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Under the Dome (Under the Dome #1-2)

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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, Large Print Edition, 1419 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Gale Cengage (first published November 10th 2009)
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Sean Sheldon The book and the show have two things in common:

1) There's a dome.
2) Some characters have the same name.

They pretty much destroyed the book with the…more
The book and the show have two things in common:

1) There's a dome.
2) Some characters have the same name.

They pretty much destroyed the book with the show. I LOVED this book. Very few stories get so much emotion out of me, but this one definitely did.(less)
Jeff The TV show and the novel are slightly similar, but most of what makes the book worth reading is lost when they watered it down to make the TV show.
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brian
in the 2008 film max payne, there's a point in which the gloomy hero is, of course, offered casual sex by this ridiculously beautiful woman:



aware that payne is mourning the murder of his wife she says something to the effect that he can call out his wife's name as he fucks her. ok. this is kinda interesting. if i was directing i'd smash cut to payne pounding away and, yes, squealing his dead wife's name. play it straight. sad and tragic but also kinda funny and very human. offer up a complexity
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Mohammed Arabey
Apr 16, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هل تعرف لِم قصّ الله تعالي لنا قصة النمل بالقرآن الكريم؟
الحكمة في قصة النملة وشفقة سليمان عليه السلام؟
برواية من أفضل ما قرأت من روايات عرفت حكمة تلك القصة, بوجودي بمدينة شيستر ميل

بهذا الكتاب الضخم حكاية ما حدث بها عندما سقطت عليها قبة غير مرئية تعزلها عن العالم في صباح السبت الحادي والعشرين من أكتوبر

لتتابع علي مدار 1075 صفحة كيف واجه سكانها وضعهم الغريب، والمشاكل التي ستواجههم ،ليس أصعبها القبة العازلة، فالنتائج المترتبة عليها أكثر قسوة..باﻷخص بالنفس البشرية
إنها بلدة صغيرة
هل تفهم مقصدي
إنها بلدة
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Amanda
Jul 03, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
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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Kemper
Jul 30, 2015 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Richard Derus
Aug 14, 2013 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lindsey Rey
Dec 18, 2014 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I DID IT. I DID IT!!!
Jason
Dec 08, 2011 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonathan Janz
Jan 19, 2014 Jonathan Janz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 09, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2015 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, stephen-king
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
Apr 17, 2014 Braden Canfield rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Jessie
Jul 20, 2010 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Felina
Feb 21, 2016 Felina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Dorsi
Dec 17, 2009 Dorsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-by-me, fantasy
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
Georgina ☽ 2greekgirlsreading
Every book by Stephen King is like magic. Pure perfectness!



I think every book-lover should at least read one book by Stephen King in their life.
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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Phobos
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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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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Franco  Santos
Jul 08, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Muy buen libro de King. Es largo, más de mil páginas, sin embargo no se hace pesado en ningún momento. Es increíble la capacidad de este autor de sorprendernos con cada capítulo a pesar de la extensión de esta obra.

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Prepárense para encontrarse con probablemente el personaje que más vayan a odiar en sus vidas... Big Jim Rennie. Es una persona totalmente desagradable, horrenda, odiosa, uno de los seres más hijos de puta que pueden existir, junto con su hijo Junior Rennie... Es la inmundicia person
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Councillor
Rating:
Something in-between four and five stars; for the moment four stars, but might change to five at a later point in time.

Review:
This book is responsible for something which didn't happen to me in a long time: I was so invested in this story I actually wanted to throw this book at the wall sometimes and even tried to cry at Stephen King to finally let this character die. My reactions were mainly due to the definite division of the cast of characters into black and white ones; "Under the Dome
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The Lady Inquisitor
“If you can't laugh when things go bad - laugh and put on a little carnival - then you're either dead or wishing you were.”

This book is the largest novel I’ve ever read. When Mr.King goes into retirement, he will have to answer for the death of a lot of trees. That being said,I did not fell boredom in any of the chapters. The plot progresses swiftly enough that you can barely sense the pages going by.


But what this book lacked in boredom, it delivered in frustration. 90% of the cast was compose
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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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Jadranka

Prva misao: posle 780 stranica zaslužili smo malkoooo ubedljiviju završnicu.
Bilo kako bilo, deo od 200. pa do 600.stranice je blizu savršenstva i King jošš jednom pokazuje zašto je majstor svog zanata.
Tako precizno portretisani likovi i brižljivo isplanirani potezi kao u jednoj velikoj šahovskoj partiji su svakako zaštitni znak ovog autora.
Svaki lik ima svoje mesto i svoju ulogu u ovoj velikoj slagalici - doduše ne bi bilo zgoreg da je kraća za jedno 100-tinjak stranica, ali ajde da ne cepidla
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Edward Lorn
Before we begin, I thought I would point out something silly. Lee Child wrote the blurb that graces the trade paperback edition of Under the Dome, one that states: "Seven words: The best yet from the best ever." Not only is Lee Child full of shit (no true King fan will call this novel his best work, not even close) but Child's literary creation Jack Reacher is mentioned half a dozen times within King's novel. That's a lot for a character that doesn't even belong to King. But that's the business. ...more
Amy
Jul 22, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, favourites, 2011
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
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, mystery
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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Shovelmonkey1
Oct 02, 2013 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Mary JL
May 26, 2012 Mary JL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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