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Apt Pupil (Different Seasons #2)

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Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's dark past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meanin ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published 1983 by Warner
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Nothing I have ever seen has ever affected or scared me as much as when I saw my first Holocaust documentary. You don't need to see The Exorcist to get your fix of pure evil, it exists in our history. Hell, it still exists today. But without a doubt, the Holocaust has to be the greatest tragedy in all of mankind.

I was both enthralled and aghast at the atrocities that were inflicted by the Nazis during their "Final Solution". One cannot look away, when shown pictures of such heinous crimes. Men,
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Δεύτερο βιβλίο του King που διαβάζω φέτος. Με προβλημάτισε σε κάποια σημεία, αλλά δεν με τρόμαξε. Ίσως βέβαια να μην ήθελα εγώ η ίδια να τρομάξω. Το μοναδικό πράγμα που σκεφτόμουν διαβάζοντας το είναι ότι ο μικρός μου ξάδερφος δεν διαφέρει και πολύ από τον πρωταγωνιστή του βιβλίου. Ναι, αυτή η διαπίστωση με τρόμαξε αρκετά...
Jeremy Bates
Apr 03, 2013 Jeremy Bates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know what my fascination is with Stephen King. The fact all of his fifty-plus books have been worldwide bestsellers. The fact he wrote The Long Walk, a great short story, at the age of eighteen. The fact the paperback rights to his debut novel Carrie (though actually the fourth he’d written) was picked up in 1974 by New American Library for $400,000. The fact he has a seemingly limitless imagination. The fact every novel feels unique, the characters ridiculously vivid, the plots engrossi ...more
Raegan Butcher
Apr 21, 2008 Raegan Butcher rated it really liked it
Stephen King says that he wrote this novel in 2 weeks just to "decompress" after he finished "The Shining". Evocative characters, a real sense of creeping madness and a twisty plot with more convolutions than a fire at a Slinky factory make this one of the author's best books. Too bad they muffed the film version.
Mangy Cat
Apt Pupil: First half, incredible. Second half, um...

The first half of Apt Pupil was creepily and absolutely compelling. King has a way of presenting the twisted and horrific in a way that urges a reader to keep reading, keep reading, keep reading--like watching a mangled body being extracted from a smashed car. You can't look away no matter how grotesque it is.

Sadly, also in true King form, somewhere in the middle of the book, the story took a turn, and the soft porn and profanity that King is
Jimmie Eichman
Dec 03, 2015 Jimmie Eichman rated it really liked it
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Stephen King is such an awesome writer! He continues to amaze me at the depth of his writing. SK is the master at conversational writing. Apt Pupil read much like Interview with the Vampire or his own outstanding book, Dolores Claiborne. I got swept up in this story. SK took a conversational dialogue book and added some terrorizing twists as the story developed. I felt sorry for how this story affected the young Apt Pupil. I wanted the ending to be different so badly. But that is again where SK ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Aditya rated it really liked it
Different Seasons consists of 4 novellas & all of them are basically character studies.It firmly established King as a pure literary genius & quashed all naysayers who had him typecast ed as a horror writer.It shows off the width & variety of human emotions that King could easily write about without ever sounding cheesy or unrealistic & how his style makes us care for characters whom we otherwise would have hated.I would provide a brief synopsis of each of the 4 novellas & wh ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Michaela rated it really liked it
This book is pure evil, but I truly enjoyed it. Todd Bowden is a paper boy/high school student who discovers his neighbor, Kurt Dussander, is a wanted Nazi war criminal. Basically Todd becomes engrossed in Dussander's terrible war crime stories and goes over to his house frequently. The creepy part is that Todd has no intention of turning Dussander in..he just wants more and more information out of him. In hindsight, the only thing I really didn't like about the book was that the plot was highly ...more
Dan Absalonson
Jul 25, 2014 Dan Absalonson rated it did not like it
Like the other 3 novels in Stephen King's short story collection "Different Seasons," this story was well done. That said, I couldn't finish it because it was too dark. I gave it one star because that is for "didn't like it." I really just didn't want to read another word about a messed up kid, a Nazi as an old man, and especially the terrible things they were doing. It was just too dark for me, so I put it down. I did enjoy the story, but I just couldn't keep reading it due to subject matter. A ...more
Long time ago, up for a re-read, when I can find a copy of Different Seasons!
Jan 12, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
While not a typical horror of monsters or supernatural or even of things jumping out at you at night, I'd have to say this novella is probably the scariest thing I've ever read. Not because it made me hide under the covers while reading it (again, not that type of horror), but because it made me afraid of what a "normal" human being can become and what they can do with the "right" influence.

I read this a long time ago (maybe 20 years or so?) and it has stuck with me all this time. When the movie
Kim Kaso
Sep 11, 2015 Kim Kaso rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this story as an ensign in the Navy, pregnant with my first child. It was lunchtime, and I was reading at my desk, as I was wont to do. I hit the microwave scene, and...note to self, no Stephen King at meals. He wrote a chilling character study, quite masterful. He often does so much better in the shorter forms, his prose and plotting are cleaner and tighter. His later novels, somewhere after The Dead Zone, suffer from bloat and could use the editing prowess of a Maxwell Perki ...more
J.G. Keely
I didn't realize that I had actually read something by Stephen King. I am quite familiar with a number of his stories from discussion; others from film adaptations. I know him chiefly as an amazing font of poorly-executed ideas and The Man Who Cannot End A Story.

Apt Pupil does not suffer as greatly as his others, though much of the psychology is quite silly and overwrought. As someone who finds WWII and the Holocaust to be blown out of proportion (especially in comparison to other, ignored geno
Mar 07, 2015 Marc rated it really liked it
The writing and pace were a bit odd in this novella, but the story itself was disturbingly captivating. Young smartypants discovers Nazi war criminal hiding in the U.S. and ends up caught up in his own scheme to blackmail the SS officer.
Jun 03, 2015 Alana rated it liked it
Totally, seriously, completely messed up. The only reason I picked this up was to continue in the volume of Different Seasons after finishing "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption." It's the longest story in the collection and I was VERY ready to be done by the end, not because of poor writing, but because the messed up brutality of it is just so mentally overwhelming. In the first little bit, it just seems like the twist of "the one who appears innocent screwing up the one who appears the ...more
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Στο τσακ ήμουν να του δώσω 4 αστεράκια αλλά οι τελευταίες 30 σελίδες με έκαναν να αλλάξω γνώμη και να πάω στα 5. Ωραία ιδέα και ικανοποιητική υλοποίηση. Δεν θα έμπαινε στα 5 αγαπημένα μου του King αλλά διαβάζεται εύκολα και είναι αρκετά ανατριχιαστικό.
Jul 16, 2015 Spirou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Πρώτα διάβασα το βιβλίο (λίγο μετά το λύκειο) και μετά είδα την ταινία. Το βιβλίο ήταν καταπληκτικό, η ταινία αρκετά καλή επίσης. Βίντεοκριτική του βιβλίου για περισσότερα σχόλιά μου μπορείτε να δείτε εδώ !
Scott Marley
Mar 17, 2016 Scott Marley rated it it was amazing
Quite a story, I wasn’t sure I’d like it as much as I did there for a brief stint in the reading. I like to be in that processing state of mind after I finish a story and that’s what happens here. I’m asking the question, ‘How did the author put it all together?’ especially toward the end.

As seems the case with King’s stories, it read beautifully. For stories of this particular length, it epitomizes exactly what I’ve grown to like reading (and writing). It sets up quick, yet perfectly clear. Pr
Angelo Marcos
Nov 26, 2015 Angelo Marcos rated it really liked it
This was a really great story, with an incredibly ominous and loaded final line.
Eric Juneau
Mar 14, 2014 Eric Juneau rated it liked it
My question during the first half of this novella was "who is this scary for"? But not all of King's stuff is scary. Still, I wasn't sure who the sympathetic character was and who was the guy I was supposed to boo. It's about a kid who finds out his neighbor is a former prison camp Nazi. You'd think you're supposed to boo the Nazi, but then the kid makes him dress up like an SS soldier and parade around, then blackmails him, and starts murdering winos.

I guess the neat thing is that the balance
Evan Harte
May 12, 2016 Evan Harte rated it it was amazing
This is the darkest Stephen King story that I have read. I haven't read a whole lot of the early King besides the Shining and The Gunslinger. Though I have heard that they are more dark/horror-based. Having read this short story, I definitely believe it. I now really look forward to reading other earlier works by King!
Jan 30, 2010 BurgendyA rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to anyone and any Stephen King fan.
Recommended to BurgendyA by: It sparked my interest to read it when I saw one of the movie &
This book of one of Stephen King's best work. These collection of short stories are outstanding. He has done tremendous work, because every character King has written in the stories were gripping, raw with solid sound experience. It was not hard to engage to them at all. I loved all of the stories, but I have to admit that my ultimate favorites tales are Apt Pupil, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, also The Body.

I simply loved the title of the book. Different Seasons and how each on of
Aug 04, 2013 Pam rated it liked it
Another Stephen King Novella that is very good but I can only give 3 stars due to the subject matter. It is a very dark book; Holocaust scenes and a very smart young normal boy who really wasn't normal at all. By researching a Nazi war criminal and forcing a relationship with him, it brought out all the underlying idiosyncrasies that school shooters, snipers, murderers must have but which no one can see until it is too late.
It is not a pleasant read but he can tell a good story and it makes you
Aug 30, 2015 Kimbrulee rated it really liked it
I want to give this 2 or 3 stars and say it the horror was too predictable, etc , but the truth is I was happy to drive to far-away places so that I'd get to listen to this book. So I gave it the honest rating of 4 stars but I feel embarrassed, like I just gave porn 4 stars or something
Aug 03, 2014 Zaczytanie rated it it was amazing
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Zobacz naszą opinię na temat tej książki tu: >>>>> K L I K Zapraszamy :)
Dec 15, 2012 Brad rated it really liked it
An old man molded himself to be an efficient instrument of death in his early life. Now a senior citizen, with much to atone for, his is trying to live the rest of his life in peace. Though fate has other plans and won't let him bury his past or forget the many skeletons in his closet. And in this story, fate is a young boy with a unquenchable thirst for the macabre, and has every intention of making the old man relive every single painful and bloody detail for his own amusement.

This is the bes
Aug 24, 2013 Bonnie rated it it was ok
I'm a fairly new king fan, have just been nibbling around the edges of his horror books, enjoying his books that aren't horror which luckily there are quite a few, such as Joyland, 11/23/63 and Under the Dome. 11/23/63 is a love story and a delight.
Well, I knew it was going to happen and it has, this story Apt Pupil was too much of a horror for me. When Drussander put the 'you know what' in the 'you know what' I was done, fini, caput. That said, I'm still a big fan and hope he writes more myster
Jun 09, 2016 Lívia rated it liked it
this book creeped me out............. but the story is fantastic, and stephen king always writes perfectly. i liked it, but it was way too creepy for me
Apr 22, 2016 Juli rated it really liked it
Suuuuuper creepy and disturbing. Reminds me of Mr. Mercedes in that way.
Apr 13, 2016 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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the evil mentor/naive protege with a twist.

The Star Wars saga tells us about Luke Skywalker reluctantly learning the ways of the Force from his willing & insistent teacher, Obi Wan Kenobi. All good guys fighting to save the galaxy. In the prequels, we see young Anakin Skywalker willingly become a hero Jedi, trying to save the Republic, then reluctantly at first, willingly later, turn to the Dark Side and become one of Hollywood's classic villains under the mentorship of the Evil emperor.

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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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