Gwendy’s Final Task By Stephen King
Book/Novel Author: Stephen King
Book/Novel Title: Gwendy’s Final Task
The final book in the New York Times bestselling Gwendy’s Button Box trilogy from Stephen King and Richard Chizmar.When Gwendy Peterson was twelve, a mysterious stranger named Richard Farris gave her a mysterious box for safekeeping. It offered treats and vintage coins, but it was dangerous. Pushing any of its eight colored buttons promised death and destruction. Years later, the button box reentered Gwendy’s life. A successful novelist and a rising political star, she was once again forced to deal with the temptation the box represented. Now, malignant forces seek to possess the button box, and it is up to Senator Gwendy Peterson to keep it from them at all costs. But where can one hide something from such powerful entities? In Gwendy’s Final Task, master storytellers Stephen King and Richard Chizmar take us on a journey from Castle Rock to another famous cursed Maine city to the MF-1 space station, where Gwendy must execute a secret mission to save the world. And, maybe, all worlds.
I’m surprizes at the bad revies.It seems that alot of people think Steve’s writing is too political well why do you keep reading it? I enjoyed all three books and the last one was a surprise.I’d like to see this turned into a movie.
Gwendy became a friend after three stories, easy to root for when you grasp the the weight of her decision. Her strength and drive is admirable while her love family and life is familiar
It was a let down. The two previous Gwendy books were good, and I went in figuring this would be as good. Umm, no.We are not given the opportunity to “forget” Gwendy has early onset of Alzheimer’s. It’s everywhere. I feel that it was a lost opportunity for some education.The whole book was slapped together as though on a close deadline. None of the King backhand humor. No fear, or anticipated bad guy. This book would be a short story in anything else King put together, but the finale?He had to be on a deadline.
I’m a proud Constant Reader, going all the way back to Carrie in the 70s. I’ve read everything King has published, and I’m pretty sure that, even though he’s given co-author credit, Stephen King did not write this. As I speculated in my review of Chasing The Boogeyman (another dismal but inexplicably highly-rated mess), King must owe Richard Chizmar a few favors.Even King’s weakest efforts (see The Institute) are well written—full of great phrasing, description, characterization, and narrative flow. He always sucks you in, even if you end up disappointed by the ride. The clumsy writing, mawkish sentimentality, proliferation of trite cliché, and total lack of narrative tension mark this as a Chizmar work.Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the inclusion of various random Dark Tower references, which do nothing to enrich the mythos and come across as mere fan service.Life is short, don’t waste your time. There are other worlds than these!