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On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their familie ...more
Hardcover, 1074 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Scribner
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brian
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Amanda
Jul 03, 2013 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
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More like 3 1/2 stars. This is my first full-fledged Stephen King novel, so I'm not sure how it measures up against other King classics like The Stand, It, Salem's Lot, or Carrie. Sure, I've read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, but only because it was described as a young adult novel (King-lite, if you will). I have spent most of my life actively avoiding Stephen King and here's my story as to why Mr. King and I parted ways before I even read anything by him.

When I was but a wee little girl, ful
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karen
in brief, because i am nearly starting my first day of readers advisory class (yay!) and i have to prepare mentally for the schoolplace after the long break, plus i'm not really in the mood to write this review what with salinger and all casting a pall over my day, but book report compulsion gets the best of me, so.

this book ... whole lotta length, not much depth. and as any lady will tell you...etc etc... i don't have a problem with stephen king. i stopped reading him when i was a teenager not
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
UPDATE ON THE TV SERIES 8/14/2013: I gave up. I've been watching on Amazon Prime because I hate commercials. But not even Mike Vogel/Barbie's pretty face can make me overlook more of the filmmaking infelicities of the show. I didn't expect the book on screen. I did expect the show to follow the rules of TV storytelling and not just dump plotlines they set up. Not for me.

UPDATE ON THE TV SERIES 6/24/2013 in 5sec: cute boys, dirty pols, meanass bitches = weeks of fun! Junior is perfect, sociopathi
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Kemper
Here’s a nightmare scenario. A mysterious disaster occurs. The area is completely cut off from any outside help. Resources are limited. People are confused and scared. And Dick Cheney is in charge….

That terrifying idea is what makes Under the Dome one of the best books King has done.

Chester’s Mill, Maine, is a typical Stephen King small town, filled with people both good and criminally insane. One fall day, a force-field crashes down around the area, causing a fair amount of carnage and disaster
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Jason
Dec 08, 2011 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jason by: Danielle
I’m not sure how to feel about Under the Dome. In one sense, the concept of an entire town being suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world and the social, political, and even meteorological struggles that ensue is highly fascinating. But at the same time, King has really let me down with this cast of dull, one-dimensional, and highly stereotypical characters. It seems in this novel you are either a hateful, fear-mongering, murderous megalomaniac or you are a gentle, respectful, selfless ind ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 09, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: buddy read with Wendy and Leea


Finished after almost a week of reading. I liked this for the most part, but by about the 85% mark, I was screaming STFU Mr. King! in my head.

Watch an inside look at the upcoming t.v. show here.

Great storytelling and characterization is present, and it gives enough weight to cancel out some of the over-excessive descriptions and random add-ins. But only to a certain extent. Obviously, my opinion matters little, since Stephen King is popular enough that he can write everything as long-winded as
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Will Byrnes
Completely out of the blue a clear dome appears over the town of Chester’s Mill, in Maine, of course. A plane crashes into it. A groundhog is sliced in half. A woman gardening in her yard has a hand sheared off. How did this thing get there? Who or what is responsible? How can it be removed?

This is not the Stephen King I am used to. I have been a fan since the beginning and have read the vast majority, although not all, of King’s books. For me Under the Dome kicks it up a notch. Sure there is
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Braden Canfield
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Felina
Of all the King books I've read so far this one was my favorite. Because of my working situation I was only ever able to read this book in 10 to 20 minute intervals and it took me about 3 months. Even with the constant breaks and interruptions I still found this book very engrossing.

This book isn't conventionally scary. There are no monsters or creepers (well not really) but I think the villians in this story are much more terrifying because of the recent outbreak of fear-mongering in America. W
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Jonathan Janz
I finished Under the Dome a few days ago. I haven't seen the mini-series, nor do I want to for a good while. That has nothing to do with the negative comments I've heard about the aforementioned adaptation and everything to do with one simple fact: I don't need to see a filmed version.

Because the mental version of the book is still unspooling in my mind.

Sometimes you hear a lot of hype about a book, but the reading experience falls short. Sometimes, a book is about what you expected. There are o
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Jessie
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Dorsi
Whew! I finally finished it! It took me almost 2 weeks. That is the longest it has ever taken for me to read a book. This book was quite the undertaking but well worth it. I have never been much of a Stephen King follower but that has changed. I have converted to a SK fan! I take my hat off to King for the ability to write such a complex novel with so many characters & story lines merging into one. What a fantastic smooth read. The characters came to life! While reading it, I almost felt as ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
What a depressing book.

Then he went on, looking for what he no longer thought he would find.

So. Stephen King... and this is the kind of thing he does best - all the ingredients of a traditional SK story are here: small town, big cast of characters, paranormal event et al. Personally, I prefer his older stories, because of the nostalgia factor, but Under The Dome is a nice return to form.

There was a lot of traffic, mostly headed south. A few of these folks might have legitimate errands, but [he]
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Like millions of others, some of the very first grown-up books I ever read when a teenager were Stephen King ones, which kept me an avid fan of his throughout high school and college; but then also like millions of others, in my twenties I grew to have more and more problems with King's writing, especiall
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Becky
Wow. In the author's note at the end of this book, King wrote "I tried to write a book that would keep the pedal consistently to the metal." I think he succeeded. If there is one thing that this book is not, it's a leisurely walk through the park.

And this is what makes King my favorite author (well, the main thing, anyway), when he writes a fast-paced novel, I don't dare look away. Not only is it fast-paced, but King brings the characters and their community to life so convincingly that I'm afr
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Todd
An 'epic' return (pun very much intended) by Mr. King.

It's no coincidence that King's past epics, The Stand and It, are often cited as many of his fans' favorites. 'Regular' King novels are good, and often great, but there's something about the door-stopper books that seem to make him step up to the plate and really deliver.

Under the Dome is very much in the mold of The Stand particularly in that there is a Cecil B. DeMille cast of hundreds and, King's specialty, several sub-plots winding and we
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Mary JL
May 26, 2012 Mary JL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of horror/SF/Stephen King
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
Many persons regard this is King's best book since The Stand. I agree--I rate them both a very high four stars.

This is vintage KIng, with his usual large cast of characters facing a mysterious and horrifying danger.

One thing I found really chilling in this books was the realistic characterization of Big Jim Rennie. I don't believe in hauted houses or haunted cars; I doubt that a Dome could exist.

But corrupt politicians---correction, corrupt individuals of any sort--DO exist. With the town cut of
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Shovelmonkey1
Oct 02, 2013 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kitten squisher obsessives
So you wake up one morning and person or persons unknown have placed a giant glass cake-cloche over the top of your town. What's a middle-american to do?

Having established that flying a plane into it, and driving several trucks into it make no difference to the structural integrity of said cake-cloche, but do make a lot of difference to the structural integrity of the people in both truck and plane, then it's time to take things up a notch. This is primarily achieved by the arrival of the army
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Fred
I've read a lot of Stephen King. I was a big fan when I was in my teenage years. The Stand and The Long Walk are among his best. Under The Dome is sadly one of his worst. It was a book which started as an idea for a project called "The Cannibals" in 1976. He never finished it. I was kind of disappointed, there are no cannibals in Under The Dome.

The book is colossal at more than 1000 pages. This isn't anything new for King fans as many of his books are more than 700 pages. It was over 1000 pages
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Amy
I was about 50 pages into this book when a girl sitting opposite me on the tube asked if I was enjoying it. She was maybe fifteen or sixteen and seemed sweet, so I let her read the first chapter - and the first chapter is a doozy, a real hook you in starter - to see if she liked it. Reading on through the book later though, I felt guilty that I had recommended it to her as this book is full of bad thoughts, worse behaviour and blood and guts and gore. I was reading this sort of stuff at sixteen, ...more
Matt
One of the things I like best about Stephen King is that he doesn’t rest on his laurels. Despite being impossibly handsome successful, he’s still willing to take major risks. He’s not afraid of being laughed or jeered at; he’s not afraid of spectacular failure.

Case in point is Under the Dome. When I read the synopsis, I actually laughed aloud at the stupidity. When I saw the cover of the book, I laughed again. Can you blame me? This book literally recycles the plot from The Simpsons Movie. The
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Kasia S.
I bought this awesome hunk of a story when it first came out but didn’t plan on reading it right away, somehow time flew and here I was three years later still unaffected by the Dome. Maybe it was the size of it that made me think of one thing, Picasso's Guernica which is one of my favorite pieces of art and one of the largest I have ever seen, funny enough the meaning of that painting can be compared to this story, the suffering of the innocent in war like conditions. So one night I let my comp ...more
Maciek
Many things can be said about Under The dome, but tedious is not one of them. This is clearly King's most fast paced novel since Cell. He even states in the afterword that he aimed at writing a book that "would keep the pedal consistently to the metal" and in that department he succeeded.

However, that was not to be without sacrifice. King is well known for his famous characters, always well drawn and memorable - even non-readers know about Carrie and Jack Torrance. Those who read the works will
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Rosina Lippi
I have purposefully not read other reviews for this book, because I didn't want to be influenced and I know people will have strong opinions.

To me, this feels like early King. It is a more classically structured novel -- which has in part to do with the containment of the village under the dome itself -- and the structure suits him. I imagine people will be talking about The Stand, and the similarities between the two (or lack of similarities). I loved The Stand, but I love Under the Dome for ve
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Eric Allen
Under the Dome
By Stephen King

A Review by Eric Allen

Anyone who has read anything put out by Stephen King in the last, oh, say, fifteen years or so, knows that he's basically just started churning out generic crap of low quality because his name sells books regardless of how well they're written, or what they're about. People will buy them simply because he wrote them, without even bothering to find out what it's about beforehand. I attribute this to his kicking a severe alcoholism problem, and ho
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Nanci Leiching
This book is such a disappointment. It belongs on the political shelf. How the man who wrote the Dark Tower Series and The Stand could write this is beyond me. It could have been a serious contender but the underlying misplaced bitterness of a misguided liberal comes shining through at every possible moment. We horrible humans are destroying our own planet, just like horrible aliens - liberal distortion. The heroes are all democrats, the bad guys are all republicans except for the republican her ...more
Brandon
40 days ago I started reading Stephen King's latest novel, "Under The Dome". While it did take me a while to read it - that should be no reflection the quality of the story itself. As you may know, the novel is close to 1,100 pages long and that doesn't exactly lend itself well to a quick read. However, I've been looking around online at various reviews and general thoughts on the book itself and a lot of people had actually sped through the damn thing in a week! Blows my mind.

Stephen King actu
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Rob
Executive Summary: Classic King. Despite the supernatural setting, the real horror of the book is perpetrated by characters on one another.

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I've long since given up on reading every Stephen King book. But I try to read the ones with Dark Tower ties. This one was supposed to have minor connections, but I'd call them easter eggs at best.

What really moved this one up my list was the TV show. I enjoy the show, though if was a Fall show rather than a Summer one, it's possible I would have
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Chris
Stephen King is a genius. I'm not sure at this point where this ranks among my favorites, but it's up there. I'll have to let it percolate some more before it settles into a proper ranking.

But at any rate, Under the Dome was an awesome read. At nearly 1100 pages, you'd think it would be a long effort to get through it. Not at all. It took me a little more than a week, and if I didn't have obligations and people in my life, I probably could have knocked it out a lot quicker than that. The pace st
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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