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Under the Dome: A Novel Paperback – June 11, 2013
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"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
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—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. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and 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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In case you haven't read any of the reviews for Under the Dome "Part 1," be aware....and BEWARE. This is NOT a sequel to Under the Dome. Greedy publishers have made a horrible decision to take the original 1,000 page novel and split it into two parts. If you fall for this and buy both Part 1 and Part 2, you will have paid more for the book than you would in some other formats, but the worst part of this is the treatment of those readers who don't like paying around $20 or more for a new hardcover or around $15 for a new large paperback, who wait for the smaller mass market paperback to buy a writer's newest book. Those readers now will have to pay the same amount as everyone else for the book because they'll have to buy two paperbacks at regular price to get the whole story. When I was younger, I didn't have money in my budget to buy brand new hardcovers, so when the small paperback finally came out, I'd get it for about $7 and be able to read the story. A few years ago, beginning with the book Cell, they increased the size of Stephen King mass market paperbacks and raised the price to $10. That apparently wasn't enough, as now they want you to pay for two books to get one full story. It can't have anything to do with the quantity of pages in the book; they've printed regular sized, regular priced paperbacks before of the novels It and The Stand: Complete and Uncut. This boils down to misleading advertising and a desire to squeeze as much out of loyal readers as possible. Not a good move.
**Update** It's nice to see that Amazon has finally added a "Product Alert" in the description of this half-book. It should have been done immediately upon the book's release, but I guess better late than never. Maybe not for all the people who got duped into buying it initially, however.
Mr. King has accomplished the sometimes impossible feat of grabbing and holding your attention from the first chapter. Although it is a long book, I never wanted to put it down and found myself losing track of time while reading (which to me is the sign of a great book).
This book gives you the feeling of reading many different stories at once, yet you still know all of them intertwine to be the larger picture. The only thing I didn't like about this story were the graphic descriptions of some characters deaths, but I understand that it was necessary in order to convey the emotion of the scenes.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who has never read one of Stephen King 's novels before as a good starting story. I recommend it to others for th sheer readability and enjoyable entertainment factor.
It wasn't until I hit the final third that I became fully engrossed. King does know how to tell a story, though there was some oddness in this one. Tense shifted from standard to present once in a while, making me stumble. And near the end, the omniscient PoV sounded awkward in one or two places.
I loved Dale Barbara. Terrific character and my favorite in the book. I won't talk plot points, so as not to give anything away, but when the Dome's secret was revealed, I started feeling uneasy, and by the time I hit the resolution, my suspension of disbelief was destroyed. I didn't buy that last-minute save for one second, and it really took the shine off the overall story.
Worth reading? I can't answer that. I spent a week plowing through this one, and now, the morning after finishing it, I *almost* feel like I wasted my time.
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Meaning length not boring. I thought it could have been shorter, but still a good read. A lot of characters.