is it just me or did the first couple hundred pages, or the first day of the dome, go by super fast?
yes maybe not as evil as Black Houses bad guys. But Rennie is second easily. Hiding by that good guy, businessman image. I despised that character, I hear there is a television mini series on the way.
Come to think of it, youre right
They go by fast because there isn't much to tell. Things get interesting as we get to know the characters and from there the days go by slower.
Very "Lord of the Flies"-ish. Hey, what would happen in your little town if somebody turned it into an unreachable island? An increasingly deadly little island?
Was anybody else disappointed with there being no social repercussions or justice? Don't get me wrong, I smiled when the nasty characters met their demise, but I had increasingly high hopes they they would at least face some sort of public humiliation for their actions.
I agree. But with the death of the ENTIRE FREAKING TOWN I don't think it would have mattered much in the end. Anyone who survived proved loyal to the good guys so I guess there's some justice there. Good guys live, bad guys die.
Yes, I found it a little disappointing, but dying alone in the dark (due to his own stinginess) seemed even better.
Yeah I wanted Big Jim to get his AFTER he was humiliated in public. Maybe a few months after the dome was removed, then he meets his end alone and in the dark.
Do you consider this book to be Science Fiction? http://isitsciencefiction.com/items/under-the-dome
I am still at the beginning of this book but so far I love it! It is, I don't believe, meant to be funny, but I do find it comical how many people hit this thing they cannot see. One right after the other after the other. And it appears out of nowhere. Has anyone finished this thick book yet? I am just finishing up day one of the domes appearing so I am still near at the beginning. I love how Stephen King just brings each character out very strong. There are so many people to remember in this book!
I loved it and I think it's the best and most significant thing King's done since the Stand...
i think it's more sci-fi than actual horror - wish he'd grab me by the throat like he did with "IT"!
It's okay for the first half of the book, but then it gets kind of weird when they actually start realizing that there are aliens out there.
Loved it as always; another one I would have wished a more extended, at least, ending to, however. I do think it was hilarious that I watched The Simpson's Movie again last night and piled up a list of parallels; the last half of the movie was almost like watching a cartoon version of this book. Were you watching Homer while you were writing this one, Steve?
I also thought it was more Sci Fi than Horror, but that's why I liked it. It was a mind warp that made you think about how people respond to insane situations.
I agree that this perhaps could be considered more sci-fi than horror, but I also really liked it because of his exploration of the characters and their behavior and responses to isolation and the unknown. The Mist also explored that aspect of human behavior and also did it very well. I really enjoyed Under The Dome.
I think Under The Dome is intended as a direct examination of the relationship between the author, the reader and the characters in any given novel. At several points King takes over narrating the story directly, at one point involving both himself and the reader quite directly in the store (in one part he narrates, he describes how a traffic light sways slightly as you both brush past it).
I think it's a very interesting and different path for King to take. When the dome came up, it felt like an acknowledgement that King, who of course put the dome down himself in the first place (he is, after all, the author) had gone too far, and that when the newspaper woman (name escapes me) pleas with the 'alien' she encounters (who I think is meant to represent the reader) for their freedom, I think the reader is in a position to agree, and want the story to end.
It's interesting to see King trying a more literary path (Lisey's Path, similarly, felt like quite a departure to me), although it might be a bit late in the game for him to ever produce anything on par with It or Misery - I thought the dialog throughout the book was pretty painful, and the pacing was a bit off. Still, pretty good.
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I love attention to detail
Did anyone else notice the similarity between the symbol on the white box and the one in IT which marked the door of the monster's lair? I just came across it last night and opened up both books to be sure that I was remembering correctly. Now I can't wait to get to the end and find out if there are any other connections!
I noticed that too. I didn't catch any specific connection, however since the IT was eternal and looked down on the kids of Derry as 'toys', maybe the aliens from Under the Dome are eternal and in that respect share the symbol as they do the idea that we are just toys or ants.
did anyone else think the things from the other side of the box weren't (**********possible spoiler!!!!***********) aliens exactly, but creatures from Mid World perhaps. Like maybe the ancient ones from Rolands world, the ones who built all the machines that are now broken down in his world?(*****spoiler end). nothing in there to suggest that, i just think it makes it a better story to assume they were something more along that nature.
I certainly wouldn't put it past SK to have a Dark Tower connection in this book (almost all of his other works have them), but when I read the Dark Tower I don't really get a sense that the Ancient Ones are really anything more than just an advanced human civ that blew itself up. When I finished reading Under the Dome I felt sort of let down by the ending, but then I realized that the dome and the reasons behind the dome's existance are not what makes the story, what makes the story is the power struggles and the interactions of the characters who are trapped under the dome. I think the aliens or whatever they are, are simply a way for SK to explain why the dome is there in the first place and put a nice, neat ending to the novel.
i didn't mean to imply by the way that i actually thought that that was his intention, only that it would make a better story. i was not so impressed with this book in general. i like to think that the reason they didn't look human is because they were seeing into another universe through one of the thinnies that the machine can somehow see through and it caused some sort of distortion. maybe the leather faced things were people too and thought they were looking at other leather faced things. ...that's getting confusing. anyway, again, i know that's not kings intention, but just how i like to think of it.
Very interesting thought. I like it.
I liked the begining and the middle but I thought the end was a let down and I think SK is very bad at describing is characters. personally I think that his books now a days are just written to make him more money and this will be the last one i read. This will be the first time i've ever said this but I'd actually rather see the movie then read the book if its by SK
I agree. I hate to say this, but i think that very few of his post accident works were on level with much of his pre accident work. I liked Duma Key, and maybe a few of his short stories, but all in all his books just don't have that same old spark. and quite honestly, i'm tired of reading about people going insane and going on a killing spree.
p.s. to say you'd rather see a movie based on a stephen king book than read the book is really saying something since, out of the dozens of movies based on an sk book only a handful are any good at all.
I have been a life long sk fan will probably continue to read anything he publishes, but i'll always miss his golden age.
This book reminded me of the movie Abyss ( directed by James Cameron). Both stories build up a lot of suspense and excitement and then....aliens! Really! Is that the best you could do Mr. King!
It is a no win for King. Whatever it is some will think: dull, trite, derivative. I was waiting for that meth-crazed genius recluse that accidentally developed the dome that died before he could turn it off...
I can't put this book down !!!!
you must be the strongest woman around then, because this one is a beast of a book.
I finished this book this week and I really liiked it. I think it is a great study of what happens to people who are put in to a stressful situation and the consequences that occure with thier decisions. I must be in the minority because I really liked the end, not so much for the alien beings but for the connection with cruel events that we do and do not think anything about them. Ants, Flys, how we treat others, decisions we make everyday.
I really enjoyed reading this book, but the ending was a little bit of a disappointment. Although I can't remember the name or storyline, the quick and easy ending reminded me of something I'd seen in the past. Maybe some of you have seen this as well, but the gist of it is that our universe is a like a small drop of water and as you move farther away, the drop of water is as small as a droplet on a flower. Farther out, the flower is a seed or something else in another universe. Essentially, our universe is just a minuscule bit of matter amongst hundreds of others. I get that part of the message regarded respecting life no matter if it's an ant or a human being, all is precious. I just think King could have come up with something a little better. I mean, I'm not an author by any means, but I could have come up with that ending. It's like he got bored or something.... What is everyone elses opinion?
You might be thinking of the movie Men in Black, I'm pretty sure one of those ended with the pan out to the giant aliens playing marbles. Like the guy below said, I'm not sure the ending was really the point of the book. I think what he was aiming for was just how quickly humanity broke done (several characters mentioned the small amount of time passing). The way people became evil because they saw others behaving evilly, and how easy it was for them to accept cruel abuse towards people who were "outside" their way of thinking.
You can see that with Big Jim, as his ideas start out fairly rational and then become crazier and yet people still believe him. I'll not post specific events as to try and not spoil the book, but Big Jim himself mentions how people just need someone to follow.
I thought the ending was ok, as Stephen King had certainly dug himself a very large hole, and I think he managed to climb out of it fairly deftly. I thought the characters were also outstanding, as they seemed like real people, part of the reason I couldn't stop reading this book was my hatred for Big Jim Rennie, it has been a while since a character in a book made me say "please please just kill this idiot, please!"
Hi, HH! Brand new to the site, so just reading your message now. And yes, the ending disappointed me as well. For a while there, I felt like he was throwing everything in but the kitchen sink, and then wham! Oh, by the way, it's just aliens. Seemed too easy. I felt like he got bored and just wanted to get it over with.
I loved this book and the way all the characters have been described, so I've been sad about the choice for the end of the book :( it seemed a too quick solution: well, the fault is of aliens, and that's all :( I think he could do better, he can chains people to his books and that's a real gift not to throw away with such ends... I can't wait to read the next book anyway!!!
I too, agree that the ending was just too simple. I was really hoping for some human mastermind etc. But the characters were great and the 'point' of the story was very humbling. I just wish there was a more human ending to go with the humanity of the book.
Just wondering... If not aliens, what creator of the dome would have been acceptable to y'all?
Anyone outside the dome would have been taken care of by the military. Who could it have been inside the dome? Some combination of military and insider, as Big Jim suggested? (I don't think he believed this; just used it to blame Barbie.) Big Jim himself? Chef Bushey? One of the larger population of the town? Some freak combination of overpowering AM radio waves and meth fumes and gunpowder and LP in one place?
Anyone else see social commentary on America during the Dubya years or have I watched too much Jon Stewart?
And probably yes.
I liked "Under The Dome," but in my opinion, with this book, Stephen King leaped right into Syfy; plus he added that twist of realistic horror that plays on the mind. Once the dome slammed down, it was like these people that run the town were under an evil mind control.These evil people don't wear masks, or come at you through nightmares, but as ordinary people working at ordinary jobs. Just by looking at their faces, or talking to them, the towns people couldn't tell or distinguish between the good and evil. These towns people didn't know who to trust. And some of these evil-minded people hid their actions very well, until prevoked. That made this story a little more scary. Don't you agree?
In my opinion, that's how those people always were. Isolation from the outside world, and no fear of "consequences" just allowed them to be that way more openly.
Yes, these are real, ordinary people. You know them. Heck, you are probably one of them. The smarties, the jocks, the bullies, the slime balls, the ethicist, the "I just want to chill for the rest of my life," etc. What they could hide or keep controlled under normal circumstances went out of control under stress. Look at Jim Rennie; he kept bullying everyone he could control, but he was also still covering his ass. He kept in charge of the drug operation but, "Oops!", hospital needs LP so better put some of it back. But really, what were the townspeople going to do if he hadn't put some of the LP back int he hospital? Very few people knew where it all was. :-)
funny...the story felt kinda generic and stretched too thin...it's got all the build-up of a miniseries on NBC...wait a second...
So I'm over 100 pages in and I have to say that this is the first King book in years that I've started and not wanted to put down. For a while it seemed like King was writing just to be paid by the word, or things were just drawn out, but this one he hits the ground running right off. I know what the big "turn" is about whom put the dome there, but so far I get this book is more about how the towns people are going to deal with the dome, and who's going to turn on who.
hi - I was getting a bit bored with Sk, then I read this and forgave him x so good:)
This book is so good!!!!
Starting this one today. It's been on my shelf since last Christmas. Think it's finally time? :)
Lord help me. I am going to give the weirdo Stephen King a try.
Quality, Mr. King, not quantity. This is one thick book! It's like the drawn-out Storm of the Century on steroids (remember how it took them a half-hour just to get the bad guy into the cell?). Okay, there's going to be pink stars...we got it. Okay, there's bad goings-on. Loosen up and give us some of that magic that was in Cujo. Misery. Gerald's Game. It is, after all, the tale...not he who tells it, remember?
What is the significance of the date at the very end?
It was the date he started and finished writing the novel I believe.
whats this book about?
I've just started reading Under the Dome. What bothers me about King's writing are all the parentheses within sentences. Drives me crazy. It's like I have to pause while reading a sentence until I get to the end of the sentence. It's annoying. Even though I realize King is describing something, it seems to me he uses this form way too much and too often. Is anyone else annoyed with this writing style??? I've never come across any other author who uses this style as much as King does in this book. Yuck!