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UNDER THE DOME I started reading this book in response to the T.V version which I had sat through for thirteen weeks It was typical of many of the U.S based mini series which I have attempted to watch before A great first episode followed by weeks of turgid plot and character development concluding with a cliff hanger conclusion to the first series to keep me on tenterhooks till the next thirteen weeks of false promise came in the form of season two I m sure your getting a taste if my opinion of the t.v series I ve read most of Stephen Kings work since I was a young man and as one of his constant readers knew they T.V and movie versions don t always do justice to Stephen King s work I couldn t waste another 13 weeks of my life so I read the book I started off in an unusual place in the position of not liking the story before I had read it The prejudices slowly melted away with each page I read as I realised that the storyline bore no real resemblance to the t.v series I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it s conclusion I will watch the t.v or film adaptations of future work if Stepen king but only after having read the story first. I first read Under the Dome in 2010, just after it was first released A long time fan of Stephen King, I was looking forward to getting stuck into another King epic For me, Stephen King has the ability to make even a 1074 page book into a fast, addictive, page turner, and Under the Dome was no exception I read it for the first time over a weekend yep, in two days.Since I ve read about 300 books in between readings, my memory was pretty hazy as to the details, but I knew the major plot line a small town in Maine is suddenly cut off from the outside world by a invisible, impenetrable dome What follows is the story of what happens to the townspeople inside as s starts to get real.I was a huge fan of the opening of Under the Dome the first time, and the second time was no exception It s a real attention grabber the dome falls within the first few pages, and the amount of detail in which King describes the event is so imaginative that once I started reading, I found it difficult to stop.As with many King novels, the cast of characters is huge, but there are only a few key characters some of them average guys just trying to do the right thing and others are just plain crazy evil bastards I love me a good baddie, and the baddies in Under the Dome are pretty despicable Despite all the characters, I really liked how it gave me perspectives although I m definitely a reader that will disregard less than stellar characterisation for a good plot line, so readers who need that strong character connection may not be able to forgive as readily as myself.Under the Dome sounds like it couldn t possibly stretch to over 1000 pages it s a bunch of people stuck in a small area and it sounds like the problems they face could become pretty repetitive, but King finds ways to make each persons story unique A pretty big deal considering the multitude of characters, but as always the amount of imagination and planning that goes into Under the Dome is pretty typical of King, and one of the reasons I enjoy reading his books so much.Perhaps my only disappointment in the book as a whole is the actual reason behind the dome and the ending It s kinda cool, and unique, but it also felt in the scheme of the plot it was over and done with pretty quickly just not as balanced as I would have liked it to be, and perhaps even no real explanation would have worked better for me.On the second reading, I ve rated it slightly lower than my first reading, but before blogging my ratings were pretty much on gut feeling and the speed of which I read a book rather than weighing up the pros and cons, but I still really enjoyed Under the Dome, and it s definitely one of the most memorable Stephen King books I ve read. Adapted as a major TV series, produced by Steven Spielberg, King s bestselling novel centres on a small town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome In UNDER THE DOME, King has produced another riveting masterpiece The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don t read it, you live it It is the story of the small town of Chester s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field No one can get in and no one can get out The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble As a new and sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late The influence for The Dome may well have come from the works of John Wyndham, but that s where any similarities end Wyndham wrote lean, intelligent stories, The Dome is neither lean or intelligent It s not just the sheer, exhausting, length of The Dome that is problematic The quality of the writing and characterisation is notably poorer than in King s earlier books, and you simply don t care what happens as Chester s Mill tries to make sense of being covered by a huge, invisible dome and quickly disintegrates as a community Indeed, the first few pages of The Dome read like something that even James Herbert would have rejected, it s that poor King has explored small town America way better than this, so in lots of ways this feels like a mighty long and totally unnecessary addition to his list of titles Even as a skim read, it is very hard going Avoid. Personally, I think Stephen King is at his best when he is doing an epic story that really drags you in to his world The Stand is of course one of the best examples of this, but it is far from being his only great book I have found though that with the odd exception, most of his best work is pre 1992 It is almost like he flicked a switch in his writing at the end of 1991 and things were different afterwards So, for the past 20 years or so, I wasn t eagerly awaiting his new work as I did before, and some of the books I read, I found quite difficult to appreciate fully Delores Clairborne, Rose Madder, Tom Gordon, Atlantis, Dreamcatcher to name a few.I didn t give up hope though, and Under the Dome has been some kind of reward for that It draws you in to his world again You can imagine the town, the people, the cars, the roads You get a real sense of almost being there which has been missing from some of his recent efforts There are some really nasty characters, and of course tragedy Like with his best books, I find myself almost wishing I could be there to make a difference Once again, King delivers a book which provides copious amounts of story and information, but still leaves you wanting to know.I can understand some of the criticism of the ending, but for me, it works Without going into spoiler territory, I can t think of a better justification explanation for it, which wouldn t stretch credibility even further In other words, the ending for me tied in nicely with what I would expect from a Stephen King book Deus ex Machina Not strictly, no But closer to it than some of his recent work, and to be honest, better for it in my opinion SK writes better when he is not trying to be something he isn t He can t write the thriller than someone like DeMille can, and I don t want completely rational writing If I did, I would read someone else.I want to be enthralled, entertained, and occupied while in the process of reading an SK book When I am not reading it, I want to be wishing I was I a book where I can t wait to get to the ending, but don t want it to finish That is how I found Under the Dome to be. This is a novel about Chester s Mill, a town in Maine where a mysterious dome appears one autumn day cutting off the inhabitants from the outside world It is essentially the story of the consequences of that event for the inhabitants, their relationships, their town politics and their environment, with plenty of violence and shocking events thrown in I was prompted to read this having watched the first two seasons of the TV adaptation on Prime, the first of which was quite good and reasonably close to the book, the second series much less so The book is good, though far too long as was the last King novel I read, 11.22.63 , at 880 pages There is a range of characters of all types, and the author is very good at creating even minor three dimensional characters One of the most notable and chilling features of the narrative is how relatively insignificant and sometimes inoffensive individuals can become tinpot dictators and violent thugs when they are allowed a whiff of power in a restricted environment, when unrestrained by the checks and balances in wider society the speed with which the society in Chester s Mill unravels is well told, though perhaps the disintegration is implausibly fast the events of the whole novel take place in a single week The final resolution of why the Dome happened is not one that many readers would have anticipated, and I am undecided whether I think it was a lame resolution or rather a wonderful one Worth a read. I have to be honest here and say right from the start that I am a fan of Mr Kings work, and have been since reading Carrie as an impressionable teen far too many years ago I wouldn t say I ve loved every thing that he has written, but it s fair to say that I ve enjoyed most of it, and have never finished a book thinking God, why did I bother For probably the first time ever I find myself wishing for the one thing that Stephen just doesn t produce a sequel The stories basic premise is that a dome is placed over a small American town, trapping the people who live there within it Saying any than that would be to provide spoilers, and I m not into that game.This book has well written characters that are believable and sympathetic, a great storyline and an ending that is both touching and uplifting The ideas come through thick and fast, and witnessing how the various residents deal with the calamity is like being gifted with the eyes of God, you see everything just as the writer intended This is perfect holiday reading, but buy the paperback as its a huge book I did enjoy this as story , all 900 pages of it where Stephen King gets a chance to create a huge cast list and bring the town to life but it all felt a little inward looking in comparison with The Stand with that books cast of good and evil Having a car salesman as the major bad guy with no other motivation that because he could just missed the bullseye for meIt was a very good study of how people might react to such a sitution and where the very best and very worst of people would come out I have to say the town went bad very quickly indeed and there seemed to be a lot of violence with little or no point especially when people did not know if they would be comng out of the Dome eventually if they had after a few weeks you could understand they might give in to some of their baser instincts, but after a day There were some excellent laugh out loud moments when the towns selectman gets stoned and decides to defend the crack cocaine factory, but there was quick a bit of violence that seemed a bit over the topThere was a good team of good guys, ex army, paramedic and newpaper lady but they seemed a little out classed and the end of the book was a bit of a cop out for me aliens watching this as an experiment and then a fireball of an explosion that kills pretty much everyone with the aliens relenting when one of the characters shares a child hood memory with them So not as good as The Stand but very enjoyable but then I think Cell is the best thing he s written in the last 10 years Se recibi en tiempo y forma, no se puede pedir m s en relaci n al precio del producto, como digo correcto. He le do otras novelas de Stephen King siempre en ingl s y me hab an gustado m s las anteriores, me ha defraudado un poco