The Green Mile by Stephen King

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Genre: Fiction - drama/thriller
Rating: 5 stars

Review: To be frank, this review might not be fair because I honestly can't think of anything else to say about this book. The Green Mile, to put it simply, is an incredibly great read. It's unlike anything I have ever read before! And I've read quite a few Stephen King novels, but this seriously tops it all for me. It's far from his typical genre, which is 'horror,' but he shows here how complex and fantastic he is as a story teller. The plot line itself was so deep and meaningful, and like I already said, was so unique, creative, and original. And the characters - so memorable that I can't rave enough about them and their believable personalities.

But all those technical and literary elements aside, the best thing I could say about this book is the experience of reading it itself. Getting to know these characters, feeling for them and getting my heart broken for some.

So to sum up this semi-review, all I can say is, whether or not you "love" this book or count is as your favorite, I think you would still appreciate it. I believe any reader would. It is compelling and will reach out to you from the first chapter to the very last page. 5 stars and nothing less.


  1. It's good to see a Stephen King novel that's not horror. I love books with characters that are memorable - usually those are the kind of books that stay with me for a long time. Thanks for the review!

  2. Now I know what to pick up next when I want something to boost my enthusiasm. Great review!

  3. I've really enjoyed the books I've found of his that aren't horror. I think this one is a must.

  4. Ooh, I want to read this one now. I like the more intricately woven stories and this one sounds perfect. Thanks!

  5. Oh yes, I'm so glad you loved it. It remains one of my favourite books, not just of Stephen King but of any writer. It's worth re-reading too when you have the chance. And the movie is amazing.

  6. I've heard a lot about Stephen King, but I've heard that a lot of his books are quite dark or of the horror drama. This one looks really great, though! Are there any other novels by him that you would reccomend?

  7. Misha - Definitely, I agree. Although if you want to try some horror, King is the best. I highly recommend The Shining and Carrie.

    Pepca - I think you will like this!

    Melissa -Which non horror book would you recommend?

    The story Queen - If you ever decide to read it let me know :)

    Teacher/Learner - The movie IS amazing!! Tom Hanks was perfect for that role.

    Brooke - This is my new favorite from him but horror-wise, I highly highly recommend The Shining and Carrie. They are so good. I am not much of a horror novel reader, but those, I loved.

  8. I have to add this to my TBR now! Thanks for the idea.

  9. I stopped reading King's horror so many years ago-- quit all horror actually, even movies. But he really is a great storyteller, isn't he. I've wanted to read some of his nonhorror especially after seeing the Shawshank and Green Mile movies. thanks for the nudge.

  10. I have this on my shelf, but havent read it yet. Glad you loved it!
    Have you seen the film?

  11. BookQuoter - Can't wait to hear what you think of it when you get to read it.

    Lesa - This one isn't horror at all, and I think you would like it, especially if you like the movie adaptation of it.

    naida - Yes I've seen it and loved it!