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Leyna Shaw's unfamiliar environment sends her screaming and screamingly. For one, she's in the White House bedroom and there is a peculiar object thrusting itself upon her....

Title : Small World
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ISBN : 9780451114082
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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Small World Reviews

  • Trudi
    2019-05-18 17:43

    I would give this book 4.5 stars just for sheer originality, overall weirdness and supreme creepiness. The book totally enthralled me at every turn and I love that I didn’t know where it was going to go, or how far. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read anything by Tabitha King and after reading Small World, I really wish she had written more. There’s such bite and ferocity to this story – a hell hath no fury feminine version of The Incredible Shrinking Man. It smacks of pulpy drama, and would have made an awesome Twilight Zone or Night Gallery episode. I can just hear Rod Serling now:Our first painting submitted for your approval is a bizarre landscape cast in miniature. You won’t find this particular item of real estate advertised in any classifieds. There’s light and heat and running water, and the furnishings are luxurious - if a little small.

  • Grady Hendrix
    2019-06-16 20:43

    Wife of Stephen King, Tabitha King's first novel, Small World, published in 1981 with a nice cover blurb from Peter Straub, took in $165,000 for the paperback rights and expectations were high because, face it, the logline is amazing: a mean old DC socialite obsessed with dollhouses decides to settle scores with her social enemies by shrinking them to four inches tall and forcing them to live in her miniature replica of the White House. That right there is pure gold. But Tabitha King isn’t a gleeful dealer of schlock that some horror novelists of the 80s are, and while she’s written several widely admired novels in her career, this isn’t one of them.Shrink on down and read the rest of this review.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-03 20:50

    It reads like your average pulp crime novel, but the plot really grew on me. I've always been into miniatures, and I loved the sci fi twist. I was wondering why it hadn't been done before. Creative, but not a big leap if you were into dollhouses when you were a kid.I found myself wondering what it would've been like if her husband had written it. : )

  • Tressa
    2019-05-19 19:56

    This was one of the first Tabitha King books I ever read, and it's a doozy. I've always had a childhood fascination with miniatures--people, furniture, houses--and this horror/scifi book let me indulge my fantasies of possessing one. But I would treat my little person much better than the man did in this book.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-31 20:38

    So you all know how I love Uncle Steve, therefore I have always been really curious about the novels that his wife has written. My friend Ian , a book dealer, gave me a copy of Small World by Tabitha King and all I have to say is wow. She is a phenomenal writer, her prose flows like conversation. The story is a completely original idea, and I was sure there weren't any left. She also has that rare ability to bring a story to life; living, breathing, running around life. I'd shut the book and feel like one of her lunatic creations was sitting next to me on the couch. She also references The Shining about half way in, which ties all the fun up with a bow. Recommend!

  • Sandy
    2019-06-10 18:06

    I think I liked all the wrong parts of this book. And that's about all I want to say about that!

  • C
    2019-06-01 20:57

    I read this book somewhere around 30 years ago and I still remember parts of it very clearly, it definitely stuck with me. I'm not interested in re-reading it to see how well it held up, so I'm rating it based on a cool, original story and the fact that it never left my head completely after all this time.

  • SmarterLilac
    2019-06-15 18:59

    I really think the only reason Tabitha King isn't more well known is because of her more famous husband. Sad.

  • Michael
    2019-05-20 14:38

    Small World (Das Puppenhaus) ist Tabitha Kings erster Roman. Im Zentrum steht eine egozentrische missgünstige Millionärin, die sich auf eine sexuelle Beziehung mit einem Muttersöhnchen-Mad Scientist einlässt, um mit dessen Erfindung, einem Verkleinerer, ihre Puppenhaussammlung mit kostbaren Miniaturen auszustatten. Doch verkleinert sie nicht nur Schmuck, Möbel und anderes Interieur...Als kurze, skurrile Erzählung im Stile eines Roald Dahl wäre die Idee durchgegangen. Einen 300-Seiten-Roman trägt die Idee jedoch nicht, und es gelingt für meinen Geschmack der Autorin nicht, den Leser eng an die Handlung zu binden. Das liegt zum einen an Schwächen im Aufbau, an Protagonisten, die mir eigenartig unsympathisch und fremd bleiben, es liegt an offenkundigen Logikfehlern betreffs die Verkleinerungen, und es liegt an der unansprechenden Erzählweise, die möglicherweise durch die Übersetzung zusätzlich gelitten hat.Ein schwacher Roman, den ich auch Genreliebhabern nicht empfehlen kann.

  • Leslie
    2019-06-09 20:47

    Pretty good book. A departure from her other books, and an interesting premise:device that can shrink people and things, wielded by an emotionally stunted geek, and an angry, jealous, aging debutante. Unfortunately, the book alternates from a story about the geek and his older paramour, and a story about their shrunken captive media celebrity, with the very interesting aspect of the "little woman's" point of view being relegated to a lesser role. The author spends way too much time talking about her tiny victim's bathroom problems for my taste. The story does eventually wind to a decent conclusion, however. All in all not a bad book, just needed different/better development.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-16 19:50

    I have read nearly everything written by her husband, Stephen, and her son, Joe Hill. I thought there was more talent in the family to be discovered. However, I could not get into this book. There were several stories but I couldn't see how they were going to join together and didn't care about any of the characters. I only read 50 pages but I might try again with one of her more recent novels.

  • Sarah Pierce
    2019-05-28 20:02

    Tabitha King shall probably never hold as dear a place in my heart as her husband Stephen does with his gory, involved books, but this was her first novel, and I liked it. It was a little slow until about halfway through, but then it sped up immeasurably, and the ending was both hopeful and chilling.

  • Debra
    2019-05-22 14:43

    Stephen King's wife. Stephen King recommended book as noted in Chapter 9 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.

  • Gypsykat
    2019-06-01 15:53

    Not bad at all, for a first novel! If you're into doll houses & miniatures, then you'll drool over this story, because that is the theme from start to finish & every little part inbetween!

  • Randy
    2019-05-23 13:50

    The plot isn't half-bad. But I could never quite suspend my disbelief in terms of the science involved.

  • Axslingin
    2019-06-07 17:01

    If you can get past the sweaty armpits, the vomit, diarrhea, bad breath, stinking urine and blisters, you might actually enjoy this story of madness. If you happen to be an afficionado of science, physics and reality, just leave your credulity at the door.A momma's boy slob, who needs a girlfriend badly and lives in his mom's basement , cross dresses and steals a painting of the former first daughter. Why he would do such a thing was never clear, unless you look at the overall pscyche of Roger Tinker. An unemployed government worker, when he got his pending pink slip he stole everything he could from the government project he was working on and finished the project himself. Did I mention he needed a girlfriend? Well, as luck would have it...Switch to Lucy, who restored an old dollhouse for her grandmother, the aforementioned first daughter, now an aging socialite. The dollhouse is now on display at the museum of Lucy's boyfriend, Nick Weiler, who by the way also nailed grandma in the course of his apparently, many dalliances. Granny (Dolly) is fighting to retain that all girl youthfulness, while Lucy comes across as a Moran of the Lady Letty tomboy. A sexy one though. Nick is a connoisseur of diversity. The book dedicates an inordinate amount of time to Nick and Lucy's romance, although they play relatively minor roles until forced into the climax. Dollhouses though, play a major role in the book, and Roger, who literally held the keys to the kingdom (that would be the universe) in his hands, decides waste it on a scheme with old Dolly. There is no mention on how (or why) these two actually met, but when they did, sparks flew in more ways than one. All of a sudden he's living with her and screwing her every night. Well, good for Roger...Okay, science buffs, get ready to be appalled. Large items (and that would include human beings) are fragile at normal size. Can you imagine how breakable they would be a 1/10 scale? Cars, buildings-carousels...Well, maybe they get more dense and resistant as they shrink we could surmise, but the odyssey of Leyna put that to rest. Even Tabitha King acknowledges how easy it would be to obliterate the bag of bones known as the human body, but it wasn't consistent. Too bad about Leyna; her fate was pointless, and other than Roger having the hots for her shouldn't even have been in the story. But she was the precursor unfortunately. Her descending into madness was for me, the best part of the story, with the backdrop of Roger becoming protective of something other than his mother, and Dolly revealing her inner witch with her wanton infliction of torture and humiliation that looked to be in the same vein as Misery. But then...The cast of gigglers get to the end and they all end up either getting it, or asking for it. If the two main characters are indeed psychotic, it might have been interesting to explore the twisted logic used in their decision making processes. Instead, King leaves it to you to decide how a crazy person justifies their actions, while sprinkling her personal ideology throughout for no apparent reason.To the user go the spoils...isn't that what made America great?The ever deepening storm of the private sector economy (coming out of the Carter era)Like so many of the rich and white, she didn't seem to know how to be happy...Rich people must feel safer in gangs.Some of the book was good, some a little boring, and some unnecessary. Overall I give it three stars.

  • Tobin Elliott
    2019-05-24 17:06

    This novel gets two stars because, from a sheer technical standpoint, Tabitha King can write.Unfortunately, no matter how well things are described, no matter the actual quality of the writing, it doesn't make up for a meandering, slow story that, for pages and pages and pages, simply goes nowhere. And from a plotting and pacing standpoint, King made some very odd choices.Why not have someone wake up in the White House, and slowly, to their horror, realize they're not in the real one, but a small-scaled model? Then the story can go back and dig into how they got their. Instant mystery, instant intrigue.Instead, King goes for a good opening fraction of the book before any of this stuff comes up. And when it does, I'm sorry, but I simply could not get past the absolute unbelievability of this device that shrinks things down. I mean, for all intents and purposes, it's a damn camera. But it knows exactly what you want shrunk and it shrinks only that? And it just happens to shrink things to the specific size of an already-built scale model of the White House? Like, bang on?And King seemed to not be able to decide on the exact size of her shrunken characters. Could they fit into a match box? Or were they inches tall? It seemed rather fluid through the novel.But overall, the greatest sin of this novel? Aside from a fun little nod to hubby's The Shining, this book was quite boring. Which is why it took me damn near two weeks to read a 329-page novel, the last third of that in one sitting today just to clear it from my task list. Because, by this point, it was a task.

  • Amber
    2019-05-29 14:08

    I love the concept of this book and T.K. was able to bring us into the doll house, which was very cool. I definitely have an appreciation for minitures and may be looking for doll houses soon 😉Where the book suffered was with character development. There were a lot of instances where different characters said the same thing/had the same words for things. When writers do that, it really makes the characters feel interchangeable.The final scene with Leyna was perfection and really well done. I think with a bit more editing and development this could've been a 5 star book, easy.

  • Ирина Йорданова
    2019-05-28 16:07

    В този съвсем умален свят Табита Кинг побира не един, а двама психопати, двама влюбени, един старец и няколко брутални убийства. Забавлявах се с книгата, макар на някои места разказът да бе малко тромав. Симпатично четиво за отмора на ума.

  • Julie
    2019-05-20 17:44

    Creepy and clever.

  • Jack Rogers
    2019-05-25 17:58

    It was okay, needed more horror. There was too much drama and personal conflict spacing out the story when all I want to be reading is sharp barbs and off cuff comments so I can go, Damn girl, you did not just say that. So I would have liked it darker, scarier and if the characters are going to bicker, make it good.It was okay.

  • Adam Nelson
    2019-06-10 16:39

    VERY impressive debut. Being such a longtime fan of her husband, I'd been anxious to read Tabitha for many years. I own "One on One," but I'm a purist and like to start from the beginning. Stephen has claimed at times that Tabitha is a better writer than he is, and judging her work from a more literary perspective (as opposed to pop genre work), she is. Her suspense writing here is like Peter Straub's, only more immediately accessible. You don't have to hang in there too long to see where she's taking you, and even if there is some mystery to it, you more quickly begin to enjoy the journey than you often do with Straub. I liked the characters. I liked the intricate plotting, the surreal spin she has on the "shrinking/shrunken man/woman" device. There is genuine horror in this book, but more of a psychological than a gut-churning sort. The ending has an unspeakable twist that is rendered unspeakably hopeful by its final few pages. I was very satisfied with the journey this took me on. It's been a few weeks since I finished it, but the impact has stuck with me.

  • Doug
    2019-06-09 18:04

    I joined this group just to express how poorly written this book was. I've had it sitting on the shelf for decades, and finally picked it up after reading her husband's THE CELL. He really should have helped her more on this effort. What should be a fascinating concept is trivialized, and the story meanders and never really takes focus. The only likable people are almost incidental to the plot, and too much time is spent on them for them to be so inconsequential. This book was so bad that it took me far too long to read it, since I almost dreaded picking it up each time. For as much as I enjoy Stephen King's plotting, suspense, and way with words, I really was hoping that some of it would have rubbed off on his wife.

  • Syrus Durham
    2019-06-07 20:08

    I read this book based on the premise: nerdy guy and manipulative woman shrink stuff and a rival. The scenes concerning that part of the plot don't seem to be the main focus, and it takes some time to get to them.Leyna Shaw is shrunk, and it's believable that she'd assume she's gone insane as she is tormented by giant eyes and fingers. There's some great description and tension in those scenes, but they're not the main plot of the book, despite what the blurb leads you to believe.The rest of the plot is convoluted, and there are two many intertwined characters, making it difficult to navigate. And the ending isn't satisfying, as it just kind of stops.

  • Darleen
    2019-06-03 16:45

    Oh goodness i TOTALLY forgot that i read this like a billion and a half year's ago. ( Thanx Kim ) i prob still have my copy around here somewhere ( footsteps echoing, Darleen is lookin around the mess of her house wonderin where the book may be?? Mixed in with the chaos?? Perhaps under the bed smelling like Jean Nate'??) anyway's i do think i enjoyed the book. Not sure as i can't member past 8 min's ago....hahaha

  • Joseph
    2019-06-02 17:55

    The story starts out slow but gains an almost lethargic momentum throughout the first part of the book. It sets up the relationship of the main characters in the book including pairing up Dolly and Roger. After she starts manipulating her man, including shrinking his size with a diet, the fun begins. Imagine being shrunk by an enemy and having to live under her tender care. And she is not done shrinking yet; Ms. Shaw was only the first.

  • Lostaccount
    2019-05-23 15:00

    This book was at times a grueling experience to read. The problem is it's just too slow and confusing. The writing isn't as bad as suggested in some of the reviews on here, but the characters are weak and in the beginning I was confused as to who was who. The style is very reminiscent of Stephen King. Hardly surprising since the book is written by his wife.

  • Terry Cornell
    2019-06-09 13:38

    This book took me a long time to get into. I thought it would be a fairly quick fun read. Overall an interesting plot, and ending. Would have been a great short story, and may have started as one.

  • Stefu Smith
    2019-06-05 17:51

    A lot of people giggled in this book. I wasn't very convinced of the motives of the antagonists. I didn't feel like the relationships were very believable either. In general, I only read this book because it was written by Stephen King's wife.

  • Tammy Downing
    2019-05-25 17:54

    A thrilling tale of power, wealth and greed. The characters are well developed and believable. The plots twists are intriguing and keep you interested. I've had this book for many years and I sure am glad I finally read it.