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1.0 out of 5 stars Requires endurance, 23 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Under the Dome (Paperback)
At 900 pages the size of this book was daunting. Still the concept seemed interesting and with the author's reputation to consider I thought it would be worth giving it a go. However, after a 100 pages I gave up. I found it hard to read and frustratingly slow-paced. I also found that I had no sympathy for any of the many characters, certainly not enough to invest many more hours in discovering their fate.
I think it could have benefited with some drastic editing to maybe half the size. I would say only consider this if you are a quick reader and have lots of time on your hands.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2011 16:37:22 GMT
Taranis says:
I know how you feel. King seems to assume that his readers have got half their lives to devote just to his books alone. I would still say that J. D. Salinger's complete works - amounting to little more than 400 pages - still outweigh King's total oeuvre. His massive output would suggest that he has an awful lot to say, but I think there is reason to doubt that.

Writing his never-ending stories has doubtless been therapeutic for him but I doubt whether they are very therapeutic for his readers. Psychologically, there is no doubt that writing is more healing and cathartic than reading.

Still, every reader has the choice whether to read his books or not.

Posted on 3 Feb 2011 16:11:33 GMT
Mr. C. Lloyd says:
I felt exactly the same! I thought it would be as good as the Stand but like you, I had no sympathy with any of the characters. Too slow-paced for my liking

Posted on 25 Mar 2011 11:51:24 GMT
Andy Lovatt says:
Well your obviously an idiot. After "100" pages you felt no sympathy for any of the characters and judged the entire book. Well done!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Apr 2011 18:06:02 BDT
MS says:
Stoke its obviously you who's the idiot. 100 pages is enough time for any author to characterise well enough to care. If you are stupid enough to buy any old tripe that King churns out then it just goes to show that the saying "a fool and his money are easily parted" still hold true.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2012 23:39:35 BDT
Well you do not have to buy his books; no one is holding a gun at your head, I think. If readers were so complainant, he wouln't be still selling and writing, would be? Have fun with your Salinger and leave the King to his constant readers.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2012 10:10:57 BDT
Walker says:
MS, it's obvious that you are the idiot if you think think that a book of 900+ pages can be judged fully on reading only 100.

Posted on 8 Sep 2013 19:28:32 BDT
cmac says:
so you read just over 10% of the book and that is enough to play judge, jury and executioner ? thank god i don't rely on your reviews when i choose books. bit of advice, stick to books with pictures and considerably less pages, i suggest 100 or thereabouts, as that seems to be your attention span !!
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