Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King

King's second collection of four novellas, or a couple of novellas and a couple of short novels, or three short novels and a novellas, or whatever you want to call them. He calls them the shorter version, deliberately giving the book a title not suggestion of 'telekinesis, vampires of telekinetic kids' as he details in the afterworld.

In a little bit of a departure, the first, and actually the best story is an odd sort of prison escape tale, no horror elements to be scene, beyond any other prison story, that is.

All in all, a very fine selection of tales.

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Laundering down the wall.

A story told about a really lengthy escape plan. The narrator here is a fixer who is able to get all sorts of stuff smuggled into a prison.

The story he is telling is of a man convicted of murder, who happens to also be a financial wizard, using this ability to earn goodwill and a position as a librarian, and a cell to himself.

4.5 out of 5

Ratzi self-manipulation.

A high school boy discovers the secret of an old man living nearby - and it is a big one. Deciding to use this knowledge for his own ends, he discovers that an old man like this is a harder target than he thought, and more than a match for a somewhat innocent young man.

This relationship does not have a good effect on the young man's state of mind.

3.5 out of 5

Dead boy slug camp.

A group of boys in Castle Rock find out about a corpse, and decide on an expedition that involves more than a little beat of fear and terror on their part, at various times throughout their trip.

There are plenty of bad jokes and the odd funny story too, given a group of around 13 year olds.

3.5 out of 5

A junior member of a law firm is invited to a slightly odd club, that initially appears to be just a group of members that like to tell stories of different sorts, but just before xmas, the story must be 'uncanny'.

He begins to suspect something strange when some of the furnishings and books in the club seem very unique.

4 out of 5

5 out of 5

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