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    I listened to the audio version of this book through the library Overdrive but I m going to buy a copy from Audible Maggie Swift from Sons Of Anarchy was the narrator and she was awesome I loved that there was a little talk with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar at the end Just listening to them was cool There is also a short story at the end of the first book called, The Music Room This is a tiny short story by Stephen King Just a little tad bit of horror to add to your day I also have I listened to the audio version of this book through the library Overdrive but I m going to buy a copy from Audible Maggie Swift from Sons Of Anarchy was the narrator and she was awesome I loved that there was a little talk with Stephen King and Richard Chizmar at the end Just listening to them was cool There is also a short story at the end of the first book called, The Music Room This is a tiny short story by Stephen King Just a little tad bit of horror to add to your day I also have to say how much I love the cover of the book When I first saw it I never really paid much attention to it When I was listening to it I started to really look at the pictures and noticed all of the wonderful things that are added You can see the suicide steps, the town, Gwendy talking to the man in the black hat I just think it s lovely This isn t some big ole horror story It s just a story of Gwendy and how she comes across the button box that she owns for a good portion of her life There are secrets about the box I thought they were pretty awesome In some ways I could see how the box would be a terrifying thing to have in your possession for a few different reasons that I won t say I just fell in love with the story I fell in love with Gwendy s character And I hated one ole jerk in the book I hated him really bad Karma dude, karma I m going to get a physical copy of the book too because there are just some books you love for whatever reason and you want to own them It s just that simple Enjoy MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List


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    She approaches the button box with as much stealth as she can muster When she s within a few feet of it, the image of a wild animal asleep in its lair flashes in her head, and she thinks The button box doesn t just give power it is power. But I won t, she mutters Won t what Won t give in It all begins with daily summer exercise on the cliffside stairs Gwendy Peterson is 12 years old in 1974 and chubby She will be going to middle school in the fall, and she does not want her nicknam She approaches the button box with as much stealth as she can muster When she s within a few feet of it, the image of a wild animal asleep in its lair flashes in her head, and she thinks The button box doesn t just give power it is power. But I won t, she mutters Won t what Won t give in It all begins with daily summer exercise on the cliffside stairs Gwendy Peterson is 12 years old in 1974 and chubby She will be going to middle school in the fall, and she does not want her nickname, Goodyear, tagging along with her from elementary school At the top of the cliffside run sits a man on a bench in a black bowler hat, black jeans, black coat, and a white shirt He has been there every day She has ignored him He has looked at her with an intensity that would make anyone uncomfortable, but especially a self conscious girl who thinks everyone is only looking at her flaws when they look at her Of course, he could be a perv There is always that He is, after all, reading a book called Gravity s Rainbow, which frankly sounds like something a perv would read Richard Farris he does introduce himself convinces her to have a harmless conversation with him He has brought a gift that he wants to intrust to her A button box, but not just any button box one that dispenses chocolates with one lever and silver Morgan coins with the other In exchange for the box, her only job is to keep it safe It doesn t take long for her to discover that the chocolates have some magical element that allows her to be good atwelleverything The buttons themselves have power beyond anything she can conceive, but with that power comes great responsibility Farris is cryptic in his explanations, which makes one wonder if even he knows the true power of all those buttons The black button can not be pushed under any circumstances The red button is a wild card Each of the other buttons are tied to specific geographical regions If the chocolates weren t so mouth watering amazing, a smart girl like Gwendy would have excused herself and broke into a fast trot back to the life that the fates had already strung for her Temptation is always swathed in alluring wrappings Stephen King and Richard Chizmar combine forces to return readers to Castle Rock, Maine Castle Rock has provided the setting for many King books over the years and is a home away from home for many of his dedicated fans The book is a quick read I finished it in an afternoon The button box is a conundrum, and I had no problems lurking in the shadows, observing events, and waiting for that black bowler hat, that appeared in many of Gwendy s most disturbing dreams, to show up again with, hopefully, some much needed insight This book quickly went into a third printing so copies are moving as fast as Cemetery Dance can print them A book that will have you ponderingwhat would I do can I resist the urge to use the power that is at my fingertips when do I intercede and when do I turn a blind eye If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    I m here for it.Thanks to Raeleen for the recommendation via this episode of Books Unbound Podcast 14 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge I m here for it.Thanks to Raeleen for the recommendation via this episode of Books Unbound Podcast 14 of 30 for my 30 day reading challenge


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    A little box, a few buttons, and unspeakable consequences for pressing them.Gwendy is a twelve year old girl, wide, school outcast At the peak of some stairs in an elevated park of Castle Rock, a black suited stranger offers her a peculiar object A little button box, with two tiny levers A magic box that every now and then grants little gifts, but at a terrible cost Pressing the different buttons carries dire consequences, and protecting the box, a grave responsibility What if someone steal A little box, a few buttons, and unspeakable consequences for pressing them.Gwendy is a twelve year old girl, wide, school outcast At the peak of some stairs in an elevated park of Castle Rock, a black suited stranger offers her a peculiar object A little button box, with two tiny levers A magic box that every now and then grants little gifts, but at a terrible cost Pressing the different buttons carries dire consequences, and protecting the box, a grave responsibility What if someone steals the box What if one of the buttons is accidentally pressed What would happen if someone presses the dreaded black buttonA 100p little novella of the legendary Stephen King An entertaining read, enjoyable, short, finishable in a few days, if not one First encounter with King I ve watched countless of his movies Cujo, It, Mist, Misery, Shining, others , but first time on book And why did I never venture before with the master of horror Who knows But the first of many, I hope Elevation is next, and then somethingpowerful Possibly Bag of Bones, or Dark Tower God save me from starting yet another saga.Until next time, Una peque a caja, un par de botones, y horribles consecuencias por presionarlos.Gwendy es una nena de doce a os, ancha, marginada en su colegio En la cima de unas escaleras en un parque elevado de Castle Rock, un extra o se or de traje oscuro le ofrece un peculiar objeto Una peque a caja de botones, con dos min sculas palanquitas Una caja m gica que cada tanto otorga diminutos obsequios, pero a un costo elevado Presionar los distintos botones de la caja acarrea graves consecuencias, y proteger la caja, una enorme responsabilidad Y si alguien roba la caja Y si alg n bot n se presiona sin querer Y si alguien presiona el temible bot n negroPeque a novella de cien p ginas del legendario Stephen King Una lectura entretenida, disfrutable, corta, liquidable en epenas un par de d as, sino uno Primera aproximaci n a King Vi un sinf n de sus pel culas Cujo, It, Mist, Misery, Resplandor y otras , pero primera vez en libro Como es que nunca me aventur antes con el maestro del terror Quien sabe Pero el primero de muchos, espero Sigue Elevation, y despu s algo m s poderoso Posiblemente Bag of Bones, o Dark Tower, Dios me libre de empezar otra saga.Hasta la pr xima,


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    4 StarsFooled me.not at all the ending I was expecting.And guess what.we re back in Castle Rock, Maine.as is The Man in Black.Anyway.Richard Farris RF sits watching and waiting for 12 year old Gwendy Peterson to finish her run up and down the suicide stairs She absolutely does not want to be called Goodyearlike the blimp when school resumes this year.so when the mysterious man offers up his button box of powerfuldangerousand life changing tricks and treats 4 StarsFooled me.not at all the ending I was expecting.And guess what.we re back in Castle Rock, Maine.as is The Man in Black.Anyway.Richard Farris RF sits watching and waiting for 12 year old Gwendy Peterson to finish her run up and down the suicide stairs She absolutely does not want to be called Goodyearlike the blimp when school resumes this year.so when the mysterious man offers up his button box of powerfuldangerousand life changing tricks and treats, the temptation is just too much and Gwendy succumbs to the task and risks of its safekeeping.In GWENDY S BUTTON BOX, as the years fly by, you ll find the usual school time relationships and activities to keep things light added to horrors from the dark side of life that result in tragic loss and heartbreak.and oh the ever present pressure for Gwendy to make use of the evil in the little box of tricks Stephen King has taught us to beware the man in black, but I found nothing here to givemechills or nightmares.just a fast paced read and most entertaining novella..with a quick look at author, Richard Chizmar.


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    This was a re read in order to remind myself of the story s basic tenets before I tackle the newly released second piece in the series, penned solely by Richard Chizmar Please see my original review below A wonderful collaboration between King of Horror Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, who have been long time friends but meshed their literary ideas into a single piece This story is peppered with the New England flavour for which King is so well known and an innocent story that turns on a si This was a re read in order to remind myself of the story s basic tenets before I tackle the newly released second piece in the series, penned solely by Richard Chizmar Please see my original review below A wonderful collaboration between King of Horror Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, who have been long time friends but meshed their literary ideas into a single piece This story is peppered with the New England flavour for which King is so well known and an innocent story that turns on a single item, something Chizmar surely influenced after being handed control of the story Gwendy Peterson is an energetic girl who seeks to change herself before heading into middle school, where the teasing she has undergone will only get worse When a mysterious man, Richard Farris, engages her in conversation, Gwendy soon realises that this is not a man who seeks to do her any harm Rather, he has a special gift for her, a mahogany box affixed with eight buttons, their convex surfaces and varied colours quite alluring Farris explains the importance of each button, warning her away from pressing the red, unless she is sure of what she wants, as it packs quite the punch With that, Farris is gone and Gwendy is left to fend for herself She hides the box from everyone else, pulling it out only to feed off the delectable sweets that are compartmentalised along one side As the story progresses and Gwendy ages, she becomes tempted by the buttons, or at least the red one, and seeks to experiment The result is anything but peaceful, but Gwendy knew that was a distinct possibility With events around her playing out, Gwendy is left to wonder, could she be solely responsible An interesting novella that pulls the reader in from the start and posits some interesting theories A wonderfully entertaining read for any who enjoy some of the less macabre King work with this new spin that Chizmar brings to the writing process.I have long been a King fan and can only hope that there will bestories like this King and Chizmar took on a seemingly innocent plot and allowed it to evolve and take shape, to the point that the reader is left to wonder just who Gwendy Peterson might be She has moments of teenage na vet that are contrasted nicely with some darker thoughts, especially when she knowingly uses the red button However, there is little attempt by the authors to turn her into anything sinister The same goes for Richard Farris, who balances precariously on the fence from being that creepy man in the shadows to an innocent stranger who seeks to offer up something interesting, akin to the magic beans that Jack received for his cow King and Chizmar take the story from there and allow Gwendy to apparently control her destiny, while also placing much burden at her feet Did her pressing the button lead to various newsworthy calamities Without going too far off the beaten path, King and Chizmar force the reader to wrestle with destiny and the influence of choices on the larger scale Call it The Butterfly Effect through the eyes of a teenage girl A wonderful story that packs a punch and offers up much entertainment, one can only hope that King hasof these ideas rumbling around and that Chizmar is on hand to help spin them, in the years to come.Kudos, Messrs King and Chizmar for this wonderful novella I am impressed and the early hype is right you two are a wonderful team Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at


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    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.Gwendy Peterson lives in Castle Rock, Maine Every morning, she jogs up the suicide stairs One day, she reaches the top of the stairs and meets a strange man dressed in black He offers Gwendy a gift, something he says is hers The man in black produces a canvas bag and reveals a button box Gwendy is drawn to the button box and gleefully accepts it, unaware of the power it holds On a bench in the shade, c Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.Gwendy Peterson lives in Castle Rock, Maine Every morning, she jogs up the suicide stairs One day, she reaches the top of the stairs and meets a strange man dressed in black He offers Gwendy a gift, something he says is hers The man in black produces a canvas bag and reveals a button box Gwendy is drawn to the button box and gleefully accepts it, unaware of the power it holds On a bench in the shade, close to the gravel path leading from the stairs into the Castle View Recreational Park, sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top On his head is a small neat black hat The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat. Though the story begins with Gwendy Peterson as a middle grader and follows her into adulthood, her story arc is infinitesimal One of the primary villainous characters in the book is yet another one dimensional bully When Gwendy spurns his advances, his response is explosiveJust like the rest of the stuck up bitches, he says I thought you were different, but you re not Think you re too good for everyoneFuck your father, and fuck you, too I knew you when you were nothing but an ugly fuckin chubber He points a finger gun at her and smiles It ll come back, too Fat girls turn into fat women It never failsAt crucial moment, a problematic scenario is partially resolved by a woman exposing her breasts a befuddling resolution view spoiler Gwendy does the only thing she can think of Only she doesn t think, she just acts Her bra closes in front, and now she opens it Do you want to play with those buttons, or minehide spoiler Gwendy s Button Box is a pointless tale Aside from the surface level examination view spoiler of how one might react if given the ability to destroy a place if you could, in spite of the loss of civilian life i.e the allure of power hide spoiler , any deeper meaning to the story is not readily apparent


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    King is backand he brought a friend .A very nice novella indeed A story of choices and mystery Questions about what a person might do with almost God like power Would you choose to be merciful or would you let your inner demons make you the ultimate destroyer Whatever you decide, if you like a good thriller and, perhaps in this case, don t have a lot of time to dedicate to a big book , I suggest you choose Gwendy s Button Box for a good dose of what ifs.Side note the version I King is backand he brought a friend .A very nice novella indeed A story of choices and mystery Questions about what a person might do with almost God like power Would you choose to be merciful or would you let your inner demons make you the ultimate destroyer Whatever you decide, if you like a good thriller and, perhaps in this case, don t have a lot of time to dedicate to a big book , I suggest you choose Gwendy s Button Box for a good dose of what ifs.Side note the version I read includes an additional short story called The Music Room A minor anecdote, really Not much too it and not really worth hunting down unless you are a King completist


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    Engaging reading THE WEIGHT OF A BOX Gwendy Peterson is a normal teenager in the not so normal Castle Rock town, she is looking to lose some weight mainly due the meanness of fellow schoolmates , and to do that she has been running on the Suicide Stairs , one of the colorful places in the town, until one day, when she reached the high point of the stairs, she meets a strange man with a black hat which knows too much about Gwendy s personal life and he gives her a gift, a powerful and Engaging reading THE WEIGHT OF A BOX Gwendy Peterson is a normal teenager in the not so normal Castle Rock town, she is looking to lose some weight mainly due the meanness of fellow schoolmates , and to do that she has been running on the Suicide Stairs , one of the colorful places in the town, until one day, when she reached the high point of the stairs, she meets a strange man with a black hat which knows too much about Gwendy s personal life and he gives her a gift, a powerful and enigmatic gift, a button box.So, Gwendy may lose personal weight but now she is gaining a responsability weight way beyond of her wildest dreams or nightmares.The button box has various buttons duh and two levers that I won t spoil what they do, since it s part of the fun and thrill of the tale , and Gwendy soon enough will realize that while of the features of the box seem not only harmless but even rewarding in different areas of her life, other features will be without a doubt a burden with tremendous repercussions.The box is power and there isn t power without responsibility ask Peter Parker if you don t believe me and consequences.And something else about power is that even in the inaction, when you have power and you don t do something about it, there are consequences too.Trivial gifts are innocent, even pointless in a practical view, but powerful gifts are life changing, for better or worse, you ll never be the same after receive them and guarding them


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    When Gwendy Peterson meets a mysterious man in black on top of Suicide Stairs, he gives her the button box One lever gives her a candy, one lever gives her a silver dollar, and the buttons give only deathI ve been a Constant Reader for a long time This showed up on my BookGorilla email one morning and I gave it a shot The writing was vintage King It felt like putting on a favorite T shirt Castle Rock and a character with the initials RF are back A middle schooler winds up with a device When Gwendy Peterson meets a mysterious man in black on top of Suicide Stairs, he gives her the button box One lever gives her a candy, one lever gives her a silver dollar, and the buttons give only deathI ve been a Constant Reader for a long time This showed up on my BookGorilla email one morning and I gave it a shot The writing was vintage King It felt like putting on a favorite T shirt Castle Rock and a character with the initials RF are back A middle schooler winds up with a device of unimaginable power and with great power, everybody now, comes great responsibility Gwendy s Button Box is a coming of age tale Gwendy Peterson goes from middle school to high school with a monkey on her back in the shape of a box studded with eight buttons and two levers.In some ways, the story reminded me of that Richard Matheson Twilight Zone episode that later became the movie The Box Giving Gwendy the button box sounds like a fantastic act of destructive mischief on behalf of King s go to bad guy As I wolfed down the pages like a hungry billybumbler, I envisioned the horrors that were sure to wait for me at the end of the book.Yeah, there was an ending but it wasn t the one I was picturing or anything near that Path of the Beam It was letdown, not unlike the ending of The Colorado Kid Lots of build up with not much of a payoff in this Constant Reader s opinion While King s high up in my pantheon of writers, he s not lofty enough for me to pretend I enjoyed the last 10% 3.5 out of 5.Later I found a PDF of Button, Button, the Richard Matheson short story Twilight Zone episode this reminded me of


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Gwendy's Button Box The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told until nowThere are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock Route , Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs Every day in the summer oftwelve year old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong if time rusted iron bolts and zig zag up the cliffsideAt the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity gameOne day, a stranger calls to Gwendy Hey, girl Come on over here for a bit We ought to palaver, you and me On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top On his head is a small neat black hat The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hatJourney back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award winning author of A Long December This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world