Gwendy's Button Box
There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, ...more
I loved that there was a little talk with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar at the end. Just listening to them was cool.
There is also a short story at the end of the first book called, "The Music Room." This is a tiny short story by Stephen King. Just a little tad bit of horror to add to your day.
I also have ...more
‘But I won’t,’ she mutters. Won’t what? ‘Won’t give in.’”
It all begins with daily summer exercise on the cliffside stairs. Gwendy Peterson is 12 years old in 1974 and chubby. She will be going to middle school in the fall, and she does not want her nicknam ...more
Gwendy is a twelve year old girl, wide, school outcast. At the peak of some stairs in an elevated park of Castle Rock, a black suited stranger offers her a peculiar object. A little button box, with two tiny levers. A magic box that every now and then grants little gifts, but at a terrible cost. Pressing the different buttons carries dire consequences, and protecting the box, a grave responsibility. What if someone steal ...more
Fooled me.......not at all the ending I was expecting....And guess what....we're back in Castle Rock, Maine....as is The Man in Black.
Anyway....Richard Farris (RF) sits watching and waiting for 12 year old Gwendy Peterson to finish her run up and down the suicide stairs. She absolutely does not want to be called Goodyear...like the blimp... when school resumes this year....so when the mysterious man offers up his button box of powerful...dangerous...and life changing ...tricks and treats...more
A wonderful collaboration between 'King of Horror' Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, who have been long-time friends but meshed their literary ideas into a single piece. This story is peppered with the New England flavour for which King is so well known and an innocent story that turns on a si ...more
Gwendy Peterson lives in Castle Rock, Maine. Every morning, she jogs up the suicide stairs. One day, she reaches the top of the stairs and meets a strange man dressed in black. He offers Gwendy a gift, something he says is hers. The man in black produces a canvas bag and reveals a button box. Gwendy is drawn to the button box and gleefully accepts it, unaware of the power it holds.
On a bench in the shade, c ...more
A very nice novella indeed! A story of choices and mystery. Questions about what a person might do with almost God-like power. Would you choose to be merciful or would you let your inner demons make you the ultimate destroyer?
Whatever you decide, if you like a good thriller (and, perhaps in this case, don't have a lot of time to dedicate to a big book), I suggest you choose Gwendy's Button Box for a good dose of "what-ifs".
Side note: the version I ...more
THE WEIGHT OF A BOX
Gwendy Peterson is a normal teenager in the (not-so normal) Castle Rock town, she is looking to lose some weight (mainly due the meanness of fellow schoolmates), and to do that she has been running on the “Suicide Stairs”, one of the colorful places in the town, until one day, when she reached the high point of the stairs, she meets a strange man with a black hat which knows too much about Gwendy’s personal life and he gives her a gift, a powerful and ...more
I believe I read that King wrote part of this story and then shelved it, unable to finish it. Later Richard Chizmar and King collaborated back and forth for a month to fin ...more
I've been a Constant Reader for a long time. This showed up on my BookGorilla email one morning and I gave it a shot. The writing was vintage King. It felt like putting on a favorite T-shirt.
Castle Rock and a character with the initials RF are back! A middle schooler winds up with a device ...more
The first half of the story is good. It's quick paced with its snappy little chapters. Gwendy herself is fine as a character, and the premise of the story is kind of interesting. But it ultimately falls flat. And frankly, I have no idea what ...more
So with that said, I'm going with 3 stars on this one.
The book wasn't bad but it didn't blow me away either.
Recommended for Stephen King fans.
Recommended for someone looking for a quick novella on morality or questions on being given infinite power and how you would handle this "gift".
Is it really a gift though?
Read this book to find out ...more
If you had the power to destroy worlds, what would you do?
This brand new novella written by King and Richard Chizmar asks this very question to a twelve-year-old girl. Gwendy is a smart and nice kid living in Maine with her parents. On one fine day, she meets a peculiar man: A man in black who presents her a box of ultimate power for safe keeping.
An odd stranger giving a mysterious box to a 12-year-old girl. I mean, if that's not setting off alarms in your head, what would?!
It's a ...more
Read: Such a lovely Novella.... muhahaha
Post-Read: Excellent novella about being responsible for what essentially could be a "Pandora's Box." What would you do with the Red Button???
So I picked it up and I read it.
And damn it was good. It was very, very good. See, people complain that short stories skimp on character development--as if one needs hundreds and hundr ...more
Off to find the next gem!
The curve of the short brim. The bent knuckles touching hand to hat in greeting.
"Set a spell, as they say down south."
And twelve year old Gwendy obliges as she cautiously positions herself on the edge of the bench. She speaks of the warnings of engaging with strangers. But all that goes to the wayside as this intriguing man dressed in black talks to her in a low voice. He seems to know how to draw out those hidden secret tendrils of truth from within her that n ...more
With the illustrations and blank pages, this book is probably closer to 100 pages, so it's a very quick read. But it's a classic late-period King short story. It’s less about shock value and more about character, and Gwendy is a really believable, interesting character. An exploration of the weight of power and responsibility, the story is remi ...more
Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us back to Castle Rock so we can meet and follow Gwendy Peterson as she deals with possessing a button box that i ...more
A bench, a stranger dressed in black, and a very special box. It's a button box, but the buttons are on the outside. It has just become Gwendy's responsibility. Watch out for a black bowler hat that has an air of menace about it. Careful . . . you're being watched.
Promising start, tepid finish. For readers who shy away from the sterner stuff, this could very well be a perfect pick.
I will say this, however: this is certainly one of my favorite King stories and has placed an urgency on my finally reading some Chizmar. A relentless and scarily relevant vision of guilt and desire and the seduction of power, Gwendy's Button Box is a damn fine story. It's amazing just how much these two writers do w ...more
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