Tag: Stephen King

Standalone Sunday: The Green Mile

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my selection for this week’s Standalone Sunday:

The Green Mile by Stephen King

Book Description from Amazon:

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs…and yours.


The Green Mile was first published as a serialized novel starting with part one The Two Dead Girls published on March 28, 1996. It ended with part six Coffey on the Mile published on August 29, 1996.  It was republished as a single paperback volume on May 5, 1997.  I remember seeing those serialized parts in Media Play.  The copy I own is the cover presented here today.

I have only read the book once, but hope to read it again some day. I remember when I was reading it all those years ago when I came to the end I was crying and said to myself, “This is s Stephen King novel! I shouldn’t be crying!”  But I was. It later became a movie starring Tom Hanks, David Morse,  and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. It has been years since I have seen that movie. It is just so powerful and emotional.  This is a movie where it is just as good as the book.