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Under the Dome: A Novel Paperback – June 11, 2013
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"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"
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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.
Dale "Barbie" Barbara is a former army officer tapped in the dome and he is on the wrong side of Big Jim and his psychopathic son Junior Rennie. Dale's job is under the direct orders of the President of the United States to take charge and organize the town's people into some sense of order under his leadership. This is an impossible task when battling against the crafty Jim Rennie and his plans for total control of Chester's Mill.
I listened to this story from unabridged audio CD and when I got the disks I thought, "OMG how can a story be thirty CDs long!" I thought that Stephen King had gone crazy and that I would not be able to be interested enough to finish the story. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and so I trusted in the master. Not only did I not lose interest I could not stop listening to the story. From beginning to end it is pure Stephen King and the story is intriguing, scary and surprising.
It is a good story written in the typical Stephen King style. You will like it!