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Book Two
So I have not been reading very much recently. That's okay... I've been busy. My reading waxes and wanes anyway.

Different Seasons, Stephen King

This novel consisted of four "novellas", or short novels. Two of them were made into movies: Shawshank Redemption and The Body (aka Stand By Me).

I've seen Shawshank a few times, and have always loved the movie. It does such a great job of highlighting grace and humanity under extreme circumstances, and it turns out the movie followed the book very closely indeed. So no new surprises, but still good.

I only saw Stand By Me once a long time ago, so I didn't remember much more than the kids walking, and the leeches -- which was as freaky in the book as they were in the movie. The book was captivating and well-told, about friendships and adventure and pain and boyhood on the verge of breaking up into puberty.

Apt Pupil was a freaky story about a boy who is drawn into Holocaust stories, and the ex-nazi he becomes involved with. Their evolving relationship is freaky and fascinating and horrifying, all at once.

The Breathing Method is the last and shortest story, and it's about a gentleman's club of sorts. Except it's a club without a name, and its main purpose is to tell and share stories. Cool concept, though I thought the club idea was more interesting than the main story told.

All and all, an entertaining read. Good "before bed" type of book, or "rainy saturday with tea". Not that I've had a rainy saturday with tea at all recently, but I like the idea....

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scalzi From: scalzi Date: January 29th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, "Apt Pupil" was made into a movie, too, with Ian McKellen.
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: January 29th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
( I should read other people's comments before I respond myself!)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 29th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know that! Thanks for the info.... I'll have to look for it.
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: January 29th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Apt Pupil was made into a film as well.
tammylc From: tammylc Date: January 29th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you read the Bachman Books novella collection? There's a story in there that the movie The Running Man was VERY loosely inspired by, and I have very fond memories of it. Great final scene. Now, it's been years since I read it, so I might not think so much of it now, but if you haven't read it, do check it out.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 29th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was one of the books I looked for to loan Rennie, but it turns out I no longer own it. It's been so long since I've read it that I just may want to pick up another copy. :)
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 29th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Different Seasons

You also read Different Seasons? Cool, neat timing!
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drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: January 29th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Stand By Me"...great movie. So many people talk about "chick flicks", especially since the success of "Steel Magnolias" and "Thelma & Louise", but that movie was the male equivalent to those kinds of movies. Just a great male bonding-type movie. I remember watching it in a room full of guys and we all could relate to it on one level or another.
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