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I have been a King fan since reading "The Stand" in paperback. His latest -- Under the Dome -- is a bit of an echo of "The Stand," w/many similar themes but on a micro, not a macro, level.

King paints with some pretty broad brushes, and his ending is both somewhat predictable (he writes himself into more or less of a corner) and somewhat unsatisfying (the manner in which the villain is handled is good but I wanted it to be great), but it is apt.

Not his best work, but clearly not his worst. Definitely recommendable.
 

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One critic had this to say regarding the size: At this weight, it's tough to pick up. But the story is so good, it's tough to put down!
 

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Just finished it! Read the last few hundred pages in one sitting - he is a great story-teller, and I love a long story (I also liked The Stand).

One of his shorter (and creepier) books is The Girl Who Loved Tom Gorden -- a classic little-girl-lost-in-the-woods tale, where there is something Out There.
 

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I thought Under the Dome was a very good read. Luckily, I read it on my nook as to save my wrist from major damage. :) The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was a very quick summer read, and I enjoyed it very much as well... I actually consider Needful Things my favorite King novel, but haven't yet read them all, so the jury is still out.
 

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One of his shorter (and creepier) books is The Girl Who Loved Tom Gorden -- a classic little-girl-lost-in-the-woods tale, where there is something Out There.
I'm going to have to check that one out. It sounds good.
 
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