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Author Topic: Under the Dome by Stephen King - did you read it?  (Read 4710 times)
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« on: March 18, 2013, 12:39:46 AM »

I've mentioned so many times that I am a big audiobook listener - my job allows me the time to put about 2 hours each night at work to listen to about a dozen podcasts, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory which is a 4 hour show 7 nights a week I have subscribed to for more than a decade, and of course audiobooks.

Just finished Killing Kennedy by Bill O'reilly ( Although I disagree with his conclusions on the killing) the historical details are well accounted and revealing on the bit players involved in this world changing event. I think O'reilly reads his books very well, better than any other author I have listened to. The worse being Stephen King, who does not read the Dome mega novel

Under the dome, a 1071 page epic novel that is as large as any physical books I have ever read, including the stand and It, and Swan Song by Robert McCammon (I highly recommend this one) which all exceed a thousand pages. But size doesn't matter, content does and no book of these sizes can hold your attention without good character development.

I have read many reviews on Under the Dome and it is a mixed bag of reviews, I'm just hoping that one of you have read it, or know someone who has. I belong to Audible, but nearly any audiobook can be downloaded from many sites for you pirates, but I thought maybe I'll go straight on this one and pay for it - lol.

The play time on it is over 34 hours, a whopper that rivals all the other behemoths, of course I want quality, not quantity. I have read many books that would have been great short stories, often FLUFF is just that, and I think "It" was a good example with nearly half the book taking place when the characters were kids, which in reality could have been eliminated or even stood alone as its own book. BTW, It was one of the best made for TV books ever, second to only the mini-series of the Stand.

So, think I'll tackle this, but looking for any comments too.

Lastly a shout-out to my favorite book ever LIGHTNING by Dear Koontz, a true paradox of love and time travel from WWII to current time with a cast including Churchill and Hitler - a very powerful book, a fast read and one that stays with you as vivid as The Stand.
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 11:15:16 PM »

I will look into this book. I read on my nook and love it.

Let you know if I go and purchase it

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 11:56:47 PM »

they have made under the dome into a mini-series haven't they.  i thought i saw a blip ad for it?

have not read king for a long time.  some of the stuff he did after his accident was not so good.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 06:34:33 PM »

OK I purchased this book for my Nook, but have a book I am reading right now, so it will have to wait. Will let you know what I think of it.

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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 07:53:50 PM »

It seemed to me to drag on but I enjoyed it. Cell by Stephen King is a good one too.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2013, 07:13:29 PM »

Just saw a commercial stating Under the Dome will be a mini-series coming up soon - cool. I did get it (not thru Audible  shocked the web is a wonderful resource) but I bought the second in a series "The Dragon Factory" after listening to the first "Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novel" about fictional character Captain Joe Ledger a Baltimore detective who speaks many languages, skilled in many martial arts and is brought into a clandestine agency called the Department of Military Sciences, who deal with man-made threats like viruses that zombify people ( this virus an Al Queda creation that could exponentially turn the world's population in days into man-killing and eating creatures.

It was a very good book, mostly taking place from Baltimore, to DC to Philadelphia in a tourist attraction I have been to many times. It's always neat when you know the scenes very well.

The second book (just about 20 chapters in to it now) about gene manipulation and creating designer creatures for the very wealthy from unicorns for game hunting to enough chemical injections to turn men into biserkers, the perfect emotionless killing machines for infantry battlefields.

Very believable books and characters, read well by Ray Porter, and enough background info on characters in each new book to develop rich characters. Here is the Audible description of the first two in the series of five books (so far):


From multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry comes a major new thriller that combines the best of the New York Times best-selling books World War Z by Max Brooks and James Rollins’ Sigma Force Series to kick off the start of a new series featuring Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences.

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid-response group is called the Department of Military Sciences, or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bioweapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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Dragon Factory: Ex-Baltimore cop turned special-ops shooter Joe Ledger is back in action.

In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

Joe must elude the NSA who are gunning for him, fight his way past rogue Spetsnaz teams, and stop these madmen before the Extinction Clock runs out. And when the bloodbath claims one of his own, Joe Ledger declares total war on those people who would burn down the world in order to reshape it in their own dark image.

Take another thrill ride with Joe Ledger.

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Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Ghost Road Blues, the first of a trilogy of thrillers with a supernatural bite. A professional writer and writing teacher, he has sold more than 1.000 articles, 17 nonfiction books, six novels, and two plays.
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2013, 10:45:11 PM »

I am almost finished with this book and I have enjoyed it very much. A bit hard to follow who all the characters are, but I can keep track of the main ones. This is my first Stephen King book and I have to admit, I have been a bit frightened by it, and also find it pleasurable to read in a sort of guilty pleasure way. So many bad, evil and stupid people. Just the worst of the worst and it is a thread he has in so many of his movies.  The good guys seem to be losing the battle while the bad guys seem to be winning. I can't wait for the ending.

I also will look forward to the TV series.

I will print out your suggestions John and read them over when I have more time. Today I worked and am exhausted right now.

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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2013, 03:13:41 AM »

Annette:

As a favor to me (if what you read is of no particular order) than read Dean Koontz's LIGHTNING, still my favorite: Koontz's books are all with a dog, usually a red or golden retriever, and an underlying love story - but lightning the love story is right up front. It's just a beautiful book.

And no King book has ever drawn in a following like THE STAND which you may have seen the mini-series, but if not, break out the caffeine and sit down for a book as large as the dome filled with characters you will not only remember, but be able to name the rest of your life - it is a very moving epic novel.



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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2013, 06:30:09 PM »

Annette:

As a favor to me (if what you read is of no particular order) than read Dean Koontz's LIGHTNING, still my favorite: Koontz's books are all with a dog, usually a red or golden retriever, and an underlying love story - but lightning the love story is right up front. It's just a beautiful book.

And no King book has ever drawn in a following like THE STAND which you may have seen the mini-series, but if not, break out the caffeine and sit down for a book as large as the dome filled with characters you will not only remember, but be able to name the rest of your life - it is a very moving epic novel.





I will purchase these 2 books and read them. Right now I just started a book so I will let you know when I am reading your suggestions.

Annette

PS I just purchased both books for my Nook.  Will let you know how it goes. I am a slow reader, so it will take some time.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2013, 08:08:56 AM »

I'm jealous of fast readers, Tracey is one and I feel like a snail trying to keep up with here when something on the TV screen needs reading. And I know I'm slow because rarely do I finish reading a screen before the next pops up - highly annoying when reading a intro to a movie.

I'd say I read at Audiobook speed - the reader and I both are sounding the content allowed, them in voice and me using the voice in my head. So if I see that an audiobook takes 18 hours to read, I know that AT LEAST I will take as long to read it.

So, I've gotten into audiobooks for many many years taking advantage of the fact I can do other things while taking in the book's content. Audiobooks allow me to multitask, something reading the book surely does not allow.

Annette, I really believe you'll enjoy my few suggestions, books that are memorable are sometimes few and far between - lightning touched me, much as did a few other Koontz' books, like: watchers, Dragon Tears and Strangers - all good ones.
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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2013, 01:22:28 AM »

It seemed to me to drag on but I enjoyed it. Cell by Stephen King is a good one too.

I will look into this one as well, Thanks

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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2013, 09:50:15 PM »

OK I am into "The Stand" the Stephen King book. About 1/3 into it. It is a very long book.

I can't imagine how this book will end. I can't read this when I am alone in the house at night, to scary.

Stephen King truly has a big imagination and I guess he must have had an interesting childhood  grin grin The way he expresses himself and goes into so much detail in describing these characters, that you can see them in your imagination.

I am enjoying this book just as much as the Dome.

Thanks for recommending it to me.

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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2013, 09:55:26 PM »

The Stand is one of my favorite books and movies.  the did a good job with the casting and stayed true to the book.

annette, i can't believe you have gone through life and missed King books!   grin  stay away from "It". 
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2013, 03:47:11 PM »

Not a spoiler, but something sad happens in the Stand that I literally cried over - investing so much time in a book and study of characters will do that too you.

I think the one character perfectly casted was Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown in Stephan King's It. I can't think of any other book to movie where anyone better captured the horror of a character.

I agree so much about The Stand Mini Series too - a great cast all around. Harold Lauder was my favorite pick for playing the part best - it's great when you despise someone as I (we?) did him.

King has written some incredible stuff, another great on being Misery. He had a fair share of dreadful (production line) type stories too, but it come with fame. I had started the Gun-Slinger series a long time ago, but faded away from them: I think it time to revisit that audiobook series. I rarely get to actually read and I'm pathethically slow at it, but I can honestly say that I have listened to nearly a thousand audiobooks and never would find time to actually read that many. Being able to do my job and put 3-5 hours in an audiobook is a pleasure for me and it's interesting when you find yourself following a narrator into books you likely would never listen to otherwise.

The best, hands-down narrator for me is Dick Hill, has anyone else listen to his stuff? If not and you like action (good guy takes on bad guys) fiction, I strongly suggest the Jack Reacher series (17 books) by Lee Child. Not all are read by Dick Hill, but even if you only listen to audiobook samples at Audible or somewhere, check out this series and here who I think the king of narrators sounds like.

ANNETTE, yes the Stand is epic, I believe the re-released version (1080+ pages) comes in around 34 hours in audiobook, few books come near that length, but also few compare. Here it is many decades later and I still remember nearly ever character name in the most epic book of good against evil novel written.
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2013, 05:25:34 PM »

syfy runs that movie once or twice a year.  it's one of the few that i'll watch at least part of again.  at 6 hours, more or less, i don't usually watch it all.

it's worth getting on CD from netflix or something so that you don't have to put up with network time constraints and edits.
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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2013, 03:54:30 PM »

I'm still reading the book and I will rent the movie (The Stand). Enjoying it. It is getting really good now.

I have watched Stephen King movies, but for some reason, never read any of his books until now. So "It" is next? Still have a few books to read after the Stand, then will go for "It"
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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2013, 04:16:55 PM »

read "It" during the day while you laying out in the sun  evil
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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2013, 11:06:15 PM »

Again, not giving anything away: "It" has MORE LENGTHY character study than the Stand. No joke! You literally are reading two books when you read It, one in the 60's and one current day (I believe the 80s) the good news, all the same characters - all of what I said you can get from the forward.

If you need a break from Kind, don't forget Swan Song Smiley it is as long as either King book, but Robert McCammon is a very different writer and you can read it (mostly) with the lights off - lol.

But When you watch the Stand or It, you will be amazed at how it is sooo identical to the movie playing in your mind as you read them!!! Have fun.

Oh.... I just download, finally the Dome to my Iphone (just in time for the TV series - ugh) but I still need to finish "King of Plaques" by Jonathan Maberry - a new favorite series I'm reading.
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« Reply #18 on: May 13, 2013, 12:01:26 AM »

just reserved the audio (CD) from the library.  should get it tomorrow or tuesday.
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« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2013, 06:36:27 PM »

Kathy... You talking about Swan Song from the library? Did you get it?
Annette... you finish Under the Dome?

I listened to about  hours of Under the Dome, fine enough reader but I couldn't take another minute of it, that far into the story and most people had no clue there was a dome yet - ugh.

Been readying Johnathan MaBerry (correct spelling) his Joe Ledger Series, I'm into book 4 and have book 5 on my iPhone already. I got to say, I've really learned to like this series, characters develop a bit slow (typically out of 10 or so characters) 2 or 3 high-lighted a book, but when you get to finally dig deep into them, they are layered like onions and all intertwine so very well.

Sure, some people would call this Black-ops with Zombies and Vampires, but the interesting this is that the creature are either genetically created through modern DNA splicing or from nearly 2 thousand years of select breeding. The stories are plausible in their own context and take nothing away from the black-ops. In this the fourth book (Assassin's Code) we are in Baghdad, today entrenched to try and find out where 5 missing nukes are located. Interestingly, the vampires are the ones at least with the knowledge of where the nukes are, their purpose for wanting them is unclear.

Calling them vampires is a bit unfair, that being they do have genetically formed razor like teeth and possess incredible strength, not to leave out they have very long life-spans, although they are as mortal as we are. The myths and legends we all know about stakes and garlic are half truths, chemicals found in high amounts in garlic is a toxic substance due to inbreeding and stakes to the heart pretty much kill anything. So, Joe Ledger and his team are fighting not mythological creatures but a sect of clergy deeply hidden in history, first used in the Crusades.

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« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2013, 07:09:49 PM »

under the dome.  30 CDs.  not a bad story.  i think it will translate well into a mini-series.
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« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2013, 07:31:26 PM »

This is my biggest beef with audiobooks - them being kept in MWA format and NOT MP3. The reason is obvious, you could never get people to shell out $60 for a book on 30 CDs (Under the Dome) in MP3 fits on 5 CD. Nearly all books fit on a single CD in MP3, just happens the bitrate of Under the Dome is very high and take more than typical - being 34 hours adds to that too obviously.

Most cars are equipped with an MP3 player or aux. jack today, so having a MP3 version is compatible to nearly everyone now.

I tried to enjoy it, maybe another hour and I'll catch the fever, but it was getting tough hanging in there any longer.

I do have Stephen King's The Long Walk to listen to - 100 boys set out on a walk that goes until you can walk n longer than you are "eliminated" in ways Stephen King eliminates people.

Also Joe Hill (Stephen King's son) wrote Christmasland - a horror book where "Everyday is Christmas and every night is Christmas Eve" for the children a psychopath steals from the abusive parents he kills (from the jacket at Audible, not me giving away the story) where the kids get to play such wonderful games as set the hobo on fire and other wonderful Christmas games.

So many books, so many great readers - I have my headphones plugged into my iPhone hours a day listening to these at work and plugged into my docking station when at home.
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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2013, 01:41:30 AM »

I finished under the dome a while back. Also just finished the Stand and watched the movie as well. It was really something. I am taking a break right now from Stephen King (will get back to him again). Reading (And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. He wrote the Kite Runner which is one of my favorite books.

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Stand".  Wondering John which character you got all choked up about when they died?? (I have an idea, but wanted you to tell me. You really get your money's worth with Stephen King books. My favorite character was Stu Redmond although my heart goes out to Tom the disabled man.

I can't wait to see the series on tv Under the Dome. I know one of the characters in Under the Dome is that same man who played in Breaking Bad, you know the brother in law (can't seem to remember his name).

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« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2013, 04:14:14 PM »

Yes Annette, I did get which book you were on mixed up. Glad you got through the Stand AND watched the min-series (truly one of the best TV mini-series from a novel).

MAJOR SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE STAND!!!



The event that choked me up was when Nicky Andros was blown up in the closet from Harold Lauder's bomb in the box in the closet. Long before Rob Lowe played Nicky, I had a picture in my mind and Rob Lowe played it perfectly for me, as did nearly every character in the mini-series. I had just grown to love the character and the bond he and Tom Collins (spelled M.O.O.N.) Tom Collins had.

Here's a book I read decades ago now and I believe I still know ever character's name, I cannot even say that for my favorite book Lightning with at best 35 characters besides historical figures of WW2 politics. Still hope you put Lightning on that short read list Smiley




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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2013, 11:06:07 PM »

I was right about which character you were upset about. Yeah Nick was so sweet.

I did purchase Lightening and have it on my Nook waiting to be read. I have a few other books I want to get through first, but will let you know how I felt about that book.
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« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2013, 04:18:54 PM »

Cool about having Lightening! Let me know for sure Smiley

I hope it is your cup of tea, I enjoyed it for a lot of reason, any dealing with issues found in other love stories (all Koontz Books are love stories - even the Odd Thomas series if you are open minded) and Lightning is a classic love story that even time itself is a character. Nothing else to say, but many good stories transend time, few though are written by Dean Koontz Smiley

About the Nook, I have the 3rd edition of the Kindle but sadly (I guess) do I ever use. My one complaint was how often I found myself turning pages, even with a medium small font. There is a wonderful program for downloading content from online newspapers, public domain or other downloaded ebooks in all formats that works magically with the Kindle and I am quite sure it works with all readers called:

Calibre (said as in gun caliber) not cal-ee-bray as I have seen Youtube videos on. It allows you to compile different news magazines from RSS feeds of papers, and have the daily papers in you own grouping by favorite news or topics, etc., so you are the editor and beside newspaper and online magazine articles, it is a very powerful ebook file format changers, so to go from MOBI (Kindle) to EPUB
(Nook) is a click away, great when you cannot find a book online in your own format and great for making books in Acrobat PDF, TXT, DOC and other word formats.

It's just a great program to have in the computer if you do ordering and searching on the computer - it's http://calibre-ebook.com/ for you or anyone interested in ebooks.

Oh.... I'm excited, only 30 minutes left to the Joe Ledger book 4 left, and #5 will be started at bedtime tonight - woohoo!!!
 
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« Reply #26 on: June 26, 2013, 12:19:06 AM »

i watched episode 1.  have to say i was a little disappointed.
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« Reply #27 on: June 26, 2013, 10:23:43 AM »

Lastly a shout-out to my favorite book ever LIGHTNING by Dear Koontz, a true paradox of love and time travel from WWII to current time with a cast including Churchill and Hitler - a very powerful book, a fast read and one that stays with you as vivid as The Stand.

I concur. That book started me reading all of his books.

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« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2013, 06:24:09 PM »

Re: Lightning

On page 187 of 331 pages. Just loving the book and now I must read some more of his books when I am done.
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« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2013, 06:12:57 AM »

Sweeeeeeet!

Reminds me of the Odd Couple TV Show when they were kids, one said to the other "What do we do now?" and the other other said "Let's read a book... me first!"
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« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2013, 02:51:41 PM »

Just finished the 5th and seemingly final Joe Ledger book (by Jonathan Maberry) and read by Ray Porter - I have to say, for a series, this ended as my favorite. For another series, The Jack Reacher Series is a great group of books, but some had failed in the latter books as exciting, and there is nothing not exciting about Jack Reacher - don't measure Reacher by the ridiculous portrayal by Tom Cruise in the movie.

Reacher in the books: 6ft5in 240-250lbs solid, smart and fast. His stature humbles people, nothing about Tom Cruise humbles anyone.

But back to Joe Ledger, a kicka$$ special forces leader with an awesome team, powerful influential and connected people in the Warehouse which was ground zero of the the DMS - Department of Medical Science, the official name of the group Ledger was captain.

So book 5, this one dealing with collected UFO (the black triangle kind) which were both reconstructed originals using what were called Truman Parts, as well as complete man-made craft built by blue-prints secretly smuggled out of China to the USA. Ledgers team's objective, stop the use of these mach 20+ craft before one country and a band of dooms day preppers started an alien inspired end of the world scenario.

Enough said. Book 1 through 5 dealth with man-engineered zombies, super-human fighting forces, vampires bread from generations of selective mating, aliens, and a few other creatures not seen before in books.

All in all, I hope more books follow, and although this was a 2012-13 book to audiobook, it was written as if it were the last. Hope Jon Maberry has a 6th up his sleeve.

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« Reply #31 on: July 27, 2013, 11:40:00 AM »

A couple of things....

I am behind on Under the Dome (TV) and I don't know, it's not like I'm dying to see the next episode. Seems like a Summer filler, that falls short of previous SK mini-series, but yes, I am behind and could be wrong.

Next Smiley

ANNETTE: Did you ever finish Lightning, I swear if you said you did, I missed it. I was wondering how you enjoyed the last few fast paced chapters that left me turning pages faster than this slow reader knowing can do!

I started a new series by Jonathan MaBerry called the Pine Deep Trilogy - shame Ray Porter doesn't read it, the fellow who does is a bit more mono-toned than I am use too.

Pine Deep is known as Scariest Halloween Town on Earth, but holds a dark secret which readers calls eerie once you get into book two - their big complaint is book one isn't complete on its own, it just leaves you hanging, expecting to read book two and three. I guess if you are told it is a trilogy to start with, being left hanging could be expected, but I don't think I have ever ran into that before - I think EVERY book should stand on its own!

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« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2013, 03:44:37 PM »

Yes

I finished lightning and just loved it. In fact, thanks to you, I am a fan of Dean Koontz books. I just finished "Watchers" and I think this is one of the best books I have ever enjoyed.  Just purchased Dean Koontz "Intensity" and "Whispers". Will let you know how I like these as well.

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« Reply #33 on: July 29, 2013, 08:11:54 PM »

Watcher too was great! I haven't read the other two interestingly, I'll keep them in queue.

The next favorite of Koontz is Dragon Tears - another interesting look at time, but not travel this time. It's another fast paced book too!

About lightening, I think I love it so much because it does all of what Koontz does so well in one book - minus JEALOUSY which WATCHERS (you know well) is very much about - the beastly creature is so jealous of the dog, you can taste it.

Oh... Watchers was turned into THREE different movies, only the second followed the book as well as the Stand mini-series followed its book. I believe it was too a made for TV movie, but if you can find it - I think you will love it.

Glad you enjoy Koontz, I have read so many of his books, but nearly as many unread exist. He has at least 5 Odd Thomas series books, and as many Frankenstein (not the famed creature) novels - lots to read.

The book Strangers too was turned into a mini-series I believe, at least a movie for TV.

Keep reading, he has written for a long long time.

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« Reply #34 on: August 02, 2013, 06:02:46 PM »

Annette:

I know I have given you 4 years of reading lately, but please, squeeze in SWAN SONG by Robert McCammon when you need a Koontz break! EPIC as the stand, and easily in my top 5 books.
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« Reply #35 on: August 03, 2013, 12:58:32 AM »

I will get this book for my nook. Have many other books to read as well but always appreciate your suggestions   

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