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You've Already Read It.
January 01, 2010
Have you ever read a book by Stephen King? Then you've read this on as well. I will admit I think several of his books are classics, I would rank the Shining as a classic of American liteture. But Mr. King lost me about the time I slogged through hundreds of pages of a promising story only to find It had something to do with a cosmic turtle vs. spider battle.
This book has all the usual King charachters: skanky single mom in trailer? Check.
Dimwit bullies indulging sexual sadism after becoming drunk with power? Check.
Violent young man with brain tumor? Check.
It even has both his preachers, the evil one that believes every word of the bible, but twists it into a creepy justification for sadism. And of course the wise one that doesn't believe in God anymore but believes the church still has a purpose. Are adolecents forced to grow up too soon, deal with the crisis in ways the adults can't and do they rise to the occasion admirably? Of course they do! And is the dialogue of these adolecents laughably unrealistic? Of course it is. I suspect Mr. King asks teens that he knows for help with the hip young dialoge and that they laugh their asses off when they see he actually prints what they tell him. I can't think of any other explanation for the way his teen characters speak to each other. Oh and don't forget, English professors, librarians and newpaper publishers are of course the good guys.
And most importantly of all, is there an inane song that every charecter thinks about or quotes constantly? Of course there is!
Put any three previous King novels in a blender and this comes out.
On the plus side at $9.99 for 805 pages it is, on a price per page basis, a bargain.
December 24, 2009
This is King at his epic-writing best. A lot of comparisons have been drawn between this and "The Stand", and although similar in scope, they are 2 novels that have different strong points.
"Under the Dome" is so streamlined that you can move through it quickly. King writes so fast paced here that the story never drags and keeps you in that "one-more-chapter" mode throughout.
The story is very basic at the start, but has such fascinating characters and the plot expands so well, that you can overlook the "Simpsons Movie"-type premise - especially considering that King started writing this in the 1970's.
Overall, highly recommended and in my opinion on of Stephen King's top-5 books.