21 January, 2022

LitStaff Pick: Favorite 'Colorful' Books

The Green Mile
Stephen King

Stephen King’s The Green Mile, despite being written in monthly installments and being something of a marketing ploy (I remember waiting for the next serial installment of this at midnight at a local bookstore way before that become all the rage with the latest Harry Potter book), is one of his most highly regarded works by both those who love horror and those who don’t. Horrific but not a horror novel, character driven, yes, and magical and heartwarming but sad and terrifying, all at once, it is also an atmospheric period piece, and nothing lends to its atmosphere more than the long walk down the Green Mile on the way to an execution. I think John Coffey will go down as one of King’s most memorable characters and the Green Mile one of the most vivid set pieces, right along with but more heart-wrenching than Jack Torrance and the Overlook Hotel.

-Brady Allen

1 thought on “LitStaff Pick: Favorite 'Colorful' Books

  1. I just added "Gift of the Red Bird", "The Blue Cotton Gown" and "Olive's Ocean" to my reading list. Kudos to the contributors who told us about "colorful" titles that may not be in the mainstream public consciousness. I'd never heard of two of these.

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