThis is one of the most meticulously crafted books that I have read John's and Greg's careers start simultaneously sure to meet at some point of time yet King weaves the narrative so expertly that when the meeting finally takes place there is no sense of the let down of predestination And the denouement like in 112263 is totally unexpectedThe last chapter Notes from the Dead Zone is one of the most beautiful passages of prose in my experience Stephen King rises almost to the level of a poet here the way the words flowFive stars all the way


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    The Dead Zone Stephen KingThe Dead Zone is a horrorsupernatural thriller novel by Stephen King published in 1979 It concerns Johnny Smith who is injured in an accident and remains in a coma for nearly five years Upon emergence he exhibits clairvoyance and precognition with limitations apparently because of a dead zone an area of his brain that suffered permanent damage as the result of his accident The prologue introduces the two main characters In 1953 a young boy named John Smith is knocked unconscious while ice skating When recovering he mumbles a strange message Don't jump it no to an adult on the scene The knot on Johnny's head fades after a few days and he thinks no of it A few months later the adult is seriously injured while he tries to jump start a car Two years later during an unconnected incident in Iowa a young door to door Bible salesman Greg Stillson who suffers emotional issues and dreaming of greatness vindictively kicks an aggressive dog to death By 1970 Johnny is now a high school teacher in eastern Maine After visiting a county fair with his girlfriend Sarah and eerily winning repeatedly at the wheel of fortune Johnny is involved in a car accident on his way home which lands him in a coma for four and a half years Upon waking Johnny finds that he has suffered neural injury but when he touches people and objects he is able to tell them things that they did not know For example he knows that a nurse's son would have successful surgery; states that his doctor's mother long believed dead is living in Carmel California; warns his physical therapist that her house is about to burn down; tells Sarah that her lost wedding ring is in her suitcase pocket; and later recounts the story behind a St Christopher medallion that is owned by a skeptical reporter تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز سی و یکم ماه اکتبر سال 2015 میلادیعنوان منطقه‌ ی مرده؛ نویسنده استیفن استیون کینگ ؛ مترجم سما قرایی؛ تهران نشر قطره‏‫، 1392؛ در 570ص؛ شابک 9786001195174؛ موضوع داستانهای ترس آور از نویسندگان ایالات متحده آمریکا سده 20م‬‬کتاب «منطقه مرده» در ژانر وحشت، به قلم «استیون کینگ»، که نخستین بار در سال 1979میلادی منتشر شده‌ است؛ «جان اسمیت»، یکی از شخصیت‌های این داستان، در تصادفی مجروح می‌شود، و حدود پنج سال در کما به سر می‌برد؛ وقتی هوشیاریش را به‌ دست می‌آورد، قادر به درک و مشاهده ی رازهایی ترسناک است، و این توانایی، لحظات وهم‌آور داستان را رقم می‌زندنقل نمونه متن «پیش درآمد یک زمانی که جان اسمیت از کالج فارغ التحصیل شد، دیگر خیلی وقت بود که خاطره ی روی یخ افتادنِ ژانویه ی سال 1953میلادی را فراموش کرده بود؛ حتی چند سال پیش از آن، یعنی وقتی که دبیرستان را تمام کرده بود، به سختی یادش میآمد که در آن اتفاق چه بلایی سرش آمده است؛ پدر و مادرش هم که اصلاً از جریان خبر نداشتند؛ روی یخ صاف برکه ی ران اراوند در دورهام اسکیت بازی میکردند؛ پسرهای بزرگتر با تکه چوبهای قدیمی و دو سبد سیب زمینی که جای دروازه گذاشته بودند، هاکی بازی میکردند کوچکترها هم مثل همیشه برای خودشان بازی میکردند، مچ پاهای لاغرشان به شکل خنده داری به داخل و خارج خم میشد، و در سرمای بیست و یک درجه زیر صفر نفسشان با بخار بیرون میآمد؛ یک گوشه ی یخ برکه، لاستیکی آتش زده و پدرها و مادرها دورش نشسته بودند، و بچه هایشان را تماشا میکردند؛ هنوز خیلی مانده بود که اتومبیلهای مخصوص حرکت روی برف ساخته شوند و سرگرمی زمستانی به معنی تکانی به خود دادن بود، نه تکانی به اتومبیل خود دادن؛ جانی اسکیتهایش را روی شانه انداخته، و از خانه اش که دقیقاً بالای جاده ی پونال بود، پایین میآمد؛ با اینکه فقط شش سال داشت، اسکیت باز خوبی بود؛ نه آنقدر خوب که بتواند برود با بزرگترها هاکی بازی کند، اما میتوانست دور بیشتر کلاس اولیهای دیگر بچرخد، که مجبور بودند دستهایشان را برای حفظ تعادل از دو طرف باز کنند، یا در نهایت از پشت پخش زمین شوندجان داشت در منتها الیه خط برکه، اسکیت بازی میکرد، و سعی داشت بتواند مثل تیمی بندیکس عقب عقب هم اسکیت بازی کند، از دور صدای خفه ی هیاهو و داد و بیداد بازیکنان هاکی، و همهمه ی پدرها و مادرها، و تلق و تلوق کامیون حمل نیشکر، میآمد، که در راه خود به سوی یواس جیپسوم در لیسبون فالز از روی پل میگذشت؛ خوشحال بود که در چنین روز زمستانی و سردی زندگی میکند؛ هیچ مشکلی نداشت، ذهنش آشفته نبود، هیچ چیز نمیخواست؛ جز اینکه بتواند مثل تیمی بندیکس، عقب عقب اسکیت بازی کنداز کنار آتش گذشت و دید که دو سه تا از بزرگترها، با هم بطری نوشیدنی رد و بدل میکنند؛ با صدای بلند، به چاک اسپیر که بلوزی گشاد، و شلوار پشمی سبزی، پوشیده بود، گفت «به منم بدین» چاک نیشش باز شد، و گفت «بزن به چاک بچه مامانت داره صدات میکنه» جانی اسمیت شش ساله هم لبخند زنان گذشت؛ در جاده ی کنار زمین اسکیت بازی تیمی بندیکس را دید که از شیب پایین میآمد، و پدرش هم پشتش بود فریاد زد «تیمی، ببین چیکار میکنم» برگشت و به شکل ناشیانه ای با اسکیت عقب عقب رفت حواسش نبود که دارد به جایی که بچه ها هاکی بازی میکنند، نزدیک میشودیک نفر فریاد زد «آهای، بچه جون برو اون ور» جانی نشنید مشغول عقبکی رفتنش بود تازه توانسته بود ضرباهنگ درستی به پاهایش بدهد ـ مثل تاب دادن پاها بود؛ هیجان زده پایین را نگاه کرد تا ببیند پاهایش چطور تاب میخورند؛ توپ هاکی بچه های بزرگتر به لبه ها خورد، و بدون اینکه دیده شود از کنار او گذشت؛ یکی از بچه های بزرگتر که اسکیت باز خوبی هم نبود، توپ را دنبال کرد و با چوبش کورکورانه ضربه ای ناگهانی پراندچاک اسپیر این صحنه را دید بلند شد و فریاد زد «جانی مواظب باش» جان سرش را بلند کرد و در همان لحظه اسکیتباز دست و پاچلفتی ای با سرعت تمام به طرفش آمد و هیکل هشتاد کیلوییش را به او کوباند جانی از جا کنده شد و با دستان باز به هوا پرتاب شد؛ لحظه ای بعد سرش به یخ اصابت کرد و از هوش رفت؛ از هوش رفت، از هوش، رفت و همه جا، یخ سیاه شد، سیاه؛به او گفتند که از هوش رفته بود تنها چیزی که از آن مطمئن بود، آن فکر عجیبی بود که مدام در مغزش تکرار شده بود، و بعد ناگهان چشم باز کرده و با دایره ای از سرها ـ سر بازیکنان هاکی، بزرگترهای نگران، و بچه های کوچولوی کنجکاو روبرو شده بود؛ تیمی بندیکس پوزخند میزد؛ چاک اسپیر نگهش داشته بود؛ همه چیز سیاه شد، سیاه؛ چاک پرسید «چی شد؟ جانی حالت خوبه؟ بدجور سرت خورد زمین» جانی به آرامی گفت «سیاه، یخ سیاه شد؛ چاک، باتری به باتری نکن» چاک با نگاهی ترسان اطراف را نگاه کرد و دوباره به جانی خیره شددستش را روی پیشانی بادکرده ی پسرک گذاشت بازیکن دست و پا چلفتی هاکی گفت «ببخشید، اصلاً ندیدمش بچه های کوچیک نباید نزدیک قسمت بازی بیان قانون مون همینه» و اطراف را نگاه کرد تا شاید کسی از او طرفداری کند چاک گفت «جانی؟» نگاهی که در چشمان جانی بود، به نظرش خوشایند نمیآمد نگاهی تاریک، خیره به نقاط دور و سرد بود «خوبی؟» جانی، بدون اینکه بداند چه میگوید و تنها در فکر یخ، یخ سیاه، گفت «زیاد باتری به باتری نکن انفجار اسید» چاک به بیل گندرون گفت «بهتره ببریمش دکتر خودش هم نمیفهمه چی داره میگه» بیل توصیه کرد «بذار یه چند دقیقه ای بگذره» چند دقیقه صبر کردند و ذهن جانی روشنتر شد زیر لب گفت «حالم خوبه بذار بلند شم» تیمی بندیکس هنوز داشت پوزخند میزد جانی با خودش فکر کرد «پسره ی لعنتی حالا نشونش میدم بذار آخر هفته بشه چند بار دورش اسکیت میزنم هم عقبکی هم رو به جلو» چاک گفت «بیا یه کم بشین کنار آتیش رنگت حسابی پریده» گذاشت کمکش کنند تا نزدیک آتش بیاید بوی لاستیک سوخته تند و زننده بود و دلش را به هم زد سردرد داشت ورم بالای چشمش را کنجکاوانه لمس کرد به نظرش میآمد که چند صد متر بالا آمده بیل پرسید «یادت میاد کی هستی و اوضاع چه جوریه؟» «آره، آره، حالم خوبه» «بابا و مامانت کیه؟» «هرب و ورا هرب و ورا اسمیت» بیل و چاک به هم نگاه کردند و شانه بالا انداختند چاک گفت «چیزی نیست» و برای سومین بار گفت «ولی بدجور زمین خورد، رنگش حسابی پریده، نه؟» بیل با اشتیاق به دختران هشت ساله ی دوقلویش که دست در دست اسکیت بازی میکردند نگاه کرد و دوباره متوجه جانی شدگفت «خوب شد بچه س، اگه آدم بزرگ بود جون سالم به در نمیبرد» چاک پاسخ داد «البته نه هر آدم بزرگی» و هر دو زدند زیر خنده و بطری را دوباره دست به دست کردند ده دقیقه بعد سردرد جانی کمتر شده بود و دوباره داشت روی یخ اسکیت بازی میکرد و ورم بالای چشمش هم مثل یک مارک عجیب روی پیشانیش خورده بود؛ به خانه که رسید دیگر زمین خوردن و از هوش رفتن را از شوق اینکه یاد گرفته بود چطور عقبی اسکیت بازی کند، فراموش کرده بود ورا اسمیت همین که جانی را دید، گفت «یا خدا، پیشونیت چیشده؟» گفت «افتادم زمین» و سوپ گوجه فرنگیش را هورت کشید؛ ورا ورم پیشانی او را آرام لمس کرد و پرسید «حالت خوبه، جان؟» پاسخ داد «آره، مامان، خوبم» و خوب هم بود، به جز اندک مواقعی که کابوسهای بدی میدید و این کابوس تا ماهها پس از آن هم ادامه داشت و بعد تمام شد گاهی هم پیش میآمد در ساعاتی از روز که سرحال بود، چرتش میگرفت، اما این مشکل هم همان موقعی که کابوسها به پایان رسید، حل شد حالش خوب بود اواسط فوریه بود که چاک اسپیر یک روز صبح از خواب بیدار شد و دید که باتری ماشین دو سوتوی 48 قدیمیش خالی کرده است سعی کرد که با استفاده از باتری وانت قدیمی مزرعه اش باتری به باتری کند سیم دوم را که به باتری ماشین دو سوتویش زد، باتری در صورتش منفجر و تکه های باتری و اسید روی صورتش پاشیده شد یک چشمش کور شد ورا میگفت لطف خدا بوده که هر دو چشمش کور نشده است به نظر جانی تراژدی وحشتناکی بود و یک هفته پس از ماجرا با پدرش به ملاقات چاک در بیمارستان لویستون جنرال رفت دیدن چاک تنومند که آنطور مریض احوال و نحیف روی تخت بیمارستان افتاده بود، جانی را حسابی ناراحت کرد و همان شب خواب دید که خودش روی آن تخت خوابیده است در سالهای بعد جانی حدس و گمانهایی میزد که درست از آب درمیآمد ـ مثلاً پیش از آنکه رادیو آهنگ بعدیش را پخش کند، او میدانست که آن آهنگ چه خواهد بود یا چیزهایی از این دست ـ اما هیچ گاه این موضوع را به اتفاقی که روی برکه ی یخ زده افتاده بود، نسبت نمیداد آن اتفاق را دیگر فراموش کرده بود »؛ پایان نقل نقل نمونه ای دیگر «دو چیزی که از آن شب خوب یاد سارا مانده بود، یکی اقبالی بود که در بازی چرخ پول‌سازی به آن‌ها رو کرده بود و دیگری هم آن نقاب هالووین بود اما سال‌ها که از آن ماجرا گذشت، وقتی فشار یادآوری آن شب وحشتناک را بر خود تحمیل می‌کرد، بیش‌تر نقاب وحشتناک یادش می‌آمد جانی در آپارتمانی در کلیوز میلز زندگی می‌کرد؛ سارا یک ربع به هشت آن‌جا رسید، گوشه‌ ای پارک کرد و زنگ خانه را زد؛ آنشب قرار بود با ماشین او بروند، چون ماشین جانی با بلبرینگ یخ‌زده در گاراژ همپدن بود جانی پشت تلفن به او گفته بود که خیلی خرج برمی‌دارد و بعد، از آن خنده‌ های معروفش کرده بود اگر ماشین سارا این مشکل را پیدا کرده بود که اشکش درمی‌آمد، مجبور بود از درآمدش خرج کند سارا از سرسرای آپارتمان گذشت و به پله‌ ها رسید و از کنار تابلوی اعلاناتی که آن‌جا آویزان بود گذشت تابلو پر از کارت تبلیغات موتورسیکلت، دستگاه پخش موسیقی، خدمات تایپ، و تبلیغ کسانی بود که می‌خواستند به کانزاس و کالیفرنیا بروند و می‌توانستند کسی را هم با خود ببرند و یا کسانی که دنبال کسی می‌گشتند آن‌ها را به فلوریدا ببرد و در پول بنزین او شریک شوند اما آن شب بیش‌ترین چیزی که توجه را به خودش جلب می‌کرد عکس مشت گره‌ کرده‌ ای بر زمینه‌ ی قرمز به نشانه‌ ی آتش بود روی پوستر تنها یک کلمه نوشته شده بود اعتصاب اواخر ماه اکتبر سال 1970میلادی بود»؛ پایان نقلتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 22031399هجری خورشیدی ا شربیانی


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    “We all do what we can and it has to be good enough and if it isn’t good enough it has to do” Stephen King The Dead Zone Stephen King’s The Dead Zone would have made a perfectly snappy short story or novella A man gets into a car accident slips into a coma wakes up five years later and can foresee a person’s future by touching them He runs into an ascendant politician realizes the man is a mortal danger to the nation and sets out to stop him The climax sets you up to expect one thing then delivers another Boom The End Like I said this would have made a fine short story or even an episode of The Twilight Zone The concept takes a very common trope – the apparent blessing that is actually a curse – and overlays that onto a very clean very effectual story arc Indeed in his adaptation Cronenberg boiled the plot down to its bones yet his film – a sleek hour and forty three minutes – doesn’t miss a single story beat But this is Stephen King we’re talking about While a solid short story writer in his own right King is best known for his ability to write massively entertaining doorstoppers of prodigious length Coming in at 426 hardcover pages The Dead Zone does not have anywhere near the mass of The Stand It or Under the Dome but it is expansive enough to provide an epic character study of an ordinary man named Johnny Smith who flies through a windshield falls into a half decade slumber and awakes with the terrible gift of prophecy By the end my only wish is that it was longer In many ways this does not feel like a typical Stephen King novel and I feel I am slowly reading enough of his vast back catalogue to venture these observations For one it is a psychological thriller with nary a horror element in sight For another it has a certain seriousness of purpose Many of King’s literary tics – the careful curating of pop cultural trivia; the garrulous characters who answer yesno uestions with lengthy monologues; the fetishization of rock and roll – are missing Instead he plants his story published in 1979 firmly in the midst of Nixon’s America riffing on the governmental mistrust and paranoid politics that defined the era The shadow of Vietnam and the specter of Watergate have cast their pall over others of King’s books Here it takes up a podium on center stage as King delivers a rather pointed critiue along with the usual twists and turns It also features a brief cameo by Jimmy Carter I have found King to be at his peak when his focus is tightest My favorites – Pet Sematary Christine The Shining – have a limited number of characters powerful themes and the emotional wallop you get only when an author knows exactly what he is attempting to convey The Dead Zone falls into this category to a point Johnny Smith is the star of this show and though King allows his third person viewpoint to rove at will most of the novel is devoted to his experiences While Johnny is prone to bouts of self pity which is probably an accurate depiction but is a personality attribute that doesn’t exactly leap off the page he is genuinely compelling especially as the years go by and the aftershocks of his car accident take their toll Despite the lackluster name Smith is really well drawn He often acts in an irritating way or says irritating things but he always acts and speaks in a way that is in keeping with his fundamental nature As an aside The novel proper begins in 1970 and ends in 1978 King does a marvelous job of efficiently evoking the passage of this time especially the years when Johnny is in a coma The supporting cast however is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of uality and memorability Roger Chatsworth for instance a wealthy man who hires Johnny as a tutor is complex and multifaceted There were times when I expected him to act in rote stereotypical ways and he didn’t which is always a nice surprise The relationship between Johnny and Dr Sam Weizak is also effective conjuring a real sense of mutual affection Others though are underwritten or bluntly cliched Johnny’s onetime girlfriend Sarah is nothing than “the one who got away” and their brief romance is too slender a reed to support the weighty emotions King heaps upon it Johnny’s mother is a religious zealot who we are asked – like demanded – to despise It would have been far interesting if King had allowed that she was right about certain things An entire subplot – featuring a Castle Rock sheriff and a serial killer – feels rushed and half baked Then there is conundrum of Gregory Ammas Stillson the big bad of The Dead Zone If we were to place him on the moral spectrum he would be all in black There is not a hint of gray not even the suggestion of shading When we first meet him he stomps a dog to death That is Greg Stillson in a nutshell Thus in a certain sense Johnny’s antagonist is one step away from cartoon villainy And frankly cartoon villains are boring On the other hand King’s portrait of an insurgent political candidate a maverick gone rogue a man of the people populist who wears a hardhat gives out hotdogs and is able to whip up his constituencies’ base emotions is rather captivating Other than a rather weak bench my main criticism of The Dead Zone is that it was too short Sure up top I said this was short story material But King convinced me there was a lot to explore with this idea Unfortunately partway through he seems to have abandoned the notion and settled for something less ambitious The Castle Rock serial killer subplot for instance either deserved space or should have been excised completely The other characters in Johnny’s orbit could have used an extra dimension or two Towards the end it really felt like King was finding ways to cut corners as a lot of the story’s heavy lifting is done with cheap epistolary techniues such as uoting letters newspaper articles and legal testimony This left me with a lot of uestions uestions that should have been confronted directly especially with regards to Johnny’s late game decision making These shortcomings probably keep The Dead Zone out of my personal pantheon of undisputed King masterpieces Nevertheless when the harshest condemnation that comes to mind is my desire for pages that is rather telling indeed


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Johnny the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into The Dead Zone Johnny This was my second time in The Dead Zone I remember the first time fondly as this is only one of two Stephen King books I read in one sitting the other being Pet Sematary The first time was in the late 1990s at an all night coffee shop in Cincinnati I read until the sun came up fueled on caffeine and the enthralling words of the Master of Horror himself I suppose knowing that I read it in one sitting says a lot about what I thought about it – I LOVED IT It blew me away It was creepy heart wrenching introspective speculative terrifying thought provoking – and on and on and on I just knew I had to read it again now to see if I still felt the same And I do I definitely do I think many people recommend Carrie or The Shining to people just starting King I rarely hear The Dead Zone But to me this would be a fantastic place to start It is not too long to be daunting like It or The Stand It does not involve the potential commitment of a series like The Dark Tower or Hodges Trilogy I think the story is fairly straight forward and would be easily accessible to many Also hoping that I am not saying too much I think this story is particularly terrifying in the world’s current political climateThis time around I did the audio I was skeptical at first because it was James Franco and he usually seems kind of silly to me most of my memories of him are Seth Rogan stoner movies I am guessing he may have been invited to do this audio version because of his involvement in King’s 112263 mini series – which I still need to watch Update 182020 Just noticed I said I still need to watch this but I did in 2019 It was great I think he did a great job narrating this book and I will gladly do other books in the future narrated by himYou ask me what King book I recommend – this is it You haven’t read it yet? Why not? Beyond the Pale until the sun came The Black Ice Score (Parker, up fueled on caffeine and the enthralling words of the Master of Horror himself I suppose knowing that I read it in one sitting says a lot about what I thought about it – I LOVED IT It blew me away It was creepy heart wrenching introspective speculative terrifying thought provoking – and on and on and on I just knew I had to read it again now to see if I still felt the same And I do I definitely do I think many people recommend Carrie or The Shining to people just starting King I rarely hear The Dead Zone But to me this would be a fantastic place to start It is not too long to be daunting like It or The Stand It does not involve the potential commitment of a series like The Dark Tower or Hodges Trilogy I think the story is fairly straight forward and would be easily accessible to many Also hoping that I am not saying too much I think this story is particularly terrifying in the world’s current political climateThis time around I did the audio I was skeptical at first because it was James Franco and he The Black Painting usually seems kind of silly to me most of my memories of him are Seth Rogan stoner movies I am guessing he may have been invited to do this audio version because of his involvement in King’s 112263 mini series – which I still need to watch Update 182020 Just noticed I said I still need to watch this but I did in 2019 It was great I think he did a great job narrating this book and I will gladly do other books in the future narrated by himYou ask me what King book I recommend – this is it You haven’t read it yet? Why not?

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Akened from an interminable coma with an accursed power the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zo In my own personal opinion this is the best story Stephen King has ever written Not the most frightening not the most thrilling no but this novel has true literary merit And a tragic hero not a mere protagonist mind you who really ualifies for the titleJohn Smith his name immediately marks him out as the common man is blessed and cursed with second sight It began as a minor ability due to a skating accident in his childhood; but when he wins big time at the roulette wheel in a village carnival this gift proves to be his undoing Because while coming home late from the carnival the taxi John is travelling in meets with a horrific accident and he is precipitated into a four year comaWhile he is asleep John loses his career girlfriend everything He wakes up a pauper in material terms but endowed with the full fledged version of his latent childhood giftAnd thus begins the career of John Smith the clairvoyantAs he moves from discovery to horrific discovery the amount of darkness he unearths in human souls pushes John further and further down into a sort of spiritual abyss There seems to no purpose to his tragic life until he meets Greg Stillson prospective presidential candidate A casual handshake allows John Smith a look into the cesspit that is the soul of the future president of the USA and suddenly he finds that there is something he has to do Finish of Stillson before he finishes of civilisation as we know itThere is horror in this novel But it is not supernatural oh no John's supernatural power is benign The horror is in what that power unearths Yes Greg Stillson is the boogeyman in this story One must pay homage to Stephen King's gift of seeing into the future At the time the novel was written people would have laughed at the idea that a secular democracy would elect a blackguard like Stillson into office I would humbly suggest that events of the past two decades have convinced me otherwiseThis is one of the most meticulously crafted books that I have read John's and Greg's careers start simultaneously sure to meet at some point of time yet King weaves the narrative so expertly that when the meeting finally takes place there is no sense of the let down of predestination And the denouement like in 112263 is totally unexpectedThe last chapter Notes from the Dead Zone is one of the most beautiful passages of prose in my experience Stephen King rises almost to the level of a poet here the way the words flowFive stars all the way The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox ualifies for the titleJohn Smith his name immediately marks him out as the common man is blessed and cursed with second sight It began as a minor ability due to a skating accident in his childhood; but when he wins big time at the roulette wheel in a village carnival this gift proves to be his The Illusionists undoing Because while coming home late from the carnival the taxi John is travelling in meets with a horrific accident and he is precipitated into a four year comaWhile he is asleep John loses his career girlfriend everything He wakes Planet of the Bugs up a pauper in material terms but endowed with the full fledged version of his latent childhood giftAnd thus begins the career of John Smith the clairvoyantAs he moves from discovery to horrific discovery the amount of darkness he Fishes of the Open Ocean unearths in human souls pushes John further and further down into a sort of spiritual abyss There seems to no purpose to his tragic life Out of Bounds (Boundaries, until he meets Greg Stillson prospective presidential candidate A casual handshake allows John Smith a look into the cesspit that is the soul of the future president of the USA and suddenly he finds that there is something he has to do Finish of Stillson before he finishes of civilisation as we know itThere is horror in this novel But it is not supernatural oh no John's supernatural power is benign The horror is in what that power Grass, Sky, Song unearths Yes Greg Stillson is the boogeyman in this story One must pay homage to Stephen King's gift of seeing into the future At the time the novel was written people would have laughed at the idea that a secular democracy would elect a blackguard like Stillson into office I would humbly suggest that events of the past two decades have convinced me otherwiseThis is one of the most meticulously crafted books that I have read John's and Greg's careers start simultaneously sure to meet at some point of time yet King weaves the narrative so expertly that when the meeting finally takes place there is no sense of the let down of predestination And the denouement like in 112263 is totally Otter Chaos! 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Smith the small town schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four and a half year trip into The Dead Zone John Smith who aw The Dead Zone is a brilliant book It has practically no filler It's criminally underrated It was a fun read from beginning to the end In a way Johnny Smith reminded me of myselfThe bare bones of the plot are not important I thought that a human life should always be considered with dignity That sometimes doesn't happen with our hero I use the term hero in the Greek sense of tragedyPlease read this book if you haven't yet It's far better than recent King books I tried on another site to ask for underrated King books The Dead Zone was part of this recommendation Everyone knew except for me So yeah