Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday's Rockin' Roundup - Under The Dome Edition

This week, I finished reading the 1,074 page behemoth novel by Stephen King, his latest work, Under The Dome. This was definitely some of his best work in a while. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that the idea was hatched in the 70s and then the manuscript was put away until a couple of years ago.

Under The Dome tells the tale of a small town trapped under an impenetrable dome that instantly appears and can’t be removed at all. Even the US Military’s hardest nukes don’t put a dent in it. That’s quite a structure. And while it’s fascinating to learn about the dome, this invisible, indestructible barrier separating a small town from the rest of the world, the real charm in this book is the people within. King’s tale of what happens to the townsfolk during their period of lock in is what makes the book so good. Although there are several main characters in the novel, you don’t get lost as you read along. Following them and keeping up with story is simple, even though the plot is somewhat complex. And even though it’s over 1,000 pages long, it’s a fast read, due to the speed of the plot.

I highly recommend this gem. If you like King, you’ll love Under The Dome. If you haven’t read him in a while, this is a great book to reintroduce yourself to his writings with. A fast paced thriller that wrenches emotional responses, Under The Dome is a spectacular read.

Here’s what rocked this week:

The Passing of Teddy Pendergrass
Starting off on a sad note, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass passed away this week. In the 70s and 80s, Pendergrass was huge, played on almost every radio station and known by everyone. He will be missed.

Blackwood Creek
Kip Winger’s side band (original band?) released their self titled debut album this week. Blackwood Creek is an incredible bar band album and an amazingly different style from Winger. Read my review currently at Hard Rock Hideout.

Opening Night for Guns N Roses
It actually happened. Guns N Roses played their first North American Chinese Democracy gig more than a year after the release of that CD. Now, will they come to the States? Will this tour make it that long? And will they ever start a concert on time? Hmmm…..

HIM Is Coming to North America
HIM has lined up some North American tour dates for this spring. I’ve never seen this band live, but I’ve always been intrigued by their music. It’s not fantastic, it’s definitely not horrible, it has a strange sweetness to it. It’s kind of like Big Elf.

A Jack White Solo Album?
Now that would be pretty awesome! While I would love a new White Stripes, I’d settle for Jack White solo.

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy the day, enjoy some music!

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