Needful Things

Needful Things

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. 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. These practical jok Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his o...

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Title:Needful Things
Author:Stephen King
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:790 pages pages

Needful Things Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    Dec 13, 2013
    A store has opened in the Maine town of Castle Rock, a store selling objects a person most desires, at a price the buyer can afford. But are the goods worth the cost? Can Sheriff Alan Pangborn get to the bottom of Leland Gaunt and his Needful Things before he falls prey to the madness ...
  • Gregor Xane
    Jan 05, 2014
    Mr. King likes to tell stories about people getting trapped. He's got one about a guy trapped in a bedroom. He's got a whole bunch of these stories, really. He's got people trapped inside a car, in a gas station, a classroom, a grocery store, a hotel, on an island, a city under a giant...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Aug 06, 2014
    So are you familiar with the Lemony Snicket book, A Series of Unfortunate Events? Well this book could be, a series of depressing dark events. I am a bit ambivalent about Mr. King's books anyway. I have for years found his books a "mixed bag"...that is for me of course. I know many ...
  • Nicholas Armstrong
    Jul 30, 2012
    I was going to say that the reason I didn't like this book was the huge cast of characters, but that isn't true. Sure, the huge cast bothered me, but I've read books like that before, the problem was far more to do with the writing. The writing was belabored, tired, and trite. I say th...
  • Bradley
    Oct 10, 2016
    With this tome of Stephen King small town horror, I'm constantly amazed that I had missed picking this up and geeking out over it when it first came out. I'm certain that I would have. It has all the things I'd been learning to geek out about with his general horror universe, includ...
  •  ~Geektastic~
    Mar 22, 2011
    Stephen King?s approach to horror is much less about the supernatural than I think his reputation suggests. Before approaching his work back in high school, I was vaguely aware of books like Cujo, Pet Sematary, Christine and It (mostly due to their movie incarnations), and based on t...
  • Reanna
    Oct 06, 2016
    Absolutely loved this one and yes I should have read all of the Castle Rock ones together but life goes on. :) ...
  • M.G. Mason
    Aug 09, 2011
    Despite that The Stand is my favourite King novel, Needful Things comes a very close second. In some ways it is a much more intriguing story in that it deals with a much more base issue: human greed and the things people will do for personal gain. Leland Gaunt arrives in Castle R...
  • Celeste
    Oct 02, 2018
    You can find this review and more at Novel Notions. ?Ladies and gentlemen, attention, please! Come in close where everyone can see! I got a tale to tell, it isn?t gonna cost a dime! (And if you believe that, we?re gonna get along just fine.)? Are you a seasonal r...
  • Paul Nelson
    Mar 05, 2015
    'Everyone loves something for nothing . . . even if it costs everything.' When new shop Needful Things opens in Castle Rock, there is soon an avalanche of customers desperate to 'buy now' but as the front cover says, you will pay later. Leland Gaunt is the proprietor and he has an...
  • Carol
    Jun 25, 2018
    "Enter freely and leave some of the happiness you bring." In the small town of Castle Rock, there's a NEW KIND of store. It has a spiffy new green canvas awning with the name of NEEDFUL THINGS, and the creepy old yellow tooth proprietor, Leland Gaunt welcomes everyone with open arms......
  • Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
    Jul 26, 2013
    "YOU?VE BEEN HERE BEFORE. Sure you have. Sure. I never forget a face." Whoever said "nothing in life is free", has apparently read this book. A small town (one Constant Readers have seen many times before) is about to get a brand new business. Anything your t...
  • Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net
    Sep 25, 2018
    See this review and more like it on www.bookbastion.net! _____ So, we all have establish that I love horror ? I love being scared ? but one author?s catalog that I?ve been woefully under-read in is Stephen King. I read a few of his books as a young teenager, but those years...
  • Paul
    Mar 13, 2012
    still a solid king entry. read 3 times there is a lot of characterization and setting but also some good king creepiness. having said all that i may deduct 1/2 star upon most recent reread. 3.5 adjusted stars ...
  • Edward Lorn
    Apr 26, 2013
    Some authors write about king slayers. Others write about serial killers. Stephen King? He writes about fuckers capable of leveling entire towns. Whether those responsible are aliens or devils, it doesn't matter. The ride is usually a fun one. Needful Things is no different. It is, how...
  • Jeff
    Feb 07, 2014
    As Jeff turned to go into Needful Things, he bumped into a woman wearing a dazed determined expression, who was hurrying out the door, clutching a stuffed warthog. Entering the store, he was greeted by a tinkling bell and what appeared to be the shop owner, walking toward him with an o...
  • Nikoleta
    Dec 13, 2015
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  • C.W.
    Nov 30, 2016
    Always said this was one of my favorites of his, from when I read it many years ago, but never gave it a reread - still good, had a lot of fun listening to it this time around, but didn't enjoy it quite as much as I remembered. Original rating still stands (my tastes have just morphed ...
  • Matt Garcia
    Feb 14, 2013
    A reread for me. Absolutely amazing and epic tale that perfectly captures and creates the quintessential essence of small town America. The large cast of characters are all so unique, perfectly fleshed out and entertaining. Leland Gaunt is badass and so cleverly, evil and cunning that ...
  • Anne
    Oct 19, 2018
    Actual reading: 3.5? As always with King, this was a very entertaining and suspenseful read the whole way through. However, somehow I just didn't connect as much to the characters as I usually do, which is why I cannot bring myself to give the full five stars. The plot itself wa...
  • Franco  Santos
    Jun 12, 2014
    Alguna vez les ha pasado que iban a leer un libro con una buensima idea y les termin decepcionando? Bueno, este no es el caso. Es una genial idea y King la trat con soberbia, perfectamente; hasta el punto en que super mis expectativas. Trata sobre un misterioso hombre que abr...
  • AMEERA
    Sep 13, 2018
    Like always stephen King knows how to surprises us ??? ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Sep 30, 2018
    If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This is the basic premise of Needful Things, one of the strangest Stephen King books I've ever read starring a really well-developed antagonist and a great balance of horror and fantasy. The story seems simple enough, a typical t...
  • Ken
    Oct 13, 2016
    King writes small town claustrophobic so well, the idea of a shop that sells any item that a customer need for just the smallest of price is a great Pack with the Devil tale. Set in Castle Rock this story is bursting with Easter eggs as shop owner Leland Gaunt of the recently opened...
  • Ron
    Aug 14, 2018
    ?Little shop. Little shop of horrors. Little shop. Little....? Hey, it's much better when you sing it. ?Little shop. Little shop of horrors. Little shop. Little shop of terror. Call a cop. Little shop of horrors...? Kind of fitting? Okay, so not exact. I mean, th...
  • Shankar
    Sep 23, 2018
    When I read it I felt wow. Stephen King crawls through your mind and comes up with themes that throw out your darkest.....everything. Fear...hatred...everything you felt bad about anything... This book is an embodiment of all these brought to life in a quiet town. I finished this in...
  • Shaina
    Nov 14, 2015
    Growing up, this was one of my favorite of this author?s works. It builds. You watch it happen. You are the witness. You suspect what Needful Things is all about. An object is inside the store that you must have. It makes things... all better. The gentleman that runs the store, he ...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    Mar 01, 2017
    Needful Things is my favorite Stephen King novel. Hell, it's probably my favorite novel, period. I felt that way going into this reread, and those feelings did not change upon reading it for the...fourth time, I think it is now. King nails everything here: exceptional character work, h...
  • Chari
    Oct 08, 2018
    Un libro que acabo de ver que tena sin valorar y le durante el verano del 93 ...
  • Leo .
    Sep 19, 2017
    What a fantastic book by the great man. Needful things is a great book. A shop owner who gives everybody what they want for a price. Soon the whole town is in chaos and at each others throats. Great concept and well worth the read. The film is great too. Max Von Sydow is amazing as the...