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Needful Things

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Ok so I have recently discovered Stephen King and have set about reading his work. Thus far wading through Under the Dome, IT and 'Salems Lot.

Today I picked up a copy of Needful Things, a book which has intrigued me for a while now because of it's pretty original plot.

Leland Gaunt, a business man from Ohio moves tot he town of Castle Rock and opens up a new shop, the eponymous Needful Things.
Each character of the book visits the shop and is drawn to a particular obect they desire very dearly and instead of paying a full cash price, Leland asks of them several favors in return for payment.
Eventually the favours conflict with the townsfolk and each begins to turn on each other with disasterous consequenses.

King says he got the idea from the "decadence of the eighties" and is a clear blatant stab at commercialism.

Anyone else here read this book?
I'm massively excited to read it and it sounds like one of the most original ideas I've heard in a novel (cue the smart arse with an example to disprove this lol)



  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I've always been intrigued by the idea but then I'm a sucker for King's small town plots. I'd really recommend the two-part TV drama from him 'Storm of the Century' - he manages to create the feel of the town wonderfully and I'm also a sucker for anything that brings up the Roanoak myth.

    Though if there's one thing I feel disappointed with when reading King it's that the ideas and establishing sections of his novels can often be much more impressive than the conclusions.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Saw Storm of the Century a few years ago. I wasnt overly impressed with it.

    But I was impressed reading IT even though a lot of it was pointless information about characters which we never hear from again after that point.
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