Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box

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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, which are held by strong, if time-rusted, iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside. Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat.
Publisher: Forest Hill, MD : Cemetery Dance Publications, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781587676109
1587676109
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Kin
Additional Contributors: Chizmar, Richard T. - Author

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KateHillier Sep 04, 2017

This was a one sit read and I really enjoyed it. It's the sort of thing that only Stephen King could come up with but it was just a little bit more like a pulpy mystery than usual - I assume that's his cowriter's influence. I liked it anyway.

Gwendy is singled out by a strange man, at age 12, to be the keeper of a button box. The button box seems to bring a whole lot of good to her life but with that comes a responsibility that she doesn't truly understand, I don't think ever really does. She's an ordinary girl given an extraordinary and vague task but she does only what is in her own nature - and that's all that can be said for any of us.

As much as it was unsettling I still find myself smiling after the experience. Fantastic, quick, read.

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JEM_LPL
Aug 02, 2017

"Gwendy's Button Box" is basically an update to Richard Matheson's short story "Button, Button", which is itself an update of the classic "The Monkey's Paw". While Kings' fan will enjoy his trademark writing style, there's no dramatic tension, because the protagonist, Gwendy Peterson, is the proverbial Mary Sue. She has no faults, she has no temptations, she has no burdens; she's so unrealistic that many readers may end up disliking her for her sheer perfection. A more nuanced protagonist and a more detailed antagonist would have resulted in a longer, far more interesting novel. As it is, the good girl is better than good, the bad guy is badder than bad. As Oscar Wilde said "The good end happily, and the bad unhappily; that's why it is called fiction."

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JILLYJELLY
Jul 24, 2017

Excellent read from one of America's National Treasures. I wasn't feeling well so cozied up with this on a Sunday afternoon and it took me away. Great "quickie" read.

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RobertC65
Jun 29, 2017

I truly enjoyed this great book by Stephen King, including a lead character with her own sense of morals and the price one pays for the rewards that follow throughout her life. Suspenseful and sinister-a fantastic modern fable.

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singalonggal
Jun 21, 2017

One of the best parts of a Stephen King title is the "Dear Constant Reader" message he writes just to ME, a friendly bonus of information on what he was thinking as he wrote that particular book. Alas, there was NO Dear Constant Reader message in Gwendy's Button Box. Sigh.

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willington Jun 20, 2017

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