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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 ...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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Will Byrnes
Nov 16, 2009 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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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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Amanda
Dec 03, 2009 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,
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Anne
Man, I really hope no one ever tries to make me choose my favorite King-book, because I would never be able to make a decision. Every time I read one of his books, I'm absolutely blown away by the amazing writing style and by how fast the (sometimes massive amount of) pages fly by.

Even though this story was (once again) told in great detail, I never felt like scenes were unnecessarily drawn out. I thought the plot progressed at an appropriate speed with a fitting development. I would say that
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Kemper
Nov 17, 2009 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
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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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Leo .
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pink Stars Are Falling!

Flat Earthers would go crazy for this story!!!

Get to the centre and jump in!!!

To leave the Matrix!!

At least that is what they did in the TV show to escape the dome and appear outside. Is Stephen King basing this book on the Flat Earth Model? The inner realm? Agartha? Shamballa? New Jerusalem? Eden? .
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Richard Derus
Jan 16, 2012 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,
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Lindsey Rey
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I DID IT. I DID IT!!!
Jason
Jan 06, 2011 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 ...more
Jonathan Janz
Nov 23, 2013 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
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Johann (jobis89)
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When the dawn was still long hours away, bad thoughts took on flesh and began to walk. In the middle of the night thoughts became zombies."

An impenetrable and transparent barrier inexplicably falls down over the small town of Chester's Mill, cutting it off from the rest of the world as its inhabitants are left to fight for survival.

Under the Dome was always one of those King books that I dreaded. Reviews were not always so favourable on Instagram with a lot of people claiming it had one of
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Braden Canfield
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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Holly  B


3.5 Stars

A quiet town-Chester's Mill, Maine is trapped under an invisible dome. It catches the town off guard and causes planes to crash straight into it and will ultimately terrorize the community in more ways than one. This was my first book by King and enjoyed it, although it was over 1000 pages long with many characters to keep up with.

Of course there is murder, plenty of creepiness and quite the cast of quirky characters. I was so intrigued by the invisible dome and all the images it
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Bill Khaemba

Trigger warning for Rape, Abuse, Violence and Pure Gore



• MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES - Check
• Original Scary Concept - Check
• F#$% Psychos - Check
• Stephen King’s writing - Check

“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.”

I DID IT!!! I FREAKING READ THE MOST INTIMIDATING BOOK ON MY TBR!!! And boy did it take a lot of effort *mentally and physically* to pick up this book from my shelf and start it, being a HUGE
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 03, 2013 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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Felina
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, star-5, kindle, dead-tree
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.
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myra
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was way better than I expected it to be.
Jessie
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Emma
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I don’t watch TV so never saw the series- in fact I didn’t know there was one until I started checking out reviews of the book on Goodreads. What I enjoyed most was the rapid breakdown of society in this small town. It was so believable and horrifying. Rennie was totally evil and I loved the whole cast of characters. While this was a long book, I think King managed to stay away from too much waffle this time although I’m sure many would disagree!
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Of course we are in another fictional Maine town, except this time-the town is under a dome. It has endless possibilities and considering Stephen King is a master storyteller, I was so excited! Not to mention this is a BIG ass book.
So of course, in classic King fashion there is a slow build here. The townies are first rattled and shocked and then slowly, they start formulating a plan--well some do, some just take advantage of the fact that their community is sealed off from the rest of the world
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Bradley
Ever wonder what it'd be like to turn your small town into a snowglobe?

I saw this Superman cartoon where Braniac turned Metropolis into a miniature, too, but this book ain't that. :) Indeed, the SF elements are strong in Under the Dome, but they don't mean much to the basic story other than the setup. It wasn't a Tommyknockers thing, either, although I was very curious to see if SK would go there.

Indeed, what we've got here is a bit of a Slaughterhouse Five thing. Insects in a dome, but
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Under the Dome, Stephen King
Under the Dome is a science fiction novel by American writer Stephen King, published in November 2009. At 11:44 a.m. on, October 21, 2017 the small Maine town of Chester's Mill is abruptly and gruesomely separated from the outside world by an invisible, semipermeable barrier of unknown origin. The immediate appearance of the barrier causes a number of injuries and fatalities, and traps former Army Captain Dale "Barbie" Barbara—who is trying to leave Chester's Mill
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Jason
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
King hit the mark with this brick of a novel!

I'm a huge Stephen King fan, but even I will admit a great many of his books miss the mark. This one, though extremely long, was a fantastic read. King was really in his groove here. He's written a number of long-ass novels, but this was my favourite of the long ones. (The Stand was, for me, too verbose at times; then again, I chose to read the extended version, perhaps my own fault...)

The progression of the novel was done brilliantly, aided with
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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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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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Dorsi
Nov 15, 2009 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 fan, but I enjoyed this one. 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 if I was part of the story, ...more
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
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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.
Alaina
I think Under the Dome is my second Stephen King book, but don't quote me on that. Now I've seen a couple of episodes about the show, Under the Dome and I was hoping that this book would be better than that.

Under the Dome had an interesting concept but I was kind of getting bored with the book. It might have had to deal with how long the actual book was but I can't say that it was the only flaw. Now in this book you met a ton of characters. However, I feel like the overall pace of the book was
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