Under the Dome [NOOK Book]

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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 families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, ...
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Overview

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 families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

The jacket concept for UNDER THE DOME originated as an ambitious idea from the mind of Stephen King. The artwork is a combination of photographs, illustration, and 3-D rendering. This is a departure from the direction of King’s most recent, illustrated covers.

In order to achieve the arresting image for this jacket, Scribner art director Rex Bonomelli had to seek out artists who could do a convincing job of creating a realistic portrayal of the town of Chester’s Mill, the setting of the novel. Bonomelli found the perfect team of digital artists, based in South America and New York, whose cutting edge work had previously been devoted to advertisement campaigns. This was their first book jacket and an exciting venture for them. “They are used to working with the demands of corporate clients,” says Bonomelli. “We gave them freedom and are thrilled with what they came up with.”

This CGI (computer generated imagery) enhanced image looks more like something made for the big screen than for the page and is sure to make a lasting impact on King fans.

The multiple elements of this jacket art lend themselves perfectly to a unique, four-part jacket reveal campaign. The first aspect was unveiled on September 21, followed by the release of additional images on September 25 and September 28, and culminating with the full reveal on October 5, when the world sees that everything is UNDER THE DOME.

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Editorial Reviews

James Parker
King has always produced at pulp speed. "Nov. 22, 2007 - March 14, 2009" proclaims the final page of Under the Dome: that's 1,100 pages in 480 days. We shouldn't be too squeamish about the odd half-baked simile or lapse into B-movie dialogue, is my point. Writing flat-out keeps him close to his story, close to his source. It seems to magnetize his imagination: by the final third of this novel King is effortlessly drawing in T. S. Eliot and the Book of Revelation, the patient etherized upon a table and the Star Wormwood.
—The New York Times Book Review
Janet Maslin
Under the Dome gravely threatens Stephen King's status as a mere chart-busting pop cultural phenomenon. It has the scope and flavor of literary Americana, even if Mr. King's particular patch of American turf is located smack in the middle of the Twilight Zone. It dispenses with his usual scatology and trippy fantasy to deliver a spectrum of credible people with real family ties, health crises, self-destructive habits and political passions. Even its broad caricatures prompt real emotion, if only via the damage they can inflict on others. Though the book's broad conspiratorial strokes become farfetched, its ordinary souls become ever more able to break hearts. This book has the heft of a brick…Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
King's return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling. When the smalltown of Chester's Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome's ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale “Barbie” Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions. Readers will recognize themes and images from King's earlier fiction, and while this novel doesn't have the moral weight of, say, The Stand, nevertheless, it's a nonstop thrill ride as well as a disturbing, moving meditation on our capacity for good and evil. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The frequent accusation that King writes too long is sometimes deserved. However, when he works in an epic mode, depicting dozens of characters and all their interrelationships, he can produce great work. He did it with The Stand and with It, and he has done it again here. A small Maine town is enclosed one October morning by an impermeable bell jar of unknown origin. Within this pressure cooker, the petty differences and power struggles of village life are magnified and accelerated. Opposing camps develop, one headed by Big Jim Rennie, the Second Selectman, and the other by Dale Barbara, a drifting Iraq vet who was nearly out of town when the Dome fell. The characters are well rounded and interesting while retaining the familiar appeal that has drawn and kept King fans for decades. VERDICT Regular King readers will rejoice at his return to his strengths. Some will balk at the page count, but a fast pace and compelling narrative make the reader's time fly. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.]—Karl G. Siewert, Tulsa City-Cty. Lib., OK
Kirkus Reviews
Maine. Check. Strange doings. Check. Alien/demon presence. Check. Unlikely heroes. Check. An early scene in King's latest (Just After Sunset, 2008, etc.) takes us past Shawshank Prison, if only in the mind of a character-and there are dozens of characters, large and small, whose minds we enter. One of them, a leading citizen in the quiet town of Chester's Mill, is crooked, conniving wheeler-dealer Big Jim Rennie, whose son, a specialist in taking wrong forks in the road, is the local terror but has apparently surrendered his power to awe to larger forces-in this case, the ones who have very gradually sealed off Chester's Mill from the rest of the world. Why? It's the kind of hamlet where a big night of fun involves driving with a six-pack and a shotgun, hardly the sort of place where the overlords seem likely to land. But these overlords, they're a strange bunch: They walk among us, and they might even be us. King runs riot with players, including a newshound who numbers among his ordinary worries "the inexplicable decay of the town's sewer system and waste treatment plant"; a curious chap named Sea Dogs; some weekend warriors; and the lyrically named Romeo Burpee, who "survived a childhood of merciless taunts . . . to become the richest man in town." Evil is omnipresent here, but organized religion is suspect, useful only for those who would bleat, "The Dome is God's will." The woods are full of malevolent possibilities. Civic and military leaders are usually incompetent. And it's the brave loner who has bothered to do a little research who saves everyone's bacon. Or not. It hardly matters that, after 1,000-plus pages, the yarn doesn't quite add up. It's vintage King: wonderfullywritten, good, creepy, old-school fun.
From the Publisher
"Propulsively intriguing... Staggeringly addictive." — USA Today

"Tight and energetic from start to finish... Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down." — New York Times

"The work of a master storyteller having a whole lot of fun." — Los Angeles Times

"King returns to his glory days of The Stand." — New York Daily News

"A wildly entertaining trip." — People (3.5 stars)

"Under the Dome moves so fast and grips the reader so tightly that it's practically incapacitating." — Newsday

"Stephen King's Under the Dome was one of my favourite books of the year so far." — Neil Gaiman

"Dome is classic King, sure to please any fan." — Baltimore Sun

"Spellbinding." — ABCnews.com

The Barnes & Noble Review
Stephen King's Under the Dome is another brick -- more like a wheelbarrow full -- in the construction of the argument that genre writers are doing far more than their high-lit colleagues to realize the novel's potential for examining the institutions and politics of contemporary society. In King's 1,074-page Under the Dome, a transparent dome suddenly descends on a Maine town, trapping the people inside and allowing the local thugs, elected and otherwise, to rule according to nothing more than their lust for power. The military and the media are stationed around the dome's perimeter. And Washington even has someone -- inadvertently -- on the inside: Barbie, the former military man turned drifter, reappointed in the face of the emergency and designated by President Obama as his man in charge.

But it doesn't matter that, in the old words of the New Left, the whole world is watching. Big Jim Rennie (yes, there's really a character named Big Jim), town selectman, power broker, and secret drug lord (he's set up a major meth factory), isn't about to let some socialist Negro tell him how to run his town.

In the book's afterword, King says he first tried to write Under the Dome in 1976 and couldn't. No wonder. He had to wait for American reality to catch up to him. Which is to say that Under the Dome is King's metaphor for the ways in which America sealed itself off from the rest of the world during the Bush administration. And the dome also works as a metaphor for those who, out of their belief that the current president is a usurper out to destroy the very idea of America, would like to continue that kind of internal isolationism.

Just because a metaphor is obvious -- and they don't get much more obvious than King's dome -- doesn't mean it isn't effective. King, who has always taken a naturalistic approach to fantastic subject matter (that's what makes his work so frightening), pushes very close to caricature. Big Jim isn't just Lionel Barrymore's Mr. Potter as a drug lord and murderer -- he's a born again used-car salesman. That is to say, he's the all-American huckster come back outfitted in the sheep's clothing that some of the worst con men of the last20 years have found suits them best.

How does King get away with it? There are, I think, two answers to that question. One is the sheer delusional extremism of our current era. To listen to the fantasies about death panels for the elderly and FEMA internment camps, about Obama being a socialist foreign national bent on turning America into a police state, is to realize that if Richard Hofstadter were writing today he'd have to call hisessay "The Batshit Style in American Politics." You can't caricature people who have already turned themselves into caricatures.

The second answer has to do with the ways in which all of us are allowed to talk trash about our own. There are few American writers less removed from the people they are writing about than Stephen King. The details of middle-class and working-class life in his books have remained so vivid that you believe King could reel off not only the contents of his characters' kitchen cabinets but also what they paid for all of it at the supermarket. The contempt King feels for his Down East Mussolini Big Jim and the thugs under Big Jim's command isn't the nose-sniffing disdain of the highborn for the lower orders, it's the recognition that comes from having lived among people and seeing them for what they are, the way some of us notice, years later, that the class bully has joined the local police force. (I once watched King walk into a bookstore in Massachusetts and identify a clerk whom he recognized as having worked at a bookstore in Bangor20 years earlier.)

A deep disgust animates Under the Dome -- sadness, too. It reads as if King has stored up every way in which, during the first eight years of the decade, America betrayed its democratic ideal, every display of arrogance, every 3 a.m. panic that the bullies in charge were about to come knocking on the door, and tied it into his narrative. By the unsparing end, King has become something like the horror novel's John Brown, ready to expiate his country's sins in fire and blood.

Under the Dome sustains itself for all of its length. It's not, though, the book I'd choose as the most resonant work of political or social criticism King has written. For me, those remain From a Buick 8 and Cell, both of which address the aftermath of 9/11 in terms that are emotionally direct -- yet not obvious in terms of their narratives. Both books are about the interruption of everyday life by events that don't fit into any comprehensible context. And both ask if, in the wake of such ruptures, it's even possible to reassemble a normal life.

The lauded novels that have attempted to address 9/11, like Joseph O'Neil's Netherland, have avoided addressing the fear and rage that day stirred up, as if the proper function of being literary were to make sure, above all, that things stayed civilized and controlled, and churning, messy, potentially ugly emotions be avoided. Contrast that approach with this passage, taken from King's From a Buick 8: "How mundane it had been, at least on most days. On most days we had just gone on...[it] didn't change the amount of paperwork we had to do or the way we brushed our teeth or how we made love to our spouses. It didn't lift us to new realms of existence or planes of perception. Our asses still itched, and we still scratched them when they did."

Those lines don't refer to 9/11, but I don't see how any alert reader could fail to see how they apply to it. It's a passage in which our national ability to go on is shown to be inextricable from our national amnesia. It's everything admirable and ignorant about America in a few lines.

You could say Under the Dome is about the consequences of not being lifted to new realms of perception by dire events. As a Twilight Zone version of It Can't Happen Here, fat with character and incident, Under the Dome is an engrossing read, sometimes wobbly in tone, sometimes clumsy in execution. King has never coddled his readers by saving the most likable characters, and a writer who deals so often in horror should be lauded for portraying the ugly reality of violence, even if that sometimes means a descent into pulp. The overt political content of Under the Dome lacks the impact of the more oblique political comment embedded in From a Buick 8 and Cell -- and yet you read this book feeling as if King is grappling with something. We're awash in novels that are collections of beautiful sentences. Next to what King is attempting here, they're the ones that feel sealed under a dome. --Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor has written for numerous publications including Salon, the Boston Phoenix, and The New York Times Book Review.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439168035
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 12/24/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1120
  • Sales rank: 2,149
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
    2. Website:

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From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester’s Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down. Cars trundled along Main Street, flashing up winks of sun. The steeple of the Congo Church looked sharp enough to pierce the unblemished sky. The sun raced along the surface of Prestile Stream as the Seneca V overflew it, both plane and water cutting the town on the same diagonal course. “Chuck, I think I see two boys beside the Peace Bridge! Fishing!” Her very delight made her laugh. The flying lessons were courtesy of her husband, who was the town’s First Selectman. Although of the opinion that if God had wanted man to fly, He would have given him wings, Andy was an extremely coaxable man, and eventually Claudette had gotten her way. She had enjoyed the experience from the first. But this wasn’t mere enjoyment; it was exhilaration. Today was the first time she had really understood what made flying great. What made it cool. Chuck Thompson, her instructor, touched the control yoke gently, then pointed at the instrument panel. “I’m sure,” he said, “but let’s keep the shiny side up, Claudie, okay?” “Sorry, sorry.” “Not at all.” He had been teaching people to do this for years, and he liked students like Claudie, the ones who were eager to learn something new. She might cost Andy Sanders some real money before long; she loved the Seneca, and had expressed a desire to have one just like it, only new. That would run somewhere in the neighborhood of a million dollars. Although not exactly spoiled, Claudie Sanders had undeniably expensive tastes which, lucky man, Andy seemed to have no trouble satisfying. Chuck also liked days like this: unlimited visibility, no wind, perfect teaching conditions. Nevertheless, the Seneca rocked slightly as she over-corrected. “You’re losing your happy thoughts. Don’t do that. Come to one-twenty. Let’s go out Route 119. And drop on down to nine hundred.” She did, the Seneca’s trim once more perfect. Chuck relaxed. They passed above Jim Rennie’s Used Cars, and then the town was behind them. There were fields on either side of 119, and trees burning with color. The Seneca’s cruciform shadow fled up the blacktop, one dark wing briefly brushing over an ant-man with a pack on his back. The ant-man looked up and waved. Chuck waved back, although he knew the guy couldn’t see him. “Beautiful goddam day!” Claudie exclaimed. Chuck laughed. Their lives had another forty seconds to run. 2 The woodchuck came bumbling along the shoulder of Route 119, headed in the direction of Chester’s Mill, although the town was still a mile and a half away and even Jim Rennie’s Used Cars was only a series of twinkling sunflashes arranged in rows at the place where the highway curved to the left. The chuck planned (so far as a woodchuck can be said to plan anything) to head back into the woods long before he got that far. But for now, the shoulder was fine. He’d come farther from his burrow than he meant to, but the sun had been warm on his back and the smells were crisp in his nose, forming rudimentary images—not quite pictures—in his brain. He stopped and rose on his back paws for an instant. His eyes weren’t as good as they used to be, but good enough to make out a human up there, walking in his direction on the other shoulder. The chuck decided he’d go a little farther anyway. Humans sometimes left behind good things to eat. He was an old fellow, and a fat fellow. He had raided many garbage cans in his time, and knew the way to the Chester’s Mill landfill as well as he knew the three tunnels of his own burrow; always good things to eat at the landfill. He waddled a complacent old fellow’s waddle, watching the human walking on the other side of the road. The man stopped. The chuck realized he had been spotted. To his right and just ahead was a fallen birch. He would hide under there, wait for the man to go by, then investigate for any tasty— The chuck got that far in his thoughts—and another three waddling steps—although he had been cut in two. Then he fell apart on the edge of the road. Blood squirted and pumped; guts tumbled into the dirt; his rear legs kicked rapidly twice, then stopped. His last thought before the darkness that comes to us all, chucks and humans alike: What happened? 3 All the needles on the control panel dropped dead. “What the hell?” Claudie Sanders said. She turned to Chuck. Her eyes were wide, but there was no panic in them, only bewilderment. There was no time for panic. Chuck never saw the control panel. He saw the Seneca’s nose crumple toward him. Then he saw both propellers disintegrate. There was no time to see more. No time for anything. The Seneca exploded over Route 119 and rained fire on the countryside. It also rained body parts. A smoking forearm—Claudette’s—landed with a thump beside the neatly divided woodchuck. It was October twenty-first.
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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    Meh.

    Got this book on my nook and read it over the course of the past month. Overall, I was very hooked into the plot and the book until I reached the last 1/4 of the book. The ending that King chose seemed way too far fetched, for even him, but even more frustrating was the fact that it was written as if he was under a 'timeline' to 'pump out another novel'. So much time was spent writing the rest of the book that to leave it with such a weak end note is disappointing. Overall, just Ok.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Disappointed

    The last couple of years, I've not read a Stephen King book, because the premises were starting to feel a little too much like "The Lamp Monster". This one had me intrigued, but I'm putting him back on my waste-of-time list. This book could easily have been 1/2 the page volume and probably would have been all the better for it. And to slog my way through all of that only to have the Dome's origins and eventual disappearance be such a let down... I finished it only because I had so much time invested already, but I should have stopped and gone on to something more fulfilling.

    14 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Take 100 hours of your life and do something else

    Skip this book. Waste of time. Have you ever heard of the God Machine? The Greeks invented it when they wrote themselves into a corner and couldn't figure out how to finish the story. Same here Stephen King brought in a God Machine and ended it very quickly and horribly

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Bravo!

    The entire time I was reading this book I kept telling my friends and family that it would make an excellent mini series. Then, I saw the previews on Super Bowl Sunday!! I can't wait! This is, by far, the best King has written. I have been a fan of his since I was old enough to be allowed to read them :-) The story has it all...drama, romance, suspense, mystery, crime...the list goes on. How he managed to work them all together in one story is sheer genius! Read it...you will not be disappointed!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Be afraid..you may discover someone you don't like...and that someone may be YOU!

    Stephen King is the master of suspense, starting with "Do I have time to read this monstrous volume?" Like most of his novels once, you start reading; it is hard to put down. So don't worry the tale goes quickly as King develops his characters and the idiosyncrasies of small town life.
    The suspense provided by "Under the Dome" comes more from a personal point than the storyline itself. Though you are always wondering what comes next, this book, more than any of his other makes you look inside of yourself and question your biases and prejudice's. How would you handle the situation these people are in and which character would most react like? What events in your life have made you less than proud of who you are?
    I have been hooked on Stephen King since I read "Salem's Lot" cover to cover during a Midwestern thunderstorm locked in a closet because I was too afraid of what was happening outside. His style of writing has evolved to now I am not afraid of what's happening outside but rather what's happening inside.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    WHAT A SNOOZER!

    I've been reading King since his early days of Salems Lot, Carrie and The Shining. This one definitely isn't up to his standards. While the concept of a dome descending over a small town is unique and interesting, the stereotypical characters and their horrendous dialog in this novel are appalling. I finished the book but had to slog through it do do so....wasn't worth the investment of 800+ pages on my nook e-reader.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

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    I picked up a copy of Under the Dome when I heard about the television series that would be coming out two weeks prior. I figured I would try to finish this monster of a book so I can watch the series without spoilers. However this was not the case and got about halfway done when the show started, but decided to watch it nonetheless. Even though the show shares the same title and idea, it had little of the story line told by the novel. This, however, did not stop me from finishing my reading as I was already too enthralled, and slightly appaled, by the small town of Chesters Mill and the characters it inhabited. I found myself reading well past 2 AM just utterly shocked by what was occuring inside the dome, and while it was what started all the chaos, it had relatively little to do with most of the towns problems. For this you can put the blame on the second selectman Big Jim Rennie, the novels main antagonist. Now although every story needs a good bad guy, I often found myself so frustrated by this character that I would wind up putting the book down and stop reading for the night. This, and partially the ending although I'll get back to that later, is the reason this is not a five star novel. All the same, the good guys of Chester Mill were so likable and completely opposite of their opposers I would often cheer them on and, much too occasionally, mourn their deaths. There were no 'slow' parts of this novel which any reader of King prepares themselves before jumping into one of his books, especially one of over a thousand pages! but I just felt it was too long to take place in a period of less than a week. Despite this being said I would absolutely not take any parts out of this novel for they all play there own important role. Now for the ending...While I did not HATE this part, I do wish Stephen King found a better way to lift the dome, the way he did it just felt too lackadaisical and rushed for a novel of this size (I mean seriously around three pages?) But I suppose being an avid King reader sometimes requires a preparation for such things and I beleive more often than not he delivers. With this being said, while the very ending was just not quite satisfying, the hundred or so pages before were so thrilling and intense I was practically racing through the pages. THAT was King at his best and it made up for anything I wasnt quite sure I agreed within the story. Although this novel was not by any means a disappointment, I do NOT suggest this for a first time reader of this author mainly as the size can be very overwhelming, especially if you're unfamiliar with his writing style. Maybe once you have read a few simpilar works and adapt to King's story telling, than you can conquer Under the Dome. Some good ones to start with are Carrie or perhaps 'Salems Lot (my personel favorite) or even a few short stories like The Mist will do. I'm getting besides the point now, but if you are familiar with King and have enjoyed his other works, than I definitely reccomend this novel and am sure you will not be disappointed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    If you like gratuitous profanity and gore

    King had an imaginative main idea with the Dome- but why he has to fill it with needless profanity and sex - which just detracted from what could have been a great story, is a mystery.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

    WOW - What a Great Story!

    I took a break from SK when he went all alien for a while. Then I got sucked in again with "Cell" and "Lisey's Story." Really enjoyed both of them.

    Downloaded "Under the Dome" on my nook, and it took a while to read. The first half was interesting, good story and all. Then all of a sudden the second half just took off. I could not put it down. The last 200 pages were read in one sitting.

    Typical SK with a so-so ending. He wrapped it up with an answer to the Dome, but it wasn't great. But he kept the story going right up until the end, and that made it worthwhile.

    Very high on my favorite book list, somewhere just below "The Stand."

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    King really had me going

    It was almost fantastic. I was "feelin' it." I skipped a class (grad student) so I wouldn't have to put down my Nook. (Loved my Nook for this 900 page behemoth!) I got almost all the way to the end...

    Then it was gone. This isn't a "I hated the ending" review. I didn't. I liked it. It just... The story ended (if you concentrate, you can FEEL it when it happens) but the book wasn't finished/resolved. The actual ending/resolution feels tacked-on. It's hard to explain.

    It's a great ride 95% of the way.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Loved Every Minute Of It

    This was the first book I downloaded on my new Nook on Christmas day. I had almost bought the hardback several times in December, but knew I would rather read it in the ebook format because of the book's size.
    The plot is unique, exciting and in depth. The characters were developed amazingly. I highly recommend this book to everyone (as long as you're not offended by crude language... this is Stephen King though).
    It was a fast read, despite it's length. Captivating page turner.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Under the dome

    A good read love how the events unfolded loved the chars n the good detail of the writing

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    One of my new faves!

    I kept looking for reasons to go to bed early so I could read. Stephen King is a genious writer: he never left a character behind. Every event, thought, and feeling of everyone was so well written, I was there Under the Dome with them for every moment.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    not right now..........

    no

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2011

    don't bother - cringe-worthy all the way through, over and over again

    I will admit that I am not a SK fan, and I tried to read this with an open mind. But I am afraid that it was torture to get through - every page had something superfluously disgusting or disturbing that was not necessary to the story (really, Junior and his continuous "girlfriend" visits, the "jeans" episode with Rusty's wife) The hero was a nice guy, but his talents were never really used (really, the 13 yr olds were more heroic, which is fine, but don't set up Barbie and us like that).Not to mention the conclusion, after that long horrid ride, to give us THAT, ouch, what a disappointment. ps I had to give it 1 star, because you can't leave the stars blank, but really, it's a ZERO!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    Iraq veteran Dale (Barbie) Barbara is on his way out of Chester's Mill when an invisible shield drops down, running along the small town's boundaries. Planes, cars and birds crash into it, people run into it, and no one can figure out what it is. The US military's calculations are that a large force field in the shape of a dome has settled over Chester's Mill, cutting the town off from the rest of the country. Their efforts to destroy the dome are fruitless, as are their attempts to figure out who did this. The president places Barbie in charge of Chester's Mill but that doesn't set well with second selectman Big Jim Rennie, who likes being a big fish in a small pond and isn't about to let anyone else assume control. Besides, Jesus told the sanctimonious Big Jim that he's the one in charge. In an effort to keep Barbie from taking over, Rennie maneuvers behind the scenes, manipulating the people of Chester's Mill with the aid of his new police chief and several newly appointed deputies. As the air turns bad and greenery dies, Big Jim's focus remains on using Barbie as a scapegoat for several unexplained murders, while Barbie and several others, on the run from Big Jim and his minions, try to put an end to the dome.

    This lengthy novel is well worth the time, reminding this reviewer of King's best novel, The Stand, following the same basic concept: good versus evil, although this battle is among humans. The large cast of characters works well; each is well-developed and essential to the storyline. The thrilling plot is fast-paced, filled with suspense and action. Absolutely one of King's best in recent years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

    Boring

    This tomb just doesn't get off the ground, but if you're having trouble sleeping, buy it! It'll certainly put you to sleep.
    I miss the original Stephen King!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    Major King Fan, But....

    Although the premise of the work was fascinating, I found myself somewhat let down. I am used to the King of Salem's Lot and The Shining, but this book seemed to be more of a subtle sounding board for political and religious views. I've always read his novels mainly for the supernatural thrills. We really didn't get a feel for what supernatural entity was responsible for the dome until almost the end of the book, and then it seemed somewhat contrived or rushed. I hate to be a downer, but I am used to so much more from Mr. King. I will continue to read everything he produces though. This one just sort of disappointed me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

    Not perfect, but darn close

    I think this is one of the best books Stephen King has written since "The Stand." I loved the concept of "Under the Dome" and unlike many of the reviewers here, I loved how he drew the character of Big Jim Rennie. I know that guy. I've known quite a few Big Jim Rennies during my lifetime. In my opinion, the bad guys were characterized better than the good guys. My biggest disappointment was with Barbie. At the beginning of the book, I thought he was going to be a fascinating hero. Turns out, he was a bit too quiet and unassuming for my taste, which leads me to my next criticism. I like a book with a full stage of characters, but still, I need that one hero(ine) to stand out as the main character. To me, the only main character in the book was Big Jim, which I suppose is okay for the villain to claim center stage. Still, I wish that Barbie had shined just a bit more, or even Rusty (although his character just never really did it for me ..... sorry to the "real" Rusty for this comment, for I'm sure you're far more interesting. :))

    All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It could have and should have been a bit shorter, I think. (There were too many characters who took up pages which should have been devoted to the main cast.) Yet, it's a fascinating read, and the last three hundred pages are real page-turners.

    One last word to the author: I love the fact that you can get away with so many things other authors wouldn't dare attempt, as in that intrusive narrator. I mean, how many writers can get past an editor's desk with sentences such as, "Thanks to the magic of narration...." Kudos, Mr. King. By golly, you've earned the right, and I applaud you. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Couldn't put it down.

    I had stopped reading his books some years back because I wasn't too thrilled with the Gunslinger series. A few months ago, I saw that a sequal to The Shining came out. Intrigued, I picked it up. Needless to say I was very happy. Under the Dome was the next book and reminded me how much I missed Stephen King. Excellent story, excellent characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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