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Under the Dome by [King, Stephen]
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The achievement of Stephen King is unlike that of any writer. He has taken a genre which was somewhat moribund when he came to it -- the horror novel -- and transformed it into one of the most phenomenally successful areas for quality popular writing -- what's more, his unprecedented sales success has inspired hundreds of imitators, and while few can match his inspiration (or, for that matter, his jawdropping productivity), there is no question that he has rejuvenated the horror field. Not that King confined himself to the strict parameters one might associate with the genre; several of his books -- such as this latest one, The Dome, stray into science fiction territory). But King’s achievement doesn't end there -- such is his influence over other genres (notably the crime and thriller field) that writers in those genres have been obliged to up the ante in terms of gruesome compulsiveness (Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter books, for instance, owe much to the King transformation of the popular literature field). And as for that loaded world – ‘literature’ -- isn't Stephen King reputed to be the author who has brought quality writing into a field not noted for such things? (Not, that is, since the halcyon days of Edgar Allen Poe in a previous century). Is that claim true of the new book?

So... The Dome. This massive novel, 25 years in the writing (if Stephen King is to be believed), is quite his most ambitious project, and brings to mind earlier blockbuster novels which aficionados considered to be among the writer's best work. Something like the basic premise here may be found in a classic piece of British science fiction, John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned). In that book, a village is isolated by an invisible force field -- and in the King novel, the residents can no more get out than the outside world can enter. John Wyndham's narrative involved the insemination of the women in the town by unseen alien presences, but Stephen King in The Dome has chosen to work in a different area. When the small New England town of Chester's Mill is cut off from the outside world by a mysterious force, all the laws of physics seem to be up for grabs; cars leaving town come up against invisible barriers, and there is death and mutilation for whatever was caught in the boundaries of an invisible field. Inside the dome, the inhabitants of the town deal with the catastrophe in a surprising (and often alarming) variety of ways: ex-military hero Dale Barbara has already come up against the antisocial elements of the town, and has been trying to get out. But the self-styled boss of the town, the demagogue Big Jim Rennie, soon establishes a Machiavellian control (another echo of the books of John Wyndham, in which catastrophe always throw up vicious, fascist-style leaders who capitalise on the disaster).

As ever, King develops his massive dramatis personae with great assurance, and demonstrates once again that his imagination in terms of plotting is as strong as ever. Those, however, who have made a case for King as a quality writer rather than a great popular entertainer will not find much ammunition for their arguments here, but this great sprawling canvas affords many pleasures. --Barry Forshaw

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'King's most purely entertaining novel in years . . . utterly compelling.' (John Connolly)

'Staggeringly addictive.' (USA Today)

'Tight and energetic from start to finish.' (New York Times)

'The pedal is indeed to the metal.' (Guardian)

'You're sorry when it ends.' (Daily Express)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2927 KB
  • Print Length: 657 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 01 edition (22 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031LJ4IO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 759 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Good old fashioned story telling, with a new idea which is surprising these days. Have only read the Dark Tower serifs from King so was not sure if I would like his style of storytelling in any other book, but although long I found it a surprising easy read compared to The Tower. Very rarely give five stars but just could not find flat with this story. Not deep, just good storytelling. Would love to see a follow-up with more details on the leather heads.
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Loved this book. Devoured it in two weeks. It is a truly shocking look at how society can break down in a mere few days when a disaster shakes up the status quo of a sleepy town. In Jim Rennie, King has created his most vile character an unprincipled town leader, and a man who will stop at nothing to keep his grip on the levers of power as the situation worsens until the point of no return..
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Having watched the first series of Under the Dome (and knowing the books are always better than the film/tv series), I couldn't wait to get stuck into the book. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and couldn't put it down. Highly recommended if you are a fan of Stephen King.
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Brilliant book well written The T.V. series didn't do it justice
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Brilliant as usual; what a talented writer!
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A must read and if you haven't seen the TV show, it's well worth a watch
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Great book
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Stephen King does it again. Thrilling, page turning....a great read!
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