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Needful Things

by Stephen King

Penguin Usa | September 9, 1991 | Hardcover

Needful Things is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947, to Donald and Nellie Ruth King. King wrote his first short story before he was seven years old. As a teenager, he played on the football team and joined a rock band, but also had two of his short stories published. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he married Tabitha Spruce, also a writer, in 1971, and began a career as a teacher. His spare time was spent in writing novels that were consistently rejected by publishers. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. Today, Stephen King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. King and his wife have three children and live in the small town of Bangor, Maine, where many of his stories are set.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 704 pages

Published: September 9, 1991

Publisher: Penguin Usa

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670839531

ISBN - 13: 9780670839537

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Hell of a Read! As someone who has read a bit of Stephen King's works, 'Needful Things'is among his best. This book is so much fun and fast-paced despite its length full of interesting small town characters. When a new store opens up with a devillish proprietor looking to trade shoddy goods in exchange for souls, the town of Castle Rock literally goes to hell. Love it and look forward to watching the director's cut of the film adaptation. Stephen King at his best!
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest book I've ever read. I'm quite young, but I'm old enough to realize what a great author Stephen King really is. His ideas and detailed writing makes me want to read every book he has ever written. It's my favourite book and I absolutely love reading it. It's my first Stephen King book and I'm enjoying it so much. I plan to read 'It' besides the fact that it has over 1000 pages. =D
Date published: 2008-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Master Piece! I really enjoyed "Needful Things". I feel this is one of the best novels I have ever read. I have watched the movie on this book, but it does not compare to the description and power that Stephen King put into this novel. Way to go Stephen - you are a brilliant writer!!
Date published: 2001-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needful Things a Necessity A necessity for all Stephen King fans, this is another homerun. An elderly (therefore harmless, right?) store merchant moves into Castle Rock and opens a new shop full of 'Needful Things' for everyone. And of course, there is something for everyone, except the price of each object is equipped with a seemingly insignificant prank. King establishes early on in the book that each townsperson is involved in some sort of conflict with one other townsperson, so by the time he introduces 'pranks' to the story, we know what will happen sooner or later. My favourite thing about this book is the fact that everything fits together like an articulate puzzle, like an episode of 'Seinfeld' without the humor. Every character is vital in the progression of each 'prank', and soon each townperson is blaming everybody and their brother, accusing them of pulling this 'prank' because they are the most likely suspect. Near the end of the book, King writes of the riots in the streets and the fighting between the townspeople in a way that we can feel the chaos around us. That's great writing! And I might add, it must have been hard for him to write this book, because he would have had to keep track of the history of every single character in order for the book to make perfect sense. And he does.
Date published: 2000-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needful Things - Best King From an avid King reader, this is the best book that he has ever written.
Date published: 1999-10-25

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Needful Things

Needful Things

by Stephen King

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 704 pages

Published: September 9, 1991

Publisher: Penguin Usa

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670839531

ISBN - 13: 9780670839537

About the Author

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947, to Donald and Nellie Ruth King. King wrote his first short story before he was seven years old. As a teenager, he played on the football team and joined a rock band, but also had two of his short stories published. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he married Tabitha Spruce, also a writer, in 1971, and began a career as a teacher. His spare time was spent in writing novels that were consistently rejected by publishers. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the bo
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