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The Green Mile by Stephen King

lefttorread's review against another edition

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5.0

“There are pieces of them still in there ... I hear them screaming.” - John Coffey - “Like the drink, only not spelled the same way”
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This has been on my to be read list for a while now and many people have told me to watch the film, I wouldn’t watch the film until I had read the book though, you know how it is right? Well I went into the book knowing VERY LITTLE about it and to be honest I wasn’t expecting a lot, but what I received was amazing, really epic writing by Stephen King.
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“I’m tired of people being ugly to each other.”
I loved nearly every character in this book and hated one or two, but the characters I hated made so much of the book, they needed to be there and King wrote them so, so well. I think this may be my favourite of his work so far.
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“Baby Jesus, meek and mild, pray for me, an orphan child. Be my strength, be my friend, be with me until the end. Amen.” - John Coffey
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All I’ve got to say is this is the first book that has actually made me sob. My heart got broken, broken and broken again.. then it was stitched up a little then it got tore right back open.. I might need a while to heal.
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All you’ve got to do now is read The Green Mile if you haven’t already.

thirdactloves's review

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3.0

Not one of my favorites, but still kept me turning page after page toward the end. Hard to rate.

robynrenais's review

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dark emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

The book is a bit slow, but certainly interesting enough to keep reading. If you’re not into inflicted pain or historic torture methods, I don’t recommend this. The characters will keep you invested and either loving or hating them. 

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berbs's review against another edition

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dark sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

btrz7's review against another edition

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dark reflective medium-paced

3.0


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cosjoreads's review

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dark emotional mysterious reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

nandabee's review against another edition

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dark emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

1.0

constant_reader_19's review against another edition

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emotional sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Aside from Percy…this book is awesome. Sad, but incredible. 

charlypeters's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Heart-wrenching. My only tiny criticism is that the main character talks about his penis too much. 

tien's review against another edition

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4.5

I am not a fan of his horror books. I think I made it through [book:It] but haven't been able to go further than the first few chapters of his other horror books. However, I just loved [book:11/22/63] and enjoyed his dark fantasy series, The Dark Tower. I've given up on his horror books but this one stuck around my shelf for long enough.

This was somewhat an experimental writing exercise by King, it seems. He wanted to publish serials like Charles Dickens though of course, of very different topic. I couldn't tell you if it was truly successful as a serial as I read this as an omnibus; I inhaled all novellas in basically one breath. So, it was definitely a great story with epic human interest with a sprinkle of the supernatural and a dose of cuteness (hard to see what's really cute about this novel but just so we're clear, I'm talking about Mr. Jingles).

It's a heavy topic / story to read but I just couldn't put it down because I just had to know what/how things were going to go down. It's not a happy story overall but it is life. As it is, I'm not sure if I'd be able to watch the movie... I'll need a breather just now.