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Different Seasons by Stephen King
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Mar 31, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: novellas, horror
Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys great novellas!
Read in June, 2012 — I own a copy

Decided to re-read this awesome collection of four novellas because it has been a long time since my first read. So long that I forgot most of the fourth story, "The Breathing Method." I will never forget how haunted I was and still am on a second reading by the uber-creepy character study, "Apt Pupil" (is there a more disturbing Nazi war criminal novella?). My goodness this one raises the gooseflesh! I also remembered "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redeption", but enjoyed the re-read. I read this long before seeing the excellent movie, which along with Stand By Me based on the third story in this collection "The Body" are among the two best King story film adaptions to date. This collection of novellas shows King's tremendous characterization skills (you'll laugh, tear up and be shocked and disturbed) as well as his ability to write in genres other than horror. Although two of the stories ("Apt Pupil" and "The Breathing Method") could be nightmare-inducing to some. I'd say "Apt Pupil" is King's best novella I've read to dead.

At the conclusion of my second read, I upgraded the rating from four to five stars. This one I hope to be able to read a third time before passing on. Highly recommended!

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