Save Big On Open-Box & Pre-owned: Buy "Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 60% off the $8.99 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Pre-owned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story Mass Market Paperback – July 8, 1992
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Top Customer Reviews
Now that I've had the chance to read much more of his work, what do I think of it now?
It's still great.
This is one of his best cast of characters assembled here. Alan Pangborn, Norris Ridgewick, Henry Payton, Ace Merrill...everyone is very real-seeming and three-dimensional.
But as is often the case in good fiction, the villain steals the show. Leland Gaunt will entrance the reader as much as he did the people of Castle Rock, while simultaneously making you loathe him utterly.
This is interesting, because most of King's villains are able to evoke *some* sympathy for the reader; Randall Flagg, IT, and Tak are just a few examples. So what's the difference? Why are those three--among others--capable of being rooted for while Leland Gaunt receives only boos?
Randall Flagg, IT, and Tak only want to kill you, and they have semi-indentifiable motives. Gaunt, however, simply wants to be entertained by the carnage and chaos. He'll steal your soul and sow havoc in the same way that you or I would turn on the TV. He'll manipulate whole towns simply for his amusement. Thus it is that King does an excellent job of portraying him as a demon who deserves nothing more than absolute destruction. Overall--still great!
Needful Things is a bright spot among the post-Pet Cemetery novels. Despite the formidable length of the book, King's tale of a curio shop that caters to people's innermost desires is captivating from beginning to end. As another reviewer pointed out, the premise of the story is not exactly original--but this doesn't make Needful Things any less entertaining.
The story is set in familiar King territory: the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. SK interweaves a number of complex subplots within the dark underside of small town life. Near the climax of the tale, the story switches rapidly from one subplot to another, practically compelling you to turn the page to discover what happens next.
Although I liked Needful Things overall, there were a few points that could have been improved:
-SK once stated in an interview that he would go for the gross-out if he couldn't scare the reader outright. (I am loosely paraphrasing a very old interview here.) Many of Stephen King's earlier works contained some genuinely spooky scenes. (Who can forget the woman in the bathtub in The Shining?) However, SK's later works tend to rely increasingly on B-movie gore. Needful Things contains a few too many descriptions of blood and guts, and a couple of scatological references that could have been omitted. I'm an adult and I've read worse, so these passages don't bother me--but this isn't the kind of writing that King enthralled me with in Salem's Lot and Carrie.Read more ›
Pros: The story takes place in King's imfamous Castlerock.
King masterfully writes multiple characters and plot lines.
Mr. Gaunt is creepy, creepy, creepy.
It's easy to get lost in King's longer novels, so I always feel more involved/attached to what's going on
Cons: The ending is a little anticlimatic.
I wanted more from the "last Castlerock novel."
While compelling it might be a little unlikely that all the characters in the town would be so easily manipulated and secretive about their deeds.
But in the long run I did find Needful Things to be a book worth reading. It's not the best, it's not the worst, it's the middle of the road. But somehow King's mediocore or bad books tend to be better then some author's best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful read. I just received the book and right from the beginning it is full of surprises. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cindy
King is a master at taking his readers into the minds of his characters. Books like The Shining or Pet Semetery bring you into the crazy minds of the hurting. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Seeking Disciple
Great book!! I somehow missed this novel when it was published. So glad it was recommended for me on my Kindle! King at his best as always!!!Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
I really enjoyed this book. I read it during a trip to Maine. It held my attention and was very exciting!Published 7 days ago by a. ernst
Highly recommended, one of my favorite Steven King books. The characters form and come to life quickly making it enjoyable from the start.Published 8 days ago by Keithbkeith
I am a sucker for the characters Mr king has in his vault. Once again I am drawn to their development s!Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer