I was in a bookstore the other day, just browsing, not buying, and I noticed that Stephen King has a new book out. An incredibly long book.
Under the Dome comes in at just over 1,000 pages! And, yes, there is an unabridged audiobook version available, with a whopper of a list price at $75 and a running time of something in the neighborhood of 35 hours!
The premise of the book is certainly interesting: a small Maine town is suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by some kind of invisible force field — “the Dome.” This mysterious and inexplicable barrier leads to all sorts of mayhem until a small group of residents band together to figure out where it came from and why.
And more importantly, how to get rid of it.
I like some of King’s stories a great deal. I still haven’t found one I liked more than Bag of Bones. But there are times when King rambles entirely too much for me. I also think that some of the language he uses is unnecessarily profane. Maybe that’s truly the way everyone around him really speaks, but it just seems a bit too much for me.
Not that I’m a prude, mind you, but it’s just that there are times that it feels like he’s trying to sneak a few extra curse words in like a high school student who’s trying to see how much he can get away with.
But 1,000+ pages?
Sorry. No can do. I just can’t invest that much time, particularly given my slower reading rate that stems from a nice case of “short-attention-span-itis.” Unless a story really, really grabs me, I have to read in shorter chunks.
Anyone out there reading it? What do you think so far? I’m seeing some mixed reviews over at Amazon.com.