Pressing Buttons (Gwendy’s Button Box – A Book Review)

Gwendy’s Button Box
Author: Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
Published: 2017

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Rated S for subtle mystery and the bittersweet nobody expects in life.

 

“Take care of the box. It gives gifts, but they’re small recompense for the responsibility.”

It’s 1974. It was a bright and sunny day in Castle Rock, Maine when twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson met a strange man on a bench. He gives her a box with special buttons and levers, promising that it holds gifts for her. He doesn’t divulge how long she is meant to hold on to it. Just that she takes care of it. Protecting the box changes her life in unbelievable ways.

 

Gwendy is given something remarkable and powerful. A box with buttons on it that if she presses make things happen. Or do they? It’s actually quite mysterious. The box, an unnoticeable thing, except to her, yet it has such a massive presence and effect on everyone around, and including, Gwendy. A real Pandora’s Box feel.

This was such a bittersweet read. It has that haunting veil hanging over it. It’s incredible. Not a top read for me, but a delightful one. I’m glad I read it. Also, the cover art is GORGEOUS and a perfect look into the important parts of the novella. It reminds a bit of Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block. Not the horrifying part, but the stairs.

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Real and raw, this novella shows the true test of humanity and our ability to resist temptation and handle power. The characters were incredibly beautiful and scary. It’s such an oxymoronic pair, but so true. I really admired how they were written. So basic, yet I got attached to them pretty quick.

There was magic that was indescribable. It wasn’t as I’ve read in the many paranormal books I’ve consumed over the years, and there’s quite a few. LOL. It was surreal, almost as if there wasn’t magic at all because I wasn’t sure that some parts involved actual magic. If it wasn’t just humanity inevitably doing what humanity does. But then, I was really wanting to see something big happen!

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Overall

I think this a great read. I’ll have to look into other Castle Rock novels now. More to add to my reading list!! LOL. Certainly, a story that will pull at the heartstrings a little. I enjoyed the comical bits and especially the way it wasn’t over the top. Completely natural. And all in a one-day read. Hell, not even a full twenty-four hours. A two-four hour read, if you’re like me and enjoy taking your time.

 

Quotables:

“Stashed away in this world of ours, are great arsenals of weapons that could destroy all life on this planet for a million years.” (Farris to Gwendy, p, 23)

“Gwendy has a thought: secrets are a problem. They weigh on the mind and take up space in the world.” (Gwendy, p. 30)

“It’s wetter than a taco fart down there and just as smelly.” (Mr. Peterson to Gwendy, p. 83)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Drive By by Train.

 

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Through the Door of Their Minds (The Drawing of Three – A Book Review)

The Drawing of Three (The Dark Tower #2)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1990

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Rated N for nightmarish, carnivorous lobstrosities with a hankering for human meat and psychotic mind-breaks that’ll leave you wondering if someone slipped you acid.

 

Three. This is the number of your fate.

Roland now follows the path that the Man in Black has set him on, knowing it will get him closer to the Tower. But is the deadly cost worth it? Dodging strange, monstrous crustaceans, the gunslinger follows his path, ready to draw three, as he’s been told he would.

Discovering mysterious doorways out on the beach wasteland, he enters America, as we know it. But he comes through those doorways through defiant Eddie Dean and smart Odetta Holmes. Joining together, they make their way through dangerous struggles and treacherous evils, unveiling that they need one another…for now.

They are getting closer to the Tower.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

This book was intense! Still a little drawn out, but those lobster creature-things were creepy! I also kept wondering what the hell they kept saying and if they were saying anything at all. They are vicious for sure. Fingers getting bitten off type of vicious.

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I’m still reeling at what happened to Jake and crossing my fingers that Roland will cross paths with him again someday. The new additions, Eddie and Odetta, are a handful! Eddie is a heroin addict while Odetta is legless while also schizophrenic with an alternate personality. Totally wild and also puts a kink in Roland’s mission. I really liked the dynamic though. These two are given an opportunity to do something of higher power, like a calling.

While the story pretty much stands still in its setting of apocalyptic beach, so much is happening. King is fantastic at standing still, but making sure the reader sees the whole picture, while also getting into their heads with boundary-breaking stuff. Yep, stuff. The intricate, following a string to see where it goes stuff.

 

Overall

Now I’m invested. After the craziness and unexpected drops, I couldn’t put this book down. This series is still a mind-bending trip that let me wondering if I was on drugs or not. I imagine the next book will be even more intense and WTF-filled.

 

Quotables:

“If you have given up your heart for the Tower, Roland, you have already lost. A heartless creature is a beast. To be a beast is perhaps bearable, although the man who has become one will surely pay hell’s own price in the end, but what if you should gain your object?” (p. 265)

“Who’s gonna come through some magic door and save you, man? Do you know? I do. No one. You drew all you could draw.” (Eddie to Roland, p.461)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Chase Is On… (The Gunslinger – A Book Review)

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1982

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Rated M for a complex, multi-dimensional mindfuck that you just can’t put down because you really want to figure it out more than that puzzle box from Hellraiser.

 

“The man in black fled across the dessert and the gunslinger followed.”

In a desolate reality that mirrors ours in horrifying ways. A lone gunslinger going by the name of Roland makes his way across the desert land with Jake from our reality. As a gunslinger, Roland is charged with protecting good, or whatever is left of it. His world has ‘moved on’ and the only way to salvage what’s left of it is to catch the man in black.

While the journey has been a long one already, Roland knows that the man in black has all of the answers and secrets that will guide him. See, this is only the beginning of the gunslinger’s journey toward the Dark Tower.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

How do I begin with this one?

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This really was a complex mindfuck. With the utmost originality that can only come out of the mind of the King, this is a series of some epic fantasy. It doesn’t touch Lord of the Rings or any other fantasy series because it’s a league of its own. I don’t say that because this is better than them. It’s not. It’s on the level. I say it because it lives on a plane all its own with its own mythology, language, world. It has a universe all to itself that doesn’t touch anything else. It’s an original work.

I both enjoyed and disliked The Dark Tower. When I finished it, I decided that this came across as a primer/prologue than it did a book in series. You spend more time getting to know Roland and his world and what his journey will entail thden you do actually moving in any form of progression.

So, here comes the downside. While taking in what this series would entail, I found the book to be drawn out in detail. There were times where I thought I could fall asleep from boredom because it was so lengthy. I love attention to detail. It makes the story extremely immersive, but it felt overdone, like a burnt piece of barbeque. It comes across as dull at times and I just wanted to move forward.

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Racing to catch up with the man in black proved to be tricky for Roland. There were many obstacles, some of which were put in place by the man in black. Dark and totally on the mark, Roland didn’t let anything get in his way to get to his objective. For me, it was haunting. I wonder if everything he did was worth what he got.

Side Note: I have seen the film for The Dark Tower and I must say it didn’t live up to what I imagined. One day, I hope to see this picked up by HBO or Starz or even Netflix so it can receive the amazing glory and following of that like GOT. It deserves to have the time it takes to tell an intricate tale like this.

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Overall

Reading this book was like starring at a piece of artwork, in a museum, that you don’t understand. But, you’re going to stand there and stare at it until you discover it because it’s beautiful and it whispers some kind of secret and meaning. That’s kind of how it went down. Not a bad read, but damn if I wasn’t enthralled with semi-glazed over eyes. Don’t mistake that for me thinking this book royally sucked. It didn’t. It was fantastic. It’ll definitely need another read though.

 

Quotables:

 “Nineteen would open the secret. Nineteen was the secret.” (p. 56)

“While you travel with the boy, the man in black travels with your soul.” (p. 141)

“Time’s the thief of memory.” (p. 177)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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My lovers and obssessers of books!

February is here. The month many people declare is the month for love. I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I do celebrate that it’s the last full month of winter. For me it is anyway. The cold weather and snow gets its last bites in and spring starts to trickle in. I am really craving some warm weather and green leaves and the death of snow.

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The midnight hour is upon us and this is what I’ll be reading and reviewing this month. It’s my goal to get started on my New Year’s Eve Bookish Resolution as well as finally complete reading some series I’ve started over the last few years.

 

Coming Soon…

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The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 1 &2
Author: L.J. Smith

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A long time ago, I read the first and second installments of The Vampire Diaries. Anybody who’s read the books knows that the TV show is nothing like them. They’re SO different, but I still enjoyed the drama of the books and can’t wait to get back at them.

 

Sever
Author: Lauren DeStefano

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I’m excited to finally get to the conclusion of the Chemical Garden trilogy. I’ve really enjoyed it and am itching to see how it ends.

 

Zom-B & Zom-B: Underground
Author: Darren Shan

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ZOMBIES!!! It’s always good to toss some zombies into the mix.

 

Half Bad
Author: Sally Green

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This is one I spotted in the store that interesting. I’d heard of it before and I’ve met people who really enjoyed it, so I’m taking my chances here.

 

Undertow
Author: Michael Buckley

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The cover drew me in, but then so did the blerb. Mysterious and curious. Invasion from the ocean. Getting some Aquaman feels.

 

Currently…

Currently

 

Red Queen & Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard

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Dark Tower
Author: Stephen King

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Evercrossed
Author: Elizabeth Chandler

 

Up for Review…

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Secret Brother
Author: V. C. Andrews

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All the Little Lights
Author: Jamie McGuire

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Game of Thrones
Author: George R. R. Martin

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Hoping to be busier than a bumble bee this week with my TBR. Have a happy February!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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