I loved when i read it a few years ago. Back then i was even more of a horror freak. I was hungry for it and king was my daily supplier. Needful things was awesome! Freakin amazing and i don't say that about a lot of books. I was a little frustrated by how long it took king to tell us what prices the residents of castle rock paid but this book was so good i couldn't even hold a grudge. Fitzpatrick! Kate! Noel! Casts! And above everybody else; author of once in a fu...more
In some ways it is a much more intriguing story in that it deals with a much more base issue: human greed and the things people will do for personal gain.
Leland Gaunt arrives in Castle Rock, the setting for a good handful of King’s novels, opening up a bric-a-brac shop. The thing is with this shop is that it always seems to have the customer’s most secret desire and Gaunt never seems to require much money...more
As a finale to one of Stephen King's most iconic towns, this book doesn't disappoint. King makes sure Castle Rock goes out with the kind of bang it deserves. Plenty of thrills and chills to keep you entertained. Although, be warned that if you haven't read the other Castle Rock books, you will be meeting a lot of spoilers for books like Cujo and The Dark Half along the way.
The story starts when a new junk shop opens on Main Street. The kind of shop that seems to have so...more
The concept behind it is a powerful one - greed, and the lengths to which people will go just to get something that they think they need. The town's destruction starts out slowly, but picks up pace very quickly.
There's a lot of blood and gore involved - some may think it's almost unnecessary, but I think, why not? Stephen King goes to that great length to show the effects of greed.
This book is intense. While not exactly your typical "horror" novel, Needful Things invokes plenty of terror in many of the scenes of this book. The different points of view keep things interesting, and the characters are incredibly easy to relate to, making this book a definite page turner.
This book is long, though, and it feels long. Some commitment is required upon starting this book, particularly as...more
Pros: The story takes place in King's imfam...more
Leland Gaunt is a stranger in Castle Rock--and he calls his new shop Needful Things, where there is something for everyone. Mr. Gaunt takes pleasure in seeing how much people will pay for their most secret dreams and desires, and he knows that almost everything is for sale: love, hope, even the human soul.From Publishers Weekly
With the "Last Castle Rock Story" King bids a magnificent farewell to the fictional Maine town where much of his previous work has been set. Of grand proportion, the no
The author states this is a black comedy about greed and obsession. It’s not a genre for me. Instead of laughing at people, I was going ugh and oh - too much anger and stupidity.
Gaunt a demon (or devil) comes to town. He meets with many people. He knows each person’s weakness and greatest desire. He has a hypnotizing effect, fulfilling each person’s desire and compelling them to do a task. This task i...more
For example, the huge cast of characters followed a largely identical format. With a book rocking 730 or so pages of small font, that's a lot of reading, and, as with...more
-If you were to highlight and cut every redundant scenario. (a new character meeting gaunt, a new prank being played and the prankster saying basically "this is wrong but oh well" in many more words you could halve the book.
-Some things that happened (I won't go into detail to avoid spoiling for people who haven't rea...more
That being said, this book is based on a very interesting relationship with people and their stuff. While I knew before that some people love stuff and want to ke...more
Stephen King wrote some of the classics which were, in my opinion, Misery and, my all time favourite, The Shining.
One thing which really affected the joy of reading this book was t...more
Needful Things is about an old man, Leland Gaunt, who opens a store--called Needful Things--filled with curiosities in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. Mr. Gaunt happens to have the very thing that each town person needs to fulfill his/her life...and at a price no person could refuse. His bargain...more
One man remains untouched by the influence of Leland Gaunt the shop proprieter and though constantly one step behind events nevertheless manages to save the town from itself w...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where...more