Thursday, September 30, 2010
Review Thursday: Under The Dome by Stephen King
by Stephen King
Paperback: 880 pages
Publisher: Pocket; Reprint edition (July 6, 2010)
I adored Christine, The Shining, Firestarter, Misery, Salem's Lot, The Running Man and Thinner but Pet Sematary, The Talisman, and It just didn't feel right to me. If you have enjoyed King's last few books, you'll probably like this one too. I didn't.
Under The Dome is the story of a village cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible forcefield. Think pudding bowl over the town. As the air runs out, the people become more and more frantic. Worse, there's a killer on the loose.
King writes as if he's describing a film to a blind person. When I got to page 250, I still wasn't invested in the characters. Worse, the "mystery" was crystal clear. I flipped to the end, read the last 5 pages, and won't be bothering to read the middle bits.
The other thing about this book is the length: 880 pages. Unfortunately King doesn't use the extra space to add character depth, mystery or anything useful. It's just horribly long. A good editor would cut this book in half and improve it immeasurably.
If you like horror but can't be bothered to wade through this one, wait for the film. If you're not in Malaysia, you can buy this pretty much everywhere, including Amazon and Amazon UK.