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Gwendy's Magic Feather

(The Button Box #2)

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In this thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling novella by Stephen King and award-winning author Richard Chizmar, an adult Gwendy is summoned back to Castle Rock after the mysterious reappearance of the button box.

Something evil has swept into the small Maine town of Castle Rock on the heels of the latest winter storm. Sheriff Norris Ridg
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Gallery Books (first published November 19th 2019)
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Ben Per the foreword, Stephen King came up with Gwendy and her story, started writing it, but then got stuck midday through, so he abandoned it. A few yea…morePer the foreword, Stephen King came up with Gwendy and her story, started writing it, but then got stuck midday through, so he abandoned it. A few years later, Richard Chizmar proposed a collaboration, so King, familiar with his short fiction, gave him the beginnings of Gwendy's Button Box and let him finish it. They then worked together to polish it up. When Chizmar later on proposed writing a second novella featuring Gwendy as an adult, King was all for the idea and gave him his blessing to write it. King's only contribution to Gwendy's Magic Feather is the foreword. The novella itself is completely written by Chizmar.(less)
Cardmaker I would say that you'll get a lot more out of this book if you read the first one before you read this one. It makes numerous references to people and…moreI would say that you'll get a lot more out of this book if you read the first one before you read this one. It makes numerous references to people and events from the first book. You'll be lost if you don't have it for background. Plus, in my opinion, the first book is a country mile better than this one.(less)
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Matthew
Great book!

Interesting build up!

Fascinating plot!

Mysterious characters!

Fell completely flat at the end!

Suddenly over . . .

Convenient and uninteresting resolution . . .

Huge build up for nothing but meh . . .

So sad because so much potential early on – and I mean SO MUCH POTENTIAL!

I was still hooked at page 300!

And . . . then . . . it was just over . . .

Blah . . .

Seriously . . . I am frustrated about how little I got out of this after such a huge build up!

I was gonna go two stars, but I am so frus
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Sadie Hartmann
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5! Rounded up for Goodreads
I read Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar two summers ago. I rated it 5 stars and had this to say,
"Every good story, even a short one, has conflict--maybe something dangerous or threatening so that our protagonist can work through it and grow, make choices, handle the conflict. In this story, we get to ask ourselves, what would you do?"
I highly recommend reading the first book before jumping into this one for two reasons; the first is that Gwendy
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Tim
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I made the mistake of thinking this would be similar to Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King. Although Richard Chizmar got the okay for this sequel, it's a complete disappointment. 1 of 10 stars ...more
Blaine
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library, 2020
The question that had bloomed in her mind while sitting on the bench that long ago summer day resurfaced—and rather rudely—earlier this morning as Gwendy was busy cushioning the button box in her carry-on bag with rolled up wads of socks and sweaters: How much of her life is her own doing, and how much the doing of the box with its treats and buttons?

I really enjoyed Gwendy’s Button Box, co-written by Stephen King. Gwendy was a really believable, interesting character, dropped into a story remi
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Edward Lorn
Dec 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Video review: https://youtu.be/OqqELMeIenY

Loved the first book. It held notes of King, felt like King, played out like a King story. Whether or not he wrote any of it is a mystery, but there's definitely a more laid back, aged approach to the first novella's storytelling, wherein here, it feels like a generic-thriller author mimicking King.

Yet it's a thriller without any thrills. There's zero conflict. The book is, quite frankly, boring as hell, and all plot points come to a neat conclusion so
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J.D. Barker
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very few would consider a trip to Stephen King’s Castle Rock, bad things happen there. If you ask a local, they’d tell you to take 201 and slip past the quiet little seaside town. Stop in Camden, Rockland, or someplace along the harbor instead. Richard Chizmar chose to ignore those warnings and visited the sleepy little town not once, but twice. First with a guide, then on his own. GWENDY’S MAGIC FEATHER makes it clear he is in no way intimidated playing alone in those haunted streets. His knack ...more
Ron
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2020
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Obsidian
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
What was the purpose of this book? Seriously? I was happy to return to Castle Rock, but there was no point to this book at all. Adult Gwendy seems so much less than the teenage version we got. And the direction her life took didn't even make a lot of sense.

So in "Gwendy's Magic Feather" we follow 30 something year old Gwendy. Her life has taken a lot of twists since she was gifted the Button Box. One day though the Button Box reappears, and Gwendy doesn't know what it means, or for long she is
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Matt
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
After a successful collaborative effort with Stephen King, Richard Chizmar takes the lead in this sequel that brings Gwendy Peterson back into the middle of an adventure that has dire consequences. It has been a while since the reader saw Gwendy, who is no longer a teenager, but a full-grown woman. She finished school and soon became a popular author, riding the wave of much success as she found herself in writing. When a friend’s tragedy hit home for her, Gwendy took up the cause of helping tho ...more
Josh
I quite liked Gwendy's Button Box, the first book in series by Richard Chizmar playing in the Castle Rock playground created by Stephen King. This, however, was a snooze fest. There was no sense of urgency about any element to the story; be it a group of missing girls, Gwendy's mother's health, or the consumption of treats from the mysterious button box and presumed ill-fated ramifications resulting from said consumption.

The best way for me to describe this book is 'flat'. The writing is ok, th
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Paul E. Morph
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book has been absolutely slaughtered in most reviews I've seen. If I were a cynical person I'd be tempted to think most of the 1 and 2 star ratings are from people who are indignant that Richard Chizmar would have the gall to write a sequel to the novel he co-wrote with Stephen King without their beloved Mr. King's help. You know, if I were a cynical person... Some reviewers seem to be oblivious to the fact that Chizmar was involved in the first book at all but, well, let's not be too ...more
Armand Rosamilia
Picking it where the first book left off in terms of writing style and the lightness of the story despite some heavy themes, this is an amazing sequel and worthy of the connection.

Gwendy's Button Box was my favorite book read so far this year, and this followup is very close to the top as well. I'm looking forward to reading more books from Mister Chizmar!
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Indieflower
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, easy read, I enjoyed visiting with Gwendy again, it felt kind of intimate, like spending time with someone I like. Also I have an unhealthy fascination with that button box and the mysterious Richard Farris. The illustrations were a nice touch too.
Ashley Daviau
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I originally read Gwendy’s Button Box I instantly fell in love with the story and when it was over I was left desperately wishing for more. Fast forward to now and that wish has come true and I couldn’t be happier! I absolutely freaking loved being back with Gwendy and I thought Chizmar did such a fabulous job portraying her as an adult. I really loved where he brought the story and I was disappointed it was so short, I still want more Gwendy! I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with her and I’d ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
"But what if what she believes to be true... simply isn't?"

The latest winter storm ushers something evil into the town of Castle Rock. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick's team is on the hunt for two missing girls, but time is running out.

Faceing mounting tensions in Washington D.C., Gwendy Peterson is not the self-conscious girl who used to run up Castle Rock's Suicide Stairs during the summer. One summer, she became entrusted/cursed with an extraordinarily powerful box that offered her gifts in exchange
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Dawn
I found this mildly interesting, but not much more. Perhaps I'm missing something.
It also felt a little slow despite it's brevity. I thought there were many unrelated elements that didn't really come together, or always make sense (view spoiler) To me it was like a drawstring bag that hadn't been pulled tight - leaving the contents to spill out in
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Kat Dietrich
Magic Feather by Richard Chizmar is the sequel to Gwendy’s Button Box.

First, let me thank the publisher Cemetery Dance Publications, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I’d also like to thank J.D. Barker for suggesting I review this book.   All opinions are my own. I'd also like to apologize to all for my late review....which got lost in my pile.
  


Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
Gwendy P
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Tracy Robinson
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded to 4 for Goodreads. This is my review from www.scifiandscary.com.

“Writing stories is basically playing…You start with the what-if, then sit down at your desk to find out where that what-if leads. It takes a light touch, an open mind, and a hopeful heart.” I think Stephen King’s introduction to this newest installment of the Gwendy series is spot on for this book and for Richard Chizmar himself.

Imagine being able to play in your favorite author’s sandbox. Imagine then being able to no
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TraceyL
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
This sequel really didn't need to exist. We didn't learn any more about the Button Box or Richard Farris. We meet Gwendy as an adult but she's just a more mature and successful version of the child we met in the first book. I enjoyed reading it, but when I got to the end I felt like nothing really happened. There's a lot of different things happening with the plot all at once, and yet none of it was very exciting or tense or mysterious. I didn't hate it, but I'm sure I'll completely forget every ...more
Cal Brunsdon
This wasn’t very good. Nothing particularly interesting or relevant happened, the magic of the button box (let alone the feather), was barely touched upon, and the “climax” to the action all happened OFF SCREEN! What the fuck, Chizmar?

Plot-wise, it’s pretty thin: Gwendy is in her thirties now, working in Washington and has inexplicably won an Academy Award (which made me LOL), and she heads home to Castle Rock for Christmas. Here she meets Norris Ridgewick (remember him, gang?) and discovers the
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John
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
An odd sequel. A deeply unsatisfying ending. Perhaps the third book in this trilogy will tie up all the loose ends. Gwendy is now an adult with a happy marriage, successful career as writer, winner of an academy award for a documentary and a congresswoman. Suddenly the button box mysteriously comes back into her life.

The President is an idiot who may drag the world into a world war, Gwendy’s mother is in remission from cancer and a serial killer is adducting young girls and the police are findi
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Leo I
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, but the ending is a flop. Doesn't measure up to Gwendy's Button Box.

I was ecstatic to read a new Gwendy book. Gwendy's life from where we left her off in the last book and the beginning of this one feels like a natural progression, similarly to the previous book we get to see that in a fast-paced progression where a few lines span many years of her life. But after that, the last three-quarters of the book span only a couple of weeks, turning the fast-paced narrative into one that dra
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Russ Trautwig
If you know the story about Stephen and Chizmar it's worth a look. If you're a fan of The Button Box, give it a go . . . If you have no idea what I'm talking about I'd pass this one by . . . ...more
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
With co-written books I always wonder just how that joint writing effort works. In the foreword to this book, King lays out the process by which he and Chizmar wrote its predecessor, Gwendy's Button Box. It would have been nice to include that in the earlier book. In case there is any need for clarification, Stephen King is not an author of this sequel. Despite this, his name appears twice on the front cover. It's entirely legitimate that he gets credit, as this book would not exist without him, ...more
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

This is the continuation of Gwendy story which is a great fit for anyone who loved "Gwendy's Button Box". The creative writing and characters are the same if you enjoyed reading the prequel but now we are in the shoes of a much older, mature Gwendy who is dealing with reinheritance (so to speak) of the button box, dealing with heavy themes and the attempt to help find a mass murderer in her hometown while fighting the button box temptation. It was a light and easy read, and in no
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Baba
An underwhelming sequel to Gwendy's Button Box, sees Gwendy, now happily married, and a Congresswoman, still maybe reaping the benefits of her possession of the Button Box. After a surprise in her office, Gwendy goes home to Castle Rock (A post Needless Things' Castle Rock!). Someone's killing children in Castle Rock, Gwendy's husband could be in a bad situation working abroad and Gwendy's mum' health is failing. Gwendy has to decided how, and if she can influence one or more of the outcomes fro ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A couple of years ago I read Gwendy's Button Box by authors, Stephen King and Richard T. Chizmar. and thought it was a fair time filler but nothing special. I needed another quick read before I tackled a serious and long book, so when I saw this at the library, I thought "why not". "Why not" indeed as I was underwhelmed.

I can't imagine trying to read this without reading the first book of the series since most of the situations and references would make absolutely no sense. And I had to dig int
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Courtney McCormick
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Can this even be considered a book?

This book was frustrating. It is 'endorsed' by Stephen King .. so you immediately think - well this can't be that bad. The first book was co-written by King and Chizmar. King started it, couldn't finish and then let Chizmar work through it. The second book is written completely by Chizmar and that was the mistake.

THIS BOOK DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

I loved Gwendy's character. You can see h
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Dianne
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I LOVED the first book in this trilogy, and that is why I jumped and pre-ordered this book. I was so happy when it came until I started reading and found that Richard Chizmar's style is so different from Stephen King's writing. That was to be expected -but I didn't expect it to this point.

One, I came to realize that this book was filled with politics and supposedly written about the past, the politics part was actually about the present (and very thinly disguised to boot).

Two, this book was a ju
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Andrew
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a an intriguing book - take the characters from the first book (Gwendys button box) and create a sequel - however this time it is almost entirely written by Richard Chizmar.

Now I will be the first to say that reading this book it felt and read just like the first (which begs the age old question over collaborations - what and how much was written by whom) which picks up in the next stage Gwendy's life.

Now I will not give anything away from the plot which was well paced and easy to read
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Richard Chizmar is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author.

He is the co-author (with Stephen King) of the bestselling novella, Gwendy’s Button Box and the founder/publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint. He has edited more than 35 anthologies and his short fiction has appeared
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