Needful Things

Needful Things

Book - 1991
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Seemingly harmless Leland Gaunt has just opened a store in Castle Rock, Maine, called 'Needful Things.' Curiously, he doesn't accept cash for purchases, but instead allows his customers to pay by playing small pranks on fellow townspeople. While the pranks start out as innocuous jokes, they soon build into harmful occurrences. Leland's influence soon has this once peaceful town in the midst of murderous turmoil.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1991.
ISBN: 9780670839537
Branch Call Number: FIC King
Characteristics: 690 p. : ill.


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Nov 03, 2018

it' like the A.A. book...from Dr. Bob and Bill...give some credit King! *****laoscoolzoo.wordpress

Sep 12, 2018

Everything is for sale, but everything comes at a price. A fine King work!

Oct 05, 2017

i was hesitant at first because i remember parts of the movie wasn't a big fan but i had to remind myself that a lot of his books film adaptations are not that great . I'm glad i read this book . I absolutely loved the characters in this book. The detail in how the tricks played on the town's people and how the turned on each other was very entertaining . over all was well worth the read.

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 -

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.

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

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

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.

May 31, 2015

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

May 31, 2015

Sexual Content: A kid has a sexual dream.

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May 31, 2015

kjerstis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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