Book - 2018 | First Scribner hardcover edition
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In the small town of Castle Rock, Maine, unlikely alliances, a foot race, and the mystery of Scott Carey's weight loss bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982102319 (hardback)
1982102314 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: FIC KING
Characteristics: 146 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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ReadingAdviser_Lori Dec 11, 2018

King's thought-provoking novella explores the life of a sensitive and caring man who is afflicted with a strange condition that is causing him to rapidly lose weight while maintaining his usual appearance. (This is not a horror novel!)

Dec 10, 2018

I have read (and re-read many) all of Mr. Kings' books. This one is pretty good, not great but better than many. The political innuendo throughout kinda turned me off a bit. The story is great for such a short story. Quick read and uplifting! LOL

JessicaGma Dec 05, 2018

I enjoyed this wee read from Stephen King as I don't tend to enjoy short stories, but there's just enough here to make it interesting. Scott keeps losing mass but not weight which is an intriguing hook. Add in trouble with the neighbours and an end date to the issue, and well, it's a nice tale from that weird town of Castle Rock.

Nov 30, 2018

It's disappointing. I didn't expect something that "ordinary" from Stephen King.

Nov 14, 2018

I can't believe someone would pay CA$24.99 for this tiny little thing (146 pages). Definitely not horror, more like a lecture on morals and empathy. Disappointing, but at least it was over quickly.

Nov 14, 2018

Scott Carey seems to be embarking on a true medical mystery.....a moving, inspiring story
bringing the reader to think and reconsider the way each of us feel and behave towards
other people.....unique, quick read

DPL_Graham Nov 12, 2018

Stephen King is truly an American master of fiction as show by this short novel. When we think of King we often think of giant novels full of human details with a slow build towards horror. His last novel, “The Outsider,” was a masterpiece of normal America spun slowly into the paranormal. Horror seeped into every cracks over 450+ pages.

This time King’s literary talents are on full display in a mini-sized book with large print that barely gets to 150 pages. Once again we are back in Castle Rock which means something weird is going to happen to yet another resident of this beautiful Maine town full of leaf-peepers. Scott Carey is divorced and alone in his too big home where he works on web development. The biggest problem in his life besides the dogs pooping on his lawn and the married lesbian couple who won’t be friend with him is the small issue of his rapidly dropping weight. Weight that keeps shedding no matter what he does or how much he eats. Is it cancer?

This book doesn’t have the horror of King’s usual writing but has plenty of the paranormal. His relationships are both interesting and heartwarming. You can read this book in a few short hours and at the end look up at the sky and down at the scale and smile. It’s all going to be OK.

Nov 08, 2018

Curious tour de force novel with a bit of current social consciousness thrown in. Easy to read, sort of sneaky in its "message." I don't read much SK, but I enjoyed this one.

laurendouglass Nov 06, 2018

This isn't really a horror tale, but rather a story of letting go. Of life, of pain, and expectations.

I love King's novels, novellas, and short stories and this was a great short read. I don't understand the reviewers saying "This isn't King." When an author as gifted, productive, and long lived as Stephen King continues to create, those creations are going to change over time. I'm glad he's still here and still willing to tell us stories.

Nov 04, 2018

I am a lifelong King fan. LIFELONG! I've read almost every book he's written and know what "Good King" reads like and this ain't it. First off, the premise is a bit too reminiscient of his earlier and way better novel, Thinner. When I was 13, someone put a discarded copy of Misery from the Ajax Public Library in my hands and I fell into the story headfirst and never climbed back out of the world King created with Paul Sheldon and Annie Wilkes. It, like many of his early books, was iconic. This one? I don't even know what this was. I won't spoil it, but suffice it to say, if the book hadn't been the library's copy, I would have thrown it against the wall after turning the final page. I never discourage people from reading King, because he writes so broadly and can entertain just about anyone with his stories...but this wasn't for me. I'm used to being moved and entertained and bowled over by Stephen King's books.

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