Threads of the Pattern

Lunchtime and Bubbles

Posted on: October 4, 2013

Cover Art © Scribner

Cover Art © Scribner

My lunch break/bathtub reading at the moment is Under the Dome by Stephen King. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan, but I like a good number of his books, especially The Dark Tower series, which is about as extreme in the direction of fantasy as he’s ever gotten. This is probably why I like that particular series so much.

I’ve only just started Under the Dome, but so far I’m enjoying it. It looks a bit daunting at one thousand pages, but Stephen King has a very comfortable writing style that makes his books easy to read. I’m sure I’ll blast through it in no time.

The premise is basically a “dome” of sorts (in quotations because I’m told it’s not exactly spherical in any sense of the word) closing off an entire town from the outside world. I haven’t gotten too much into the mechanics of how the dome itself works yet, but it’s been made clear that one cannot get through it simply by walking.

The beginning of the story depicts the dome falling into place from the viewpoint of several different characters: a pilot and his student, a drifter who is only feet away from getting out of town, and even a woodchuck, among others.

I find different points of view on the same scene to be fascinating, so obviously I’m enjoying myself. I’ve been spoiled by fantasy authors and their love of introducing as many characters as possible, so any time I can get this outside of the fantasy genre I get excited.

I’m looking forward to getting to know all these characters and finding out what they’re going to do and how they’re going to interact with each other once the knowledge sinks in that they can’t leave. And, it goes without saying (but I will anyway, naturally) that I’m also looking forward to finding out the who, what, when, why and how of the dome itself. I’ll let you know when I get to the scary thing hiding in the sewers waiting to eat the children.

Once I finish the book, I’ll dive into the show, though I’ve heard that it’s very different, even a few episodes in.

Read this book? Stephen King fan? Fan of the show? Tell me about it! (but try not to spoil anything for me, ok? 😉 )

Tomorrow’s prompts: you today/ green/ shoes/ this happened today/ look down/ fitness/ leaves



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