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Old 11-14-2009, 11:20 AM   #1
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Stephen King's "Under the Dome" - SPOILER THREAD

I'm holding out for the official ebook version of "Under the Dome" but I know some of you are reading the hard cover or darknet versions now.

I wanted to have a thread where to discuss the book without giving too much away to those of us who are waiting.

Please discuss... I promise not to peek (well, I'll try really really really hard).
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So far it's like reading 'old, good' Stephen King. I'm halfway through and it does not feel at all like a slog, as so much of his work has in recent years. Now we'll just have to see if he's managed to write a decent ending (a weak point of his writing I've always found).
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Endings are the downfall of many a great writer (not to mention the not-so-great). There's an art to achieving a balance between novelty and satisfaction that few master.

Personally, I like endings that get readers thinking and let them fill in some blanks with their own imagination. That's what I tried in my latest book, with questionable success.

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Old 11-14-2009, 03:55 PM   #4
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Endings are the downfall of many a great writer (not to mention the not-so-great).
I would say that applies to Dan Brown's latest. Great read, excellent character development but the ending was pretty bland.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:00 PM   #5
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Enjoyed the book. He starts out gang-busters with his character definitions and situations. Oh, what characters that man can create. Style reminded me of Kings earlier works... I appreciated that. Must admit to some surprise with the last 200 or so pages... but, it was not disappointing in the manner of the Dan Brown book.
Overall, I give it a 4 1/2 stars. Has a nice beat and is easy to dance to.
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Thank you for the double mention of this being on par with the "early" King ... I never liked the tv movies, only read a book about a marathon with people getting shot, but this thread might actually push me to get this book.
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Thank you for the double mention of this being on par with the "early" King ... I never liked the tv movies, only read a book about a marathon with people getting shot, but this thread might actually push me to get this book.
That book is called The Long Walk, it's part of the Bachman books

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bachman_Books

I enjoyed all four of them very much.
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:02 PM   #9
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My two favorite King books are It and The Stand. Is this book in that league?
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I'm finished! I would also put this book as being similar to King's Bachman Books. My fav order is now:

The Stand (still #1)
The Dark Tower Series
Under the Dome would be a tie with The Long Walk (I have been haunted by this story for years)

Spoiler:
Did anyone else imagine Rush Limbaugh as Big Jim.

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I never liked the tv movies,
The problem with King's stories and TV/Film, is that there is so much in the stories that happens in a character's head, and of course, there's no way to film that. His stories (for the most part) just don't translate well onto the screen. And it's a shame that so many folks who see the movies don't read the books, so they never understand what a really good story teller he is. (Please note...I did not say 'great author'....he's a darn good Story Teller!)
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I'm finished! I would also put this book as being similar to King's Bachman Books. My fav order is now:

The Stand (still #1)
The Dark Tower Series
Under the Dome would be a tie with The Long Walk (I have been haunted by this story for years)

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Did anyone else imagine Rush Limbaugh as Big Jim.
I really enjoyed this book. Best in a long time. The Stand was my favorite as well. I tend to like a long read and they both qualified as long and engrossing. I was struck at how many pop culture and current event references were sprinkled throughout. This seemed a very "now" book. It will date itself. I do not remember his other works being so.

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I did not get a Rush feel from Big Jim. Wishful thinking?
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:07 AM   #13
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I really enjoyed this book. Best in a long time. The Stand was my favorite as well. I tend to like a long read and they both qualified as long and engrossing. I was struck at how many pop culture and current event references were sprinkled throughout. This seemed a very "now" book. It will date itself. I do not remember his other works being so.

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I did not get a Rush feel from Big Jim. Wishful thinking?
The "nowness" struck me as well. I laughed a the Tiger Woods references.

The Stand, for me, is still a great adventure, as is The Dark Tower series. Unrelated people coming together from different places and/or time. Both are big sweeping works with hope playing a very big part.

Under the Dome, for me was claustrophobic and really hopeless until the end, which was a bit too simple. BTW, the end reminded me of similar Twilight Zone and Star Trek episodes.

Oh and on "wishful thinking", maybe, since a certain person had some heart issues this past week. It just all seemed to fit.
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A Throw-A-Way

I'm sure that some of you would throw away some of my books too, but...

"The Stand" is only the second book that I have ever thrown away. Normally if I don't like a book I just give it away.

But I tried reading "The Stand" 3 times over a year and a half. Just couldn't.

The only other book that I tossed was "A Confederacy of Dunces". Just trying to read a short summary (http://www.gradesaver.com/a-confeder...short-summary/) made me sick.

There's more than one book in the world because we all have different taste. And while I "know" that S. K. is supposed to be great, there is something in him that reminds me of "A Confederacy of Dunces".
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I'm sure that some of you would throw away some of my books too, but...

"The Stand" is only the second book that I have ever thrown away. Normally if I don't like a book I just give it away.

But I tried reading "The Stand" 3 times over a year and a half. Just couldn't.

The only other book that I tossed was "A Confederacy of Dunces". Just trying to read a short summary (http://www.gradesaver.com/a-confeder...short-summary/) made me sick.

There's more than one book in the world because we all have different taste. And while I "know" that S. K. is supposed to be great, there is something in him that reminds me of "A Confederacy of Dunces".
I don't have a problem with you not liking The Stand but hwy are you "throwing" books away, instead of passing them on or donating them?
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