Sunday, September 24, 2017

I Read 'Different Seasons' by Stephen King (Book Review)

Each season tells a story worth remembering for generations.

I have always wanted to read Different Seasons by Stephen King. I had heard it was different than his more notable works, so I picked up the stories of haunted hotels, telepathic teens, vampires, and ghosts first since I am a horror fan (although later on in life I have read many fiction without horror). 

So I finally read Different Seasons. I believe King wanted to maybe distance himself from being labeled--only labeled as a horror writer, so he came up with some stories that stray away from his domain. However, two of the stories (Apt Pupil & The Breathing Method) scream of horror. Finding a dead body and being swarmed with blood sucking leeches is also horror. Being convicted for a long stretch of time inside a prison with "the Sisters" is horror, too. 

But classifying as horror or not, these stories are compelling, rich, thought provoking, they make you laugh, smile, cringe, feel shocked, and they leave you satisfied. 

In Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption a man tells his story of Andy Dufresne who was sentenced for the convicted murder of his wife and her lover. In Apt Pupil, an old man and a young boy form a parasitic relationship that is horrible and shocking. In The Body a group of friends set off into the woods to discover the body of a kid who was told to be hit and murdered by a train. In The Breathing Method a gorey story is told in a gentleman's club that gather around for stories (and books and stories you won't find any where else in the world).

If I had to choose a favorite story of the four novellas, I would have to go with The Body. There was so much into that story and it is all about growing up, facing fears, the stresses and the horrors of adolescence, and finding your place in this world. 

I highly recommend this book if you have yet to read.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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