Needful Things

Needful Things

Paperback - 1991
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Leland Gaunt probes the limits of people's desires when he moves to Castle Rock, Maine; opens his shop, Needful Things; and sets a high price on love, hope, and the human soul.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Signet, c1991
ISBN: 9780451172815
0451172817
9780613096010
0613096010
Branch Call Number: Fiction King Pbk
Characteristics: 736 p. : ill. ; 18 cm

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

Coarse Language: There is a lot of swear words in this book

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

Violence: Their is a ton of violence in this book.People murder each other. Another kid shoots himself. Their is lots of blood.

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Most of the scenes in this book would be frightening for kids.

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

Sexual Content: A kid has a sexual dream.

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ChristineT_RPL Dec 08, 2014

I grew up going antiquing with my parents. Hunting all over for treasures. Going to oddities shops and meeting collectors and characters much like those in this book. Needful Things is a shop that holds anything that your heart could desire, but there is a price for that treasured collectable. Leland Gaunt, is the owner of the shop. He is very charming and always seems to have an the exact item that you are looking for in stock. His prices may be low, considering the merchandise, but Leland expects each customer to play a prank on someone else in town after their purchase. I really enjoyed this read, the characters were relatable and their actions were shocking. This was written in the early 1990's but the story does not seem dated at all. for more book suggestions visit our blog - http://staffpicks.yourlibrary.ca/

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PearlyBaker
Dec 08, 2014

It took me longer to get into and read this than any other King novel. I have several excuses, reasons and theories why this is. First of all it was too long and too much like War and Peace. I could not follow all the characters and there were so many of them that none of them were developed up to Stephen K's standards. Also several of my favorite authors came out with new pieces whilst reading this one including another lackluster effort from King, Revival. So I had to set this one down to read Robbins, Palahnuik, Rice and King. Lastly I quit the Skoal, became an EBay sales mogul and oddly started sleeping through the night at about the same time. All of these have cut into my reading time as of late. But really the truth is this piece just was not up to snuff. Mayhap I have read all of King's best pieces already. Mayhap it's time to re-read them.

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Danay
Oct 29, 2011

Not as creepy or suspenseful as some of King's other works, but still very good. Of course, even not at his best form, King is still leagues ahead of most other authors.

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May 31, 2015

kjerstis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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