Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box

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Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!
Publisher: Forest Hill, MD : Cemetery Dance Publications, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781587676109
1587676109
Branch Call Number: HORROR KING S
Characteristics: 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Chizmar, Richard T. - Author

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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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Jun 20, 2017

willington thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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