The Green Mile by Stephen King
When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King’s THE GREEN MILE was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times bestseller lists—simultaneously—and delighted millions of fans the world over.
Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs… and yours.
Spoiler-free of course.
It’s pretty known that I’m not a fan of King. I usually read his books though because I’ve heard good things and I want to see the movies. The reason I read this book was because my brother said the movie was really good. I always go into King’s books knowing it’ll be a low or a high rating, usually not something in the middle. So, I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this book so much.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book especially Paul the MC. I thought he made a good MC and all the other characters that helped aid to the story are what made this book so good. You have the contrasting of some really good characters to some also really low and mean people. Almost to be expected right? After all he does work at a prison with some really bad prisoners.
The biggest problem with King is that he is such a repetitive writer. He’s also a very descriptive writer and not in a good way. Some writers are descriptive and they do a great job at it without making the book feel repetitive and like it’s dragging on. King doesn’t do that in my opinion. King is always super repetitive about things and he can also be descriptive about things in such an unnecessary way. However, maybe I’ve become biased against him and his writing. I doubt I would give any of his books five-stars but I’ve never read any of his more recent books so who knows.
I thought the plot of this book was very interesting and I really didn’t know what to expect. I honestly was worried I wouldn’t like this book or I wouldn’t finish it very quickly. I listened to part of it on audiobook and I think the narration was really good so I would for sure recommend that if this book is on your list.
I like how this book wrapped up as well as the build up to the end of the book. I thought the characters were so interesting and very well written. I love how mysterious this book was. Even though it’s not a horror novel it’s definitely a fun and interesting read. It’s got mystery as well as some fantasy in it that makes it an enjoyable read.
I know this isn’t a long review but I really don’t want to spoil anything in this book and mostly I would want to talk about things that are spoilers haha.
Overall this was a good book and I really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a good King book that’s not as “scary” as his other books. The audiobook is pretty good as well if you don’t have or want to read the physical book. 🙂