The Green Mile
Author : Stephen King
Pages: [paperback] 592
Memorable Quote: “Sometimes the embers are better than the campfire.”
Favorite Character: Mr. Jingles
At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers are depraved as the psychopathic “Billy the Kid” Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacrouiz await death strapped in “Old Sparky.” Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death fro raping and murdering two young girls. Is Doffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being?
I love Stephen King. I’m not a hardcore fan or any such thing, but if I happen to pick up one of his novels, I pretty much always end up liking it.
The Green Mile was originally written as a serial novel. This means that before it was compiled as a whole, it was split into 6 parts and published seperatly. Like a series only . . . not. It’s one book. Sort of like how Charles Dickens used to publish. And since I’ve been interested in that sort of thing, trying to picture how that would work out in my overly romanticizing brain, I’m also trying to figure out how people survived when they had to read that way.
Waiting months to find out what happens next? I’m definitely not patient enough for that sort of thing. But there is something oddly addicting about obsessing for a few months about what you think will happen next.
The Green Mile took my original expectations of what would happen and turned them upside down, in the best way. I wasn’t sure how into it I would be, but near the end I couldn’t put it down! Though I’m not sure that was a good thing, as I should have been studying. Hey, I’d rather enjoy a fantastic book.
The Green Mile gets 5/5 stars from me. I absolutely loved it, especially the ending.
“Zen and Xander Undone”
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Pages [hardcover]: 212
My sister, Xander, causes a scandal practically everywhere she goes. Even funeral receptions, I now know.
Favorite Character: Zen
Zen and Xander are sisters—truly, madly, deeply sisters, and this is their last summer together.
Zen is the “good” girl with a black belt in karate and a newfound penchant for kicking heads. Xander is a wild scientific genius with a self-destructive streak a light-year long. They have three things in common: they’re brown-eyed blondes, they’ve noticed the boy next door has turned into a hottie, and they miss their mom, who died almost a year ago.These sisters are surviving just fine—except Zen keeps getting into fights that are harder and harder to finish, while Xander spirals into a vortex of late-night parties, scary men, and drugs. What’s worse, Xander has scholarships to the most coveted universities in the country, but she’s about to ruin everything. Should Zen keep trying to protect Xander, or finally let her go?
I really liked this book. When I recieved it for review I wasn’t really sure how interesting it was going to be. The names of the characters were nice and unique-how many Zens or Xanders can you think of? The two sisters fought as any sisters would, and loved each other underneath the outward tension exactly like siblings do. They were portrayed perfectly.
Xander’s volatile nature drags the plot along, and if it weren’t for her, there would not be much of a story. It is she that wants to find out about her mom’s past and insists on getting involved with the wrong sort of people. Zen is sort of just along for the ride, but fighting to get off and take her sister off with her.
There was something about this book that was missing. I can’t say what exactly, but it was lacking a little…Oomph. The extra bit that would make it amazingly memorable. As is, it’s better than average.
‘Zen and Xander Undone’ gets 4/5 stars. I definitely recommend you read it.
Warnings: Drugs, adult content