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They were sisters, and the picture-perfect image of innocence. No one understood their brutal deaths, not even the man who killed them. But John Coffey is about to gain a new insight, about his life in prison, and about the one man who will walk him down that green mile . . . toward destiny. Prepare yourself for Stephen King's boldest exercise in nerve-twisting suspense. A They were sisters, and the picture-perfect image of innocence. No one understood their brutal deaths, not even the man who killed them. But John Coffey is about to gain a new insight, about his life in prison, and about the one man who will walk him down that green mile . . . toward destiny. Prepare yourself for Stephen King's boldest exercise in nerve-twisting suspense. A multi-part serial novel that begins on death row and goes on from there to realms of revelation that make death seem sweet. This is Stephen King's most irresistible journey ever. To be continued . . . --back cover


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They were sisters, and the picture-perfect image of innocence. No one understood their brutal deaths, not even the man who killed them. But John Coffey is about to gain a new insight, about his life in prison, and about the one man who will walk him down that green mile . . . toward destiny. Prepare yourself for Stephen King's boldest exercise in nerve-twisting suspense. A They were sisters, and the picture-perfect image of innocence. No one understood their brutal deaths, not even the man who killed them. But John Coffey is about to gain a new insight, about his life in prison, and about the one man who will walk him down that green mile . . . toward destiny. Prepare yourself for Stephen King's boldest exercise in nerve-twisting suspense. A multi-part serial novel that begins on death row and goes on from there to realms of revelation that make death seem sweet. This is Stephen King's most irresistible journey ever. To be continued . . . --back cover

30 review for The Green Mile, Part 1: The Two Dead Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    What a starter into this famous novel series! I like the way that Stephen King does serialization of his novel just like Dickens (but better, without Dickens tedious parts). It's a great description of the main characters and you'll learn the story that led to John Coffey's imprisonment. The storytelling is magic. You'll even meet a mouse named Mr Jingles (I had to think about Alfred Jingle from Dickens Pickwick Papers). It's like you're walking through Death Row by yourself. An intriguing first What a starter into this famous novel series! I like the way that Stephen King does serialization of his novel just like Dickens (but better, without Dickens tedious parts). It's a great description of the main characters and you'll learn the story that led to John Coffey's imprisonment. The storytelling is magic. You'll even meet a mouse named Mr Jingles (I had to think about Alfred Jingle from Dickens Pickwick Papers). It's like you're walking through Death Row by yourself. An intriguing first installment that whet my appetite to read more. Only Stephen King can tell a story like this. Absolutely recommended. This already is a modern classic!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    "Your name is John Coffey." "Yes sir boss, like the drink, only not spelled the same way." Who doesn't love the gifted giant of a man in THE GREEN MILE? When I purchased THE TWO DEAD GIRLS, I had already read THE GREEN MILE so I knew what was coming, but thought perhaps it would be a more detailed account of the incident....or should I say horror of what happened to the two young sisters, but it is indeed pretty much the same....if memory serves. One part I didn't recall though was mention of a "Your name is John Coffey." "Yes sir boss, like the drink, only not spelled the same way." Who doesn't love the gifted giant of a man in THE GREEN MILE? When I purchased THE TWO DEAD GIRLS, I had already read THE GREEN MILE so I knew what was coming, but thought perhaps it would be a more detailed account of the incident....or should I say horror of what happened to the two young sisters, but it is indeed pretty much the same....if memory serves. One part I didn't recall though was mention of a woman ever being detained on the mile....in the novel or movie. In the Forward, KING tells how he came to write THE GREEN MILE in paperback episodes in the 19th century chapbook style of Dickens, that he always loved stories told in this manner giving the reader time to figure out what would happen next....with no flipping ahead. Appalled as a young boy of 12, he tells about catching his mother peeking at the end of an Agatha Christie novel telling him, "sometimes she just couldn't resist the temptation." Anyway, it was good to revisit the mile, the gentle giant John Coffey....not spelled the same....nasty old Percy, Mr. Jingles, and, of course, Old Sparky! If you haven't yet read THE GREEN MILE, you're really missing out! First Published: March, 1996.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ammar

    The start of a modern classic. Simple , smart, and breathtaking.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Movies! I remember watching this one when it came out! It's so odd to be reading the tale a few decades later without even having a desire to watch the movie. :) It turns out that Hanks with a prostate problem was NOT the most memorable part of the movie. It's the mouse, of course. The main character is always the mouse, and I'm not even referring to Steamboat Willie. The short story is mild and reflective, even with the scent of rape, murder and peppermint, which is odd, all considered. And yet, Movies! I remember watching this one when it came out! It's so odd to be reading the tale a few decades later without even having a desire to watch the movie. :) It turns out that Hanks with a prostate problem was NOT the most memorable part of the movie. It's the mouse, of course. The main character is always the mouse, and I'm not even referring to Steamboat Willie. The short story is mild and reflective, even with the scent of rape, murder and peppermint, which is odd, all considered. And yet, it is still quintessential SK.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    A man with the mind of a child named John Coffey brutally murders and assaults two little girls and he seems to have no idea why he did it. After the event, he cradles their dead, naked bodies in his arms while weeping over the horror and guilt of his actions. Needless to say, this is a very unusual crime committed by a very unusual man. Unfortunately, the first book only briefly touches on this man's traumatic story and mostly focuses on Paul Edgecomb and his group of fellow police officers tha A man with the mind of a child named John Coffey brutally murders and assaults two little girls and he seems to have no idea why he did it. After the event, he cradles their dead, naked bodies in his arms while weeping over the horror and guilt of his actions. Needless to say, this is a very unusual crime committed by a very unusual man. Unfortunately, the first book only briefly touches on this man's traumatic story and mostly focuses on Paul Edgecomb and his group of fellow police officers that aren't all that likable or interesting, at least not yet. The first entry in the series is slow and doesn't delve into the meat and bones of the promised plot, but it seems to serve mostly as a setup for future events. *** My Social Media My Instagram Account: https://www.instagram.com/michael_sor... My Wattpad Account: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Michael-... My YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPs... My Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/SorbelloHorror My Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/michael.sorb...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    A good set-up for what's later to come. I like the main character and some of the other guards, they seem like realistic characters, although hearing about the urinary tract infection so often made me wince. I'm not a fan of the death penalty and this book helps reinforce some of the reasons why. 'The Green Mile' is aptly named. The scene where they find Coffey holding the girls is sobering - the entire scene from discovering they're missing to finding the result was amazingly written. Since thi A good set-up for what's later to come. I like the main character and some of the other guards, they seem like realistic characters, although hearing about the urinary tract infection so often made me wince. I'm not a fan of the death penalty and this book helps reinforce some of the reasons why. 'The Green Mile' is aptly named. The scene where they find Coffey holding the girls is sobering - the entire scene from discovering they're missing to finding the result was amazingly written. Since this is a start-up book, not much is happening yet other than establishing the structure.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arah-Lynda

    It was 1996 when I came across this, a happy accident, at my local 7-11, near the bat tree. It is 1932 when we first meet Paul Edgecombe, head screw, and our narrator and walk The Green Mile at Cold Mountain, where men are sent to pay their final due to Old Sparky, the electric chair. It is the year that John Coffey came to Cold Mountain, convicted of brutally raping and killing two, near nine year old twin girls, an enormous man, a mountain in his own right, with wet, dark eyes and a humble, g It was 1996 when I came across this, a happy accident, at my local 7-11, near the bat tree. It is 1932 when we first meet Paul Edgecombe, head screw, and our narrator and walk The Green Mile at Cold Mountain, where men are sent to pay their final due to Old Sparky, the electric chair. It is the year that John Coffey came to Cold Mountain, convicted of brutally raping and killing two, near nine year old twin girls, an enormous man, a mountain in his own right, with wet, dark eyes and a humble, gentle nature. King’s characterization skills shine here. Percy Wetmore announces his arrival. “ Dead Man Walking” while his own, inner being fairly oozes off the page. I loved the narrator’s voice, and I thought a good deal about what it would be like to have such a job as that. And what to hell is up with that mouse? King had me; the purchase of the second book in this series was no accident.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chantal

    Loved the first book of the green mile. Some things are different then the movie. Great, powerful writing that lets the imagination going. A modern classic story. Hope to enjoy part 2 even more!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book2Dragon

    It helped, and it didn't, to have seen the movie first. It helped because I could easily envision all the characters as i read, while still enjoying Mr. King's wonderful writing. And it helped that I knew what was coming, which is also what didn't help. I knew some bad and hard things were coming and almost couldn't make myself continue reading. That there is slight difference between book and movie is good then. This is only #1 and I have the other five. Stephen King is one of the best writers t It helped, and it didn't, to have seen the movie first. It helped because I could easily envision all the characters as i read, while still enjoying Mr. King's wonderful writing. And it helped that I knew what was coming, which is also what didn't help. I knew some bad and hard things were coming and almost couldn't make myself continue reading. That there is slight difference between book and movie is good then. This is only #1 and I have the other five. Stephen King is one of the best writers there are, and is the best writer in this genre. This is a hard and a sad story, but there is a sweet and gentle and good tone beneath it all. Loving it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Devil

    My First Stephen King Novel and I'm glad that I started off with this series. Despite its short length it was very intriguing. And though it ended kind of plainly rather than in a cliffhanger, the theme of the series would definitely pique your interest to read the sequels of the same. :) The setting of the story vaguely reminds me of Shawshank Redemption though. My First Stephen King Novel and I'm glad that I started off with this series. Despite its short length it was very intriguing. And though it ended kind of plainly rather than in a cliffhanger, the theme of the series would definitely pique your interest to read the sequels of the same. :) The setting of the story vaguely reminds me of Shawshank Redemption though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Man, I wish I was in to Stephen King when this came out in serialized fashion. I watched the movie back then, but hadn't read the book. In the past 5 to 10 years, I've started reading King. He's good. He's so good. I guess the good part is, you know how people binge watch TV shows now? I can binge-read these. Yeah. I'll be doing that. One thing to add: in book one, there is a great introduction about books and reading in general. Man, I wish I was in to Stephen King when this came out in serialized fashion. I watched the movie back then, but hadn't read the book. In the past 5 to 10 years, I've started reading King. He's good. He's so good. I guess the good part is, you know how people binge watch TV shows now? I can binge-read these. Yeah. I'll be doing that. One thing to add: in book one, there is a great introduction about books and reading in general.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    No one tells a story quite like Mr. King. Sad, heartbreaking and riveting!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adolf Schindler of Books

    It is a fantastic piece of the master Stephen King because the characters are well developed and the plot is amazing.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    A newsletter I love brought this re-release to my attention, and it warms my heart. Back in 1996, Stephen King released The Green Mile in 6 installments. I was too young to read it in '96, but now I can experience the ebook releases as readers originally did, without the ability of skipping ahead. The parts are being released in two week increments so at least you know exactly when the next part will be released. Take note, George RR Martin!!! just kidding. I watched the movie several years ago, A newsletter I love brought this re-release to my attention, and it warms my heart. Back in 1996, Stephen King released The Green Mile in 6 installments. I was too young to read it in '96, but now I can experience the ebook releases as readers originally did, without the ability of skipping ahead. The parts are being released in two week increments so at least you know exactly when the next part will be released. Take note, George RR Martin!!! just kidding. I watched the movie several years ago, but can only vaguely remember it. I have always wanted to read it, so this is the perfect time. This is a great introduction to the story and I already like several characters. 5/5

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meigan

    *Cliterary Genius 2017 Reading Challenge, January: Read a Stephen King book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Late to the scene on reading this series. So glad I am finally reading it....In this first section we are introduced to some of the main characters, can't wait to continue with this! Late to the scene on reading this series. So glad I am finally reading it....In this first section we are introduced to some of the main characters, can't wait to continue with this!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lumalcav

    ”Do you have a name?” McGee asked. “John Coffey,” he said in a thick and tear-clotted voice. “Coffey like the drink, only not spelled the same way.” Easy start loving some guys and start hating others...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Original review I wrote at 2:45 AM, exhausted: Very good start to the beginning of "The Green Mile" series. Enjoyed several different parts of the story and the set up for more. Can't wait for two! More thorough review at 7:13 PM, sort of tired: I have really enjoyed the first part of this serial novel. I am also genuinely surprised by how much I've enjoyed the beginning of this book although I am a fan of the movie. I guess the reason I am so surprised is because I've always written Stephen King Original review I wrote at 2:45 AM, exhausted: Very good start to the beginning of "The Green Mile" series. Enjoyed several different parts of the story and the set up for more. Can't wait for two! More thorough review at 7:13 PM, sort of tired: I have really enjoyed the first part of this serial novel. I am also genuinely surprised by how much I've enjoyed the beginning of this book although I am a fan of the movie. I guess the reason I am so surprised is because I've always written Stephen King off as "just a storyteller", which you know is a fine title to have, but I have always thought that because of the write off he was unable to write stories of depth and meaning. Instead, to me, he just wrote stories that captivated people by plot and not by heart... What I've learned from just reading part one is that this is far from being true. There were many moments alone in the first part of this story that caught me to be breathless. The way he has written several characters with their thoughts, feelings, truths, along with his version of the truth as a subtle narrator is fascinating along with being, of course, thought - provoking. I love this book so far and I cannot wait to read more. In all honesty, this could possibly be the best book I've read of the RowRub Reading Club (the book club I'm apart of with my friends). I have so many thoughts and feelings that I hope continue to grow as I read more as well as share with my book club members, family, friends, and, of course, the awesome people of Goodreads!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I love this story, but I have never sat down to actually read it through before now. I am actually pretty surprised at how faithful the movie adaptation is to the story so far. I recall quite a bit of narration in the movie, but I know they do not go to the depths the books do. There is a bit more nebulous an idea of a solid timeline in the books than in the movie, which I think is probably more true to the idea of the story, since Paul is telling us the story from the standpoint of an older man I love this story, but I have never sat down to actually read it through before now. I am actually pretty surprised at how faithful the movie adaptation is to the story so far. I recall quite a bit of narration in the movie, but I know they do not go to the depths the books do. There is a bit more nebulous an idea of a solid timeline in the books than in the movie, which I think is probably more true to the idea of the story, since Paul is telling us the story from the standpoint of an older man looking back over his life. As he writes, he is sure of the details, but the 'when' is the hardest part for him to maintain. We see this distinctly in his details of Coffey's crime, that he uncovers only years after the story takes place. So rather than seeing the story as he saw it then, it has been altered by his later knowledge and retrospective analysis of himself and his men during that time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    mina

    I started seeing a lot of King’s books on my feed, and, naturally, I got pulled into the reading mania. Despite the fact that I know that I don’t enjoy his books, I looked up his work and picked a few books that seemed interesting. I decided to read only the first part of the Green mile solely because I knew I wouldn’t finish the whole book if started. There’s just something with King’s books that isn’t for me. It took me 3 days to finish 60 pages, and I finished it only because it was 60 pages I started seeing a lot of King’s books on my feed, and, naturally, I got pulled into the reading mania. Despite the fact that I know that I don’t enjoy his books, I looked up his work and picked a few books that seemed interesting. I decided to read only the first part of the Green mile solely because I knew I wouldn’t finish the whole book if started. There’s just something with King’s books that isn’t for me. It took me 3 days to finish 60 pages, and I finished it only because it was 60 pages and not the whole book (that would’ve ended dnf-ed). I even finished watching the three hour movie (which was good) before I finished this part, that’s how much trouble I have with King’s works. I’m a bit bummed because movies/series based on his work are amazing and I like them a lot, but books… sadly not for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    The feeling of this book is really haunting. Part one has really set the tone of this serial (6 parts). It depicts a pretty horrendous crime so you know what type of people our narrator is dealing with, but I am thankful that he has not shared more than he has needed to. I really am enjoying the narrators voice, it is oddly calm, but I can tell something big is going to be shown to me. I am going to be jumping into part 2 as soon as I can.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    No less masterfully crafted or instantly captivating all these years later. My heart’s in it now. Spurred by a wild hair, spontaneous spring cleaning unearthed my copies of these serial novellas...and instantly taken back to the time I devoured each one, I made the mistake of opening—just to take a peek mind you—Two Dead Girls. And there endeth the spring cleaning. #ReRead

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mom2triplets04

    This is book 1 of a series and only 100 pages long. I already saw the movie so I knew what was going to happen. It's heartbreaking what happened to the little girls. This is book 1 of a series and only 100 pages long. I already saw the movie so I knew what was going to happen. It's heartbreaking what happened to the little girls.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    it's awful true story . scary . it's awful true story . scary .

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marc-Antoine

    A great start to a wonderful story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Freya Beavis

    I haven’t read a Stephen King book in ages and it’s all flooding back to me how easy his work is to get through! It’s engulfing!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Bomber

    True rating 3.5

  28. 4 out of 5

    chloe

    I picked the 6 part chapbooks up on a whim in a used book store and read this first instalment on the bus home. Mannn is King a good writer. Everything was gripping; the story, the characterisation, the narrator, the setting, even the eerie cover art. The mood is so grim/ dingy in a way that made me lament the misery people experience on death row (especially during the Great Depression) and reaffirmed my opposition to capital punishment (even though some kind of punition is obviously due when d I picked the 6 part chapbooks up on a whim in a used book store and read this first instalment on the bus home. Mannn is King a good writer. Everything was gripping; the story, the characterisation, the narrator, the setting, even the eerie cover art. The mood is so grim/ dingy in a way that made me lament the misery people experience on death row (especially during the Great Depression) and reaffirmed my opposition to capital punishment (even though some kind of punition is obviously due when deserved). The electric chair (“Old Sparky”) sounds like a horrible way to go and you can really feel the toll it takes on Paul (the narrator) as a screw. It was interesting what he said about the real duty of a screw being that of getting the inmates in the dreaded block E to “talk,” almost as if playing the role of a shrink. Because of this, a weird sense of empathy is felt by Paul (and the reader) for the inmates, even when their heinous crimes are blatantly made known. The most poignant example is when John Coffey (the raper and murderer of two twin girls) asks whether the lights will remain on during the night due to a fear of the dark. Along those lines, King does a great job of showing not only the brutality of the prisoners, but their humanity. The scene of Coffey distraught with regret as he rocks back and forth holding the limp, bloody bodies of his victims is chilling. Ahhhh, this was such a thrilling set-up for the rest of the series, which I’m eager to devour. Also, on a total side note, I don’t see how Paul’s urinary infection added to the story...idk maybe it will come into play later? Oh, and don’t get me started on Delacroix’s grieving mouse (so sad).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Justin Lahey

    Here's the thing. Back in 1996, March to be exact, in the heart of my Stephen King obsession (I rekindled my obsession with Under The Dome and have been reobsessed ever since!), Stephen King did an absolutely amazing thing: he decided to write a story divided into 6 parts that would be published every month. So my sister and I shared a superb adventure. Here's how we did it back then: we would rush up town and buy the book on its release day, and power through it like rabid fans - and then re-re Here's the thing. Back in 1996, March to be exact, in the heart of my Stephen King obsession (I rekindled my obsession with Under The Dome and have been reobsessed ever since!), Stephen King did an absolutely amazing thing: he decided to write a story divided into 6 parts that would be published every month. So my sister and I shared a superb adventure. Here's how we did it back then: we would rush up town and buy the book on its release day, and power through it like rabid fans - and then re-read it the week before the release of the next part (to refresh our memory... And yes because we were obsessed!). And what an experience it was. And thanks to a used book sale, I was able to re-purchase the entire original 6 part series, which is now available as one big book. And on a wim, I just decided to re-read this series again. And having just finished Part 1 - The Two Dead Girls - the anxiousness to dive into Part 2 is just as real as it was back then, even though I know the story quite well having read the entire book a few times and seen the incredible big screen adaptation by Frank Darabont. So book 1 gets a solid 5 star review because of so many reasons, such as originality of the experience, and the superbly crafed storyline and content. The scene has been expertly set. The main characters have made their grand entrance... Well most of them! Onto Part 2. And I so remember the excitement as release date approached for Part 2... April could not come fast enough!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've always been a fan of the 'Green Mile.' I've always been a fan of the movie, and have watched it several times since I was a teenager. When I saw this book, and it said 'part one', I started reading it. It is basically almost a carbon copy of the movie, aside of the part of Paul being an old man at the beginning and talking to Elaine. That's something they put in purely for the movie. The book is written in the first person, Paul, surrounding the events of John Coffey. Interestingly, as much I've always been a fan of the 'Green Mile.' I've always been a fan of the movie, and have watched it several times since I was a teenager. When I saw this book, and it said 'part one', I started reading it. It is basically almost a carbon copy of the movie, aside of the part of Paul being an old man at the beginning and talking to Elaine. That's something they put in purely for the movie. The book is written in the first person, Paul, surrounding the events of John Coffey. Interestingly, as much as it is like the movie, different people say certain lines that others did in the movie. For example, in the office, Paul is the one that says 'Monstrous big' instead of Brutal. His meeting with the warden happen in the warden's office instead of out in the yard when the warden came to talk to Paul about Percy being ordered off the mile. That, and certain things take place in a different order. For example, he's very up front about the idea that John Coffey was the last execution that he and Brutal took part in, as you learn at the very end of the movie. Also, you learn very early on that John Coffey did walk the green mile, and was executed. You learn that within the first eight chapters of the book. Aside that, the movie really cut nothing out. It changed the events order and sometimes the place, but it is essentially a carbon copy of what happened in the movie. Can't read to wait part 2. I give it 4 stars.

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