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
ISBN: 9781587676109
1587676109
Branch Call Number: KING
Characteristics: 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Chizmar, Richard T - Author

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"In this ominous coming-of-age novella, Gwendy must keep a box safe that could unleash worldwide devastation. As she grows from 12-year-old to college grad, Gwendy’s time as the box’s steward raises questions of power and free will." --Booklist

A chilling blend of hope and horror from bestselling author Stephen King.


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shack19
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.

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lecopaw
May 05, 2018

Nice little read, I enjoyed it.

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kowale
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.

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ErinElaine
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.

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callyd
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.

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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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