Books: Hot Moppet

FIRESTARTER by Stephen King Viking; 428 pages; $13.95

Stephen King, 32, is the hottest author of supernatural-occult novels around.

Firestarter, thematically at least, is his highest Fahrenheit reading to date. King, who wrote Carrie, The Shining, Salem's Lot and The Dead Zone among other bestsellers, centers his plot this time on a little girl with the psychic power to set objects, people, even buildings and landscapes afire.

King dubs this inflammatory forte "pyrokinesis," a combination of the Greek words meaning fire and movement. Blond, pigtailed, eight-year-old Charlie McGee is so hyperpyrokinetic (she can project 30,000°) that she is judged capable of melting whole cities...

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