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THEY SEE A BUTTON, THEY WANT TO PUSH IT.
Let me start by saying this is good, not great, but still worth five stars. Like most King stories it is character driven and that is what makes the story worth listening to. The most unrealistic part of the story was a guy named Harry. My dad who was born in 1935 and was named Harry, but I am pretty sure with the exception of England, it is rarely used in America since the 30's. We also know that Chizmar wrote the ending to this book, because no aliens were involved.
King has said in the past that Matheson was an inspiration to him. Matheson wrote a very popular short story called THE BOX, in which you can push a button on it and you get your wish, but in return someone will die. If King credited Matheson for this story, I missed it and apologize, but the stories are very similar.
PEOPLE IN ALBANY GET WHAT THEY GOT COMING
The last story, THE MUSIC BOX, is very short and similar to a Twilight Zone episode. I was not very impressed with the story, worth three stars, but it is so short, that I did not take it into account for the overall rating.
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Per the interview at the end of this production, Gwendy's story was one that King started but couldn't finish. He sent it to Chizmar and was pleased with what he got back. So was I.
Listening, you can sort of feel the melding of two minds, but it's never distracting. I can definitely feel King in the beginning with his character descriptions and dialogue. Per usual a world is created that you enjoy "living" in -- making it just as much about the journey as the destination.
I've never read anything by Chizmar, but in parts of the story I felt something that wasn't King, but was still quite enjoyable. I felt like the ending was something King wouldn't have written as he tends to be a bit more complex, but I felt it closed out the tale quite well and I left the story satisfied.
There's a short story after Gwendy's Button Box that was a bit psychotic, but still enjoyable for what it was.
Always a King fan, but will be looking up Chizmar as well after this.
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