Gwendy's Button Box: A Novella by Stephen KingGwendy's Button Box: A Novella by Stephen King

Gwendy's Button Box: A Novella

byStephen King, Richard Chizmar

Paperback | October 31, 2017

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Stephen King teams up with long-time friend and award-winning author Richard Chizmar for the first time in this original, chilling novella that revisits the mysterious town of Castle Rock.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong—if time-rusted—iron bolts and zig-zag up the precarious cliffside.

Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told—until now.
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the firs...
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Title:Gwendy's Button Box: A NovellaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.4 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501188291

ISBN - 13:9781501188299

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Button, button. This isn't exactly Stephen King at his best, but Gwendy's Button Box was a fun, fast read and I certainly don't regret buying it (although I'll be a bit annoyed if it winds up appearing in a future short story collection the way Blockade Billy did). The novella felt like King by way of Richard Matheson, and the story would make a decent episode of something like The Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. Definitely worth picking this up if you're a King fan, but others may be turned off by paying $15 for a book you can read in less time than it takes to watch a movie.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I can not believe this is a debut.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a bad way to kill an hour Not a bad little hour's read, but certainly not the best King has done. Once again, like I felt with King's Doctor Sleep, the man who was once the master of cross-connecting all his novels missed so many opportunities to do so with this story. As for the story itself, it's a mildly interesting alternative take on The Monkey's Paw, a theme King has come back to again and again. There's not a lot of horror here, but hey, as a King freak, I had to read it, right? It'd be fun to just see something meaty and good from King, instead of the short stories and collaborations that he's come out with lately. The Mr. Mercedes trilogy was okay, Revival was good at the end, but his last solid novel was Joyland ...and that was four years ago.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok didn't end up where I thought it would
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok didn't end up where I thought it would
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no It's not especially well-written and basically serves as millennial bait.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This was a really good book. A fast read. Never trust a man in black with a box.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from King A good, quick novella that didn't end up where I thought it would. I liked Gwendy a lot, and her story is interesting and charming. But oddly, considering what happens at the end, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from quite enjoyed this one this is yet another winner by Stephen King - highly recommended
Date published: 2017-09-21