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Under the Dome by Stephen King
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Dec 18, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

i like that there is no summary for the book on the inside flap. and i like that stephen king (and his publishers) no longer feel a need to plaster a life-size photo of the author's head on the back of the book. and i mostly like that the title of the book pretty much sums up the content of the book. short title, long story.

king hasn't messed with his formula. the characters are the typical assortment of good (but flawed) vs. bad that king specializes in, and inevitably good must take on bad while an even bigger problem looms somewhere in the background. i don't say this as a criticism. i've been reading king's books for over 20 years, and, if i didn't like that formula, i wouldn't be able to make that statement. what compels me to read king's novels is his ability to keep his stories (for the most part) fresh and new, while maintaining a flavor that is distinctly... king-ful.

under the dome starts abruptly -- no need for a long, drawn-out preamble before the dilemma begins. and its a sweet beginning. there's a lot of drama to develop, and a huge cast of characters, but its a page turner. i found myself skipping sleep to keep reading -- and it is NOT easy to read this one in bed (at about 1100 pages, i kept wishing i had an ebook). within the first 50 pages, i pegged gary sinise to portray the primary good guy, barbie. stu redmond and barbie have some similarities, at least in my head. and you know there will be a tv series based on this book at some point.

without giving away plot points, the looming evil behind the dome is a bit of a head-scratcher... i think i could have used maybe a bit more explanation or detail, but the story is told from the various viewpoints of the residents of chester's mill, and sometimes the characters don't see the big picture... just their role within it. so, i'll live with it.

i'll always liberally recommend king to customers and friends. he's a great storyteller, and even his goriest scenes are tame by today's horror movie standards. its great escapist reading. i hope king decides to keep right on writing straight through his "retirement." it seems to be working for him.
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