“The town of Castle Rock is like any other town, until a new store," Needful Things" opens up. As people go into the store, they begin to realize that the owner, a weird man named Leland Gaunt, has possessions that they have always wanted. In exchange for selling them these items, Mr. Gaunt has them play a prank on another town resident. Eventually these pranks end up turning the town into an insane war zone, and I won't give away the ending.
One of the best things about this novel is that even though the plot is a tad unbelievable, King makes it believable with his fantastic writing style.
This novel will make you realize that you just may not want to have everything you wish for.”
“Sometimes you have to return to a good piece of literature just to see what you may have missed the first time or to glimpse how much time can change your perception. This is one of the best (if one has to put a limit on the best) novels that King has thrown us and I found it to be better the second time around.
This one brings that trait in human nature, instant gratification, to the brink of insanity and leaves you believing that the plot isn't so far from reality.”
“I am nearing a very sad day for me.... a day in which i can say there is not a single Stephen King book i have not read.....
Presently the list can probably be counted on 1 hand...certainly on 2 including his short-story collections.
But in an effort to prolong the inevitable, I have decided to read this title again, as I read it as a young teen and always remember enjoying it.
Despite being 700+ pages...i read it in one weekend. Great book the first time reading it 15+ years ago....great book reading it through a 2nd time as well!”
“If you've ever had a manipulator in your life, this is the book to read!”Heather wrote this review Monday, May 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“**Possible spoilers ahead**
I really wanted to love this book.
I was excited to read it; I think the descriptions in it were amazing, it almost felt like you were there (and how the scenery and scents were described were great too)
However, I wished it was more supernatural.
And the part where eleven year-old Brian Rusk commits suicide really turned me off; I understand that this is fiction, that suicide happens all the time, and that he obviously was a little nutty at that point...but for a kid that young (or at all) to take their life was just upsetting.
Especially at eleven years-old.
I also thought King portrayed the religious folk (the reverends, Lester, Sally) in a negative light: naive, stupid, stereo-typical. I found this offensive. I'm usually open-minded to what I read but I felt as if King wanted to poke fun at 'the prissy and not-too-bright goody-goody religious people'
And having Sally hang herself over Lester I thought was a little crude too.
The ending was also a little bit of a let-down... I was hoping that maybe Leland Gaunt would be taken care of.
Like I said, I really wanted to like this book, in fact I wanted to love it, but it had too many things in it I didn't care for.”
“I absolutely loved the idea of this book and in parts really enjoyed it but it took me nearly all my holidays to read it because it dragged. It should have been half the length as a lot of it was repetitive... Polly's arthritis, Casino Night, some people's possessiveness to their item, 2 different views of the same event, Alan's wives accident, Danforths gambling addiction.....I only need to read it once! There were just too many people to get to know, you got used to one character and then it moved to someone else and it could be a a couple of chapters before you heard about that person again and it was the same thing all over again.
The end of this book was so disappointing too as I imagined that Leland Gaunt would have been taken care of once and for all so it couldn't continue ruining lives the way he was but it wasn't the case, it was a joke the way he left.
Over all though this book just freaked me out, it was so damn creepy, its scenes too graphic in detail that I was cringing and the sexual scenes were.... I can't even describe them. I don't like them in books anyway but these were just odd....”
“Not a fan of Stephen King's writing. This was an extremely hard book to read and I stopped 3/4 through. ”~MeAme wrote this review Wednesday, April 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It always surprises me how quickly I get sucked into a novel by Stephen King, even if I've read it in the past. I just got done listening Stephen King's recording of this book. He's not the greatest narrator, but I always enjoy listening to him. The story, what happens in a small town when a shop opens that has the one thing you've always wanted, is really captivating. Even though I knew the ending, I couldn't help but completely enjoy the journey.”Katie P wrote this review Tuesday, March 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I absolutely loved this book! I just couldn't put it down!”Madelyn B wrote this review Wednesday, March 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No