Friday, June 1, 2012

Under the Dome

Hallelujah!  I finally finished all 1070 pages of Under the Dome!  It seemed to take me forever but I did enjoy it and never even considered quitting.

I almost didn't read it, though, since some of King's books haven't appealed to me like Cell.  I had the hardest time getting into that one.  So, when Under the Dome was first published, I read the description and didn't think it would be up my alley.

Then, just lately, I read some good things about it so decided it was time.  And I'm glad I did. 

Basically, it's about an invisible dome that descends over the small Maine town of Chester's Mill sealing everyone inside.  Some air gets through so they don't suffocate.  What makes this book so interesting is the magnifying glass through which we see the townsfolk.  King has such a gift for creating unique characters.

And there are plenty in the novel but it's really easy to keep them straight.  From the heroes like Dale Barbara, Rusty and Linda Everett, Julia Shumway, and teenager Joe McClatchey to the Hitler-like villians of Big Jim Rennie and his son Junior. 

I grew up in a small town barely sixty miles from where this novel is set and am very familiar with the area beause it's on my route to camp. But, even if I lived a thousand miles away, I would have enjoyed it just as much since King develops his characters so well.  His writing is just so darn...delicious!

4 comments:

Audrey said...

I loved this book also...

Kyle Adams said...

I had a friend who recently recommended this book to me. He is a King fan, but I've never read anything of his or even in the genre. The book sounds very interesting to me, though. The length, I think is one of the main things that would hinder me from taking up this book, but hopefully I can motivate myself to do it sometime soon.

Until then, I have a long list of books to read. I just started a blog to get myself reading, and I have a long list of what I plan to read, analyze, and review there. Check it out if you like!

beingwellread.blogspot.com

Literary Feline said...

I am so glad you liked this one, Linda! I wasn't a big fan of Cell either and have heard that his earlier stuff is much better than his more recent stuff. This one does sound good though so I may have to give it a try. I am reading The Stand at the moment.

myonethousandlives said...

I finished Under the Dome not too long ago myself...I understand the feeling of not getting into some of King's books. However, you seem to share my interest in James Patterson! He's been up and somewhat down for me...
You should check out and share my reading blog:
http://myonethousandlives.wordpress.com/