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Monday, July 22, 2013

Oh Lord Jesus, it's a fire (or how I finished Under the Dome)

So I finally finished Under the Dome, the 1074 page book by my all-time favorite author, Mr. Stephen King. If you are still reading it and don't want to know what happens, go check out what's happening on YouTube. I hear the new One Direction video is out. (You're welcome) For the rest who have finished or who care, here we go.



Let me start by mentioning that I purchased this book LAST spring (2012) and started reading it on the auto-train on the way down to Disney last summer. I read some more of it lying by the pool at our hotel. And read a little more on the train ride back. I may have gotten to page 100, but then I put it down and never picked it back up again.

Until late May of this year. I decided to participate in the #DomeAlong, a group reading of the book with a bunch of other bloggers, hosted by Coffee and a Book Chick. This, in preparation for the miniseries on CBS. I posted my mid-way post here and am now ready to talk about the whole shebang now that I've finished reading the whole thing.

This is the first Stephen King book I've enjoyed in years! To be fair, there are a bunch that I either haven't read yet (11/22/63, Full Dark, No Stars) or have started but just lost interest (Duma Key, Just After Sunset) and some that I never, EVER intend to read (the entire Dark Tower Series**) but this is probably the best book of his that I've read since The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Yes, it's been a long time since I've really LOVED anything by King. Don't get me wrong, Black House was good, I loved revisiting Jack Sawyer, but it didn't grab me the same way that such old standards as It, The Stand and my favorite, The Talisman, grabbed me when I read those so many years ago. I've read each of those books at least 2 times. I may re-read The Talisman again soon too, if only to read about one of my all-time favorite King characters, Wolf (right here and now!)

Ok I'm digressing. About those little **'s up there, I'll say that I did read the first 3 books in the Dark Tower series and just couldn't stand them. I just did NOT want to pick up another book in the series, because I didn't care about any of the characters, I didn't care for the plots, I just did not like them. And that, of course, is MY opinion and I'm not hating on anyone else who thought they were the bees' knees or the cat's pajamas. If you loved them, good on ya! I'm happy for you! They just weren't my cup o'joe.

I just wanted to add this picture of Mike Vogel again because he's so flipping hot.  So sue me.
 Now getting back on the subject of Under the Dome: I. Loved. It. I cared about the characters, I wanted Julia and Barbie to hook up, I wanted Rusty and Linda's family to all make it through, I wanted the happy ending, and with the exception of about 780 residents of Chester's Mill dying, I got my happy ending. I was sad that Audrey the dog died, and that Benny and Ernie Calvert and Aiden and Thurse all died but to me they weren't as important to the story as Rusty and Linda and Julia and Barbie. I was so happy that Joe and Norrie survived too. Part of me wished that Big Jim's death was more tortuous and horrific. In the end, he deserved worse, but the image of him dying in a darkened room surrounded by the very people whose deaths he was responsible for was delicious. Very King-esque.

The huge fire that overtook most of the town from the explosion at the radio station was edge of your seat stuff! Just imagining the whole town being wiped out by a traveling wall of flames and heat was horribly entertaining. 

I couldn't help but make the connection with the aliens from this book to the alien from Dreamcatcher. Dreamcatcher's alien got inside you and controlled you, but these aliens basically put people in a situation and then watched how they handled it. Dreamcatcher's aliens were gross, these aliens were not as scary as described, but I was happy that Julia was able to connect with one and convince it to let them go. Maybe it's too neat and tidy a package, but in the end, things worked out. I like a happy ending. So sue me. But now I'm really looking forward to how they are going to go about making the miniseries even remotely similar to the book. I said this before and I'll say it again. In both the book and the show, there's a dome and a town under it. That's pretty much where the similarities end. So I'll try to enjoy the series (I'll still have Mike Vogel to appreciate as Dale Barbara) after really enjoying the book and try to keep them both as separate entities.

The opinions expressed in this blog are mine. If you don't like them, if you don't agree with them, don't try to change my mind, and please don't be argumentative. Homey don't play dat.



15 comments:

  1. The last Stephen King book I read was Thinner. I still can't decide if I like it and that was 20 years ago.
    This series looked good, but since I have about 4 unfinished books laying around, I will not be starting a 1000+ book. Thanks for the run down. And I like happy endings too.

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    1. THAT was a good book. And coincidentally, I used to work in AC and sold Keno tickets to the man who starred in that movie as the Gypsy, Michael Constantine. Sweet man!

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  2. I'm finding this book today. Just sayin'

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    1. Huge undertaking, Joy, but definitely well worth it!

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  3. Imma sending my kid to the library to find me the book.

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  4. My favorite King book is Rose Madder. Love, love, LOVE it! I'll be starting 11/22/63 soon. Not sure what to expect.

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    1. That was a decent book. But you'll have to let me know how you like 11/22/63. Next book is Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, then I'll start 11/22/63.

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  5. I want to thank you because I had read on here the you loved The Stand and since I have been reading your blog and feel that we would get along I had to pick it up. I have loved Stephen King since I was a teenager and IT scared the living crap out of me. I liked the Dome but I LOVED the Stand. Im going to read the Talisman next. Thank you again and I love your blog.

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    1. You're welcome!! Hope you love The Talisman as much as I did. One of my all-time faves, hands down.

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  6. I loved Under the Dome (the book - even if the aliens were a little on the corny side). Like most Stephen King adaptations I'm finding the series bordering on cheesey (I have a short rant on it on my blog somewhere) and wonder if they'll follow suit with the explanation or come up with something else. What's your thoughts on the show so far?

    Favorite Stephen King book... Hmmmm... Might also have to go with The Stand. Currently reading Joyland, which is nothing like his horror works.

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    1. I did a Tuesday Tirade on the very first episode being NOTHING like the book but then I relaxed a little after King came out with the letter to his fans saying 'chill out and keep your panties on'. I am enjoying the miniseries a little more now that there are STARTING to be little hints at similarities showing. But there are still things that I'm NOT liking, like Barbie killing Julia's husband. THAT'S gonna make for an awkward morning after story between them, isn't it?

      Thought about picking up Joyland. Wondered if it was worth it.

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  7. You don't like the Dark Tower (just fainted).... anywho... lol! So I really liked this book also. The epic ending... hello! I know a lot of people didn't care for the alien thing. Well.. eh? I thought it was neat. Honestly I was a little surprised. I did think it was going to be one of the towns people who had magic.. or some type of crazy device who caused it. So I am glad that it turned out the way it did. I am glad to find a fellow King reader who blogs! Yeah for us!

    Angie
    Here is my final post about the book:

    http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.com/2013/06/under-dome-by-stephen-king-review.html

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  8. THAT's the guy who plays Barbie in the show?? (I'm out of the loop—no internet/tv at home for me this summer, long story, but having my dad DVR & save it for me next time I visit.) Whoa. I guess I sorta pictured him younger-ish but maybe not so hunky. Rawr.

    But yes I agree with your assessment of the book! I really cared about these characters and was rooting for certain ones all the way through :)

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  9. I know I'm a little late to the party here but you HAVE to read 11/22/63. By far one of the best Stephen King books ever. And Joyland wasn't bad, but not really exciting.

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