Book Reviews of The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone
The Dead Zone
Author: Stephen King
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451155757
ISBN-10: 0451155750
Publication Date: 8/1/1980
Pages: 402
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 365 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
I did run into the same problem I encounter with some of his work. He sets up wonderful concepts and characters in the first third of the novel, they struggle and endure through the second third of the novel, and I spend the final third wondering when the damn thing comes to an end.

Overall, though, The Dead Zone is fun and spooky and weird, which is what I expect when I pick up a King novel.
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Helpful Score: 8
A man has an accident and goes into a coma. When he wakes up, he finds his latent psychic power to read the future by touch has been amped up to an unbelievable level. This is a pretty good read. It's slow moving in parts, but it's old King and still in his really good years.
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Helpful Score: 5
Not as widely read as some other KING novels, this book will still make you a fan. Concept of novel is as valid today or maybe even more so than when written...chilling
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Helpful Score: 3
Much MUCH better than the new TV series....What would you do if you could see the horror of the future...how would you stop it? Definitely worth a read and far better use of your time than watching the USA series.
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Helpful Score: 3
In my opinion, one of King's best!
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Helpful Score: 2
One of my favorite Stephen King novels. A good read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This novel is very gripping and will cause you to phade into your own gap of time because the pages are so defined and the story is written with utmost detail. Almost like a cause an effect situation which always seems to affect the main character (John Smith's) life. He being an incredible talented teacher and cursed with second sight because a tumor and/or an incredibly large gap in the brain he calls the dead zone. This novel portrays the life of a man who is different and/ or unique and how he is different from society. This gripping novel almost makes you feel sympathy for John- as if a coma wouldn't do that for most. His parents Herb, and Vera Smith are the fairly odd couple; Vera being religious and Herb being sane. Their are multiple scene switches (this being what I liked most) which will keep you guessing at every page because it all links back to John. The Dead Zone is an incredible novel and should be read by all.
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Helpful Score: 2
A great read on a dark night!
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Helpful Score: 2
Liked it enough to read it twice!
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Helpful Score: 2
One of my favorite King novels
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Helpful Score: 1
This has to be one of my favorites my King. King is a master at developing his characters so they can easily become real to you. The book is not action packed but it will keep you flipping the pages at a good speed. An excellent read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is my favorite Stephen King book. It is very suspenseful, and the subject matter is a lot more interesting than many of King's other books.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought this book definitely measured up to King's standards, and kept me fully engaged in the story until the very end. To me, the ending was so disappointing and not at all up to the standards of most of King's work. It was too simple and uneventful for me.
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Original movie version, with pictures. One of my collection of Stephen King books. Check out the rest.
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This one was pretty good, one of King's better works.
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It is strange that is book isn't as famous as King's other works, it has been my one of favorite as long as I finished the book years ago. Johnny Smith is the tragic protagonist that not only share my name but also share somewhat of my experiences (of course I did not meant that I can also see the future). The most touching scene that kept replaying in my head was the time when Smith wakes up from his coma and found out the love of his life had married to someone else. The conversation of them when she came to visit still clear in my head. Is more tragic story than a horror one.
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In the St. 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-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of 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 one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster
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ANOTHER GREAT KING BOOK!
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GREAT BOOK!
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awesome read loved it.
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Thrilling. Terrifying. Don't read this before you go to sleep.
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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 Smith, the small town school teacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a 4 and1/2 year trip to the Dead Zone. John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power-the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in the Dead Zone.
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John Smith awakens from a coma with an accursed power - the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind. This is one of my favorite from this author, hope and death go hand in hand in this novel.
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I love the TV series dead zone, this was the first Stephen King book I have ever read. I absolutly loved it.
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Johnny, the small boy who skated at reakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying minute plunged him into...
THE DEAD ZONE

Johnny Smith, the small-town school teacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four-and-a-half year trip into...
THE DEAD ZONE

John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power- the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in...
THE DEAD ZONE
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I enjoyed this book from Stephen King. As usual he seems to be one of the best at getting the reader involved with the characters.
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excellent reading and typical nailbiting storyline
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I loved this book. It was so much better than the movie or the series. You must read it!
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Great book. The reader really gets to feel for the main character.

FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK:
Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into THE DEAD ZONE.
Johnny 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 awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power-the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in THE DEAD ZONE.
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Great book and the photos from the film are a lot of fun.
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In the St. 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-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of 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 one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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
John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power--to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in THE DEAD ZONE.
Stephen King has done it again.
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A short novel, quick read. Not my favorite of King's books but still worth reading.
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Interesting and scarry. I always enjoy Stephen King.
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Of all of King's books this is definitly one of his top 5!
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awesome read by the master, nothing but excellence as expected.
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I enjoyed reading this book.
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Another interesting book by Stephen King that lead to a TV Series.
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King's usual frightening tale, lengthy.
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A classic Steven King novel!
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King is always a great and terrifying read.
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Wonderful - it is Stephen King after all
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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 Smith the school teacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four and a half year trip into THE DEAD ZONE...John Smith who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power-the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in THE DEAD ZONE...
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The cover on the book that is shown is not the same cover as mine,but the contents are still the same. I loved this book! Stephen King at his best as usual. Every bit as good as every book I have ever read by King. In this story, Johnny wakes up from a coma after an accident with new powers that will keep you riveted. A little heartbreaking when he comes to realize how long he has been asleep and the things that have happened as a result.
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In the St. 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-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of 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 one that [has] the most story." --Fiona Webster --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.