Your post caused me to go read the summary. Stephen King being Stephen King, that book is now definitely on my to-do list.
You seem to have an extensive to do list, PDS. I'm not really a Stephen King fan, but I might check this book out.
My all-time favorite Stephen King story is the novella, The Mist.
The only book I've read of his was Christine, I think it was called, and that was years ago. I thought it was ok, but the truth is I'm not really into the scifi/horror/weirdness type genre. It's not my thing, but yes, he kept me turning the pages of a book that I wouldn't normally be interested in- Suppose he's pretty talented.
Trusting your thumbs... I picked it up from the library today...
Okay, it took me a week to finish reading this book and for the most part it was pretty enjoyable. Like others have mentioned, the ending was un-fulfilling. Funny thing happened though, during the last 20 pages I found myself coughing... maybe it was sympathy coughs... cleared up shortly after I finished the book. I still give it a 1 and a half thumbs.
I like King, but I thought he could have done better ending Under the Dome. I believe he wrote himself into a corner. There were so many characters too, a whole page list in the beginning of the book. I've read most of his stuff though, and he is entertaining.
I read Under the Dome, Habee. Vintage Stephen King but the ending is very bleak - also a bit claustrophobic!
I read and enjoyed it, but felt that the ending was a little flat. Up until the three quarter mark it was a real white knuckle ride though.
I agree completely. I couldn't put the book down until about the last third or fourth. I find that Stephen King is great at setting up stories and building up the tension. But he does not know when to stop climaxing and get to the conclusion. He loses momentum because he just wants to keep going up. And then the endings seem lackluster to me.
The only exception I have found is the Dark Tower series. But that is probably because he had several books to get in all the climaxing and building up that he likes.
He should team up with someone who can write amazing endings and then his stories would be perfect.
Not really a fan of S. King..... I prefer Robin Cook; Dan Brown; James Michener; C.L. Bevill, and others... ;-)
I'm reading it the moment (68% of the way through according to my Kindle) and I thought it was a bit of a slow start but it's getting brilliant now. Jim Rennie is one of the most detestable characters I've read in a long while! I've heard they're creating a TV series based on it too so I'm really looking forward to that.
It's my second Stephen King book, the other being Desperation. I really want to get through a lot of his other books, so that's my goal for next year.
Trouble is I never really enjoy Stephen King stuff when it is translated onto the screen (this is probably akin to heresy but I loathe the film of 'The Shining' with Jack Nicholson and preferred the TV series), maybe because I have built up such strong imagery in my own head as to what it all should look like.
My favourite King books do have to be The Shining and The Stand - both classics!
I know what you mean, King's stuff doesn't translate to the screen well. The only one that did was Christine, the one about the car that came alive and loved 50's music, and began to terrorize everyone. I just read the Tower Series, it's a big committment, but I think it was worth it. It's long, but that's King's writing style. He normally "gets" the bad guys too! I was a Lostie when Lost was on, and always thought they should have consulted King on the ending, which was a let down. King often writes about parallel universes.
I love this book! It's one of my "new" favorite Stephen King books. I highly recommend it.
I read this book with Habee's recommendation and I really enjoyed it. Now, I'm watching the mini series that is on CBS for the same story and I have to say I am really disappointed. I know things can't always be the same but there are some huge shifts in the storyline of the TV show. Maybe for graphical reasons or just to build on character and drama but I'll be the first to say... The book was better.
I've been disappointed with most Stephen King screen adaptations - probably because his writing triggers your imagination so much that it would be very hard for anything to match up. We haven't had the series over here yet, but I will be interested to watch it
Nothing is as scary or real as in our imaginations. Bag of Bones is another of my favorites of King's. It's a haunted love story, taking place in ME, as usual. It's about an author whose wife suddenly died, and her husband is a writer. He's so shattered he can't write anymore, but has a few books tucked away for a rainy day, something I'm sure SK does too! He gets really involved with a crazy bunch of people in the town where their summer house is located, and he has so many reminders of his wife there. I thought King showed a lot of maturity in it. The story is good, but there is racism in it, because he does that time travel stuff often, he takes the characters back a few generations.
When King does move out of ME, as he did in Duma Key, he does a great job. I really liked that one too and recommend it.
The biggest reason Under The Dome is so different from the book is because they are stretching it into a 13 episode TV series. Not quite sure what the reasoning is behind that since it would be a one season series but what do I know.
by bulletproofchris 10 years ago
Ok, I'm sure this has been asked before, but I'm fairly new here and so it will be new to me. I love Stephen King. He's my favorite living author, and the reason I decided to pursue writing as a career. What I want to know from all you King fans out there is, which is your favorite (i know, it will...
by Abe Normal 11 years ago
I loved the Talisman, The movies are great, I seldom get to read the books anymore.
by Mohan Kumar 7 years ago
What is your favorite Stephen King story?There are so many great books and short stories King has written. From Carrie to Cujo, Shining to Stand, Dark Tower series... The stories that made great movies like Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile, Stand By Me... Have you got a favorite?
by Kenna McHugh 3 years ago
“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King
by ptosis 2 months ago
Let's share good books.I recommend "Fall of Giants" (pre-WW1 drama history) 1k+ pages"Pillars of the Earth" (medieval drama history) 1k+ pages"Dreyfus Affair" (France SNAFU history) 500+ pagescurrently reading"SpyMaster" (autobio from Olec Kalugin) 450+...
by Kenna McHugh 3 years ago
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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