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About The Novel

Discussion in 'Needful Things' started by CM Bertellotti, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. I've never read Needful Things, but the book sounds pretty cool. Anyone have an opinion to dish out? Just wondering if it's worth reading?
  2. Winter

    Winter Well-Known Member

    I really enjoyed it...though its been an awful long time since I read it. It reminded me a little of The Tommyknockers, the way you are painted a picture of a town full of characters and then have them all brought together...give it a go.
  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Most definitely!
  4. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    All of King's stories are worth a read. I've read this one more than once. Maybe print off a list of characters from The Library...as there are numerous "main" characters as well as a host of minor characters...or don't, either way. I've said in another thread that this story...along with Tommyknockers...Mist...Dreamcatcher...others...they have some of the same kind of things happening in them. Don't know how much I can say w/o incurring the wrath of the Spoiler Police. Start a thread when you begin reading it...say what you like/dislike about the story. :)
  5. days be strange

    days be strange still playing

    This was one of his books that just felt so easy to keep turning the pages and enjoying it.
  6. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    This was a book I started a couple times before I finally read the whole book.
  7. 91rewoT

    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    I really liked this book - there are interesting characters (as always!) and a decent storyline!
  8. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Love this book. It's my favorite type of SK book: townspeople pitted against one another, good balance of humor and wit, a real page turner. Loved it.
  9. Phantomking

    Phantomking Well-Known Member

    You can never ever go wrong with a "something peculiar happens in a small Maine town" story from Stephen King. That's when he's at his best.
  10. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Outstanding book. Well worth a read.
  11. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I was a fan of Needful Things before I even knew it was a sK story. I loved the movie, for the acting of Ed Harris and the little boy, and for the amazing story concept. Then, once a CR, I discovered the novel and loved it, too. It'll always be one of my favorite books.
  12. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Oh Yeah read the book. It's one of those compulsive page turners. You'll find yourself reading while waiting for the kettle to boil and then forgetting the kettle.
  13. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    I love it. It's so real in my opinion. The concept is amazing especially if you read it now when we live in such a material world. King is really amazing how he thought of that. I have heard some say it wasn't a great book, which to me is crazy. Of course, to each his own. I recommend!
  14. alligatoruk

    alligatoruk Member

    I really must try to read this book - I think I bought it over 10 years ago and have started it a couple of times and not been able to get into it. Strange really, as the concept of it seems totally intriguing, so I don't know what keeps stopping me. That said, I did try to read Dreamcatcher a few times without success and then when I finally did read it properly (took it on holiday, a surefire way to put the time in when a book is hard to start with), I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.
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  15. jkcrue

    jkcrue Well-Known Member

    I would recommend it, although not necessarily as a first book of King's to read. I would recommend to someone who's read any of: Cujo, Dead Zone, Sun Dog, The Body as there are characters from these stories in Needful Things and you'll appreciate the book more.
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  16. Machine's Way

    Machine's Way “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

    I see this post is old, so I have to ask, did you read "Needful things" (I almost said did you read it, then realized the confusion that might cause, lol) Needful things is one of my all time favorite SK books. Really love the story and the ideal is so relevant today, as people become some consumed and obsessed with material wealth.

    I would be interested in your opinions on the book if you did indeed get around to reading it. (There I said it) haha
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  17. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    It was one that took a couple of readings for me. The first time, I thought it was just meh, but really enjoyed it the second time. Maybe it goes back to it being the right time, or maybe absorbing so many characters? At any rate, it reminded me quite a bit in tone of The Dark Half (and shares a character or two with that book).
  18. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    Spoilers may follow:

    Like skimom, upon first reading, there is something that is a bit less-than with the book. Upon reflection, though, one finds that there are a lot of good ideas in it.

    One thing that I sort of didn't like -- yet, I can't imagine King using any other device -- is the spider. I felt it was a bit "It" redux. However, I've decided that that is the wrong way to look at it. There is nothing inadvisable about using a spider throughout several stories.

    I did wish for a bit more destruction with the town. As someone on the forums said before, it would have been great if the town had been destroyed in a similar way as Derry was.

    I loved the artwork on the cover, by the way. And I think King should write another Castle Rock story. Maybe he should somehow have the city come back to life (and I'm talking about a reanimation of the darker parts of it).
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  19. Arkay Lynchpin

    Arkay Lynchpin Preserve wildlife, pickle a squirrel.

    Asking how an SK novel reads is much like asking what life smells like.

    It’s a memory triggered by the whiff of a passerby’s perfume or Eau de Toilette, a bloated corpse floating in a bursting septic tank, the briny tang of the coast, the funk of loam and wood smoke in the fall (we call it Autumn in my latitude).

    Sometimes it’s just the smell of an unwashed bod sitting in a pick-up with notes of fresh and stale cigarettes and a large plastic cup full of Château Cardboard ‘Premium’ Old Tawny (AU$20 for four litres).
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  20. RandallHuff

    RandallHuff Member

    I have 4 King novels left that I haven't read yet. I'm saving them for rainy days. I recently cracked and read Needful Things for the first time, which was one of those books. And wow, it was amazing. I never realized that King had killed off Castle Rock as a town. This book was glorious, and so full of great Easter Eggs, like Cujo's ghost. I loved this book!
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