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Stephen King's 10 favorite books

Stephen King, author of 'Carrie' and 'The Shining,' reveals what he likes to read. 

5. ‘Lord of the Flies,’ by William Golding

In his introduction to the centenary edition of Golding’s novel, Stephen King writes, “It was, so far as I can remember, the first book with hands – strong ones that reached out of the pages and seized me by the throat. It said to me, ‘This is not just entertainment; it’s life-or-death.’ ” In the aftermath of a plane crash, a group of British boys become a microcosm of all that is good and bad in society. Some, like Ralph, rely on utilitarian rules to promote order. Others align with Jack to rely on savagery for survival – with tragic consequences. 

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