Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box

Book - 2017
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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: Hodder & Stoughton, London : 2017
ISBN: 9781473672093
Branch Call Number: AF KING
Additional Contributors: Chizmar, Richard T.


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Jun 24, 2018

I read this in one evening. Fun and captivating. There's a lot left unexplained, but maybe that's the purpose. Regardless, it was an enjoyable read!

Jun 20, 2018

Read this in one sitting, while doing laundry. An intriguing page-turner... I'm not sure how much Stephen King wrote, and how much the other guy wrote, but it was really Kingsian to me.

May 14, 2018

*** Mild Spoiler Alert*** Not bad at all, but as with other reviewers I did feel that the climax with Gwendy and her shirt was a little of a let-down for me. Whilst I'm fairly neutral to this simply being a contentious subject, I felt that the authors could have used a better plot device - something more horrific or related to the box itself, to achieve the same effect. This one part was enough to change my impression of the book, which had a solid 5 stars in my mind to begin with.

May 05, 2018

Nice little read, I enjoyed it.

Oct 22, 2017

While it's obvious that King just added his name to this novel to boost sales, I found it an enjoyable read. I was disappointed with its length. With a large font size and huge margins (plus a lot of blank space) it's really not even a novella, but more on the order of a short story. Odd, since I borrowed it and did not purchase it, but I still felt a bit cheated. :-/

It has put Chizmar on my radar, though, and I am thankful for that.

Sep 28, 2017

Stephen King's name caught my eye, so I threw "Gwendy's Button Box" into our bag of books to be borrow. It's a quick read though it touches on issues like coming-of-age, growing pains, secrets, friends, enemies, & family. Now that we've read this brand new Castle Rock novella, we'll look into Richard Chizmar's other books.

VaughanPLErin Sep 25, 2017

I guess I could say I enjoyed the journey more than the destination. This was an exciting read, and I couldn't put it down. It had a strong, conceptually-intriguing beginning, which set up some pretty high expectations for the rest of the story. Unfortunately, the climax just didn't deliver on those high expectations, and I was left a little disappointed. It's still worth a read if you're a Stephen King fan, but don't go into it with high expectations.

Sep 25, 2017

Read the comments....really, I thought this book was horrible. If I had paid money for it - I would want my money back. Thank goodness for the library. Just because it has Stephen King on it doesn't make it special.

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.

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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