I actually might be doing the Green mile relative soon I think, indeed that is one my lady and I might end up doing together long though it is.
we just finished The Mist this morning.
I can say on the one hand it was one of the most genuinely scary stories ever. The atmosphere, the mist itself, the old witch Mrs. Carmody who was just down right creepy. My lady who is a sane Christian and gets a little tired with fiction being so full of loopy Christians actually said she didn't mind Mrs. Carmody, as she wasn't so much a loopy Christian as just plane loopy over all .
The only thing I really! did not like in the Mist was actually the protagonist.
Beware! spoiling spoilers of mist spoilage ahoy!
He actually was a bully on frequent occasions, and was generally an arse to lots of people, and the occasion he goes upstairs to randomly sleep with Amanda the dizzy blonde was just plane irritating.
Given that it seemed to me he didn't really like his wife (he loved his wife, but I don't think he liked her much, actually she came across as rather typically nagging 1950's materialistic home maker woman), I could have seen David actually being friends with someone in a crisis, indeed my lady commented she wouldn't have minded him sleeping with hatty who was taking care of his son.
but the fact that basically he and Amanda shared nothing other than essentially "you look pretty" really didn't say much, in fact over all Amanda is probably one of the worst female characters I've seen in King given that she had no personality or history, her chief characteristics seem to be looking blonde and pretty, and the main things she does in the plot are look pretty, sleep with the hero, cry, be hysterical and mmmm, look pretty .
It's a shame I really liked the story, I just wish I could've liked the characters more.
It also seemed king forgot about a few potentially interesting characters in the supermarket. There is a father with a little girl he mentions once but then utterly forgets about, and I was expecting mentions of the man who first comes out of the mist saying that he saw a friend of his killed.
I was a little surprised at the rather open ended ending, since I did wonder if you at least get some idea of what has happened to the rest of the world given that once they got out of the supermarket I would've thought they might encounter some! people, if nothing else in the hotel where they are staying, but there you go, its left up to your imagination, actually I rather wonder if King was either planning a sequel or a tie in that never got written.
Whether the message on the radio at the end was indeed anything I suppose we'll never know.
On the plus side, probably one of the scariest king stories have read to date with some truly! nasty evil insects.
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)