Needful Things
  Fan submitted reviews of Needful Things (Novel):
Posted By: James - March 3rd, 2013 12:11:34 pm EST

Awesome novel! I love the commentary on Reagan/Thatcher capitalism. I love the character development and the inscrutable-at-first pranks and the way the tension is built up until the cataclysm near the end. I love the showdown between Pangborn and Gaunt.

Posted By: Katrina - November 10th, 2012 11:47:08 am EST

I really enjoyed reading this book , I finished it in a few days!

Posted By: Mich - October 5th, 2012 11:48:32 pm EDT

I just read his inspiration for this novel. I read this book when I was about 15 and I didn't get the joke (which has made me decide to read it again now that I am older) but I still thoroughly enjoyed the book as the greed is very evident. I honestly don't know how anyone could dislike any of his books. They are all written so well and the concept behind each are astounding (how can someone come up with such mind-blowingly out there plots). Needful things is definitely a classic.

Posted By: Sarah - September 14th, 2012 12:01:29 am EDT

THis is perhaps my all time favorite King novels. I read it in about 3 days 9 years ago and am now listening to the audiobook. It also has some personal significance for me as I am currently dealing with early recovery from addiction and this was the first novel KIng wrote after he began his own recovery. BRAVO! I am so thankful for this and all of his books. They have gotten me though some very hard nights.

Posted By: Rich - September 8th, 2012 2:31:15 pm EDT

I took this book to be a modern depiction of Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep, of which I found it brilliant. What I don't understand is why no one else seems to see it as that, including this site's listed inspiration.

Posted By: King - August 1st, 2012 6:51:19 pm EDT

well is was a good book at some part a little boring for most of it i liked it

Posted By: Deb - May 7th, 2012 4:13:59 am EDT

The devil's voice is sweet to hear. Excellent.

Posted By: Anonymous - March 15th, 2012 4:08:21 pm EDT

I loved this book, first Stephen King book I read. Got it for chiristmas from mum and dad and it was so good.

Posted By: JustSonia - March 11th, 2012 1:13:35 pm EDT

Finished the book today. It's really THRILLING!!! Pity for Brian Rusk:( But Alan is REALLY COOL, as well as Norris:)

Posted By: 2kelly3 - February 22nd, 2012 5:52:35 pm EST

The people in this story are so believable and real you get totally sucked in. All of Stephen Kings stories have me hating and loving and hoping, I am an avid reader and really like a variety of authors. Of all the books I have read in my 42 years there have been none to match the way his books grab me and dont let go! I hate to finish, hate to let go! What a wonderful talent to have, God bless you!

Posted By: Hadoukensynthesis - January 13th, 2012 9:56:18 am EST

I super like this novel.. it shows the realistic side of human beings is that they usually would do anything for what they want even if they do not realize that it would hurt other people eventually.. plus it's ultraviolence. lol. xD

Posted By: Anonymous - January 12th, 2012 11:45:14 pm EST

The first book that got me hooked on SK. I read it on a flight from Australia to US. Love it!

Posted By: Drkstar - October 28th, 2011 4:57:45 am EDT

great movie

Posted By: Drkstar - October 28th, 2011 4:54:48 am EDT

great novel, love the violence!!

Posted By: Magnus Pedersen - October 20th, 2011 5:25:01 pm EDT

The first Stephen King book i have ever read. I liked it.

Posted By: Anonymous - August 30th, 2011 6:00:19 pm EDT

It' s by far the best book I have ever read..And believe me, I have read a lot!!!

Posted By: Sammy - August 30th, 2011 10:25:49 am EDT

i love this book. At first i didn't get it but then i found myslef have to kept reading this book.I get for one i laugh at eben the pranks and how people act.This book get todays lfe today to so i found my slef enjoying this,but can someone tell me why his eys changed colors: does it have to do with selling to the people?or something else

Posted By: LelandBeaumont - August 28th, 2011 2:48:57 pm EDT

Thanks to this book, I started reading King's books. And this is still being my favorite of all.

Posted By: Demonspit23 - July 9th, 2011 6:11:33 pm EDT

Needful things still remains one of my favorite books and movies of all time. The novel was greatly detailed and brillant. Finished the book in 2 days. Need to bring the devil back.

Posted By: Lizzie Bear - June 8th, 2011 7:50:16 pm EDT

I loved the book. At some points it made me so frustrated because nothing was going right or the way I wanted it to, but that's just what made me want to read even more. My mom requested it for me because I am an avid King reader and a lover of horror and psychological thrillers and I'm glad she did.

Posted By: CodyBrockman - May 2nd, 2011 10:51:58 pm EDT

This is just a little weird coming from an 18 year old Kentucky boy, but although this isn't my favorite SK novel (Duma Key was); after finishing this book only about an hour ago, I find myself almost slipping into depression as to how much I miss the characters of this book. I also find myself hoping that maybe Polly's arthritis may have been lessened, or ever better, removed entirely by the spiders bite, but one can only hope. I feel great sympathy for her and miss every single character of this book.

Posted By: ML - April 13th, 2011 7:05:50 pm EDT

im almost done reading it and it is completely fantastic. i never want to close it. when im not reading it my mind is always thinking about it and what is going to happen next. although there is a lot of characters which are hard to keep up with i've managed so far

Posted By: Thelastsurvivor - March 31st, 2011 11:10:08 am EDT

When i read this it showed me that there is more to life thsn having nice things, i really loved this book.

Posted By: Pukcia - March 24th, 2011 8:00:16 am EDT

I've read almost everything SK has written (except Dark Tower series - sorry, but this is not for me..). The first time I've read Needful Things I was a teenager - still loved it, thought it was one of the best books ever. I'm listenging to it now again - I was right, it is one of the best of SK. Each character has the story, not a story, but the story, unique, believable, sympathetic. Love it, absolutely amazing!

Posted By: Lyns - March 8th, 2011 11:47:54 pm EST

I really got into this book when I read it a couple of years ago. However, like with many King novels, I was SUPER disappointed with how it ended. Nevertheless, I am considering using it for a contemporary lit class that I teach...I'll be interested to see what my students think of it, because I really don't know anyone else who has read it.

Posted By: King's#1 - February 9th, 2011 5:08:05 pm EST

My alll time fave book from King :)

Posted By: Howie - January 29th, 2011 3:10:52 pm EST

Reading it at the moment....Leland gaunt is the scariest baddie in all the books I've read by SK so far. Just when you think you know whats coming something else happens to throw you off the scent...classic King.

Posted By: MusReadSK - January 22nd, 2011 11:27:26 am EST

This will be my 6th SK book after the mist, misery, pet sematary, thinner and Duma Key, which i'm reading right now. I'm sure it will be awesome.

Posted By: King Fan - December 19th, 2010 12:56:14 pm EST

Loved it. Classic King. Read every book so far, and he has never disappointed.

Posted By: Anonymous - September 4th, 2010 5:33:49 pm EDT
I read the book last year, I have only 14 years old and I love it!
Posted By: Samantha - July 24th, 2010 8:58:58 pm EDT
This was the first Stephen King book I finished, and it's taken the place of many other books as my favorite book in my collection. I've read it so many times and worn out a lot of copies of it over the past few years. It feels like I'm reading it for the first time every time I open the book. Love it to bits!
Posted By: A.G.Wooding - June 3rd, 2010 3:23:40 pm EDT
Needful Things was the second Stephen King book that I read and it got me hooked to his work. I read it the first time...brilliant. I read it a second time...still brilliant. Just to make sure I read it a third time and, oh yes, still one of his best in my opinion. The set up is brilliant and there is a chapter (I think the one with the confrontation between Hugh Priest and Henry Beaufort) where my eyes could not read the words fast enough. A masterful piece.
Posted By: Brady12 - February 19th, 2010 11:50:54 pm EST
This is the 12th S.K. novel that I have read and it is awesome just like all the others. I have seriously become a Stephen king junkie! I cant wait to start the next one!
Posted By: Tate - February 19th, 2010 8:15:40 am EST
An excellent book. I love Castle Rock its a pity it was destroyed in this novel!!
Posted By: Jutty - January 10th, 2010 4:54:47 pm EST
Idk what to even say about this story. I assume that all of you have had the good sense to read it (more than once in most occasions). But in the off chance that I am wrong all I have to say is: WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? There is a small town in Maine where a shop has just opened. A shop that will get you anything you need (or want) and then some. You have an invatation to read all about it. I promise you that reading it will give you a whole new perspective on any shop you see with a sign in the window that reads 'open'. Just try to remember to breath, and keep reminding youself that it is just a story..... ENJOY!!
Posted By: Fawn - December 15th, 2009 12:42:15 pm EST
I found the characters in this novel the most well-developed of any novel I've read. I have enjoyed many novels by Stephen King, but "Needful Things" was one of my favorites. I chose it as the topic of my senior research paper this year. I would have chosen "It" but 8-10 pages would not be enough. I am torn between writing about the different characters or the prevailing themes. Anyway, I loved the novel and I'm sure I'll be reading it again shortly, or at least when I'm done with "Misery" for the second time. My goal is to read all Stephen King novels and collections of stories and I'm working on it.
Posted By: Homeygfunk - November 5th, 2009 7:22:24 pm EST
@Ryanne_00 try your local public library if you still need to finish the story at least until you can purchase another copy, it is too good of a story to wait -- and remember the sign says OPEN -- of course
Posted By: Elmarilou - October 18th, 2009 7:00:38 am EDT
i loved it
Posted By: John Lee - October 17th, 2009 3:08:00 pm EDT
loved this book my 3rd stephen king novel to read.
Posted By: Andrew - September 10th, 2009 5:53:51 pm EDT
*Spoilers ahead* This will always be my favourite Stephen King book, even if it isn't one of his most famous or well respected. The darkly comical look at the desires of humans makes for a great read and I was actually pleased at how the story ended. Leland Gaunt dying would have cheapened the story in a way and it was much better to know that, like Randell Flagg and Pennywise, Leland Gaunt is still on the prowl.
Posted By: Ryanne_00 - August 4th, 2009 5:02:34 pm EDT
Never Gonna Believe This..My Dog Chewed My Needful Things Up In My Last 100 Pages..So I Didnt Get To Finish..So Sad*Anybody Wanna Donate Their Used Copy To A HUGE Fan? Somebody? Anybody?
Posted By: Jamie - August 1st, 2009 10:38:14 am EDT
This was the first Stephen King book I ever read and I have been hooked ever since. I read this book in 3 days once I started and it is not a short book. I have read many of Stephen King's books, but this is still up there as one of my favorites.
Posted By: Trizzle - July 30th, 2009 7:50:34 pm EDT
My Favorite Stephen King book and movie
Posted By: Shadow - June 12th, 2009 9:27:46 pm EDT
I'm reading this book right now and show far I love it. I'm sure i won't be disappointed because i love all of stephen king's books.
Posted By: Tate - May 15th, 2009 12:06:52 pm EDT
An excellent book - one of your best.It was a shame you put an end to Castle Rock but all good things come to an end.Also bringing up former Castle Rock resident Ace Merril was a good move.Long may you continue writing fantatic books !
Posted By: Eriny! - April 6th, 2009 1:08:23 pm EDT
this book was amazing! I was in shock when i turned each page to find out what happened. this book is big on the dramatic irony. i was literally talking to the book saying "NO don't do that" or "Stop! think about what you're doing!" really suspenseful. two thumbs up! ^_^
Posted By: CB1977 - April 4th, 2009 6:33:28 am EDT
Makes you realize REAL QUICK the difference between WANT and NEED.
Posted By: Lizowa - March 19th, 2009 12:17:54 pm EDT
My grandmother gave me her Stephen King collection (a whole bookshelf!) over the summer. I read a lot of his short stories, and wanted to read a novel of his. I asked my g-ma which one to read first, and she said "Needful Things", and I'm so glad she did. This book started out a little slow, however, it immediately captured my attention and kept it thruogh the whole story. Amazing book!
Posted By: Lizzie - March 12th, 2009 1:35:07 pm EDT
Oh my goodness this book is amazing! Just like all the things that stephen king has written. Now that i have read this book i went out and bought everything that stephen king has written, even while writing under the name Richard Bachman.
Posted By: Funk - February 9th, 2009 4:46:02 pm EST
Needful Things is the single best book that I have ever read. I have now read 12 Stephen Kings and they are all wonderful but this one is by far the most amazing one. I love the interplay between charecters, mostly the strugle between Alan and his past. This is the most climatic book that I have ever read and I will definitley read this book at least 2 more times.
Posted By: L3land Gaunt - February 8th, 2009 11:06:20 pm EST
i just finished reading this book and it is by far my favirote one yet. I have to say i think mr.leland gaunt is one of my favroite evil characters in a book could job stephen keep it up
Posted By: Kate - February 3rd, 2009 9:07:30 am EST
I am currently reading Needful Things and I must say it is one of Stephen Kings best works. a sit on the edge of your seat story if I've ever seen one!!
Posted By: Tuc Baldecchi - December 30th, 2008 5:09:21 pm EST
I read Needful things a couple of weeks ago and it was a great book i love the leland gaunt Charter and it was my first King book and a good one so keep it coming king ok i am a huge fan thanks
Posted By: El Grogg - November 20th, 2008 5:53:31 pm EST
just finished needful things, boshed it in 4 days, couldn't put it down until it was finished. utterly gripping and possibly the best non dark tower book by king that i have read. leland gaunt is one of the all time classic villains, wonderfully constructed and as appealing to the reader as he is to the doomed population of castle rock. i particularly loved the interplay between the characters, all of them so thoroughly relatable, and i couldn't help but feel a degree of empathy for each and everyone of them. for me, the most 'real' of all the characters in the book is that of nettie cobb. for me, the tragedy of nettie is the heart and soul of the book. needful things is an absolute masterclass in the art of plot and character construction and i would highly recommend it to all. bravo mr king
Posted By: Anonymous - September 5th, 2008 12:29:19 pm EDT
Clearly, one of my favorites. I remember reading this one, I remember the characters, the events and the whole plot... It's actually what you could call a successful novel because of these reasons... you remember it even after you reached its end. I almost read it twice.
Posted By: Frank Black - August 23rd, 2008 3:13:42 pm EDT
The book is outstanding, are a genius.
Posted By: Anonymous - August 11th, 2008 7:25:31 am EDT
i am currently reading this novel and am finding it a fast paced, terrorfying and am unable to put it down!!! i have recently been introduced to the works of stephen king and am enjoying familaring myself with his story telling format and have been thrilled with all i have read so far. this includes rose madder (amazing), from a buick 8 and the deadzone.
Posted By: El Greco - August 7th, 2008 5:07:47 pm EDT
An excellent read. I pushed myself to read more and more... Shows how people get obsessed with specific items...
Posted By: Anonymous - July 24th, 2008 7:32:48 pm EDT
An eerily realistic look at small town life in New England and the natural greed of man. Once again, a supremely literary event with as much life, love, and humanity as there is blood and gore. A whole slew of characters, each one portrayed with perfect and minute detail.
Posted By: Rjt65 - July 24th, 2008 11:16:02 am EDT
Another great evil character and how he effects and feeds off of peoples sins. We all have our needful things, and this book explores what some will do to keep them!


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