Friday, February 5, 2010

Stephen King and "Under the Dome"

Stephen King has been writing best selling novels since 1974 with "Carrie" I first started reading them in high school with "The Shining" and continued on with pretty much all of them after that. Stephen King is so much more than "A horror writer" he is a master story teller who creates great characters and is a genius and coming up with unique "sayings" that his characters have, (Annie Wilkes in Misery calling Paul Sheldon 'Mr Man')

His new book "Under the Dome" is over 1000 pages, and I finished it in about two weeks (thanks Kindle!) Non readers are intimidated by a long book, but I say, if a book is good, it doesn't matter how long it is, you never want it to end! If you want to know what Under the Dome is about just google it for reviews, but reading a new book by Stephen King is like stepping back into a familiar place. It also keys a certain dopamine receptor in your brain that feels familar, this is the case with all good books but with SK I just get a familiar "feeling" that is hard to describe. Wow, how does Garrett read so fast you might ask? He must read for 5 hours a night! Well guess what folks, I don't, here is how I do it....remember I always have my book with me on my Kindle App for Iphone, so I am reading every day for 30 minutes on elliptical machine guaranteed....I am reading on the John, I am reading when I am waiting to talk to an Office Manager at a Dentist office, I am reading at lunch, I can do all of this because my book, whether it is 1 page or a 1000 page hardcover always fits into my pocket.

To Anyone who has never read a Stephen King book I would start with any one of these

The Shining
The Dead Zone
The Stand
Salems Lot


Brett said...

Sounds good. It has been a while since I have read the master. Such a versatile person. To think that the same person who gave us Christine also gave us The Body (that's Stand By Me for the uninitiated).

Perhaps its time that Mr. Baukman and I spent some more time together. To bad I can't borrow your Kindle copy.

Pauly said...

Alright, someday I'll have to read a SK per your advice. I've actually been reading quite a bit lately too. My Dad gave me a book called "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" awhile ago and in the back he has a list of recommended readings, everything from Chaucer to Joyce to "Star Wars". Right now it's my goal to get through reading at least one book from every author on his list. I'm reading Beowulf right now, DH Lawrence "Sons and Lovers" next.

You or DoletoObama should start a literature blog. There's not many book clubs for guys out there who want to discuss "Tess of the Durbervilles".

PS - Thanks for getting me hooked on hockey!

Grandma Dee said...

I have got to agree with you. I can remember where I was when I read The Stand, Salem's Lot, The Shining, Pet Semetery. I don't usually remember what happens in books, but with Stephen King he writes so vividly that I always remember the story. His books always make me think of you, too. I remember when you really began to enjoy reading was when you started his books. I am truly impressed that you read so much and so quickly.
Love, Denise