Now the uncut answer to your question. ow the Uncut answer to your question.... Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. His biggest weaknesses as a writer is probably the fact that he seems to be unable to write endings which are satisfying. This issue is probably most glaring in his novel The Stand. Although I am not familiar with the uncut version but the original is just over 800 pages long and kept me turning pages until the sun came up on more than a few occasions. I've read it three times over the last thirty or so years yet the ending had me wondering if it was not some kind of practical joke. In spite of this I still found it necessary to read it three times in the last thirty years or so. I will not spoil it if you have not read it but, well, it was one of the most pathetic endings to any novel can think of with the exception of probably half a dozen other Stephen King novels can think of. King takes this weakness to new heights in the Dark Tower series which contains six fairly thick novels not including the first of the series which is fairly short. I loved the entire series but the end of the series was much like the end to many of his novels in that it just ended flat in my opinion. (less)
“I’m Leland Gaunt and welcome to my humble establishment. I’ve just opened to ...more
Also a monument of pop culture history emphasizing and demonstrating the importance of staying away from all that freaking people, neighbors, and friend ...more
In Needful Things, the entire town of Castle Rock is tra ...more
Nothing. beats. King’s. small. town. stories. And that’s a fact!
A criminally underrated King novel (outside of bookstagram anyway), Needful Things is a firecracker. My paperback is 900+ pages and at no point did my attention or interest wane. This book is pretty much sheer chaos from beginning to end and I was LIVING for it!!
The premise is simple. There’s a new store in Castle Rock, and no matter what your heart’s deepest desire is, it’s in stock. And the price is exact ...more
Nobody writes small town chaos quite like the King!!!
Starting my reread of Needful Things with my dearest book buddy, Shannon.
This could take a while because I have a lot of other things I am focused on right now, but I am so happy to be heading back to Castle Rock.
I count this one on my 'Top 5 Kings' list, so let's see if it holds up!
In the small town of Castle Rock, there's a NEW KIND of store. It has a spiffy new green canvas awning with the name of NEEDFUL THINGS, and the creepy old yellow tooth proprietor, Leland Gaunt welcomes everyone with open arms......but YOU WON'T LIKE HIS TOUCH!
"EVERYTHING is for sale."......ALL those things you covet.....AND Mr. icky fingers Gaunt is very fond of playing 'Let's Make A Deal'.
SOON after the many we...more
In what originally was intended to be its final appearance, Castle Rock goes out with a bang in this Stephen King tome.
It reads like a love letter to Castle Rock at times. I caught referen ...more
Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little "deed," usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town.
These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan ...more
Just sitting back to re-read Needful Things and I was struck by how odd this novel is now, when all Needful Things seem to take the character of toilet paper and gyms.
I just had to think of Gaunt sitting us down to sign up for a 6-month membership, a pass to a bar, or a pack of Costco bum rolls. It's a bargain, you know! Never more than you can afford!!!
Yes. Indeed. And the pranks are all political.
It's still a classic King novel! :) We're not any wiser, that's for sure.
As always with King, this was a very entertaining and suspenseful read the whole way through. However, somehow I just didn't connect as much to the characters as I usually do, which is why I cannot bring myself to give the full five stars. The plot itself was super interesting and I loved all the mysterious things that happened. There is also no shortage on gruesome scenes, so reading this during the spooky October time was definitely the right decision.
However, as I mention ...more
“And he was not going to give it up.
No way, uh-uh negatory.
Then you better finish paying for it, a voice deep in his mind whispered.
He would. No problem there. He didn’t think the thing he was supposed to do was exactly nice, but he was pretty sure it wasn’t anything totally gross, either. Just a...a…
Just a prank, a voice whispered in his mind, and he saw the eyes of Mr. Gaunt--dark blue, like the sea on a clear day, and strangely soothing. That’s all. Just a little ...more
Needful Things has been on my to-read list for years. In fact, I’ve wanted to read this book for at least 10 years now.
One of the draws this book had for me was it was one of the first books that King wrote after getting clean.
Was he still creative? Does he still have it after the booze and cocaine?
I’m here to tell you that he does, and he did in this one!
In fact, the ending of this book felt more finished then in other great books he wrote when h ...more
Tried to read this book years ago and got 50 or so pages into it and never went back to it.
I've now made this my 57th King read and I really enjoyed it, it's a great book and the writing is excellent.
What I loved most about it is the characters, it's set in Castle Rock and certain characters from his other work appear in it.
The antagonist Leland Gaunt is such a mysterious and creepy character.
The whole book seemed to be a ...more
In this standalone story, we're in the (in-)famous town of Castle Rock in Maine. A new shop will be opened shortly, named Needful Things. Avid readers of the author will recognize the shop owner (view spoiler)[as I'm pretty sure he's one of the avatars o ...more
A character just played with a cute, sweet dog and then killed it with a corkscrew. It’s going to be awhile before I get that vision out of my head.
This is darker than I’m willing to go.
Set in Castle Rock this story is bursting with Easter eggs as shop owner Leland Gaunt of the recently opened ‘Needful Things’ slowly manipulates the town against each other.
It’s a great take on materialistic items and the price people are willing to pay for that ‘must have’ item, whilst exploring the effect of one or two sma ...more
This one is set in Castle Rock which is near where Cujo guarded Shawshank Prison or whatever. They might even have a Dark Tower... or Tower Records. Same thing.
So some old creepy guy opens a new store in downtown and everyone is just dying to see what's for sale. Literally dying.. .buwahaha!
Okay, not right away. The way Stephen King works is to invest yo ...more
ALL THE FREAKIN STARS!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This surely belongs to my top3 SK books!
It captivated me from the very first sentence all the way to the last! Nothing and nobody can beat Stephen King’s way of telling stories of a town like this here! From small to huge conflicts.
It took me almost two weeks to finish it, simply because I didn’t want it to end! Each and every cha ...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
Mr. Gaunt comes to town, opens a shop, Needful Things, and sells people exactly what they want....for a price of course. But that price isn't entirely money. Part money, part deed or trick really. And he always knows exactly what people want.
I really enjoyed the writing, the characters, the plot. Everything really. I liked the messages I got through-out the book and how it made me think. I didn't care for the ending though and, to me, it felt like it lost a bit of the point. A bit too...reli ...more
”Little shop. Little shop of horrors. Little shop. Little....”
Hey, it's much better when you sing it.
”Little shop. Little shop of horrors. Little shop. Little shop of terror. Call a cop. Little shop of horrors...”
Kind of fitting? Okay, so not exact. I mean, there's no giant plant inside yelling, “Feeeed me Seymore!” But there might just be a monster of sorts inside the quaint new shop called Needful Things. He doesn't look like a monster. No, monsters never do. He looks l ...more
Whenever someone would ask me what my favorite Stephen King novel was, I always said Needful Things, even though I gave It a higher rating. Somehow this became one of those books that I retrospectively liked better than at the time of reading. After 4 ½ years I thought it was time to verify my feelings about this particular novel.
Well, I love it.
In a small town like Castle Rock, all the...more
When new shop Needful Things opens in Castle Rock, there is soon an avalanche of customers desperate to 'buy now' but as the front cover says, you will pay later. Leland Gaunt is the proprietor and he has an extensive stock, something will definitely catch your eye, I guarantee it.
Is it the perfect store? Well it possesses the thing you desire most and its available for whatever you think it's worth, with a small provis ...more
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