The Stephen King novel “Under The Dome” is coming out as a television series.. CBS has given Under the Dome a 13 episode order, and Brian K. Vaughan is writing the series.
I was not a huge fan of “Under The Dome” (the book) myself. It just couldn’t hold my attention for some reason. However, I will be putting it in the DVR to see if the write by Brian K. Vaughan captures my attention. Who knows, I may go back and re-read the book after seeing an episode of two.
This is a good time, I think, to bring back a review I did some time ago on Audible.com This is one of my favorite of King’s works, and George Guidell does a killer job on the narration. I highly recommend it!
“The Man In Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed. The desert was the apotheosis of all deserts, huge, standing to the sky for what looked like eternity in all directions.”
Back in the 80’s, before “The Dark Tower” became the huge hit it is today, I lucked out, coming upon this jewel of modern American writing in a tiny little used book store in a tiny little town in Texas. King dreamed up the story from a reading of “Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came” by Robert Browning, and carries all of the angst, pain an despair which fills that poem.
The series centres around Roland Deschain, The Last Gunslinger, who may be a creature of myth and legend, or simply a man, as he tracks the Man In Black across a bleak and hopeless desert – a desert of reality and of the soul.
“My first thought was, he lied in every word,
That hoary cripple, with malicious eye
Askance to watch the working of his lie
On mine, and mouth scarce able to afford
Suppression of the glee that pursed and scored
Its edge, at one more victim gained thereby. ” Robert Browning
The Gunslinger immediately gripped my attention and refused to release me. Poetry, mythology, pain and loss, a searching of the mind soul and body. As a Browning fan, the concept touched me deeply.
Over the years, I was thrilled every time a new Tower came out, and was never disappointed. This is King stretching himself, moving outside his “horror” boundaries, while still remaining true to his writing style in many ways. The world of the Tower is desolate, painful and digs deep into archetypes of the human soul.
Is this another world, somewhere lost among the tides and times of the Universe, old beyond measure and dying? Or is this our world, old itself beyond measure, stretched thin and worn, fading into the universe with a whimper, rather than a bang.
The story grows and develops over the subsequent editions, building and expanding on its mythos, its archetypes, its heart. A serialized novel of depth and power, of heartbreak and redemption, with characters unlike any others, The Tower is a blend of poetry, art and prose unlike any other. Read “The Gunslinger.” Then gift your soul with the rest of the series. And think – – – what is real? Are we? Is Roland? Is the world of Roland just on the other side of our own reality?
George Guidell does his normal, spectacular job as the voice of the Audible.com edition of the series. His voice, which has narrated over 900 audio books, and won two Audie Awards for Excellence in audio book narration, is perfect for the part and never deviates from its power and perfection.