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Under the Dome by Stephen King
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Apr 30, 2011

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Read from April 04 to 20, 2011


Stephen King is someone I've always admired for one particular part of his writing. His "manner" and flow of writing is smooth as silk. I always feel like I'm wrapped in a warm blanket when I'm reading his books, and especially anything written in the last 5 years or so, perhaps _Dumas Key_ standing out with this quality especially. _Under the Dome_ is no exception, its still there, he hasn't lost it.

Characters develop well, despite there being a large population to worry about, I only found myself having to look back once or twice (in over 1000 pages) when a name wasn't immediately familiar. With a supporting cast that numbered well over 50 people, I'd say that isn't too bad at all. As with Dumas Key, he has a fair host of humanity represented, character-wise. He never makes someone "pure good" or "pure evil", except maybe children. Good on you, Mr.King. Noone is without flaws, no matter how small, and that makes everyone more human, and in some cases, far more likable.

There is one area in particular, though, where I have to say that I'm unhappy with this one. In Dumas Key, I was really pleased to see that King had moved away from the "horror through grotesquerie" into a more cerebral sort of "horror through suspense and fear". A type of writing that, similar to some of old slasher films, didn't need to show you the axe splitting the guy in two, didn't need to provide some direct visual of the gore being enacted, they could just imply the act, and let your (hopefully, more than adequate) imaginations to fill in the detail. In that one regard, King seems to have fallen backwards into the more visceral style of writing that, while it may have done much to get him to where is he today, I was quite frankly hoping he had moved beyond permanently. Continuing along that same line of thinking, I think he also spends just a *tad* too much time glorifying violence against women in this one. I've never read his books and thought "He's a misogynist" before, but this comes close.

King has definitely let me down in the past. When I finished the one, I asked myself, honestly, whether I wanted to read any more of his work. I think I'm still coming up on the "net benefit" side of things, if for no other reason than because ... well, he just that good at writing. The story is excellent, the characters real (if violent), and I felt myself carried along and engaged the whole way through. To me, all hallmarks of the kind of writing I want to be reading.
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message 1: by Alice (new)

Alice I have a copy of the book. I have no idea what to do with it, but it seems a suitable doorstop if it's gory and misogynistic. :P My sister said that he got all the bits of Maine right in it, if that's any solace. It wasn't, for me.

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