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Different Seasons: Four Novellas Paperback – March 29, 2016
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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If you have ever watched TV in the last 20 years or so you know at least two of these stories already. The Body is the short story that the great movie Stand by Me that was directed by Rob Reiner was based on. The movie cast was one of epic proportions for a kid like me in 1986, the movie had the likes of Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O'Connell, Kiefer Sutherland, and the great Richard Dreyfuss who narrates the movie.
The other great story that was turned into a cinema classic is Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption with the movie being obviously The Shawshank Redemption starring the one and only Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.
I would recommend buying and reading this book as it has some very good short stories.
Book as advertised, good condition. . Shipped by book rate. .. which for a used book is tolerable
The next novella is Apt Pupil, also developed into a move with the same name (Apt Pupil). The setup involves an all-American teenage boy who befriends a nazi war criminal that is living under an assumed identity in his town. The boy knows full well who he is and seeks him out because he wants to hear every last detail of life in a death camp. It's a grim story, but a compelling one. Both characters are monsters, of course, but their story holds a fascination that is hard to resist.
The Body was adapted to the screen as Stand By Me (Special Edition). I'm afraid I struggled with this story to the point that I couldn't even finish it. I was doing fine with the narration of the boy and his friends but there are lengthy excerpts of a story supposedly written by the main character later in life that form a "story within a story." Unfortunately, the writing style was reminiscent of a very poor hard-boiled detective novel and ultimately I couldn't get through it. There's more than one of these excerpts and it forms a significant percentage of the novella. I won't say that The Body is either good or bad, I'll just suggest that you be prepared for the noir style of the excerpts if you read it.
Finally, the Breathing Method is the shortest story of the lot and the only one not to grace the silver screen. It's somewhat similar to Ghost Story, which is probably why King dedicated it to Peter Straub. It involves a mysterious men's club and the stories they sometimes tell each other. It's not a true horror story, though it is a bit creepy with some suspenseful undertones. Like most King stories, it's the characterization and atmosphere that makes it a pleasure to read.
While I didn't care for The Body, I enjoyed the other three stories and recommend the book to anyone interested in some non-horror fiction from Stephen King. He's a master of creating interesting characters and putting them in stressful situations to bring out their best and worst characteristics and this book is no exception.