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  • Jun 25, 2010
Under the Dome is a TERRIBLE book.  Actually, it’s a fantastic book that just contains terrible things.  
Stephen King continues to thrill with his latest post-retirement book which, in my opinion, is his greatest non-Dark Tower novel in the last 10 years.  Under the Dome is a frightening look at what might happen in small town America when the town finds itself cut off from the rest of the world.  This is King’s longest book since It (it has well over 1000 pages), but it never slows down and, unlike It, you never feel like it should end.
What makes Under the Dome so scary is that, unlike many of King’s other novels, the reader gets the impression that this type of thing could actually happen.  Perhaps not exactly as written, but the concept of people and their disregard of humanity is certainly one that has the ability to frighten.  Under the Dome is an examination of the results of societal pressure and how it impacts the human mind.  The novel also shows just how easy it is for someone to grab power and hold onto it in a crisis situation, a la the Emperor in Star Wars.  This is a relevant topic in today’s world, and King sheds light on it masterfully, weaving a story that is both contemporary and timelessly allegorical.  
If you love Stephen King – as I do – then you really can’t go wrong here.  It’s classic Stephen King.  On the other hand, give the book a shot even if you have never read him before; like Misery, under the Dome has the ability to be a genre-crossing book that appeals to a wider than normal audience.
So look around your town next time you drive to the grocery store….it looks big now, doesn’t it?  What secrets do you think it contains?  What would happen if your town was placed Under the Dome?  Did you get a chill?  No?  Then maybe you would be part of the problem…


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June 30, 2010
Love the first line of your review! It's quite an eye catcher when you notice the +4 rating. Great writing!
June 30, 2010
Haha! Glad you liked it! I have always wanted to be a professional reviewer of books, films, video games, etc. You let me touch my dream here @ lunch. And it was a blast! You have a great thing going here - I'm looking forward to being a part of it!
June 30, 2010
Me too. You are quite a writer and reviewer. I'm so glad you got to touch your dream here at Lunch. I've never wanted to be a reviewer, but I fell into it when I started reviewing books I had read--mainly to keep track of what I liked and didn't like. When I found Lunch, I was like...wow...reviewing is fun! Now. I love it! Really hope you keep writing, and I really hope you continue to have fun here with us! :)
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review by . March 29, 2011
Under The Dome. Well, you read the synopsis.  The story takes us into a small town in (where else) Maine, where an invisible dome has appeared (pretty clever the way that ties in with the title, eh?). Anyway, in typical King fashion there are horrific accidents as people/animals/machinery run into the dome. And what Stephen King tale would be complete without a well placed and homicidal nutjob? Fear not, it's got one of those too.    The book was well written and you …
review by . June 09, 2010
I had never read a Stephen King book before I received Under the Dome as a gift last year - I just didn't really think they would interest me. But this hefty piece of writing actually changed that opinion for me quite a bit. The book defied most of my stereotypes, lived up to a few others, yet still managed to be highly entertaining throughout.      From the very beginning, the book reads like the literary offspring of a Michael Bay movie and an episode of South Park. Surprisingly, …
review by . May 16, 2010
One of Stephen King's Best Novels
Under the Dome may be one of the most entertaining novels Stephen King as written in years, and maybe one of the longest, weighing in at a hefty 1,072 pages.  But don’t let that deter you, this novel keeps rolling from start to finish and keeps the reader deeply engaged in the story.  A small New England town, Chester’s Mill, is a rather normal little burg.  It has a small town police force, punky teens on skateboards, trailer trash, a megalomaniac politician on a small …
review by . August 01, 2010
Iraq veteran Dale (Barbie) Barbara is on his way out of Chester's Mill when an invisible shield drops down, running along the small town's boundaries. Planes, cars and birds crash into it, people run into it, and no one can figure out what it is. The US military's calculations are that a large force field in the shape of a dome has settled over Chester's Mill, cutting the town off from the rest of the country. Their efforts to destroy the dome are fruitless, as are their attempts to figure out who …
review by . June 17, 2010
   Stephen Kings novel "Under the Dome" is an in-depth look at the inhabitants of a small Maine town by the name of Chester's Mill, barely a blip on the map, that find themselves cut off from the rest of the world due to an invisible barrier - the sudden appearance of which causes numerous injuries and fatalities to both humans and animals. Follow the inhabitants of Chester's Mill as they learn about and attempt to deal with the confusing and at times tragic series of …
review by . March 21, 2010
Stephen King is an author that goes above American Literature.  He is a global phenomenon.  He has gone from being influenced by pop culture... to actually influencing Pop Culture.  At least at one point in time he did.  There's a lot King has done to influence Pop Culture and he is still a capable writer, even while he's going onto his sixth decade and pushing his career onto forty years.  Under the Dome is an ambitious novel; one he's had rolling around up in his head …
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Long read, but good. Not as good as some of his others, but good...really kind of makes you wonder, what if? Along the same lines as "Cell".
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
really disappointing. I used to love Stephen King but maybe I'm too old for him now. The writing seems really simplistic.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Under the Dome was the first book I read on my Amazon Kindle last Christmas. Definitely a page turner with some likeable characters and other you love to hate. I found it enjoyable and interesting but didn't like a couple of ways the story turned. I still recommend it though!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
I didn't like it as much as other King books, the end kind of disappointed me.
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Under the Dome is a novel by Stephen King that was released on November 10, 2009. It is a rewrite of a novel King attempted writing twice in the late 1970s and early 1980s, under the titles The Cannibals and Under the Dome. As King stated on his official site, these two unfinished works "were two very different attempts to utilize the same idea, which concerns itself with how people behave when they are cut off from the society they've always belonged to. Also, my memory of The Cannibals is that it, like Needful Things, was a kind of social comedy. The new Under the Dome is played dead straight." From the material originally written in the 1980s, only the first chapter is included in the new novel.
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ISBN-10: 1439148503
ISBN-13: 978-1439148501
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Scribner, Pocket
Date Published: November 10, 2009
ISBN: 978-1439148501
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