Thursday, January 26, 2012

This Book Is So Big, I Think It Has More Than Four Dimensions

I'm currently reading Under the Dome by Stephen King, which is nearly 1,100 pages, as well as browsing through The Twilight Zone Companion (which is a lot fewer pages). Possibly this is an unfortunate combination, because so far King's novel isn't bad, but all I keep thinking is, "I bet Rod Serling could have told this story effectively in half an hour."

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  1. The more popular King became the less he was edited...to the detriment of his work IMO.

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    1. Yeah, I definitely agree. I think the best things he's written, at least of what I've read, are modest-sized novels or even novella-length stories. But he does seem to have trouble reining himself in, and what editor these days is going to say, "Sorry, Steve, but unless you chop it down a few hundred pages, we'll pass"?

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