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review 2018-01-20 03:31
Under the Dome (Downtown)
Under the Dome - Stephen King,Raul Esparza

Even though the audiobook was something like 35 hours long, when I got to the end, I didn't want this book to be over.


On a seemingly ordinary October day in the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, an invisible dome drops down, cutting off the town from the rest of the world. This is particularly bad news for anyone operating aircraft or motor vehicles in the direction of the unseen barrier.


Just before the dome drops down, Dale Barbara, an army veteran and short-order cook, is hitch-hiking to get out of the town, after having gotten into a brawl with some local young men with an overload of testosterone and an underload of sense and intelligence. He almost makes it out, as a young woman driving a truck appears to slow down and consider giving the hitchhiker a ride before continuing along. If only she'd given him that ride. He would have escaped. Or perhaps the dome would have dropped right down on the truck, delayed because of the time it took to pick up Dale Barbara.


It is not long before "Big Jim" Rennie, a used car salesman and the town's Second Selectman*, begins scheming to use the dome to his advantage, to increase his own power and position. Although the town pharmacist Andy Sanders, as First Selectman, technically outranks Big Jim, in practice, what Big Jim wants is what happens. Strengthening Big Jim's power claims is the sudden, unexpected death of the police chief, Howard "Duke" Perkins, who discovers the hard way that pacemakers and the dome do not play well together.


Big Jim wastes no time manipulating the townspeople and weaving an "Us" vs. "Them" narrative. Dale Barbara, aka "Barbie," is a convenient emblem of "them" when U.S. Colonel James Cox and President Obama decide that the former Captain Barbara has been reenlisted and promoted to Colonel. The president has declared martial law and placed Colonel Barbara in charge. But how are the officials outside of the impenetrable dome going to enforce that if Big Jim doesn't want to let someone else be in charge?


The book has a huge cast and a large scope, but manages them all quite well. It's been a day since I finished, and I am still contemplating the book's commentary on the psychology of groups--whether they are town populations, thuggish 20-something hooligans, or kids practicing mindless cruelty as their friends egg them on. It's an engaging plot-driven narrative that sneakily gets deep.


*This is apparently a "New England" thing. Here is the definition from Merriam-Webster:


Definition of selectman: one of a board of officials elected in towns of all New England states except Rhode Island to serve as the chief administrative authority of the town. First Known Use: 1635. See selectman defined for kids.

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text 2017-12-30 03:23
Under the Dome - Stephen King,Raul Esparza

Someday, when I go to shelve a book I am currently reading, it will already exist in Booklikes, and I won't need to choose between shelving an edition other than the one i am reading/listening to or doing the whole "add a new edition" yet again.  But today is not that day.  (Serves me right for choosing another brand new audiobook from 2014.)

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text 2017-07-01 12:11
1st July 2017
Wizard Of The Dome: R. Buckminster Fuller, Designer For The Future - Sidney Rosen

Dare to be naïve. 


R. Buckminster Fuller


Neo-futurist architect and author R. Buckminster Fuller's name is synonymous with the geodesic dome, a building style that he popularized in his quest for practical, inexpensive housing. He also kept a diary for nearly seven decades of his long life. He died 34 years ago today.

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review 2016-07-31 21:34
Pleasure Dome by L.F. Hampton Review
Pleasure Dome - L. F. Hampton

Forced into retirement, Captain Soledad Scott, a former warship captain, has decided on a new career as a mother. She’s come to the Pleasure Dome where a computer-matched male will donate his sperm the old-fashioned way and make her dream of motherhood come true. But Sol’s worm-hole dyslexia sends her to Room 990 instead of Room 660.

Commander Gabriel Merriweather, half-breed Chakkra and master empath with the Diplomatic Corps, awaits his sterile playmate of the evening. When she arrives and orders him to pleasure her as if he were the paid sex toy, Gabe willingly complies. But the next day he learns that the woman isn’t a Dome employee, but a maternity client who has stolen his sperm and disappeared.

Sol can’t believe that the man she just spent the night with is the very man who destroyed her warship career. What will he do if he discovers that she’s carrying his child? Unwilling to find out, Sol decides to disappear.

But is the universe big enough to hide her from him?




This book was very uneven. Parts of it were wonderful and other parts just didn't make sense at all.


I am a sucker for a wrong bed romance and make it a science fiction romance with a kickass heroine adjusting to retirement. Yes.


The hero and heroine were wonderful as the action, passion and world building.

What didn't make sense is the heroine's crazy resistance to the hero and behavior during that resistance. Just dumb and made for less falling in love time. The sister didn't make much sense either.


So, I will try more by this writer but I hope for better.

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review 2016-07-16 09:31
Teen Titans Go! Vol. 2: Welcome to the Pizza Dome - Various

I was happy to see that there would be another bundling of this series. I am still watching the show, and loving it, so I was eagerly waiting for this comic bundle to come out.

Well, I have to say this one was not as good as the previous one. Why? Well the art. It just seemed like someone just threw some stuff together in Paint at times. :| And that is such a darn shame, as this is a graphic novel and it does rely on graphics quite a lot. It is just a shame they didn't put more effort in it, or at least it seemed so. Sure, this comic moves around quite a lot, but that is still no reason to just make the art seem fast and hurried as well.

The stories were fun though, and I was happy to see the characters again in this format. They are really the same as in the TV-shows which is a delight. Sometimes different media have characters have different personalities, so I am happy when things are the same throughout things.
Yep, Robin is still annoying as hell (then again, not hearing his voice is a relief). Starfire is still oblivious to everything. Raven is still awesome (especially when she shows different sides to who she is). Cyborg and Beast Boy, well they are still the same rambunctious duo.

We got stories ranging from a slumber girl party to playing a game so much that they don't even notice their tower is practically gone. :D I really laughed a lot at all the antics.

All in all, the comic is a lot of fun, though I do hope they will up the art and make that one better.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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