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Different Seasons by [King, Stephen]
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Length: 689 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Different Seasons (1982) is a collection of four novellas, markedly different in tone and subject, each on the theme of a journey. The first is a rich, satisfying, nonhorrific tale about an innocent man who carefully nurtures hope and devises a wily scheme to escape from prison. The second concerns a boy who discards his innocence by enticing an old man to travel with him into a reawakening of long-buried evil. In the third story, a writer looks back on the trek he took with three friends on the brink of adolescence to find another boy's corpse. The trip becomes a character-rich rite of passage from youth to maturity.

These first three novellas have been made into well-received movies: "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" into Frank Darabont's 1994 The Shawshank Redemption (available as a screenplay, a DVD film, and an audiocassette), "Apt Pupil" into Bryan Singer's 1998 film Apt Pupil (also released in 1998 on audiocassette), and "The Body" into Rob Reiner's Stand by Me (1986).

The final novella, "Breathing Lessons," is a horror yarn told by a doctor, about a patient whose indomitable spirit keeps her baby alive under extraordinary circumstances. It's the tightest, most polished tale in the collection. --Fiona Webster


Hypnotic. (The New York Times Book Review)

To find the secret of his success, you have to compare King to Twain and Poe, with a generous dash of Philip Roth and Will Rogers thrown in for popular measure. King’s stories tap the roots of myth buried in all our minds. (Los Angeles Times)

Buy Different Seasons. I promise you’ll enjoy it….He creates people who are so alive, you can almost sense them. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters,are what make King the consummate storyteller that he is. (Houston Chronicle)

Riveting, irresistible….a zestful delight toread….his best so far. (Los Angeles Herald Examiner)

Fast-paced page turners…an unqualified success. (People)

Clever and triumphant... Stephen King remains a master. (The New York Times)

Cause for rejoicing! (Washington Post Book World)

Hold on to your hats! Stephen King is back with a major book. (Richmond News Leader)

Ok, let’s face it, the man is good…wondrous reading. (Denver Post)

No demons chortle from the closet, no vampires droll beneath the moon. Instead King’s ragged claws reach from ambush into the wholesome light of daily life- what could be more frightening than that? (Cosmopolitan)

Chilling…the darker side of human nature. (Newport News Daily Press)

A horror quartet by a spellbinding storyteller, master of suspense who leads you into plots like a guide through minefield. (Portland Oregonian)

A spellbinding storyteller….A feast of horror fit for a king. (San Diego Union)

Vintage King, storytelling of a high order…dramatic strongly atmospheric, handsomely constructed….Stephen King is ateller f tales who’s getting better all the time. (John Barkham Reviews)

Enjoyable…filled with surprise, humor and insight. (Wichita Falls Times)

His best. (Publishers Weekly)

Product details

  • File Size: 2015 KB
  • Print Length: 689 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (January 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018ER7L3Y
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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