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Under the Dome: First 1/3 Notes

I am reading Under the Dome by Stephen King as a part of the Under the Dome Readalong (#Domealong), hosted by Natalie at Coffee and a Book Chick.  Go here for more info!

So since I’m participating in this readalong, and because Under the Dome is such a huge book, I thought I’d write a few posts as I read.  I’m kind of behind (the readalong only goes until July 27!), but I’m determined to finish.

**Please keep in mind that I have not yet finished this book, so please no spoilers.  However, if you haven’t read this book, there will be spoilers for the first 1/3 of the book in this post.  But if you have read the book, feel free to comment away about the things that happen in the first 1/3 of the book (up through the part titled MISSILE STRIKE IMMINENT).

I thought that I would simply share some of my notes so far in the book, so here they are:

  • I’m pretty sure Barbie is supposed to be 30, but his POV makes him sound like he’s much older at times, especially in the beginning.
  • Stephen King breaks the fourth wall a lot, talking to his readers.  I’m not sure if I like that or not.
  • I DO NOT like Junior and Big Jim.  Which means they’ll be around for the ENTIRE BOOK.
  • I think there was a bit of overkill with all the stories about people running into the barrier.  It just kept going on and on and on.
  • Bonus Points for the Get Smart reference!
  • The Dome is 47,000 miles high??? Seriously???
  • Seizures make me very anxious (see my DNF review of The Universe Versus Alex Woods). I hope there aren’t too many of them in this book.
  • Romeo Burpee, for some reason, reminds me of Chris Tucker’s character in The Fifth Element.  I have no idea why, because I don’t think he’s supposed to be like him or look like him at all…
  • Wow.  What a horrible scene for a Harry Potter reference (the “police” at Sammy’s trailer).  I normally give Bonus Points for HP references but I don’t think I can for that one since it’s such a bad scene!
  • Bonus Points for the Lost reference!
  • So much racism/sexism/homophobia in this town!
  • I’m very glad that theres’s a list of characters at the front of the book, because I’ve gotten confused at times.  Although, it would have been nice if it was a complete list of characters, not just some of them…
  • That radio station was creeeeeepy.

Also, something I wanted to share:  a friend of mine, upon hearing that I was reading this book a few weeks ago, said to me, “________ did it.”  I wasn’t very far into the book and I didn’t recognize that character, plus I was just kind of shocked, that I didn’t realize until later that she completely spoiled the whole freaking book for me.  Now, most people don’t like spoilers.  And if this girl knew me any better (or read this blog at all), she’d know that I am a HUGE spoilerphobe.  I mean, I have a feature called Blind Reads and everything!  (I will be doing more with that feature soon, BTW.)  So I am quite angry with her right now and I am really just hoping that she didn’t know what she was talking about and that it wasn’t that character.  Because otherwise I’m very angry that I’ve been spoiled.

So, if you’ve read the book, or have at least read the first 1/3 like me, did you have any of the same reactions I did?  Did you have some different insights during the first 1/3 of the book?  Let me know, but remember, no spoilers for the rest of the book!


  1. Lola Reading

    July 14, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I have a friend who ruined Bray's Gamma Doyle series for me. I was REALLY disappointed! I'm still on the fence if I'll read it or not, but I appreciate your feature! :)

  2. Bittner

    July 17, 2013 at 1:18 am

    What kind of friend would do that to you of all people!?!

    And I'm very intrigued by this Harry Potter reference that was made in such a bad context that you didn't give points for it!

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