I’ve just read Under The Dome. I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for absolutely ages, but knowing the tv series was starting finally made me get round to reading it. I don’t know now whether I did the right thing, because they’ve made quite a lot of changes in the series and the book is still so recent in my mind that I find these changes really distracting. It’s almost like a totally unrelated story, which is strange, because there’s nothing wrong with the story at all.
The book is very good. I think Stephen King writes really good characters, and there is no shortage of them here, good and evil. It’s a really long book, and yet it never felt like it dragged on too long.
The final section really bought to life the claustrophobic effect of the Dome, and the end for one particular character drew on this same feeling which I thought gave a horribly fitting demise. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet.
Next up, I’m reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, which has just been short listed for the Man Booker Prize. If it wins, it will probably be the first prize winner I’ve read, so here’s hoping! Another very long book, it’s really engrossing. The plot is tightly woven and intricate. Some books you can skim read and get the message, this one, definitely not. I find myself absorbing every single word. There are several character viewpoints, all seem to be involved with each other in ways which are only unravelled as the book progresses, so you’re always wondering what’s going to happen next.
I’m more than half way through, and I think the second half is a slightly quicker read than the first, which deals with past events leading up to a certain point, then the narrative continues in the present time.
It’s really good.
Never one to just have one book on the go , I’m also reading The Shining (yes, more Stephen King, I think I might be a bit of a fan!). I’ve wanted to read this for a while, and the upcoming release of the sequel, Doctor Sleep, seemed the perfect excuse to get going on it. I love the atmosphere of the creepy hotel; it’s creepy even before the snow comes to cut off the Torrance family from the outside world. Can’t wait to see what happens.
In other news, I seem to becoming a David Bowie fan. It all started after I watched Labyrinth. I loved the soundtrack so much that I wanted to hear other things he’d sung. I can’t believe I hadn’t been more aware of him before, but somehow I hadn’t. Anyway, that’s all changing now, and I’m getting a bit of a collection of his albums.
So far I have Reality, The Next Day, Heathen and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust. Yes, I still have a long way to go, but that’s the great thing about finding something new to enjoy, especially from someone with so much of a back catalogue. Another rare thing, I can listen to whole albums and find myself listening to every track, rather than skipping through, which I tend to do with most people.
I’m listening to The Next Day as I’m writing now. It’s really good.