This story had scared me so bad that I wouldn't pick it up for another six years. I suppose that is king's aim, after all he writes horror stories. Bu...moreThis story had scared me so bad that I wouldn't pick it up for another six years. I suppose that is king's aim, after all he writes horror stories. But unlike others which were thought-provoking (Firestarter) or had a wonderful story of justice (Rose Madder) I found Misery to be lacking. Neither of the two characters were very sympathetic, and they both were rather... extreme. I do, though, give King points for coming up with an original story. So, for uniquness, I give this book two stars. (less)
It always amazes me when the 'Master of Horror' releases books that not only have nothing to do with the horror genre, but actually have some esoteric...moreIt always amazes me when the 'Master of Horror' releases books that not only have nothing to do with the horror genre, but actually have some esoteric elements in them.
This is one of those books. And it's a great piece of literature to boot!
It was released in sections when it was first published, but I managed to snag a complete copy from the library when I first read it. And that's a good thing, since I read the book so fast, I think I left burn marks!
I loved the characters in this book the most. Or perhaps I love the plot layout... the fact that King uses time jumps to retell the story actually works for this book (in most novels today it just gets annoying). And while reading about the 'modern day' man vs the 'prison guard' scene I was always so entrenched I was mad when we switched perspectives! And yet, I loved it too.
As to the plot, there is really nothing to compare it to. King thinks of original plots continuously, which is what makes his works so readable. The Green Mile is no exception!
(Also, if you don't want to read the full length novel, you can always try the film version with Tom Hanks. It wasn't too shabby compared to the book. Although you do miss out on a lot of details and feelings!)(less)
This novel was the scariest, most terrifying thing I have ever read, seen or heard. It tops all movies, all music and any other wanna-be novel out the...moreThis novel was the scariest, most terrifying thing I have ever read, seen or heard. It tops all movies, all music and any other wanna-be novel out there.
With that said, I had to read this books in installments. Not because of the length, although it is long, but rather because of the content. Usually that means the content lacks something, or is too over done. That was not the case with It. It was almost TOO well done. I still get shivers around clowns, for fear the story holds some truth.
This is a must read book. Don't even let fear tell you no. Youjust have to read it. It is worth it. (less)
A car that lives... Sounds rather freaky, doesn't it? But if you think about it, it's not that much different than the monster under your bed, or the...moreA car that lives... Sounds rather freaky, doesn't it? But if you think about it, it's not that much different than the monster under your bed, or the idea that your dolls and Teddy bears move around while you sleep. Who's to say cars don't have play time together? Stephen King isn't.
This book was average, I found. Not much of the plot has stayed with me over the years, but I have a healthy respect for the book that let's me say "I don't heed to read it again! Please! I have enough fear, I need not yours too!". So I will leave Christine alone. And one day, when I own a car of my own, I will take care…(less)
This is one of my most favorite King novels, primarily because it deals with such inexplicable things like telekinesis and pyrokinesis.
The story seem...moreThis is one of my most favorite King novels, primarily because it deals with such inexplicable things like telekinesis and pyrokinesis.
The story seems plausible to me, seeing as what we have since been let to know about government projects like MK Ultra and the Project Dragonfly. (Although, in those cases the aim wasn't so much supernatural powers as much as mind control, brainwashing and creating multiple compartmentalizing personalities).
Also, Charlie is a protagonist that I felt I wanted to protect and aid, so whenever she triumphed, I was happy, and when someone came to almost-kill/catch/terrorize her, I wanted to hurt that person. This is over course very important when creating characters.
The plot was riveting and moved forward at a fast pace, with a few calmer scenes in between for the reader to catch their breath. The characters were true to their cliches (especially the governmental goons). And of course, as always, King's writing was superb. (less)
I think I might have learned a lot more from this book than I realize.
It's dystopian (synonymous with morbid and painful) but usually it's exactly th...moreI think I might have learned a lot more from this book than I realize.
It's dystopian (synonymous with morbid and painful) but usually it's exactly this genre that teaches us the most about all that is dark and dead with in ourselves.
I think this is the perfect book to have a group discussion on, be it in real life or online. It is so much deeper than just the pages. I'll try to explain.
Firstly, what King focuses on isn't the qualms of society (1984, Brave New World) and not specifically on the main character and his/her struggle for life (The Hunger Games Trilogy, Unwind) and yet, without much of a focus on anything in particular, his novel is darker than The Lottery. How does King achieve this? Possibly by having a main character who is seen by everyone in the book as a hero, but displayed to us as a normal human who cares on a personal level about the world, but doesn't mind seeing through the threads of the tapestry either.
I'm not making much sense here. Let me try again: Garraty is hailed all along the long walk by all the spectators. The schadenfreudic spectators who turn into the Crowd, which only has an eye and a roaring mouth. He focuses on his girlfriend and his mother as his goal but we never know why he chose to even join the Walk. Why any of the thousands of boys across the US choose to do the Walk. Why any normal, sane, humans would even go out to watch the Walk. This is different from almost every other dystopian novel (even in The Giver we learn some of the history of the society).
The only fragments we ever learn about the society in here is that there was a "Change" and before that there were millionaires and libraries and no Walks. Also, the Walk has been going on for 17 years. Everything else focuses on the boys, the walk, their malnutrition, their deaths. It was so disturbing, some of the scenes, but because of them, perhaps I can personally now complete my own Long Walk, where ever that leads.
It's a great book to read, anyway. Although I did a horrid job of trying to explain what I may have learned from it.(less)
These are three of my most favorite books from King.
Carrie is, of course, the craziest thing ever. And I think every girl ought to read this book, ju...moreThese are three of my most favorite books from King.
Carrie is, of course, the craziest thing ever. And I think every girl ought to read this book, just so that they know that whatever they went through during puberty can not ever be as bad as what Carrie went through. I love the mental powers side-effect of this book too, though!
Salem's Lot was freaky. Really really freaky. I still have "nightmares" about it.
And last of all, the Shinning: this book has always reminded me of that Eagles song, Hotel California. "You can check out but you can never leave" really explains the hotel in The Shinning, only the hotel is much much worse. I can't help but think of the Jack Nicholson rendition whenever I remember this book as well!(less)