I’ve said for a long time that I thought The Stand by Stephen King was my #1 book. I read it on release, read it a few times and was amazed by the depth that the unabridged version brought when it was released in 1989.
I’ve changed my mind.
I first read Firestarter (by the same King) in Omni magazine back around 1980. Loved it and bought the book on release. For some reason I don’t think I ever re-read it, or if I had it’s not in the last 20 years.
I could remember the opening. I could remember the scene at the end. But the rest of the story arc I’d lost.
Wanting to take a break from reading non-fiction but not wanting to read a new book, I noodled through Calibre and saw Firestarter.
Over the last 3 days I read it again and I am so glad I did. It is amazing.
While I still love The Stand, and intend to now re-read the unabridged version again, Firestarter takes the #1 spot.