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Under The Dome

by Stephen King

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    sturlington: Undert the Dome is an adult version of Lord of the Flies.
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    Scottneumann: Another book where people unite to overcome an unseen foe
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    El cuarto Jinete by Victor Blazquez (soyleyenda)
    soyleyenda: El estilo de Víctor Blázquez bebe mucho de Stephen King, y además, El cuarto jinete es una obra tan coral como La Cúpula y la acción transcurre en un pequeño pueblo americano muy similar al de la novela de King.
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The story overall was good but, at 1000 pages long, it just felt like a chore ro get through this book. The events of the story were interesting but the length took away any possible chance for suspense and excitement. Had this story been told in 600 pages, it likely would've been a thrill ride. I did not find myself eagerly awaiting the next twist in plot. The novel never truly captured my attention. Right from the beginning I was turned off. To top it off, the explanation for the dome and why it appeared was just plain poor. I know that the novel is abiut the individuals ans how they handle being trapped under the dome but I'm sure most readers were curious about its origin and the explanation given us was very disappointing. I would have stopped reading this early on if not for tle fact that, as a rule, I don't like to give up on a book. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Jan 30, 2016 |
The story overall was good but, at 1000 pages long, it just felt like a chore ro get through this book. The events of the story were interesting but the length took away any possible chance for suspense and excitement. Had this story been told in 600 pages, it likely would've been a thrill ride. I did not find myself eagerly awaiting the next twist in plot. The novel never truly captured my attention. Right from the beginning I was turned off. To top it off, the explanation for the dome and why it appeared was just plain poor. I know that the novel is abiut the individuals ans how they handle being trapped under the dome but I'm sure most readers were curious about its origin and the explanation given us was very disappointing. I would have stopped reading this early on if not for tle fact that, as a rule, I don't like to give up on a book. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Jan 30, 2016 |
The story overall was good but, at 1000 pages long, it just felt like a chore ro get through this book. The events of the story were interesting but the length took away any possible chance for suspense and excitement. Had this story been told in 600 pages, it likely would've been a thrill ride. I did not find myself eagerly awaiting the next twist in plot. The novel never truly captured my attention. Right from the beginning I was turned off. To top it off, the explanation for the dome and why it appeared was just plain poor. I know that the novel is abiut the individuals ans how they handle being trapped under the dome but I'm sure most readers were curious about its origin and the explanation given us was very disappointing. I would have stopped reading this early on if not for tle fact that, as a rule, I don't like to give up on a book. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Jan 30, 2016 |
The basis of the story line is a small town mysteriously and suddenly trapped under a dome. King takes you into the frantic minds and the resulting behavior of the townspeople. Folks sure can act crazy when trapped together. It is their story, rather than there being just a couple of main characters, made more interesting by the fact that they all are connected to one another in one way or the other. The story is more of a psychological thriller, with a sci-fi-ish plot than horror.
I have only read one other Stephen King novel, The Stand, and Under the Dome was significantly faster paced. Unfortunately, even with the fast pace, I felt like this monster of a book could have used some culling out. It was just too long and I did find myself just wanting to be done with it. I may have felt differently if I had a strong connection with a particular character, but I did not.
Under the Dome by Stephen King was a decent read, with an interesting plot. It may appeal to those, like myself, who do not consider themselves King fans. ( )
  StephLaymon | Jan 26, 2016 |
Excellent.
  Dustin.Hampton | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Though his scenarios aren’t always plausible in strictest terms, King’s imagination, as always, yields a most satisfying yarn.
added by Christa_Josh | editKirkus Reviews (Oct 15, 2011)
 
It’s a fun and clear-headed fury, though. This is King humming at the height of his powers, cackling at human folly, taking childish glee in the gross-out and all the while spinning a modern fable that asks some serious questions without sounding preachy. If the fury left a few excessive typos and a dog’s name that mistakenly changes on occasion, well, these are (mostly) forgivable sins. After all, few of us can resist such nightmares and dreamscapes.
 
King says he started "Under the Dome" in 1976 but then "crept away from it with my tail between my legs. . . . I was terrified of screwing it up." Fortunately, he found the confidence to return to this daunting story because the result is one of his most powerful novels ever.
 
The King book that is most readily brought to mind by “Under the Dome” isn’t an earlier large-scale apocalyptic fantasy like “It” or “The Stand”; it’s “On Writing,” the instructive autobiographical gem that cast light on how Mr. King’s creative mind works. In the spirit of “On Writing,” “Under the Dome” takes a lucid, commonsense approach that keeps it tight and energetic from start to finish. Hard as this thing is to hoist, it’s even harder to put down.
 
1,100 pages of localized apocalypse from an author whose continued and slightly frenzied commerce with his muse has been one of the more enthralling spectacles in American literature.
 

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Esparza, RaúlNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuipers, HugoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Who you lookin for
What was his name
you can prob'ly find him
at the football game
it's a small town
you know what I mean
it's a small town, son
and we all support the team.
—James McMurtry
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In memory of Surendra Dahyabhai Patel. We miss you, my friend.
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From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester's Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down.
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A first edition, epic by Stephen King.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0340992581, Paperback)

A town is mysteriously sealed in an inexplicable dome. The residents are trapped inside leading to drama, hysteria, and a shocking series of events.

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The small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, is faced with a big dilemma when it is mysteriously sealed off by an invisible and completely impenetrable force field. With cars and airplanes exploding on contact, the force field has completely isolated the townspeople from the outside world. Now, Iraq war vet Dale Barbara and a group of the town's more sensible citizens must overcome the tyrannical rule of Big Jim Rennie, a politician bent on controlling everything within the Dome.… (more)

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