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Under the Dome by Stephen King
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Jan 23, 10

bookshelves: sci-fi, horror
Read in January, 2010

I suppose the shelf should be "sci-fi horror," but I couldn't bring myself to create a new shelf for a single book. I wasn't fully hooked until maybe the middle of the second page. And I stayed that way to the end. The intro is pure King and he just doesn't stop until the end. This book has about everything . . . environmental destruction, greed for power, short-sighted evil on an amazing scale, small-town political intrigue, passion for a free-press, the good of every-day people, addiction issues, dogs, and more. I'm sure it's a book that has much more to yield up on a second or third reading.

Don't know what I can say without throwing in an inadvertent spoiler or two. I suppose the size of the book gives away the secret that the dome is not easily penetrated, no matter what the town folk or the military throw at it. Of course what the book is really about is how the citizens of, and visitors to, Chester's Mill deal with, and behave when trapped by, the dome. It isn't all pretty. If you've read anything by King you won't be surprised to know that he doesn't hesitate to kill off good guys, bad guys, and folks in between, old and young, male and female. On reflection I had have to say that King's vision is a dark one, very dark, but not one totally without hope.

I was going to put 4 stars, because I'm not sure I like the "solution," for lack of a better term, to the source of the dome. But if (a) King does have something(s) to say here, and (b) I couldn't put down the book, hauling it to various appointments, to the ballet studio, downtown on public transportation, despite it's weight, well, I guess that's a five-star book, isn't it?
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message 1: by jo (new)

jo very funny.


message 2: by L (new) - rated it 5 stars

L It's King. What can I say? He's a master!


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