Saturday 26 January 2019

Review of Gwendy's Button Box, by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

Gwendy's Button BoxGwendy's Button Box by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's rare I sit down and read an entire book so quickly, but with this being a novella, by my favourite author, and such a gripping little tale, it was easy to do.

As always with Stephen King, when I pick up one of his books, having not read him for a while, it's like coming home. It always flows; he always drops breadcrumbs to what is to come next to keep the reader interested and reading further, and the characters are real and immersive.

I particularly liked this tale, which for me is a return to King's more quirky side, matching the likes of From A Buick 8, UR, or Mile 81. I also love that he brought us another RF character. This one called Richard Farris, but to his constant readers it eludes to Randall Flagg a character that started in The Stand but has popped up in many of his novels - never quite the same, but always wrapped in mystery and with a name that provides the same initials - RF.

The story is about a box, given to Gwendy when she is 12, that has button's on it. It is entrusted to her for safe keeping, due to its use being so profound, but it also pays for its keep in a way that is different and intriguing. .

I don't know how much input Richard Chizmar had in the writing of this novella, as I am not familiar with his writing or work, only his magazine Cemetery Dance (which I have great affection for), but maybe he added to some of the darkness in there. I like to think so.

As a Stephen King reader this one hit the mark for me. I loved it.

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