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Topic: "Under The Dome"

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Subject: "Under The Dome"
Date Posted: 2/15/2010 2:03 PM ET
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Has anyone else read this new one by Stephen King? I'm not a huge King fan, but I loved The Stand, and this one I like much more than most others. But I did think it was too long (1,000-plus pages)....And not so much about or dealing with the supernatural or paranormal, other than the dome's appearance/existance. It's more like "Lord of the Flies"---how people react when removed from civilization.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 4:42 PM ET
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Date Posted: 2/15/2010 4:54 PM ET
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I go in spurts with King.  I either can't put his books down, or they are just stupid!!  His earlier works were so much better.  Haven't read this one yet.  Feel the same about Dean Koontz. 

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 9:31 AM ET
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I skipped over a lot of it---but it WAS interesting enough for me to want to know how everything worked out.

Here's my basic problem with it: The town loses its doctors, so the hospital is not very effective. King gives about 25 examples of different individuals who suffer from being without medical help. I think 5-6 would have made the point just fine.

  Cops go bad, and commit murders and other mayhem: He gives about 40 examples of that, each of a different incident of cops-gone-bad, using a different victim. I think perhaps 10 would do (???)

It's not bad, it just got very repetitive. But it was easy enough to skip over, once you realize what's going on. I don't like doing/admitting that, but jeez, the book is LONG!!!!! and I don;t get the reason.

Date Posted: 2/17/2010 4:16 PM ET
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I think that I am in the minority, but this was not one of my favorite books from him.  I read the whole thing just to see how it ended. but I have to say I really like most of his earlier works better than his more current stuff.  I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, but his books really seem to have changed (and not for the better in my opinion) after his car accident.  I don't remember in detail what happened, but I do remember reading that he was very badly injured in the accident. 

I am trying to replace a bunch of my old Stephen King books that I lost due to a flood in our old house.  I would take another Salem's Lot, Misery, The Stand, Needful Things, etc...