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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 novel ranks with King's best, in both plot and characterization. A new store, Needful Things, opens in town, and its proprietor, Leland Gaunt, offers seemingly unbeatable (read: Faustian) bargains to Castle Rock's troubled citizens. Among them are Polly Chalmers, lonely seamstress whose arthritis is only one of the physical and psychic pains she must bear; Brian Rusk, the 11-year-old boy whose mother is not precisely attentive; and Alan Pangborn, the new sheriff whose wife and son have recently died. These are only three of the half-dozen or so brilliantly drawn people met in the novel's one-month time span. As the dreams of each strikingly memorable character, major and minor, inexorably turn to nightmare, individuals and soon the community are overwhelmed, while the precise nature of Gaunt's evil thrillingly stays just out of focus. King, like Leland Gaunt, knows just what his customers want. 1.5 million first printing; BOMC main selection.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The old horrormaster in top form, this time with a demonic dealer in magic and spells selling his wares to the folks of Castle Rock, scene of several King novels including The Dead Zone, Cujo--and how many others? King locates his hokey Our Town in Maine, but as ever it's really Consumerville, USA, with everyone's life festooned with brand names. The cast is huge and largely grotesque, since King--wearing a tremendous cat's-smile--means to close the book on Castle Rock and blow it off the map in one of his best climaxes since Salem's Lot. Editing here is supreme. King braids perhaps a dozen storylines--with hardly a drop of blood spilled for the first 250 or so pages--into ever briefer takes that climax in a hurtling, storm-ripped holocaust whose symphonic energies fill the novel's last third. Perhaps only five characters stand out: Leland Gaunt, a gentlemanly stranger who opens the Needful Things curiosity shop; his first customer, Brian Rusk, 11, who sells his soul for a rare Sandy Koufax baseball card; practical Polly Chalmers, who runs the You Sew `n' Sew shop, welcomes Gaunt with a devil's-food cake, and buys an amulet to relieve her arthritis; her lover, Sheriff Alan Pangborn, who buys nothing but is haunted by the driving deaths of his wife and son; and Ace Merrill, coke dealer in a bind, who becomes Gaunt's handydevil and gets to drive Gaunt's Tucker, a car that's faster than radar and uses no gas. As he has for hundreds of years, Gaunt sells citizens whatever pricks and satisfies their inmost desires. But the price dehumanizes them, and soon all the townsfolk vent their barest aggressions on each other with cleaver, knife, and gun: Gaunt even opens a sideline of automatic weapons. By novel's end, the whole town is on a hysterical, psychotic mass rampage that floods morgue and hospital with the delimbed and obliterated. Then comes the big bang. Mmmmmmmmmmmm! Leland King's glee, or Steven Gaunt's, or rather--well, the author's--as he rubs his palms over his let's-blow-'em-away superclimax is wonderfully catching. (Book-of-the-Month Main Selection for Fall) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.See all Editorial Reviews
One of my favorite books from Mr. Kind. I could imagine having the same type of store in any small town.Published 3 days ago by Chris French
I really liked this book! It is definitely in my top 10 Stephen King books and I would recommend it!Published 3 days ago by Morgan
It was a good book, but I wouldn't say it was one of his best. Stephen King is an excellent writer & the story held my attention, I just thought it took a bit long to play out.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
So many twist and turns in this book. Lots of interesting characters and story lines. Enjoyed the book very much.Published 12 days ago by Suzanne D.
Stephen King's novel "Needful Things" is one of the author's more mediocre books. Nothing very exciting here. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jana L.Perskie
I bought this in hardback to update my tattered paperback. As a long time Constant Reader, I re-read Mr. King's books frequently. This one is no exception. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Reviews
This novel, by one of my favorite authors, contains the usual, suspense, and well developed plot. The character development is exceptional, and the plot strikes me as quite... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jane Ann Ford
Great book its goes into a whole lot more than the movie, it also has a differefnt ending.😄Published 27 days ago by Francis weeden
This is one of my favorite Stephen King novels. I'm hoping to reread it soon, but have to finish another book first. Read morePublished 28 days ago by James Baylis