The story is set in the small fictional town of castle rock, maine. It is the first novel king wrote after his rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Needful things 1993 directed by fraser clarke heston. Soon hell breaks loose in town with deaths, violence and riot and sheriff pangborn discovers that leland gaunt is the devil.
As an 40 year old adult i have dropped my 5 star rating down to a 44. Ive got about 200 pages of the book left, so i guess i kind of spoiled it by watching this, but its not my favoruite king. Stephen kings approach to horror is much less about the supernatural than i think his reputation suggests. Needful things is about the dark side in us all have you ever heard that one as a plot synopsis for a king story, before. Differences between needful things book vs movie page 1. Stephen king states that needful things will be the last castle rock story. Leland gaunt opens a new shop in castle rock called needful things. Gaunt like kurt barlow in salems lot is an supernatural being, whose goal is sowing distrust, division, and paranoia in castle rock, and then harvesting the souls of the people who end up killed or dead by their own hand. As satire it is far from comedic but is very effective. Sep 25, 2018 even though needful things might not have captured the attention of hollywoods remake and reboot machine just yet anyway it is directly connected to the hulu show castle rock, which is an anthology series of untold stories conceptualized by stephen king over the course of his career but never written. The plot itself was super interesting and i loved all the mysterious things that happened. The story takes place in one of those peaceable little stephen king towns where everybody knows each other and theyre mostly all doomed.
A new store, needful things, opens in town, and its proprietor, leland gaunt. May 03, 2016 i still have my original copy of needful things, which i loved at age 19. The store sells various items of great personal worth to the residents some of which, like a pendant that eases pain or a toy which predicts the outcome of horse races, are clearly supernatural, and gaunt. It just seemed so wrong, it was set up properly, but it just came off like a disney princess movie ending. He charges small amounts to the things but requests a practical joke for each of them against another inhabitant. King has stated that needful things is all of the greedy, negative parts of the decade distilled down into one store a father to his men. All things considered, like the tommyknockers, needful things is an enjoyable book if you can choose to ignore its flaws, which abound, and which occur to some degree in a lot of kings stuff from this time period. This is a really creepy book by the us master of horror. Oct 30, 20 needful things was a big book, which made sense when you considered the enormous amount of plot not story crammed into it. It is a novel with a message, a novel with at least the glimmerings.
Mar 20, 2018 the premise of needful things is remarkable simple and a new take on the making a deal with the devil scenario. Of grand proportion, the novel ranks with kings best, in both plot and characterization. It is the first novel king wrote after his rehabilitation from drug and. I like all of his works, but ive read needful things several times now. Much more pronounced in the book than the movie, though. The fictitious maine town has been the setting for a number of. The reason for this being that, whilst i love stephen kings writing style, i found that needful things was just a little too long. Though both the film and the book are less than successful with their respective stories, i think the concept of needful things is such a good one. The story is about a shopkeeper who runs his business by exchanging goods for money and mysterious deeds performed by the customer.
The story starts out in first person with the narrator greeting the reader and moves to thirdperson, introducing each of the book s diverse cast of characters and their complicated histories. The story is set in the small fictional town of castle rock, maine, where a new shop named needful things opens, to the curiosity of the townspeople. The shop is called needful things and is run by a man called leland gaunt. Needful things is a 1993 american horror film based on stephen kings 1991 novel of the same name. Stephen king needful things audiobook stephen king. The fictitious maine town has been the setting for a number of kings horror classics, including the dead zone. Not because it was bad or boring, i just seem to be going through another reading slump, probably due to work stresses, and im not getting much reading done. Fairly repetitive with little explanation as to why these strange events are happening, but overall pretty fun. Even for stephen king, needful things is pretty silly.
After 1990, over the next sixteen years, he composed nine. Plot a new shop named needful things opens in the town of castle rock, maine, sparking the curiosity of its citizens. When leland gaunt opens the store needful things, he seems to have the object of desire for each dweller. This book took me longer than any other sk novel has. Yeah needful things was the 4th king novel i read and has the only ending ive genuinely disliked. A mysterious stranger arrives in castle rock and opens an antiques and. A new store, needful things, opens in town, and its proprietor, leland. Another of mr kings trade marks is the sheer number of characters you need to get to know and keep track of,this one is. If alan already dealt with gaunt, then ace survived the ordeal. Definitely a slow build, but the pay off when the town starts to go crazy at once is fantastic. He was past his addictions when he wrote this it was the first book he. Needful things is a 1993 american horror film based on stephen kings 1991 novel needful things.
The story is set in the small, fictional town of castle rock, maine, where a new. Merrill, john ace childhood boyfriend of myra evans. In addition to a token payment, gaunt requests that each person perform a little deed, usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else. Needful things is just the thing you need if youre looking for your fill of thriller. Dec 28, 2012 randall flaggs escape before the stands nuclear conflagration and his reemerge elsewhere to once again plot destruction is identical to gaunts escape from the rock in this novel. Needful things his first book written after conquering his own addictions, this is a compelling story of how far people will go to satisfy their appetites james. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires. May 12, 2011 needful things is, occasionally pointedly, about the dangers of greed and materialism. A mysterious proprietor named leland gaunt, claiming to be from akron, ohio, 1 opens a new antiques store called needful things in the small town of castle rock, maine. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read needful things. Danforth buster keeton in the books is an unpleasant person throughandthrough, even before he goes crazy. The devil in disguise comes to a quiet, peaceful town and opens a store called needful things. Needful things, stephen king leland gaunt opens a new shop in castle rock called needful things.
Needful things, in addition to sounding like a farewell to an epoch in kings career, also seems to foreshadow things to come. For every one that does carrie, the dead zone, misery, there are three that dont. The plot builds a little slowly, as the book is subdivided into three parts. The town is named castle rock, after the name of the company that is releasing the film ho, ho. He opens a store in the town and calls it needful things. Review needful things by stephen king book bastion. Leland gaunt opens a new shop in castle rock called needful thing. Needful things was a big music publication, which made sense when you considered the monumental amount of plot not story crammed into it. Needful things 1992 read online free book by stephen king. Soon hell breaks loose in town with deaths, violence and riot and sheriff pangborn discovers that leland gaunt is the devil himself. By the end of the book, i was praying for it to finish.
A new shop named needful things opens in the town of. Sep 18, 2017 though both the film and the book are less than successful with their respective stories, i think the concept of needful things is such a good one. Needful things ends as it began, with gaunt opening a new store answered prayers in another american small town. Leland gaunt is a dapper gentleman from akron, ohio. The story and the characters have been developed to evolve across the span of the book very efficiently. When people come to buy their hearts desires, the only caveat is that they must play a trick on someone. In terms of least favorite stephen king book, not a huge cujo fan.
Needful things stephen king needful things took me a month to read. Needful things is claimed to be kings last castle rock story though he would return there at least one more time and its a doozie. In this case, the problem is that the characters are unattractive and the plot, once it reveals itself. Needful things is a horror book that deals with supernatural elements. Leland gaunt, a seemingly demonic being, is the, seemingly, charming and charismatic proprietor of the new store which has got everybody talking, needful things. Needful things was a big book, which made sense when you considered the enormous amount of plot not story crammed into it. Supernatural events dominate the story and while the town folks act realistically, they are motivated by an underlining evil need for greed. His new shop, needful things, seems to have something for everybody.
He calls himself leland gaunt and claims he comes from akron, ohio. The proprietor, leland gaunt, is a charming elderly gentleman who always seems to have an item in stock that is perfectly suited to any customer who comes through his door. Needful things is a 1993 horror movie and an adaptation of the 1991 novel of the same name. Needful things is a 1991 horror novel by american author stephen king. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading needful things. Needful things is the 30th book published by stephen king. His novel 112263 was named a top ten book of 2011 by the new york times book. Needful things follows the classic theme of a stranger comes to town. Novel needful things stephen king published on june 6, 2019 by conjueror i havent heard much about needful things compared to other stephen kings books, but it might have actually turned out to be my favorite of his as the main boogeyman here only plays people and their already prevalent frustrations against each other to create a.
The last castle rock story stephen king, author, cayne, author. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Needful things 1992 read online free book by stephen. Like many other stephen king novels this is a long read,over 900 pages,so be prepared for a fairly involved plot that does wander a bit. Needful things is my least favourite king novel if you like reading a 700page book about pranks then it may be for you. King locates his hokey our town in maine, but as ever its really consumerville, usa, with everyones life festooned with brand names.
A mysterious stranger arrives in castle rock and opens an antiques and collectibles store named needful things. The novel ends as it begins, with a firstperson narrative indicating that a. A mysterious man comes to the town of castle rock, maine in an old, sinister car. King also gets some good digs in at organized religious, nationalism, racism, celebrity worship and, in his first novel since getting sober, the perils and horrors of addiction.
Based on a novel by the prolific stephen king, the film bears many of the authors trademarks, such as the new england setting and the focus on regular people tempted by the forces of supernatural evil. Needful things takes place in castle rock, the small american town weve seen previously in several stephen king novels. Obviously, castle rock is taking kings stories and putting its own spin on them. Leland gaunt, a gentlemanly stranger who opens the needful things curiosity shop.
The cover says the last castle rock story, and i guess that king will have a hard time topping this one if the poor citizens of castle rock ever decide that its worth the trouble to rebuilding their town. In addition to a token payment, gaunt requests that each person perform a little deed, usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. Another of mr kings trade marks is the sheer number of characters you need to get to know and keep track of,this one is comparable with under the dome,it. Moreover, theres nothing to be done with the source material except. Needful things is, occasionally pointedly, about the dangers of greed and materialism. Needful things is yet another one of those films based on a stephen king story that inspires you to wonder why his stories dont make better films.300 841 1441 1559 1486 1255 1568 1049 1500 855 143 1175 579 672 1561 746 254 286 399 1052 586 245 661 284 920 1031 515 987 553 407 273 307 833 980 303 1029 1452 5 1265 641