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The Green Mile, Part 1: The Two Dead Girls (The Green Mile #1)

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The Green Mile tells the story of two men, a prison guard and his new death row inmate, and their suddenly intertwined lives. What would it be like to walk those last 40 yards to the electric chair, knowing you were going to die there? What would it be like to be the man who had to strap the condemned man in or pull the switch? What would such a job take out of you, or eve ...more
Hardcover, 92 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Demco Media
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Mar 03, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Movies! I remember watching this one when it came out! It's so odd to be reading the tale a few decades later without even having a desire to watch the movie. :)

It turns out that Hanks with a prostate problem was NOT the most memorable part of the movie. It's the mouse, of course. The main character is always the mouse, and I'm not even referring to Steamboat Willie.

The short story is mild and reflective, even with the scent of rape, murder and peppermint, which is odd, all considered. And yet,
Mar 23, 2013 Arah-Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top, i-said
It was 1996 when I came across this, a happy accident, at my local 7-11, near the bat tree.

It is 1932 when we first meet Paul Edgecombe, head screw, and our narrator and walk The Green Mile at Cold Mountain, where men are sent to pay their final due to Old Sparky, the electric chair.

It is the year that John Coffey came to Cold Mountain, convicted of brutally raping and killing two, near nine year old twin girls, an enormous man, a mountain in his own right, with wet, dark eyes and a humble, g
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
A good set-up for what's later to come. I like the main character and some of the other guards, they seem like realistic characters, although hearing about the urinary tract infection so often made me wince. I'm not a fan of the death penalty and this book helps reinforce some of the reasons why. 'The Green Mile' is aptly named. The scene where they find Coffey holding the girls is sobering - the entire scene from discovering they're missing to finding the result was amazingly written. Since thi ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, I wish I was in to Stephen King when this came out in serialized fashion. I watched the movie back then, but hadn't read the book.

In the past 5 to 10 years, I've started reading King.

He's good. He's so good.

I guess the good part is, you know how people binge watch TV shows now? I can binge-read these. Yeah. I'll be doing that.

One thing to add: in book one, there is a great introduction about books and reading in general.
Mar 08, 2011 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love this story, but I have never sat down to actually read it through before now. I am actually pretty surprised at how faithful the movie adaptation is to the story so far. I recall quite a bit of narration in the movie, but I know they do not go to the depths the books do. There is a bit more nebulous an idea of a solid timeline in the books than in the movie, which I think is probably more true to the idea of the story, since Paul is telling us the story from the standpoint of an older man ...more
Paula ★Ackerman Jaeger★
última lectura del año.
Nov 18, 2015 Richelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book.. probably a lot
more because I've seen the movie..
I gave it a 3 only because it wasn't something that I couldn't put down.. I wasn't craving more.. I did enjoy it through.. I like the idea behind him splitting this up as "chapbooks" as he called it in the intro!
man was that intro long and boring.. something that could have been said about a page was spread out to 4 front and back ..
anyways once the story got started it was
really good! it was really neat to see the original s
May 04, 2016 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A newsletter I love brought this re-release to my attention, and it warms my heart.
Back in 1996, Stephen King released The Green Mile in 6 installments. I was too young to read it in '96, but now I can experience the ebook releases as readers originally did, without the ability of skipping ahead. The parts are being released in two week increments so at least you know exactly when the next part will be released. Take note, George RR Martin!!! just kidding.
I watched the movie several years ago,
Feb 15, 2016 Mom2triplets04 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 1 of a series and only 100 pages long. I already saw the movie so I knew what was going to happen. It's heartbreaking what happened to the little girls.
3.5 stars

I decided it'd be fun to read this as it was originally published -- as a serial. So I've read Part 1, and now I'm reading one or two different books before coming back to part 2.

This is a good introduction to a larger story, but I can't say it would have sucked me in. It's classic King, so it's well-written and fans are bound to try it eventually (like I am). But if I was an indifferent or new King fan I can't say that this intro would have blown me away. It's solid but not amazing. I
♥ Marlene♥
Oh good memories. Back in the days my dad gave me such a great gift. He gave me this book, part 1 and told me that from now on, I could go to the bookstore in town each month, to get the next part of the series.

So every month I ran to the bookstore and immediately delved in. Never thinking it might be better to wait till I had all of them, before reading. couldn't, even if I wanted to.

So unlike most people, I did not read the whole book in one, but i read it in 6 sessions.
I am sure I re-read the
Just a random thought: I bought and read this first book in the feuilleton (according to the note in the front cover) before the English edition was published.

First time I read a book in feuilleton form. I liked it, although stop reading in the middle of a story is very unpleasant... I wanted to know how things would go on, with Coffey, but also with the guards.

There's not much happening here in this first book, just a lot of explaining, getting to know the characters. What struck me was, that
Oct 13, 2014 Kinksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King is one of those authors who can keep a reader's interest despite the length of some of his books, so it makes sense that he can keep your interest in installments of a book of 100 pages each.
Mar 26, 2013 Lincoln rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the "Two Dead Girls" by Stephen King. Tis book is the first out of eight in the green mile series. This book was about the life of an execution prison worker. Throughout the story, the main character, Paul talks about his experiences and leads up to his final execution of Coffey (a 6'10'' African American). Overall I thought this book was fun and interesting to read, because it had many different types of humor, and had life in prison from the prisoners and the workers view. I would recom ...more
Laura Jelenkovich
In 100 pagine ti prende le budella e le contorce diverse volte, per poi farti pensare: e' un genio.
Aug 03, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series of books was the first Stephen King books i started to read and it certainly did not disappoint me with it's title and storyline that kept me reading until the end.
It is written in a first-person narrative told by Paul Edgecombe, the novel switches between Paul as an old man in the Georgia Pines nursing home sharing his story with fellow resident Elaine Connelly in 1996, and his time in 1932 as the block supervisor of the Cold Mountain Penitentiary death row, nicknamed "The Green M
Apr 26, 2016 Ludditus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written 20 years ago, "The Green Mile" only became available as AZW3/ePUB right now, in installments, as intended by the man himself. As of yet, only the first two parts have been made available, and the prices shown to me for their Kindle editions are bizarre, no matter they include VAT:
#1 $2.47 April 12, 2016
#2 $3.56 April 26, 2016
#3 $3.57 May 10, 2016
#4 $3.71 May 24, 2016
#5 $3.71 June 7, 2016
#6 $3.75 June 21, 2016
I've seen Tom Hanks on a cover of a French edition that includes all six parts,
Feb 04, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Kelly
I've never read a serial before, so this feels difficult to review. Straight off the bat I can say it was very well done, but as a story, it lacks... Well, it lacks 5 other parts.

This one is written in a way that usually bugs me. It is that old south first person perspective. Where the narrator is telling you what it was like to experience all these things as if you are sitting on a porch listening to an old man tell the story of his life. But, past that it has all the deep south vernacular that
This is my 3rd time through these little books. I first picker this up during spring break when I was in college. I did as the introduction suggested and we read it together as we waited for our laundry to clean at the laundromat. (We had broken up by the time the fifth book came out, but we still met to read the last two - so no hard feelings there).

I was surprised at how slow the first book starts, but I guess that's part of its charm. There's a lot of good storytelling, and the religious imag
Zach Volz
I thought that this book was an okay book. I liked it but I found it hard to follow. It told about how this larger black man went to jail for killing these two girls but in the end he is a really humble guy. He was later killed in jail by the electric chair known as "sparky". I would recommend this book to high school students because there were often parts I didn't understand and found confusing.
Charis Murray
Oct 22, 2014 Charis Murray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book excellent movie. BUT that being said when this book came out a couple chapters at a time is when I stopped reading Stephen King. Well almost anyway. If you want to sell me a $30. book then sell me a $30. book. do not give me a couple chapters. This book came out in the early nineties I believe. Books back then were still $6-$7 You did not get to see reviews there were no e-books and if you waited your turn at the library it could take months to get a book. That being said this boo ...more
Ariel Dopsovic
I saw this book on Barnes and Noble's site listed as a new book. Obviously, I knew it wasn't new but when I read it was being re-released in volumes for eReaders I was pretty excited. I much prefer actual books, but when I can have it in my hands right that second, my Nook is the way I go. Anyway, this volume was only 67 pages, and I found it kind of disappointing. I'm sure it gets better, however after reading this I'm not counting down the hours until I can get my hands on the next volume. Ins ...more
Jun 02, 2016 W A F F L E S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
22/85. Finally got to read this book. It's been on my shelf for a while now 'cause I thought I should complete the series first before I start reading (I currently have the first two books and I'm still searching for the other ones.) but well, screw that.

The first installment in The Green Mile follows Paul Edgecombe and his experiences on working as a supervisor in a state penitentiary at Cold Mountain during the Great Depression. There, he meets John Coffey (Yes, like the beverage, only with
Eerie and fascinating. King is a damned good writer. Too bad I have seen the movie, but the book carries the story well on its own. Definitely looking forward to the next part of the series.
Panu Mäkinen
Oct 17, 2014 Panu Mäkinen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Stephen King kokeilee romaanin julkaisua pienten pokkareiden sarjana 1800-luvun jatkokertomusten tyyliin. Koko sarja on nähnyt päivän valon jo viime vuosituhannen puolella, joten kertomuksesta voi nautiskella omaan tahtiin tarvitsematta odottaa aina kuukautta, kunnes seuraava osa ilmestyy. Kaksi pientä tyttöä on kuusiosaisen Kuoleman käytävän ensimmäinen osa. Siinä oikeastaan luodaan vain miljöö jatko-osien tapahtumille – niin ainakin oletan. Ensimmäinen osa ei anna juurikaan vinkkiä, miten tari ...more
Tyler Dolmseth
Nov 19, 2014 Tyler Dolmseth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book should have gone longer. It was a tedious read and long worded, therefore sometimes got tiring but was very enjoyable. It is a very mysterious and powerful read as it plunges you into the eight part series. It keeps you hooked but seems to drag on in some parts with useless information. I plan on continuing the series as soon as volume two is returned to the class. I think Stephen king could have gone into deeper detail with John's supposed murder but leaves gaps that I feel wi ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of the six parts of The Green Mile, this was an experiment to return to the Victorian style of serialised novels. The bulk of this is setting up the story and key characters, and as such is rather lacking in plot in of itself. Although in the context of the full novel, this may not be such an issue. To balance this, the characters are vivid, including the mouse, and these are a large part of the draw to continue to the next volume.
True to the style of serialised, the final chapter of t
Mar 02, 2014 Taddow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried reading a Stephen King book long ago (I think it was Cujo) and I absolutely did not like it- I did not know if it was the story, the writing style, or my mindset but I did not finish it and barely made it into the first fifty pages. Years, years later, my wife (who is a big Stephen King fan (after hearing about my prior experience with his work) suggested that I give the first installment of the Green Mile a try. I will admit that it was an enjoyable read and I think I'll continue with t ...more
Sonny Sehra
“I couldn’t help it, boss, he said. I tried to take it back but it was too late.”

“Coffey like the drink but spelled differently.”

I saw the movie before I read the books, I’m sorry. If you didn’t know, the movie is based on the book series by Stephen King. It was originally published in six parts, in different books. This part was a really short book but I read the complete serial novel. All six parts in one big book, so I had it all in my hands. I’ll review the series as separate because that’s
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The Green Mile (6 books)
  • The Green Mile, Part 2: The Mouse on the Mile
  • The Green Mile, Part 3: Coffey's Hands
  • The Green Mile, Part 4: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix
  • The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey
  • The Green Mile, Part 6: Coffey on the Mile

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