Different Seasons



Different Seasons Rita Hayworth And Shawshank Redemption The Most Satisfying Tale Of Unjust Imprisonment And Offbeat Escape Since The Count Of Monte CristoApt Pupil A Golden California Schoolboy And An Old Man Whose Hideous Past He Uncovers Enter Into A Fateful And Chilling Mutual ParasitismThe Body Four Rambunctious Young Boys Venture Into The Maine Woods And In Sunlight And Thunder Find Life, Death, And Intimations Of Their Own MortalityThe Breathing Method A Tale Told In A Strange Club About A Woman Determined To Give Birth No Matter Whaturce Stephenking

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 560 pages
  • Different Seasons
  • Stephen King
  • English
  • 21 October 2019
  • 0751514624

About the Author: Stephen King

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, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.


10 thoughts on “Different Seasons

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    January 2020 Re Read update original review still belowI have finished the next book in my chronological re read of King s novels I knew I was in for a treat because I have always fondly remembered this book as one of his best It did not fail to disappoint the second time around.In the afterward, King makes the point that this book was his first release to try and show that he wasthan just a horror writer I will say that this is true, but it does still have some horrific elements So, January 2020 Re Read update original review still belowI have finished the next book in my chronological re read of King s novels I knew I was in for a treat because I have always fondly remembered this book as one of his best It did not fail to disappoint the second time around.In the afterward, King makes the point that this book was his first release to try and show that he wasthan just a horror writer I will say that this is true, but it does still have some horrific elements So, don t go in thinking it is all cute bunnies and cuddles This book is raw and real The human condition, temptation, coming of age, salvation, etc are all on display in an amazing showcase of storytelling While it may not represent King s horror as well as others, there is a definite case to be made for this being the finiest writing he has ever done.One observation in the re read and I kind of remember this from the first time around there is a short story within The Body unrelated to the main story, Stud City, and it doesn t really feel necessary It is not a bad part or make the overall experience any less enjoyable, it is just the only tangent in the whole book that feels like it doesn t need to be there If removed, it wouldn t change the book at all.In conclusion the re read confirms for me a 5 star book all the way ORIGINAL REVIEWThis book is PERFECT King Each story is interesting and special in its own right At least two of them Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption and The Body are must read classics that were turned into equally great movies Apt Pupil might be a little less accessible to some, but is one of King s best character studies The Breathing Method is one of his shortest novellas, but wildly creative and is guaranteed to leave you saying, WOAH Every King fan should have read this already Looking to get into King for the first time This is a great place to start

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    I m going to try and do this book justice..but I know it s not going to happen so do me a favor, if you have never picked this book up just stop what you are doing and run get it Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption This is perfection At 101 pages Stephen King packed a story that stays with me forever I ve been a fan of the movie version since the first time I viewed it I was so pissed when Forrest Gump beat it out as the Oscar winner for best picture that year I raged..I ve since cal I m going to try and do this book justice..but I know it s not going to happen so do me a favor, if you have never picked this book up just stop what you are doing and run get it Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption This is perfection At 101 pages Stephen King packed a story that stays with me forever I ve been a fan of the movie version since the first time I viewed it I was so pissed when Forrest Gump beat it out as the Oscar winner for best picture that year I raged..I ve since calmed down because Forrest Gump was a good movie also..but still I ve watched the movie so many times that I can quote passages of it from heart, and I m not really a TV watcher If it comes on I watch it If it comes on again the next day I watch it To this reader the movie is a bit darker than Stephen King s story This story is not horror This story is about Hope..it s about picking yourself up every single day and keeping moving..it s about Redemption Apt Pupil To me this was the darkest story in the book A young boy learns that a former Nazi general is living nearby and well he stalks him and then latches on to him He honestly forces him into a strange relationship They both are some of the most vile characters ever but you don t have to like the characters to realize what an amazing story this is The Body Another of my favorite films were made from this story Stand by Me I actually have not seen this movie in years but I will now.This story is sadness of remembering your childhood friends and some of the crap you managed to survive Breathing Method This one to me started slow Then when the story unfolded I sat here and shook my head A woman s desire to have her child out weighed every obstacle in her course.And overall This book was a full five stars I would give itif I could It s hard to describe these stories They aren t horror but they are about life I wish I could have done them better justice..but I don t think there are words that can This quote is in the afterword of the book, where Mr King tells how he got typed as a horror author..not that there is anything wrong with that.I ve been in love with these stories, too, and a part of me always will be in love with them, I guess I hope that you liked them, Reader that they did for you what any good story should do make you forget the real stuff weighing on your mind for the little while and take you away to a place you ve never been It s the most amiable sort of magic I know

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    Fear can hold you prisoner Hope can set you free Considered by many to be King s best collection of stories novellas, Different Seasons contains two stories that were ultimately developed into two of the greatest movies of all time The Body, which became Stand by Me, of course, and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption the movie is obvious, no Sometimes I really hate reading an awesome Stephen King book no, I m not crazy I just get stressed about where I m going to rank it in my top b Fear can hold you prisoner Hope can set you free Considered by many to be King s best collection of stories novellas, Different Seasons contains two stories that were ultimately developed into two of the greatest movies of all time The Body, which became Stand by Me, of course, and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption the movie is obvious, no Sometimes I really hate reading an awesome Stephen King book no, I m not crazy I just get stressed about where I m going to rank it in my top books list and what other books are gonna get pushed down the list Different Seasons is simply a masterpiece Having read most of King s epic stories, I thought I d seen King at this best but no, this is his best The writing, the characters, the storylines, it feels like everything is turned up a notch here This is a prime example of how King is so muchthan just horror.Let s start off with Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption Now I ve already seen the movie, along with the majority of the population, but somehow that didn t matter I still raced through each page, eager to see what comes next, even though I already knew the outcome It s a story ultimately about hope, resilience and survival Set against the backdrop of a bleak prison, these themes shine through evenprominently A touching, emotional story and now one of my favourites.Next up was Apt Pupil Now I really liked this one A former Nazi finds a willing student in young Todd Bowden and what follows is pure horror The most unsettling parts of this novella were those wherein Dussander relays stories from the concentration camps in WWII Having visited Auschwitz only last year, the atrocities that happened there just feelreal This novella is a terrifying look at evil and the darkness that resides in these evil humans Todd has to be one of the most hateful characters I ve ever encountered in literature, a sexual sadist, a psychopath, just downright disgusting Nevermind Dussander himself Yet this story is absorbing, once it hooks you in, you can t get back out.The horrific nature of Apt Pupil is swiftly followed by the nostalgic novella, The Body Reading this novella is similar to being transported back in time to when you were a child, when all you wanted to do was hang out with your friends You d leave the house early morning and not come back again until it got dark It s a beautiful story, and yet also quite tragic Each of the boys come from homes or backgrounds that aren t entirely supportive and they are able to find true friendship and support within each other In particular, the friendship between Gordie and Chris is touching, Chris is such a great character wise beyond his years and he really cares for Gordie Overall, this is a great look into those years where you grow up and relinquish your innocence, symbolised by the dead body out in the woods Simply amazing Lastly, The Breathing Method I actually read this one first as Abbie recommended to me It is considered to be the stinker of the collection, and therefore I decided to read it first, so as not to end the collection on a bum note But to be honest, I quite liked it I liked the gentleman s club and their penchant for telling stories, it kinda sounded like a cool set up that I d love to be a part of Miss Stansfield herself was a pretty badass woman, determined and strong I don t really understand why people would forget about this one, or just cast it off as the other story in this collection Granted, it s not as brilliant as the others, but it still left a lasting impression with me.Overall, this book was just unbelievable I lost count of the number of times where I just felt completely blown away by King s writing This is a great, GREAT collection and now one of my favourite King books

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    It s definitive, Stephen King is not just a writer of horror and fantasy In truth, up to a few years ago I was convinced he was a horrormeister pure and simple At this point a friend suggested I try out his time travel epic 11 22 63 I was cured I loved it and subsequent forays into King s extensive catalogue have shown me the range of the man s work I ll comment individually on the tales but the common element, the outstanding take away for me is simply the realisation that here s the evide It s definitive, Stephen King is not just a writer of horror and fantasy In truth, up to a few years ago I was convinced he was a horrormeister pure and simple At this point a friend suggested I try out his time travel epic 11 22 63 I was cured I loved it and subsequent forays into King s extensive catalogue have shown me the range of the man s work I ll comment individually on the tales but the common element, the outstanding take away for me is simply the realisation that here s the evidence to assert that SK is one of the outstanding story tellers of his generation Any doubters to the veracity of this statement should pointed in the direction of this exceptional collection of novellas In truth, there is one story here I d class as horror as it happens my least favourite of the set The other three stories have been all made into films the only one of which I ve seen is Stand By Me based on The Body which happens to be one of my all time favourite films This is old fashioned storytelling at its best miss it if you dare Rita Hayworth and Shawshank RedemptionMost people will be aware of the film version, which everyone on the planet seems to have seen except me I m told the film is a classic and I know some people who ve seen the film and read the story they all seem to prefer the celluloid version If you ve caught up with neither than I d urge you to seek out one or the other Set in a fictional state penitentiary, it tells of the local entrepreneur, Red, and his friend and customer Andy Defresne, who is imprisoned for the murders of his wife and her lover Andy s struggles to established his innocence while he fights for survival and strives to earn the respect of the lifers in this toughest of environments is the core of the story Surprisingly, King is able to invests the whole thing with a degree of warmth though perhaps no surprise to anyone who has read The Green Mile and it had me desperately hoping he d thought up a happy ending to this sometimes brutal tale.Apt PupilSixteen year old student Todd Bowden has discovered that a Nazi war criminal, Kurt Dussander, has been quietly living in Todd s home town This disturbing tale documents how Todd first challenges Dussander and then how they begin a complicated but mutually sustainable relationship It s the longest story in the collection and I sometimes felt I was reading this partly hidden behind a set of fingers It s a tense psychological thriller that kept throwing up surprises Spooky as hell The BodyDefinitely my favourite yet I think I still prefer the film Just Four young Oregon boys set out to find the body of a boy who has been missing for a few days They ve discovered that the boy was hit and killed by a train and they aim to be the ones to claim the find and maybe become heroes as a result It s all a wonderful adventure as various mishaps befall them on the way I discovered that the narrative of the film closely tracks that of the book and I defy anyone not to laugh and cry in equal measure as this brilliantly told tale unfolds Superb The Breathing MethodA story within a story An ageing lawyer is invited a a mysterious club where stories are told by its members One such story takes up a good portion of the overall piece and it concerns a unmarried woman, in the 1930 s, who finds herself pregnant and desperate to give birth to the child, despite her lack of money and the obvious social disapproval The whole atmosphere of this one was scary It s the shortest of the four novellas but arguably packs the biggest punch

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    WellWOW These four LONG short stories are ALL fabulousRITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 5 StarsGet busy living or get busy dying Everyone has probably seen the movie adaptation or read the book by now and knows the story about the wrongful imprisonment of banker Andy Dufresne, the horror of the sisters and his best friend at Shawshank Red, but if you haven t, you are so fortunate to have this amazing read ahead of you.The novel provides a bitdetail here and there WellWOW These four LONG short stories are ALL fabulousRITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION 5 StarsGet busy living or get busy dying Everyone has probably seen the movie adaptation or read the book by now and knows the story about the wrongful imprisonment of banker Andy Dufresne, the horror of the sisters and his best friend at Shawshank Red, but if you haven t, you are so fortunate to have this amazing read ahead of you.The novel provides a bitdetail here and there about Red and Andy, is just as enthralling as the movie and unputdownable.APT PUPIL 4.5 Stars Just a very nice and intelligent 13 year old.uh huh Todd Bowden wants to be a P.I when he grows up and is off to quite a start as he sleuths out a criminal of the most vile kind and as his true unsettling nature begins to surface, our creepy apt pupil gets a whole lotthan he bargained for when he goes up against the master.Dark and powerfully evil, this unique story even has a cool Andy Dufresne tie in, but damn..why couldn t the butcher from hell stick to humans..minus 50 basis points THE BODYre read5 Stars Four young lads head out on an adventure to see the dead body but what they find is trouble and a few hard lessons learned Absolutely wonderful coming of age story converted to screen as Stand By Meonce again, the written word wins over the audio version for meTHE BREATHING METHOD 5 StarsIt is the tale, not he who tells it The club is creepy..The rooms mysterious..The weather chilling..The fire roaring, and The ghost story..OMG SHOCKING

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    This one is closer to the MOST EXCELLENT side of the King spectrum THE GREEN MILE, CARRIE and THE STAND come to mind than the MEDIOCRE side INSOMNIA, BAG OF BONES Yeah, these tales are familiar three of the four seasons have become immortalized on celluloid Not until the last Author s Note do his intentions and his themes finally converge He wrote Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption , Apt Pupil , The Body The Breathing Method as unpublishable novellas right after the completio This one is closer to the MOST EXCELLENT side of the King spectrum THE GREEN MILE, CARRIE and THE STAND come to mind than the MEDIOCRE side INSOMNIA, BAG OF BONES Yeah, these tales are familiar three of the four seasons have become immortalized on celluloid Not until the last Author s Note do his intentions and his themes finally converge He wrote Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption , Apt Pupil , The Body The Breathing Method as unpublishable novellas right after the completion of one novel each with just enough gas left in the tank Wow.More than any pop culture writer, King is almost never a boring or dull read I need to read him sporadically because after reading 20 of his novels I know where to go to be entertained Ok, just for fun I ve read CARRIE, THE STAND, CUJO, CHRISTINE, PET SEMETARY, CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF, IT, EYES OF THE DRAGON, MISERY, THE TOMMYKNOCKERS, DARK TOWER 4, THE DARK HALF, NEEDFUL THINGS, GERALD S GAME, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, INSOMNIA, DESPERATION, THE GREEN MILE, THINNER, THE REGULATORS, NIGHT SHIFT, DIFFERENT SEASONS, FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT, NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES, CREEPSHOW, BAG OF BONES, EVERYTHING S EVENTUAL, THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON, CELL, LISEY S STORY, DR SLEEP But I am no expert nor can I say I subscribe to the King Collective Mythology Sometimes all his characters share the same voice, regardless of sex It is all Stephen King.This time, these stories were all non Horror cept one Shawshank saw a better reincarnation as the Darabont film the novella is short, gives a Cool Hand Luke vibe, is an impressive testament of life on the cell block GREEN MILE is the epitome of these Apt Pupil was very morbid, an American Psycho meets American Pastoral The film is also better because Ian McKellen doesn t come out of the closet , so to speak he does not admit being part of the Nazi party in a long ago past til much later The movie hints at his monstrosityKing just shows it with as little censorship as humanely possible duh In the book he is a ruthless killer expected for a Nazi AND so is the kid, the apprentice SHOCKER New Horror meets old school terror very clever, almost poetic in its implications of suburban infiltrators that are not the boogeymen they are the residents themselves Also the monster gene can resurface at any age with any generation The Body , made famous by the ever popular Stand By Me movie, is an idyllic tale that places the innocent naivete of childhood in the backwoods where terror lurks It is an obvious metaphor for growing up Everything in childhood is fragile The image of the dead boy, in sharp contrast to the robust lives of our four protagonists is quite intuitive for a fabulist like King.Lastly, The Breathing Method is THE unexpected treat It is so morbid and macabre I had not been that shocked in a really long time It is the exposed finger beckoning from the plumbing in the sink in NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES an image that stays with you for years and years If you are tired superfamiliar with the aforementioned films, read the last 60 pages of this novella collection totally worth it The four season motifs don t really fit the representative tales Hope Springs Eternal for SHAWSHANK makes sense you know this story will end well after 27 years the dude escapes Summer of Corruption fits PUPIL except this story takes place over many DIFFERENT months, no particular season Fall from Innocence BODY occurs at the end of the summer I guess that s not too bad a fit A Winter s Tale is the forgotten gem of the bookMETHOD is a story within a story clever device indeed for the masterful storyteller.King says It is the tale, not he who tells it This is incredibly true in this instance the stories themselves, like the seasons, have unique flavors, have original themes the stories are SO GOOD not even Stephen King could mess it up with his often seen redundancy none of that here or his mimicry of others works these are all 100% original This is, basically, one of his better ones

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    Different seasons, Stephen KingDifferent Seasons 1982 is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with aserious dramatic bent than the horror fiction for which King is famous The four novellas are tied together via subtitles that relate to each of the four seasons The collection is notable for having had three of its four novellas turned into Hollywood films, one of which, The Shawshank Redemption, was nominated for the 1994 Academy Award for Best Picture.Novellas Rita Hayworth an Different seasons, Stephen KingDifferent Seasons 1982 is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with aserious dramatic bent than the horror fiction for which King is famous The four novellas are tied together via subtitles that relate to each of the four seasons The collection is notable for having had three of its four novellas turned into Hollywood films, one of which, The Shawshank Redemption, was nominated for the 1994 Academy Award for Best Picture.Novellas Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption , Apt Pupil , The Body , The Breathing Method 2006 1384 992 667 113 9643415589 1982

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    What a great compilation of short stories by Stephen King FANTASTIC I knew going into this book that I ve seen movies for two of the stories I thought, Since I ve seen the movies, do I need to read the actually book And that s a resounding YES A big HELL YES 1st story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank RedemptionI m sure most of us have seen this movie at least once or 50 times in your life The book is so well done There were subtle differences in the book vs the movie but it wasn t enough What a great compilation of short stories by Stephen King FANTASTIC I knew going into this book that I ve seen movies for two of the stories I thought, Since I ve seen the movies, do I need to read the actually book And that s a resounding YES A big HELL YES 1st story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank RedemptionI m sure most of us have seen this movie at least once or 50 times in your life The book is so well done There were subtle differences in the book vs the movie but it wasn t enough to take away from the masterpiece of this story.Shawshank is about redemption, revenge and hope And King kills it with this one Bravo King 2nd story Apt PupilWoah What a head fuck this dark story turned out to be It s about a story of a young kid who finds out that a former Nazi general is living in a house on his paper route It s a psychological, epic tale of who s the worst and I haven t decided on the answer between these two head cases.I think evil tends to find evil in all arenas of life and this was a perfect example of that I really liked this one 3rd story The BodyOr as most of you know it as,Stand By MeWhat a great story It s about childhood friendship, dealing with shitty family members and coming to grips with doing the right thing There is a level of conflict in this story that s well written You want these kids to succeed after all the trials and tribulations that occur in the journey in this book.The movie and book were close to each other in regards to plot It was nice to see the movie industry not changing much about this well loved tale Chopper, sic balls 4th story Breathing MethodThis story started slow and I wasn t sure where it was going It ended on a pretty creepy situation with a pregnant woman, a strange building in New York City and I m glad I stuck it out It was the weakest of the 4 stories but was still decent.If you ve ever wondered whether Stephen King is a good storyteller, read this book

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    I was so happy to revisit this collection last year with a group of my friends from Bookstagram.This is such a well rounded collection, in my opinion, although The Body will always be my fave A chunky book but so worth the time In fact, this was my favorite collection for many years, only recently surpassed by Full Dark, No Stars I m not sure why I didn t add it on here last year when we read it I guess the underlying take away would be that I am a dumpster fire with arms most of the time Tak I was so happy to revisit this collection last year with a group of my friends from Bookstagram.This is such a well rounded collection, in my opinion, although The Body will always be my fave A chunky book but so worth the time In fact, this was my favorite collection for many years, only recently surpassed by Full Dark, No Stars I m not sure why I didn t add it on here last year when we read it I guess the underlying take away would be that I am a dumpster fire with arms most of the time Take from that what you will

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    Best book by Stephen King That s a question I might answer differently from month to month, but for today, I ve got Different Seasons Published in 1982, the book consists of four novellas each in the 25,000 35,000 word range , any of which might be considered one of King s better novels if expanded and published separately You might have heard of a couple of these Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption Hope Springs Eternal chronicles the internment of Andy Dufrense, a banker sentenced Best book by Stephen King That s a question I might answer differently from month to month, but for today, I ve got Different Seasons Published in 1982, the book consists of four novellas each in the 25,000 35,000 word range , any of which might be considered one of King s better novels if expanded and published separately You might have heard of a couple of these Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption Hope Springs Eternal chronicles the internment of Andy Dufrense, a banker sentenced to life in 1948 for the double murder of his wife and her lover, coldly maintaining his innocence to the end Andy befriends one of the hoosegow s best smugglers an Irishman named Red who narrates Andy s beguiling rise from cold fish to resident financial wizard, ultimately laundering ill gotten gains by the prison s Bible thumping warden, Samuel Norton Andy uses his status to build the best prison library in Maine, but when he uncovers evidence that could prove his innocence, the warden responds with an iron fist In 1975, Andy escapes into thin air Apt Pupil Summer of Corruption takes place in the community of Santa Donato, CA A thirteen year old student athlete named Todd Bowden confronts his elderly neighbor Arthur Denker, accusing the reclusive German immigrant of being Kurt Dussander, a Nazi fugitive known as The Blood Fiend of Patin Todd made the connection due a newly discovered and deeply disturbing obsession with World War II atrocities He blackmails Dussander into telling him every detail about the concentration camps As Todd s All American life is plagued by nightmares and plunging grades, he becomes dependent on Dussander to help him out of his academic misdeeds, culminating in a battle of wills between master and pupil The Body Fall From Innocence unfolds in Castle Rock, Maine in 1960, a week before the commencement of a new school term Twelve year old budding writer Gordie Lachance and his friends whip smart thug Chris Chambers, foolhardy Teddy Duchamp and dim witted Vern Tessio light out into the woods of Harlow, where Vern has learned a missing boy named Ray Bower, struck dead on the railroad tracks while picking berries, rests In their quest to see a dead body and perhaps grow into men by solving Bower s disappearance, the boys contend with a fabled dog who guards Castle Rock Dump, a dangerous train trestle spanning the Castle River, a pool teeming with leeches and Ace Merrill and his gang, who claim dibs over Bower when they reach him at the same time the younger boys do The Breathing Method A Winter s Tale is narrated by a middle aged lawyer named David, who on a blustery night on Christmas Eve s eve in New York City in the 1970s, arrives at the brownstone which hosts an unnamed club of which David is a member The club consists of littlethan polite, gray haired old gentlemen, scotch, an extensive and mysterious reading library and most of all, storytelling On this night, David recounts a tale spun by Dr Emlyn McCarron involving a stoic unwed mother whose baby came due Christmas 1935, the radical Lamaze style breathing method the young physician advised she employ during her delivery and the uncanny preservation of the human body and spirit in the most dire of circumstances If you ve ever subscribed to cable TV, or been to someone s house who has a TV on, you probably know that the spring, summer and fall novellas have been adapted into one classic movie released as The Shawshank Redemption in 1994 , one intriguing if flawed movie Apt Pupil, released in 1998 and another classic movie released as Stand By Me in 1986 Screen rights to The Breathing Method were picked up in 2012, no doubt due to the marketing potential the other three tales offer.While a movie version of a Stephen King story isn t news thirty five have been done for film or TV so far, with varying success what makes Different Seasons my favorite King book is the transportive ability of the storytelling Each story, each chapter, each page fired a piston in my imagination and had my eyes racing down the page A prison escape, a battle between master and pupil, a boyhood adventure into the woods and the power of the expectant mother are four types of stories I can t resist pregnant characters may not have inspired any sub genre of fiction that I know of, but I find these characters radiant nonetheless King isn t a Great Writer, at least not at this stage of his career You get plain language, you get repetition, you get hurried editing and you get narrative elements that filmmakers have been able to improve upon dramatically The money laundering and the prison break are much better designed by Frank Darabont in The Shawshank Redemption, while the climax of Stand By Mepoignant in Raynold Gideon Bruce A Evans adaptation for director Rob Reiner The Breathing Method, the shortest novella, exhibits the best quality control in terms of the writing You can almost see the coffee stains and cigarette ash on the other three.King isn t a Great Writer here but he could always write Great Books, of which this is one His gift is his ability to craft three dimensional characters nice, humble guys with families and decent aspirations who we can identify with or aspire to be like These guys encounter the extraordinary and we re invested in what happens from there on out Authors like Dean Koontz, for me, aren t bothered with the three dimensional character aspect and jump right to the extraordinary encounter part, producing one disposable book after another Not so with King The climaxes of each of these novellas in particular will stay with me for awhile Had these novellas been expanded and published individually, they d all land on a short list of King s best Rather than bogarting a few half baked stories out of the trunk and hoisting them on readers for 29.99, Different Seasons is a literary bargain, a 4 fer 1

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