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So, the behemoth that is Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” has finally ended. At least for me.

I freely admit that the first “chapters” of the book were completely compelling. The description of the Dome appearing out of thin air and the immediate consequences gave me, Constant Reader, a feeling of relief. Sometimes King is able to pull me in immediately (as he did here), but other times the opening of his novels are sluggish. Color me pleased he latter was not the case when it came to “Under the Dome.”

The book is certainly the lengthiest in King’s recent repertoire. Weighing in at over a thousand pages, the novel contains one of the largest and most complex set of characters he has ever written. The two main characters, Barbie and Jim Rennie, also mark a high point for King when it comes to the love and hate generated by the author. That is a difficult thing to do, but he flawlessly makes me love and loathe.

Without giving much away in this section, I admit the pages kept turning. The political and social minutiae that populate the town is wholly fascinating. Who knew reading about town selectmen and their little lives could be so interesting? The concepts presented, once I got past the craziness of a Dome coming down, made sense and were based on realities readers can believe.

For the most part.
(Invisotext below with spoilers) )

Overall, I would have to rate the book a 7 out of 10. All seven points are awarded based on the characters populating the town, the description of the Dome, and the page-turning effect King presented. Had the ending been something more preferable, it would have easily been 9 points.

Good try, Mr. King. But work on your endings!


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February 2013



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