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ISBN13: 9781439149034
ISBN10: 1439149038
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Publisher Comments:

Stephen King "returns to his glory days of The Stand" (New York Daily News) with his new #1 bestselling epic!

Just down Route 119 in Chester's Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose...

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener's hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn't just running short. It's running out.

Review:

"King's return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling. When the smalltown of Chester's Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome's ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale 'Barbie' Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions. Readers will recognize themes and images from King's earlier fiction, and while this novel doesn't have the moral weight of, say, The Stand, nevertheless, it's a nonstop thrill ride as well as a disturbing, moving meditation on our capacity for good and evil." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Under the Dome takes a lucid, commonsense approach that keeps it tight and energetic from start to finish. Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down....It also has a great capacity for escapist fun, without which Mr. King could never lure readers through such a long trek." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"[A] foot-on-the-gas-narrative told in breathless idiomatic style. King couldn't give two hoots for ornamental language or lyrical phrasing, but you've got to admire him for making this so compelling. Although he's an undisputed master of suspense and terror, what gives King's work heft is his moral clarity." Graham Joyce, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"[V]intage King: wonderfully written, good, creepy, old-school fun." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[King] can produce great work...and he has done it again here....Regular King readers will rejoice at his return to his strengths. Some will balk at the page count, but a fast pace and compelling narrative make the reader's time fly. Highly recommended." Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"Under the Dome is King at the top of his form. He manages an intricate plot with seamless skill, he brings a large cast of characters vividly to life, and he puts the pedal to the metal with a story that charges through more than 1,000 pages with a constant fusillade of surprises." St. Petersburg Times

Review:

"King keeps a huge cast very busy in his third-biggest novel ever...[H]is explanation for the dome has a prestigious pedigree...and his way with mayhem remains nonpareil." Booklist

Review:

"[U]tterly engrossing and awesomely entertaining....Under the Dome is the sort of book for which the phrase 'page-turner' was coined: You'll never tear through a 1,000-page book so fast." Miami Herald

Review:

"This is King humming at the height of his powers, cackling at human folly, taking childish glee in the gross-out and all the while spinning a modern fable that asks some serious questions without sounding preachy." The Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Propulsively intriguing....Staggeringly addictive." USA Today

Review:

"The work of a master storyteller having a whole lot of fun." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"King returns to his glory days of The Stand." New York Daily News

Review:

"A wildly entertaining trip." People

Review:

"Tight and energetic from start to finish....Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down." New York Times

Review:

"Under the Dome moves so fast and grips the reader so tightly that it's practically incapacitating." Newsday

Review:

"Stephen King's Under the Dome was one of my favourite books of the year so far." Neil Gaiman

Review:

"Dome is classic King, sure to please any fan." Baltimore Sun

Synopsis:

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new novel, a Maine town is subject to the imposition of an impenetrable dome that isolates its citizens from the world.

Synopsis:

STEPHEN KING “RETURNS TO HIS GLORY DAYS OF THE STAND” (New York Daily News) WITH HIS NEW #1 BESTSELLING EPIC

Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . .

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

Synopsis:

STEPHEN KING “RETURNS TO HIS GLORY DAYS OF THE STAND” (New York Daily News) WITH HIS NEW #1 BESTSELLING EPIC

 

Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . .

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

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About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lisey's Story, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book On Writing was also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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Amber Black, June 2, 2013 (view all comments by Amber Black)
First of all, this is my first Stephen King book that I can recall. It's totally possible I read some in my teen years and have forgotten, but as an adult, this is the first. The only reason I wanted to read it was because of the mini-series, which I'm glad about, since it seems they've changed a lot (from what I can tell in the commercials). I read this behemoth in four days. It is an engrossing tale that hurtles you along until you can barely catch your breath, let alone stop turning the pages.

There were definitely issues with the book, but somehow the story and my fascination as everything came to a head, overshadowed a lot of the problems. Is it a great literary triumph, a book that will change the way I read? No, but it's perfect for a summer read when you want to get lost a new world with a huge cast of characters. That is where Stephen King excels. In many books with this many characters (there are at least 30-40 characters to keep track of) I have trouble remembering who is who after the first 200 pages, but here I got to know who each person and didn't need to rely on the character list. In large part that can be attributed to the exaggerated caricatures King utilizes for some characters, but for a fast-paced novel, it actually works well. After reading several novels with major plot holes, it was nice to once again be treated to an author with a supreme understanding of plot development and fulfillment. King has an almost episodic way of writing. Each section has bits and pieces that slowly swell and developments that intensify until a culmination, before the entire process starts over again, with each section amplifying the next. Reading "Under the Dome" is like sitting down and watching an entire season of a show on Netflix in one sitting.

I found some of the characters and occurrences to be too over the top and some truly regrettable lines. I scoffed several times at the idiocy, the cruelty, and the futility of these people. There were some points when confrontations or deaths seemed to have no reason other than to shock and horrify the reader. Also, I could see where this was King's rage against oppressive regimes and a plea for environmentalism, but the denouement really undermined that message, in my opinion. There were other ways he could have played it, which I feel could have had more gravitas, but maybe I'll feel differently once I think about it more. These issues, however, barely detract from the overall novel.
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yochelz12, January 29, 2012 (view all comments by yochelz12)
I have never read a Stephen King book before, but I picked up this one, and I couldn't put it down! The suspense, corruption, and abnormality of Under The Dome made its 1000 pages seem like 10! What a fantastic concept; King made it believable too! A wonderful book!!!!!
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Lori Barrett, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Lori Barrett)
Don't be intimidated by the massive size of this extraordinary book! Stephen King has done it again with a novel that keeps his readers interested all the way through. At first glance, Under the Dome would seem to be a far-fetched science fiction tale about an invisible dome that encompasses a small Maine town. However, the story has so many relevant and compelling themes; global warming, terrorism, and the small-minded evil that exists within so much of small-town politics. I was sad when the book ended - I highly recommend it as the outstanding read of the year!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439149034
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
King, Stephen
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100706
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1088
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 43.26 oz

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Product details 1088 pages Pocket Books - English 9781439149034 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "King's return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling. When the smalltown of Chester's Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome's ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale 'Barbie' Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions. Readers will recognize themes and images from King's earlier fiction, and while this novel doesn't have the moral weight of, say, The Stand, nevertheless, it's a nonstop thrill ride as well as a disturbing, moving meditation on our capacity for good and evil." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Under the Dome takes a lucid, commonsense approach that keeps it tight and energetic from start to finish. Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down....It also has a great capacity for escapist fun, without which Mr. King could never lure readers through such a long trek."
"Review" by , "[A] foot-on-the-gas-narrative told in breathless idiomatic style. King couldn't give two hoots for ornamental language or lyrical phrasing, but you've got to admire him for making this so compelling. Although he's an undisputed master of suspense and terror, what gives King's work heft is his moral clarity."
"Review" by , "[V]intage King: wonderfully written, good, creepy, old-school fun."
"Review" by , "[King] can produce great work...and he has done it again here....Regular King readers will rejoice at his return to his strengths. Some will balk at the page count, but a fast pace and compelling narrative make the reader's time fly. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Under the Dome is King at the top of his form. He manages an intricate plot with seamless skill, he brings a large cast of characters vividly to life, and he puts the pedal to the metal with a story that charges through more than 1,000 pages with a constant fusillade of surprises."
"Review" by , "King keeps a huge cast very busy in his third-biggest novel ever...[H]is explanation for the dome has a prestigious pedigree...and his way with mayhem remains nonpareil."
"Review" by , "[U]tterly engrossing and awesomely entertaining....Under the Dome is the sort of book for which the phrase 'page-turner' was coined: You'll never tear through a 1,000-page book so fast."
"Review" by , "This is King humming at the height of his powers, cackling at human folly, taking childish glee in the gross-out and all the while spinning a modern fable that asks some serious questions without sounding preachy."
"Review" by , "Propulsively intriguing....Staggeringly addictive."
"Review" by , "The work of a master storyteller having a whole lot of fun."
"Review" by , "King returns to his glory days of The Stand."
"Review" by , "A wildly entertaining trip."
"Review" by , "Tight and energetic from start to finish....Hard as this thing is to hoist, it's even harder to put down."
"Review" by , "Under the Dome moves so fast and grips the reader so tightly that it's practically incapacitating."
"Review" by , "Stephen King's Under the Dome was one of my favourite books of the year so far."
"Review" by , "Dome is classic King, sure to please any fan."
"Synopsis" by , In Stephen King's mesmerizing new novel, a Maine town is subject to the imposition of an impenetrable dome that isolates its citizens from the world.
"Synopsis" by , STEPHEN KING “RETURNS TO HIS GLORY DAYS OF THE STAND” (New York Daily News) WITH HIS NEW #1 BESTSELLING EPIC

Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . .

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

"Synopsis" by ,

STEPHEN KING “RETURNS TO HIS GLORY DAYS OF THE STAND” (New York Daily News) WITH HIS NEW #1 BESTSELLING EPIC

 

Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . .

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out.

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