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Different Seasons

King, Stephen

(Book - 1982)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Different Seasons
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A collection of four short stories, two of which became the basis for major motion pictures. The film "Stand By Me" was adapted from "The Body," while the Academy Award winning film "The Shawshank Redemption" was adapted from the story "Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption."
Publisher: New York : Signet, c1982
ISBN: 0451167538
Branch Call Number: FICTION KING 1982
Characteristics: 508 p. ;,17 cm

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May 03, 2014
  • hmcgivney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read these out of order because I knew that I wasn’t going to like Apt Pupil very much and I wanted to get it over with soonest. I admire the skill of the plot and the psychology of these two twisted souls feeding off of each other, but it was more sickening than enjoyable (I’m hoping that’s what King wanted). The other three stories I liked a lot more. The Breathing Method is more my kind of weird – a spooky tale within the great framework of the “gentlemen’s story club.” I knew that I would love The Body (though I think I like the movie better - sacrilege!) and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. They have a kind of nostalgia that I love, and I became so attached to the characters.

Nov 06, 2011
  • angeye87 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great book. I've seen alot of his movies, but this was the first book of his I've ever read. I never knew that he wrote the stories for some of those movies. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank redemption was amazing! I'm renting the movie =] I loved the character for Defresne. Apt Pupil threw me for a loop at first lol, forgot i was reading King. It was a pretty amazing story. Both of the characters drove me crazy, although at times I had compassion for the old man. He just wanted to be left alone and the kid re-awakened things he'd put behind him. The body was amazingly written. It almost made you feel like those boys were a lot older at times. I was sad to hear how things turned out for their futures though. The Breathing method, had a slow start, and i'll admit I had a little trouble getting into it. But once it picked up, man I wasn't expecting that. Creepy imagery, but i'm glad King didn't disappoint =] Also, I loved how he managed to tie the stories together ^_^

Mar 02, 2011
  • ChristyH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a great collection of short stories. Apt Pupil, the Body (Stand by Me), and Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption are all Stephen king at his best!

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