Apt Pupil
  Fan submitted reviews of Apt Pupil (Novella):
Posted By: Jayman1969 - May 20th, 2012 10:57:21 pm EDT

Apt Pupil is hands down my favorite story from S.K. Misery being a very close second. His "this could really happen" works are the most entertaining in my 25 yrs of reading his writings.

Posted By: Kastdion - May 18th, 2012 2:12:57 pm EDT

Apt Pupil is an interesting book.I have just finished it.I first saw the movie 3 years ago.I would say that the movie in general terms was ok but the ending on the book is something different.Ofcourse Brian Singer chose his ending for his own reasons but i prefer the book version.

Posted By: S.K.Rules - October 16th, 2010 11:26:12 am EDT

@TomCat81 (even though I have already read the novela before I read your comment) Thanks for spoiling most of the story line when people read your comment beforethey read the novela it wont shock them so much now. Anyway its a great read not as got as shawshank or the body but a really good read.

Posted By: Anonymous - November 5th, 2009 1:51:32 am EST
An amazingly gripping novella; I was glued to it for days. It accurately portrays an inquisitive and emotional teenage mind with a normal curiosity that stems out of control.
Posted By: Buffytx - April 15th, 2009 12:33:17 am EDT
I truly love this book! Ive read it many times but this story always seems to stay with me for some reason.
Posted By: Britt - January 2nd, 2009 4:49:24 pm EST
As I do on most of the titles to his stories, I wonder as to what they are going to be about. I could never have guessed this one. I was pleasantly surprised and was intrigued about the things that were happening during the holocaust. Not that I supported it by any means, I just thought he did a remarkable job at taking a dark and evil time and twisting it with the first hand experience of someone guilty of doing the horrible experimenting. All I can say is that I wished it were longer.
Posted By: Raydecker - November 29th, 2008 12:29:59 pm EST
This is more of a Richard Bachman story than a Stephen King story. It kind of reminds me of "Rage" although I feel Rage is slightly better/
Posted By: TomCat81 - November 3rd, 2008 1:57:33 pm EST
Oh, my God! Is this my favourite piece of King writing? Hands down, yes! I know the author has said that he (or perhaps others argued) that it was overblown, but to me it's a perfect novella. Even more so than Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, and The Body. It may be far-fetched by anybody's standards, but once you get over the fact that a boy has discovered that a Nazi war criminal is living in the same neighbourhood, then it intrigues and pulls you in. Like all of King's greatest work, it sets a pace that seduces. The way that the old man, and boy try to outdo each other is genius. Dussander is a man who wants to live his remaining days in peace, but Todd won't allow that, and then it swings and Dussander won't give Todd the peace of mind he requires. Just as violence begets violence, suddenly murder begets murder and the whole story takes on a sickening, dark edge. But it's beautifully executed. I love it so much that I can sit on the bus, and read over certain parts; knowing the outcome, but enjoying the writing just the same. It is also a great movie. Ian McKellan plays Dussander exquisitely, and now I can't read the book without seeing old Gandalf in his Nazi uniform! If you don't own Different Seasons then you're missing out on arguably King's best work.
Posted By: Rjt65 - July 23rd, 2008 2:16:07 pm EDT
One of the best yet most disturbing short stories I have ever read period. A classic that chills me every time I read it (over 25 times over the years). One of Sai Kings best!


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