There are so many embarrassing Veterans Day discounts today. Have you seen any? I saw "10% off earrings for all our servicepeople!" and "Veterans: show ID and get $5 off oil change!" *WINCE* It would be far better to have NO discount. "Thanks for risking your life in other countries far away from your families! Here, have a free value-size fries (when you pay full price for the burger and drink) (must show military ID)!"
I finished all 1,000 pages of Under the Dome, and I am ready to report:
1. It felt like a recipe: one part apocalyptic scenario, one part bad cops, one part crazy religion, one part descending into madness, one part power corrupts, one part supernatural, one part social/environmental lecture. I've read a lot of Stephen King books, so it's not really HIS fault I kept recognizing his recurring themes.
2. It didn't seem real. It felt like he was saying, "Okay, now I guess we should have a supermarket riot," "Okay, now there should be a nasty murder," "Okay, now there should be the discovery of something gross," and bringing people out of their houses to participate. I felt like most of the characters were in their houses in a state of suspended animation, waiting for him to need them for a scene. Why weren't more of them hanging around at the edge of the dome? Why didn't we hear more about the agitation of the family members stuck outside? Why didn't people make arrangements for their dog before killing themselves? Why DIDN'T people buy up everything at the supermarket, considering that's what they do if even HEAVY RAIN is in the forecast? And you know, if you (the author) keep having to have people shake their heads in astonishment at how FAST everything happened, then maybe that is a clue that it IS IN FACT happening too fast.
3. He needs help naming his characters. Their names often don't fit their ages, and it happens often enough to be confusing. In fiction, names can be a valuable way to help the reader keep track of who's who. And it's nice to give the characters names that are different enough from each other that the reader doesn't get the characters confused. Oh, sure, I know that in real life there can be a girl in her twenties named Barbara and co-workers named Bill Borfen and Bob Biffan, but in FICTION we can CHOOSE the names, so LET'S DO A CAREFUL JOB SHALL WE?
4. The only part of the ending that was a surprise to me was in the afterword where he thanks his editor. His EDITOR. I mean, I knew he MUST have one but there are so many jokes about him NOT having one, I guess I just thought....and besides, if I were extremely successful I would not want much editing, either. And gosh, would you want the job of telling an internationally-bestselling author that if his character said "clustermug" ONE MORE TIME you were QUITTING?
5. I read it, all the way through, and enjoyed reading it. It wasn't my favorite, but it was a good book if you like Stephen King books, which I often do.
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