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Gwendy's Button Box (edition 2017)

by Stephen King (Author)

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Title:Gwendy's Button Box
Authors:Stephen King (Author)
Info:Cemetery Dance Pubns (2017), Edition: World's First Edition and First Printing, 180 pages
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What can I say? I’ve been a fan of Stephen King’s since I read his first book, “Carrie”, in the 70’s. He seldom, if ever, disappoints and he has produced another gem in this novella.

Gwendy (combination of Gwendolyn which her father wanted to name her and Wendy which her mother wanted) is a young girl who is determined to lose some weight so has been running up and down the Suicide Stairs in Castle Rock. One day she meets a stranger who gives her a very special box. But is that box a blessing or a curse?

Stephen isn’t the only one listed as author of this book. Richard Chizmar also worked with him on this. I’m not familiar with Mr. Chizmar’s work so can’t tell what his influences are in this story. It does seem like all King to me.

As always, King’s books are not just about horror. He’s an expert at characterization, which is what I love about his books. He makes his characters so accessible, so down to earth and so relatable that you understand them immediately and care about them. That’s what makes his horror so horrible because you only want good things to happen to these people, nothing bad. But of course you know they’re headed to that dark side of life.

Entertaining and recommended. ( )
  hubblegal | Jun 26, 2017 |
A nicely done little story about a girl named Gwendy who receives a "button box" from a mysterious stranger named Richard Farris, which changes her life. The button box is actually a box with buttons on it, but while Gwendy can guess what those buttons might do when pressed, she never really knows. The button box also dispenses rewards for its keeper: money, success, happiness. But it also comes with responsibilities.

There are questions. Who is Richard Farris (note the initials)? Why does the button box need a caretaker? Has the black button ever been pushed? There could be a novel in these ideas, and this could be its prologue. Yes, it's short, but it was a tight story that offers a lot for the reader to ponder. ( )
  sturlington | Jun 16, 2017 |
Meh. Was expecting more. ( )
  andsoitgoes | Jun 15, 2017 |
This is a classic growing up, good vs evil, choices, and consequences story with all the gray areas to consider that King is good at. I really enjoyed the story and kind of want to follow the Button Box to the next. ( )
  marysneedle | Jun 9, 2017 |
A very good story! Gwendy and her button box, chocolates, coins, and responsibilities! And the black hat! Well written, great pacing, and engaging! Bravo!

Now, two "beefs" not pertaining to the story. Number one, this is set in Castle Rock, but hardly has a Castle Rock feel. Could have been any town. And number two, calling this a "novella" is a stretch! Take out the blank pages and the illustrations, and this really is a short story. Totally not worth the $25 cover price! But it is a fine, fine read! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jun 5, 2017 |
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