- Paperback: 1088 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Media Tie-In edition (June 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476735476
- ISBN-13: 978-1476735474
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17,503 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Under the Dome: A Novel Paperback – June 11, 2013
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"Tight and energetic from start to finish... Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down." -- "New York Times"
"King returns to his glory days of "The Stand"." -- "New York Daily News"
"Stephen King's "Under the Dome" was one of my favourite books of the year so far." -- Neil Gaiman
"Spellbinding." -- ABCnews.com
"Propulsively intriguing... Staggeringly addictive." -- "USA Today"
"The work of a master storyteller having a whole lot of fun." -- "Los Angeles Times"
"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"
""Dome" is classic King, sure to please any fan." -- "Baltimore Sun"
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and 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 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. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, 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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Only one thing tempered my appreciation of this story, and that was its length. This book is huge! I started out reading it quite voraciously, and it speedily took off and went at a great pace. However, like the protagonist, who must wait several years to accomplish what he went to the past to do, I felt like I had to slog through a long period of life events, all of them good and many of them even electrifying, but the sheer bulk of time and events that passed between the beginning of the adventure and its end did wear on me. I actually put the book down for several months, although it was easy enough to pick it back up once an opportune camping trip gave me time to sit back and read, and I was once again hooked through the end. Honestly, I feel like any author less prolific and venerable than King would have been advised to cut a quarter of the book. Now, when I look at the content I would personally remove as extraneous, I realize that some characters and events which I quite enjoyed reading about would have to go, but I think it would still improve the novel overall.
I don't doubt that many bookworms, and Stephen King aficionados, would disagree with me about the book's length, and to them I say congratulations on having that much time and undivided attention for this book. I did enjoy it very much, would even say it captivated me with a spell the likes of which only King can dream up, but it was a serious venture to go from cover to cover. Very worth doing, however.
11/22/63 is a novel about a time-traveler named Jake Epping who attempts to travel back and stop the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I think that if you've heard of the book, and have even an inkling of an idea what it's about, you know that it's about that (so I don't feel like I'm spoiling anything there). Now, as big of an undertaking as that is, imagine you had to do it while the obdurate past was against you. Constantly pushing back against any unwelcome changes to its linear history. That is what Jake must face. And along the way he meets a plethora of diverse and dynamic characters, visits many interesting cities and towns in Maine, Florida, Texas, and even falls in love. I was touched enough by the ending to shed a tear, and that typically leads to a five-star rating from me.
I imagine that I'll be thinking back on this story for some time to come. The past harmonizes after all.
The book, which is similar in the beginning, diverged significantly from the show and was so much better then the TV show ever was. I really enjoyed the book's understated Sci-Fi sensibilities which made it far more believable. The book's characters were much darker but far more realistic in their actions and relationships to each other.
Overall, if I were to do it over again, I would have read the book and skipped the TV show entirely. Perhaps someday it will be redone by someone who stays much truer to the original material.
One last note. One thing the TV did perfectly was casting Dean Norris as "Big Jim". Throughout my reading, it was impossible not see Dean in my imagining of the book's Jim Rennie.