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Under the Dome: A Novel by Stephen King

Under the Dome: A Novel (edition 2009)

by Stephen King

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Title:Under the Dome: A Novel
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Scribner (2009), Hardcover, 1088 pages
Tags:horror, sci-fi, secret santa, 12 in 12

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Under the Dome by Stephen King

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Mid-level King. Notable for its length, which is somewhat justifiable given the many characters being tracked and the subtext of gradual ecological decay. The novel is weakest in how it resolves the puzzle of the Dome, the repeated use of the same plot device that depends critically on smart people doing the same stupid thing, and lack of development in its villains. The bad guys start really bad and stay that way. The novel is impressive in how King juggles the many story lines and maintains a relatively even flow of crisis. As noted in many places, the novel and TV series are linked only by location, character names, and the Dome itself. The plots diverge almost immediately and the series will no doubt end up in a very different place. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Jul 30, 2014 |
Devo dire che mi è piaciuto molto e mi ha avvinto sin dall'inizio. L'unica cosa che mi ha un filo lasciato perplesso è la scatola che ha generato la cupola e i motivi per cui è stata creata. E forse un filino troppo veloce l'epilogo... Certo non era facile trovare una soluzione al problema... :) ( )
  cecca | Jul 28, 2014 |
Like receiving B-level work from an A student, "Under the Dome" may not be King's most memorable work, due in part to an anticlimactic ending, but it is nonetheless a worthy feat. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jul 26, 2014 |
Did you see "The Simpsons" movie? Same plot: large, impenetrable dome plops itself down on small town. No one can leave, no one can enter. Hilaruty . . er, terror ensues. There's a decent 10 page Ray Bradbury short story hiding somewhere in this bloated snoozefest. ( )
  HenryKrinkle | Jul 23, 2014 |
I am totally yearning to add a Hardcover of this amazing tale to my select permanent Home Library. Sadly, the TV dramatization has not been nearly as satisfying as most of the other movies/ TV shows based on Stephen King books. This is nowhere NEAR as good as the mini-serialization of THE STAND oh so many moons ago :(

However, my imagination combined with the printed text version was AMAZING & I rEALLY want to be able to RE-read it AFTER the TV show finishes. So, this one is near the TOP of my WISHLIST of PRINTED versions!! ( )
  skippybuck | Jul 10, 2014 |
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Though his scenarios aren’t always plausible in strictest terms, King’s imagination, as always, yields a most satisfying yarn.
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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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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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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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