What things do we truly need? How far would one go to fulfill that need? Such are the questions that haunt Needful Things. Stephen King's novel is named for a curio store that alters the town of Castlerock, but the store is merely a way of exploring the greed people have for possessions and the lengths such greed will take them.
To me the test of any mystery/horror/science fiction story is if the murder/mysterious event/etc. vanished would I still care about the characters. I felt you could have removed the entire Leland Gaunt angle from the story and the characters in Needful Things would have still kept me utterly interested. While Gaunt is the mechanism that sets the story in motion, for the first half of the novel the characters actions and reactions generally drive the plot. That's what makes the first section so compelling you come to know and understand the "needs" the characters have and how Gaunt plays on those needs to set his plans in motion.
awesome just like all of your books I have read which is alot.I am the daughter of Richard Corbett Kathi Corbett.Since my Dad has been struck with Dementia 4 yrs ago I have his kindle and cannot believe I never had time to read because back then always working since I was 15 80 hours a week. Now Im 58 disabled lost my husband and I am making it a point to read every book you ever wrote.My favorite started with your series The Gunslinger incredible.Now instead of my previous years of drugs are filled with Steven King books and of course one cant give everything up my kindle and Pinot Noir and readi g your books thank you so much for such good reads.K Corbett Florida
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”
Oh wait….wrong book. Or is it? Because the man in black goes by many names…names such as Randall Flagg and perhaps Leland Gaunt? This demonic trickster hops from world to world, wreaking havoc wherever he goes, and this time his target is Castle Rock, Maine. If you don’t know why this happens and why certain characters resurface throughout Stephen King’s novels. I recommend reading the Dark Tower series. It is all explained there.
Leland Gaunt sets up his business in Castle Rock, a curiosity shop called “Needful Things”, and here he feeds on the selfish desires of the locals, causing unprecedented chaos and horrific destruction in this not-so-sleepy town. As always, Stephen King weaves together the dark depths of human nature with the supernatural to create a scary, can’t-put-down and thought-provoking tale.
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