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review 2016-01-09 00:19
The Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King,Frank Muller

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this is the very first work of Stephen King's I've read. More embarrassing since my family lives in Maine, which is also his home state. I'm not much of a horror person, so I chose this classic instead. And it was great! What are your favorite King novels? And what would you recommend for someone not particularly drawn to his horror stories?

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review 2015-06-02 12:44
Strong characters and great plot.
Life or Death - Michael Robotham

Thanks to the publishers for providing me a free copy through Net Galley.

This novel’s tagline is The Shawshank Redemption meets No Country for Old Men and it is fairly accurate.

Audey Palmer escapes prison the day before he was due to be released, and everybody, including the inmates of the prison, wonder, why? This question propels the novel where Robottam makes a skilful use of third person point of view that alternates between a large cast of characters, but they are all so distinct that the reader never loses track.

From Audey, whose memories are slowly uncovered, to a diminutive but feisty FBI female agent, Moss, the prisoner of the next cell and a deeper character than at first appears, a sheriff hell bent on revenge, we get to see things from their perspective, whilst at the same time we’re not shown the whole story until the very end. The pieces fall into place eventually, and although we might have our suspicions, it fits in beautifully. Considering the times and the stories in the news, unfortunately the truth behind the case does not feel like a huge stretch of the imagination.

Audey is a survivor against all odds but at the same time has an uncanny talent for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When asked about it, he comments that he must have broken a mirror and found a horseshoe in the same day. There are many coincidences throughout the plot, but then life is full of them and there is an internal logic to the characters and the story that pulls it all together. Audey has something of the tragic hero as fate seems heavily stacked against him but he never gives up. And those on his side seem to grow in stature by coming in contact with him.

The style of the novel is easy to read, well-paced and at the same time beautifully written, with some gems of insight and style. I also loved the dry sense of humour and the pathos. The plot and the story keeps us engaged, but the level of writing and the skill lift it above the humdrum standard thriller. This novel will work equally for people who enjoy complex characters and those who prefer an action filled adventure. A great book.

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review 2015-01-19 15:53
The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
The Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script - Frank Darabont,Stephen King

This book was captivating in every sense! I haven't read much by Stephen King but after this i am looking forward to read more. He writes amazingly. This story is presented in such realistic way that its hard to make out whether it’s a fiction or a thing which actually happened. The  whole story is set inside a prison. The story is told to us from Red's POV a convicted prisoner who narates the story of one of his interesting inmate Andy. Andy is a banker who is locked up inside for a crime he never commited. Red tries to explains each and every move of Andy, the way he conducts himself in the jail and he even tries to tell what goes inside his mind but it isn't easy to assume what goes inside humans mind, is it?

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text 2014-12-03 09:37
Reading progress update: I've read 109 out of 560 pages.
The Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King

"Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" - Five stars for this one. One of King's best. A well-thought out tribute to The Count of Monte Cristo. It makes for fun reading, even if you (like me) have seen the movie a hundred times. I found the way they merged certain characters and rearranged time frames to be a rather cool experience.

 

Notable names:

 

The Mangler (Night Shift)

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review 2013-07-01 00:00
Different Seasons
Different Seasons - Stephen King

It's amazing the amount of Stephen King movies I saw before I even read a single word of his prose, and even more amazing to me that I only realized just how much of it was his stuff when I discovered the internets. I watched Stand By Me whenever it came on television,and I practically wore out my VHS copy of The Shawshank Redemption before I finally got a hold of the DVD version. I've never liked horror or scary movies of any kind -- they just don't do anything for me*, so I've never really felt the need to subject myself to them. And Stephen King is known for his horror (which is something he talks about in the afterword to this book in a very interesting fashion, actually).

 

*There have been a couple of exceptions over the years. If a story's got something else going for it that can keep my mind interested and distract me from whatever nasty thing is going on, like with Cabin in the Woods and the Scream series, or if one of my favorite actors is in it, then I'll give in and watch it. That last one can backfire, though. I sat through the entirety of White Noise 2: The Light for Nathan Fillion and Katee Sackhoff and by the end I was just like, you guys are so pretty but ARE YOU SERIOUS RIGHT NOW.

 

Anyway, to the point. I had NO IDEA that both of those movies were Stephen King creations, and when I found out it was like [head explodes]. Since then, I've found that I enjoy King's non-horror writing quite a bit. It's got just the right amount of freaky to it without descending into madness, and some of it (like Eyes of the Dragon) is just downright charming. This collection of novellas was King's first foray into non-horror, and it's pretty great. "Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption" was a nice read (although, as the movie is pretty faithful to the book, I've gotta confess that I prefer the movie due to the book's distinct lack of Morgan Freeman). "The Body" (which became Stand By Me) is a haunting story of four boys coming of age in the 60s when they go looking for a dead body in the woods. The story has a slightly different emphasis on some themes the film couldn't fully flesh out, but I enjoy both versions equally. I've never seen Apt Pupil, but I might have to now that I've read the novella. It features an extremely creepy relationship between a young man and an old NAZI war criminal (but not sex creepy . . . way worse, actually). That story more than any other in the collection proves that King doesn't need the trappings of the horror genre to tell you something terrifying. The last story in the collection is "The Breathing Method," which does slip a little into the supernatural, but it's actually kind of a sweet story (this is a weird thing to say, if you know the plot, but I feel like it's accurate).

 

I usually tend to stay away from short stories as they tend not to hold my attention very well. I'm much more interested in longer narratives that have time for you to properly get to know characters and watch them develop, but King seems to have a gift for extremely personal storytelling that gives you that feeling in 100 pages or less. I think people that dismiss him because of his genre or because of his (I think deceptively) simple prose are idiots.

 

Check this shit out. Watch the movies. Go nuts.

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