Gwendy’s Button Box by King and Chizmar: Book Review

 

“Secrets are a problem, maybe the biggest problem of all. They weigh on the mind and take up space in the world.”

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Rating Scale: ★★★★★

5: HOLY COW! Give me more, more, more!

  • I love Gwendy’s character and the mysterious Mr. Farris, read the book in under 2 hours, I was pulled in and connected with a realistic feel of the story, I was constantly pulled by the lingering suspense hanging above the story. My mind is whirling after with the possible connections to other King novels.

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1: Welp, that was a total waste of my time

  • It took me too long to finish (over a month) or I didn’t even both to finish the book.
  • Lacked in many of the following: pacing, characters, overall plot, entertainment, details, uniqueness, relevance, or style.

2: Meh, it passed the time okay

  • It took me too long to finish (about a month).
  • Lacked in several of the following: pacing, characters, overall plot, entertainment, details, uniqueness, relevance, or style.

3: Alright, I’ll keep reading the series. I enjoyed that

  • It didn’t take me longer than a month to read.
  • Lacked in at least one or two of the following: pacing, characters, overall plot, entertainment, details, uniqueness, relevance, or style.

4: Wow, I want to know what happens next! This author is great!

  • That was totally satisfying, but it could have been better in terms of some minor things such as: pacing, characters, overall plot, entertainment, details, uniqueness, relevance, or style.

Nahs: What didn’t you like?

  • TOO SHORT!! I want more!

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Aahs: What did you like?

  • Gwendy’s name is unique.
  • Gwendy’s determination and character change through the short story.
  • The overall mystery left lingering with the box, Richard Farris, and her own connection to all of the unknown.

Genre: Fantasy/Horror/Mystery

I feel like this story is a short story which could fit within another of King’s works. Someone suggested it could be the beginning to The Stand with the man in the hat, Richard Farris, corresponding to Randall Flagg.

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Theme: Secrets.

Gwendy is given the box because she is specially chosen. There is something about her that makes her stand out. The man with the hat knows she would never use the box for evil. While having the box makes certain aspects of her life better, she does have to ultimately pay the price as well.

“Secrets are a problem, maybe the biggest problem of all. They weigh on the mind and take up space in the world.”


Style: The book is short and very readable.

Even though it is co-authored, I couldn’t tell at all. The chapters are quick and fun. I read the whole book under two hours in one sitting. There is a great balance between narrative and dialogue. The cover of the book is gorgeous and mysterious.


Details or Gaps?: Purposeful gaps.

I think King or Chizmar left a lot out on purpose. Probably to drive us crazy. I always feel as if King has something up his sleeve and I feel a heavy anticipation when beginning any new book he has written. I know King has interwoven many characters and stories together, leaving behind Easter eggs for his readers. This only makes being a constant reader that much more enjoyable and exciting.

Even though this book is very short, the book is still a satisfying read in terms of character development of Gwendy. It’s crazy to think this book encompasses an entire decade or more of her life. Of course we would all love to know more about the other characters, especially the all elusive Mr. Farris. I’m sure there may be connections discovered by the CR community or either it is simply left to one’s own imagination.

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Literary Devices: SUSPENSE!!

The tone was always one of suspense hanging in the air. So many questions float around in your mind. Has GWendy hidden the box well enough? What happens if someone else does find it? What will she say? What does happen if you push a button?

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Uniqueness Scale: 5 – Never heard of and leaves you flabbergasted!

1 – Tale as old as time…*yawn*

2 – Same old, same old…yet enjoyable.

3 – Same tale…with a twist?

4 – New and refreshing!


Recommend?: YES!

Especially if you are someone who wants to try out horror and Stephen King. This book is a great start.

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Where can you read it?

I bought mine through a local bookstore online and it was shipped in. These books are hot right now, so I’m sure it available to purchase just about anywhere.


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