Thursday, January 07, 2010

Book Review -- "Under the Dome"

Under the Dome Under the Dome by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I belong to the Stephen King Book Club, so when my husband came into the house with this latest in King's library, I took it in both hands and sighed in book ecstasy. Over 1000 pages? Heaven.

There was absolutely nothing on the fly leaf -- no hint of what this book would be about beyond the artwork, which shows a glass dome over a town, and a certain amount of destruction crashed into it. I usually don't like reading a book unless I have SOME sort of idea what I'm getting into, but with Stephen King, I'll give him a pass.

One of my favorite things about King is his intensely detailed character development. I love getting to know all the characters -- the good, the bad, and the truly heinous -- and I love how King uses a broad brush, not caring whether or not he kills off a kind character while letting a jerk live. You just never know.

I won't tell you what happens, or how the Dome got there, or if it lifts, but will say the book is captivating. I felt trapped in my own Dome because I couldn't put the book down for hours at a time.

Don't let the size of the book stop you. Get set to visit The Dome.


(I'm now taking a total 180 degree turn and reading a historical fiction book called "Hugh and Bess". I'm nothing if not eclectic.)

9 comments:

  1. I've been hearing about Dome; it's on my list! I've just finished re-reading Outlander, and am in the first 1/3 of Dragonfly in Amber. In between I read the last Twilight book. Thanks for the suggestion; I'm like you -- if it's King, I don't worry about anything except how lost I'm likely to get in the book!

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  2. I look forward to reading this one later this year!

    I know what you mean--I like to switch genres with each book I read. I feel like it keeps my mind sharper and forces me to read a broader selection of books.

    Johanna

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  3. Hubby finished this book over the holidays and he said I would love it...I am reading Final Theory by a new guy called Mark Alpert, its fun since and light weight since I am a physics fan of sorts, but its not that deep...anyway thanks for the share, can not wait to get started on this one...

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  4. I'm just starting to look into reading King. Any suggestions on what I should start with? Kori xoxo

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  5. My very first King book was "Salem's Lot" -- very spooky, full of vampires. I also loved "Needful Things" (more vampires) and "It". "The Talisman" was also really good, with its follow on "The Black House". And if you read "Desperation", be sure to read "The Regulators" immediately afterwards! One is written by King, and one is written by his pen name, Bachman.

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  6. I love Stephen King!

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  8. I can't wait to read this one! King's 'Dark Tower' series was one of my all-time favorites, though the ending was a little disheartening, after 20 years of waiting for it!

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