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Small World

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  472 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
For Dolly it was lust for revenge. For Roger it was just lust.... When Leyna Shaw awoke, she was aware that something was different--terribly different. First she looked down at her tall, lovely body and saw no change. Then she looked around the room. It took her a moment to recongnize it. It was the White House bedroom. Then she saw the Eye. And the Hand. The Hand came to ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 1st 1982 by Signet (first published 1981)
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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 w
Dec 27, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. : )
Jun 19, 2009 Tressa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, scifi
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.
Apr 26, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fee ...more
May 25, 2012 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked all the wrong parts of this book. And that's about all I want to say about that!
Apr 19, 2012 C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: straight
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.
Nov 25, 2010 SmarterLilac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really think the only reason Tabitha King isn't more well known is because of her more famous husband. Sad.
Jun 10, 2013 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Grady Hendrix
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 gle ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
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
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.
Stephen King's wife. Stephen King recommended book as noted in Chapter 9 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
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!
Dec 30, 2009 Randy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot isn't half-bad. But I could never quite suspend my disbelief in terms of the science involved.
Adam K.
Dec 02, 2014 Adam K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.
Jack Rogers
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.
May 08, 2012 Doug rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 too ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read before I started writing reviews. I remember thinking that it wasn't as good as her husband's work but I really liked the story line--but it's been years ago that I read this.
Syrus Durham
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
Sep 19, 2015 Turton12 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting subject.
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
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.
Tammy Downing
Dec 28, 2013 Tammy Downing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who likes mysteries
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.
Stefu Smith
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.
Terry Cornell
Sep 08, 2015 Terry Cornell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.
Oct 23, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Few people that I know have read this book. Maybe Stephen just eclipsed Tabitha because I have really liked most of her books. This one will appeal to your inner child.
H Hunt
Sep 13, 2013 H Hunt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not a piece of literature but it does deliver, what you see is what you get, an odd tale but worth @least 1 read=+=
Aug 10, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was Mrs. King's first book & I thought it was a good one, you can see how she & her husband influence each other!
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Tabitha King (née Tabitha Jane Spruce) is an American author, the wife of author Stephen King and the mother of authors Joe Hill and Owen King (her daughter is Naomi King).

Tabitha King was born Tabitha Jane-Frances Spruce in Old Town, Maine. She was born to Raymond George and Sarah Jane White Spruce and is one of eight children.

Her primary education took place at St. Mary’s Grammar in Old Town, fr
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