February 2013 TMB Book Selection: Under The Dome

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  1. RonBurgundy

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    WELP

    god dammit, aliens. fuck.

    This is worse than the time the raccoon got in the copier.

    I hope the chef, or even better a remorseful and drug addicted Andy, brings their explosives up to the ridge and destroy it so we can get back to the good part of the story

    I mean, I guess it had to be alien. Too far advanced technology to be any regular person, wouldn't make sense to be an individual and the whole government thing wouldn't make much sense - spending all that time/money trying at blowing it up.

    Oh well, town drama is still red hot. Chef gonna bomb some kiddos out of revenge on a meth bender any minute now.

    Just really didn't want it to be aliens. Fuck. :idk:

    Fuck yes, a mother fucking 767. Haha oh god I hope Hurley and the rest of the Lost cast is somehow transported through the dome into the The Mill!

    Edit- dang, looks like the rebellion is over ("50% of the town is wearing the blue bandana". Hopefully that's just for disguise.)

    so either Rusty is the smartest PA on the planet or the dumbest, he makes some pretty amazing diagnoses/treatment from not very much information, but then he says he wants Aspirin and Darvocet for his broken hand. Lol, any medical professional would never take aspirin after an injury, it would only make tr swelling and bleeding worse and increase complications. Darvocet was technically still on the market when King was finishing the book, so can't hold that against him.

    This is gonna be a weird medical rant re:Junior Rennie, but I'll just put it here, feel free to skip over. Had King not told us that Junior had a brain tumor in the first 10%, having Thurmond (a Writer) and Rusty(a small town family medicine PA) make a diagnosis of a glioma on a 2x year old male within 5 minutes of seeing him, without any radiographic imaging, with no prior indication of a brain tumor is more difficult to believe than aliens putting a dome over a small town in Maine for shits and giggles.

    Just too much going on. Time for go on ALL the plots! Emergency town meeting next chapter, something going down... But still 20% left?? Would be awesome if someone gunned down Big Jim and chaos ensues Mad Max style.
     
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  2. shawnoc

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    Right now it seems so disjointed. We've got psychopaths on the loose, a lord of the flies mentality after less than a week, an ex army guy on a search and destroy mission, drug lab, and a bunch of kids who can predict the future (once people realize that their dreams/"episodes" can be translated). I'm hoping for something to tie these things all together, but I can't imagine what that might be. Oh, and a dome that I'm assuming is based in science. I hope it's not...
    :aliens:
     
  3. LKRFN

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    Hate Junior and his gang. Such shitty people. Can't believe that shit shot a gun at the dome :facepalm: Barbie is great, reporter is great. Really interested to see what happens with the missile. Things can't end well, so I'm wondering what type of damage it really does.

    Also, felt bad for the one guy and his hot dogs. People were shitting on them left and right. Really enjoying this book.
     
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  4. Truman

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    Dudes.... Im morally conflicted. Im about 6 or 7 chapters from finishing Storm of Swords. I feel obligated to read this months book as an upstanding member of this club. However, I really really really want to just plow through the last two ASOIAF books.

    Thanks for listening,
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  5. The Blackfish

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    That's quite the conundrum
     
  6. shawnoc

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    Under the Dome is a faster read than I thought it would be. I only bought it 3 days ago and I'm almost half way done and I'm not an especially fast reader.
     
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  7. Iron Mickey

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    Agreed. Thought Under the Dome would be a mammoth but it isn't-- at all.
     
  8. RonBurgundy

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    Well, fuck. The only depressing story out of this whole book is the Ollie Dinsmore story. All the other deaths were hilarious.

    I like it, despite the fucking aliens.

    so one of the things that I really liked about the early stages of the book was te "survivalist" portions that discussed the food, heat, propane/electricity aspects of this whole thing. It seems like it was a major theme early on but disappeared from the book once the plot started getting more advanced. Now being brought back with visitors day. I like that and hope during the TV show they focus a lot on it.

    Also, suddenly only 9% left, we still haven't had the "Halloween" massacres yet, nor the showdown at the radio station, nor big Jim offing himself, nor the dropping of the dome. 9% gonna be busy!!

    Prediction: one of the aliens is just gonna "drop" the dome just like the mean girl gave Julia her sweater after they picked on her. This will happen after the Halloween massacre because the alien will feel bad about it.
     
  9. RonBurgundy

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    Finished.

    Decent ending IMO, probably the best you could have hoped for given the setup. Not my favorite-est book but was definitely a good read. Middle of the road TMB book club book, but was definitely a very fun, interesting concept.

    PS. Is anyone else even reading this anymore?
    Now time to slog through Cloud Atlas, uggggh. :killme:
     
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    I don't know what people's problem with Cloud Atlas is, it's in the bottom half of my book club rankings but I really enjoyed reading it.

    I'm hopefully starting UTD tomorrow since I plan on finishing Les Mis tonight.
     
  11. LKRFN

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    Under the Dome imo. You can read book 4 anytime. You can't read Under the Dome with everyone else like you can this month!
     
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  12. RonBurgundy

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    I've tried to pick it up 3 times, I've made it less than 5 pages each time. Maybe it gets better?
     
  13. The Blackfish

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    Of course it gets better than just the first 5 pages. The language used is a little tough in the first part though
     
  14. Iron Mickey

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    I'm still reading, but got sidetracked. It's only the 10th god damn it. :crossedarms:
     
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  15. LKRFN

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    25% in but had to come post this quote because it killed me
    "And Jesus's radio station is being run by a lunatic who cooks the poison that children put into their veins "
    "Actually, I think most of them smoke it."
     
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  16. shawnoc

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    I just don't have time to read on the weekend. I'm sure ill have it finished by next Friday.
     
  17. Truman

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    Finished my previous book this afternoon, and as much as I want to go on to the next book, I am going to start under the dome right..... meow.
     
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    Anyone got an e-copy that has a working TOC? The one I have or the ones I can find dont. Would make my life easier.

    Please and thank you
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  19. The Blackfish

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    A working TOC?
     
  20. LKRFN

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    What's a TOC
     
  21. Truman

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    Table of Contents. The one I have seems to be converted from a PDF or something so they arent linked.
     
  22. The Blackfish

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    I'll shoot you mine
     
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  24. LKRFN

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    Does yours have a table of contents The Blackfish? Mine doesn't, wouldn't mind having that if you could send me an email as well.
     
  25. Truman

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    Much better. Thank you!

    I only read the first two sections. I took a quick break and found the harlem shake thread and lost the last 45 minutes of my life. Stupid A.D.D.
     
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  26. The Blackfish

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    Mine is at the end, but it works
     
  27. shawnoc

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    im going to have a conversation with your old posts and pretend that you haven't finished reading the book already.
    Aliens would blow. I'm rooting for a Lex Luthor/super-genius dome inventor (maybe the military industrial complex), conducting some social experiment on the town. The fact that the dome is on the border doesn't leave too many possibilities. Accidental and natural are out. Would aliens give a fuck about municipal boundaries? Probably not.

    Junior has gone from corpse fucker to rotting corpse fucker? And the dead chief's dead widow has fucked everything up? King keeps telling me that shit is going to get worse but I keep getting surprised when it does.
     
  28. Iron Mickey

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    Will join this.
     
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  29. RonBurgundy

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    Junior is a great character. Love to hate him. He just keeps morphing into a somehow worse and worse person.
     
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  30. LKRFN

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    Rennie sucks. Love the way Barbie turned that computer shit on him (literally) by turning the computer around so he was speaking to the town. Obviously knew the strike wouldn't work, as we're only 30% in, but still sucks for the people in the town. No idea where things go from here. Can't wait to find out exactly where this came from/how it's able to do what it's able to do.

    Junior sucks so much. Hope he dies a painful death.

    Also, as Iron Mickey mentioned, the kids obviously have a big part to play in this story as well. I think King wrote that gold ball thing back to back to show us just that. Set up the other stuff that's been said.

    Excited to continue this book tonight :popcorn: Traveling Friday and Saturday, so thinking I should have this finished by the end of the week.
     
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  31. shawnoc

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    At about 60% but not really spoiling anything that someone who has read 40-50% doesn't already know...
    what do we think/know is wrong with Junior? Is it definitely a tumor or is that just speculation?
    Could it be connected to the dome?
     
  32. RonBurgundy

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    first time King introduces us to Junior he says he has a brain tumor as the cause of his headaches and UTD's narrative mode is third person omniscient FTR. Otherwise we wouldn't know.
     
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  33. shawnoc

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    Thank you.
    actually, the 3rd omniscient was getting to me a bit. When he mentions stuff like the tumor, thats fine - as long as he's staying in the present. But when he ends a chapter with "and that would be the last time they saw her alive" it annoys me.
     
  34. shawnoc

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    It just occurred to me that none of that conversation needed to be spoilered.
     
  35. Truman

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    6% Done. Through Clusermug.

    Having a hard time getting into this. I think im getting overwhelmed with too many Characters. Plus, they arent all the developed. Im sure that will come. It is fast reading though.

    Pissed that Duke died. I loved how he just told Big Jim to shut the fuck up. I hate Big Jim. Such a douche. Reminds me of an old manager that would try to take credit for everything, and blame others when shit hit the fan.

    Duke, next time, get the non exploding pacemaker pls
     
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  36. Gin Buckets

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    I'm through Chapter 7 I suppose. Definitely taking a while for this bad boy to ramp up. Feel like we've already met 684 characters, so that's also a little irritating. Hate starting new books sometimes, because I want to be immediately enthralled, and it rarely works that way.
     
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  37. Truman

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    Im out on this book. I just cant do it. It's boring the ever living shit out of me. Im pulling an Arkie Proud . Sorry fellas. See you in March.
     
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  38. LKRFN

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    Gayyyyyyy
     
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  40. shawnoc

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    Not a major plot point (so I'm not spoiler img it) but what the hell is up with the "Lord's Supper" and "Lord's Table"? Everyone who dies is going to be eating roast beef with Jesus or having mashed potatoes with The Almighty.
    Is it just a mechanism to show how backwards these fucks are? Or is it supposed to be a parallel to 72 virgins, but for fat people?
    I laugh a little bit more each time I read someone talking about eating peach cobbler with The Lord for all eternity.
     
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  41. Arkie Proud

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    People may show disdain for King (he's the Olive Garden of writers), but sweet Jesus can the guy pull you in (the exception to the rule apparently being Truman). I'm about 20% in (Nook doesn't give percentages... I did the math and it's actually 20.125%) and I really like it. It is, however, setting up to be typical Stephen King (which makes me nervous about the ending... King can't write a great ending to save his skin). Normal (good) people, normal (bad) people, some REALLY bad person and something weird / supernatural. The REALLY bad person will eventually do something that fucks over the normal people when they confront the weird / supernatural entity but the normal (good) person will persevere, albeit at the expense of something important to him. Calling it.
     
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  42. Truman

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    I refuse to apologize that my sophisticated literary palate cant enjoy Olive Garden :dump:

    I do really enjoy most movies based on King books though. How's that for an oxymoron?
     
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  43. Iron Mickey

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    Supposition spoiler, no real length attached:

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  44. RonBurgundy

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    Bad decision, at least stay in until 20%.
     
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  45. shawnoc

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    just got to section 2 of PLAY THAT DEAD BAND SONG, the section written from the point of view of the dog, a dog that speaks to dead people, dead people who give him clues about where to find missing files, and he understands the clues...

    I'm gonna call this the low point of the book so far for me.

    Now the book is a combo Tom Clancy Book, The Sixth Sense (but for dogs), Lord of the Flies, and Breaking Bad.
    Maybe with Aliens too.
     
  46. Iron Mickey

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    I'm stalled out too. I've sat down several times to read it hardcore and keep walking away. I think it's because I feel like the middle of the book is going to be stuffed with bad shit happening and that's just tedious.
     
  47. The Blackfish

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    I've said this before but this isn't how book clubs work. You read each book even if you don't like it, then you can discuss why you didn't like it and move on to a different book next month.
     
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  48. RonBurgundy

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    Maybe that's how it works in the Riverlands but this is King's Landing, bitch!
     
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  49. shawnoc

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    I forgot to go back and read your old posts...
    yeah, the "look around - its Halloween now" threw me for a loop.
    They're really dragging their feet with this dome generator thing. We found a generator, lets go investigate it tomorrow or the next day.
    Tell the entire town you've found the dome generator, lead a field trip to the generator, bring guns, shoot any Rennie who gets in your way.