Read this book!

October 28, 2010 at 6:43 am 2 comments

When I get to heaven, I plan on getting answers to some burning questions.  Among the things I want to know is this:

What, exactly, is going on in Stephen King’s head?

While I’m not really a fan of his early stuff, I became a Stephen King admirer when I read his novel The Stand several years ago.  King creates people and places that have depth tinged with the surreal.  He has applied this talent, once again, to his latest epic, Under the Dome.

There is a murderer loose among the people of Chester’s Mill, Maine.  This would be a pressing concern for most towns of 1,000-ish people, but the citizens of Chester’s Mill have an even bigger issue to face: an invisible, dome-like barrier has clamped down on their town and shut them off from the outside world.  No one can get in.  More importantly, no one can get out.

What is causing the dome?  No one knows.  The military can’t figure out either its cause or how to take it down.  People on the inside blame the government.  Or terrorists.  Or aliens.  Or maybe a conspiracy between all three.

While the book’s length alone – 1,000 pages – will deter casual readers, even good readers may find it difficult at first to keep all of the principle characters straight because there are so many of them.  However, King has written an engaging novel that explores the motives behind small town politics, greed, and murder.  He examines the hopelessness that envelops people when they lose a sense of control over their lives.  He also explores the resilience of human nature, even when faced with an inexplicable problem that can only be felt and not seen.

Warning: This book has many unsavory elements, including suicide, murder, and reference to necrophilia.  If you are looking for a feel-good story, this is NOT the book for you.

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  • 1. Read this book! « Blankies & Booboos  |  December 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

    […] is the second time I’ve recommended a book of his here at Blankies and Booboos; the first was Under the Dome, which I read last […]

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  • 2. Amy  |  January 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I somehow missed your review of this back in 2010… but caught a reference to it in your more recent review of “11/22/63.” Anyhow, I received this book for Christmas and am currently reading it AND LOVING IT! 🙂

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