Ah small towns, how I love you. And Stephen King loves them, too. In Under the Dome, King approaches weighty thematic subjects in a way he never dared to in previous novels, and it's these elements that lifts the material above his usual pulpy fare. Don't get me wrong - there are still the usual grisly plot points involving good guys and very, very bad guys. And the body count is massive. I haven't watched the TV series, but imagine that King and crew are having fun spinning this out into a serial. Will it end the same way? Who knows. My advice is to keep Dean Norris alive until the final scene!