Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fragment, Warren Fahy, 2010

I have to give this one mixed reviews.  It has a passable story line, but it is very formulaic. It would likely make a good action movie.


I’ll start by saying that I have read and enjoyed Jurassic Park. I like all the Crichton books I have read – and I may have read all of them at some point.

Fragment has many similarities to Jurassic Park.  The island in Fragment has been isolated for 200 million years or so, and all the island’s creatures have evolved in isolation into very different forms than we are used to.  All creatures are deadly.  The story follows scientists who discover and then attempt to explore the island.  As expected, they are attacked at every turn.

Problems.  The island is geologically unstable, and sinking into the sea just as it is discovered; this adds time imperative, but now?   I also had a problem with the creatures on the island.  They are just too different from ours, and therefore hard to visualize.  Maybe the author realized that would be a problem because he added sketches of the animals.  I also had an issue with the convenient isolation of the island.  The island’s location is well documented, but for some reason no human has attempted to explore it?  I didn’t much like the end either.



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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in Thriller


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Under the Dome, Stephen King, 2009

This is the second Stephen King I have read in the past few months – and the second one that I really enjoyed.

under the dome

Make no mistake – it is long!  But the story does move along.

In this one, a small town in Maine is very suddenly and very completely encased in a transparent cover, that comes to be called The Dome. The Dome is semi permeable – but only very limited air and water can get through. Conveniently, TV, Internet, and cell phones are unaffected. It is getting hot and smoggy inside, generators are dying, and food is going to run out.

The story is about what happens to the people inside the Dome facing an uncertain future.  It’s a tale of how quickly society changes and how easy it is to manipulate people when they are scared. The characters are varied and interesting.

If I have any criticism, it is around the source of The Dome.  No spoilers in this post though.

It seems there will be a TV series based on Under the Dome in summer 2013. But, looking at the Cast of Characters on Wikipedia, there may be little resemblance to the book.


Lesley’s Comment June 2013 – I just watched the first episode of the Under the Dome TV series this week.  It wasn’t bad. The characters are indeed very different from the book, as I expected. I have problems following any show for any period of time, but I will try to watch this at least a couple more weeks.



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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Horror


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