President John F. Kennedy is dead.
Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s ...more
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11/22/63 is a supernatural, quasi-historical, philosophical, science-fiction love story.
If you're avoiding it because you think Stephen King only writes horror, please reconsider. There's no horror here, aside from a couple of mild gross-out ...more
(Since 'a picture is worth a thousand words', the above is a three-thousand-words summary of this book. Impressive, no? And also - dancing is life.)
As you probably guessed from the not-too-spoiler-sensitive title, 11/22/63 is a book about time travel. My love for it is an exception ...more
I still fail to understand why Stephen King isn't considered a writer of "respected literature". Because he writes sci-fi and horror? Because his books are so compelling, entertaining and popular? For me, King does what very few authors manage - he turns fast-paced genre fiction into well-written, thought-provoking literature.
And 11/22/63 is no exception. I've been putting this book off for the last few years; partly because it's an 80 ...more
I'll be honest here. It's really rare that I get through a book over 500 pages, let alone 700 (Nook pages). It's also true that I have never read a single thing from Mr. King until now. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe his books intimidated me, because when I was younger everyone was always talking to me about how his books were so long, and blah blah. Anyway, I am proud to say that 11/22/63 was my first book read by Stephen King. I hear it's so much different than his other work, but I also haven't met ...more
kill the charismatic, handsome war hero, and most powerful man in the world.
It doesn't make any sense. It never has made any sense. Oswald just does not fit the profile for a guy that could pull off an assassination of this magnitude. He's a semi-educated hillbilly, but he's surprisingly crafty."
Kennedy provided a golden opportuni ...more
“Hey, you just appeared out of nowhere! How did you do that? And is that a laptop melted onto a lawn mower?”
“Yeah. See there was this lightning strike and now I can use my time mower to visit the past and …. Wait a second. If you’re from 1963, how did you know what a laptop is? Oh, shit! You’re a time traveler, too?”
“Yes, I am. What year are you from?”
“2011. My name’s Kemper.”
“No way! I’m from 2011, too. My name is George Amberson. I mean, it’s reall ...more
This is my first Stephen King read. I'm not a horror fan, but I love a good alternate history, and I figured that a story of a man who goes back in time to stop Kennedy's assassination could be one of those. It isn't. Not the biggest hurdle, because this could still have been an enjoyable read if it had been abou ...more
Occam's Razor - the simplest explanation is usually the right one.
Update: February 15, 2016 - Watched the first episode on HULU.......Yikes! Get ready for some action-packed scenes that "jump" out at you and some super scary dudes from hell! Can't wait to get back to it, but want to stretch out the series to last!
Update: June 4, 2016 - Wow! Oh! Wow! Excellent!
Enjoyed a marathon day of all 8 episodes...more
I was a huge Stephen King fan in high school and gobbled up all of his books. Until ... they went from cool weird to over-the-top weird. Suddenly coke machines were your worst enemy and there seemed to be a less emotional element mixed with the macabre (think Pet Cematary) and it was just a bunch of wo ...more
Who cares? Because King is the last of that dying breed: the storyteller. The spirit that moves in him is the same which animated the stone-age shaman as he narrated fascinating, fantastic, bloodcurdling, raunchy and sentimen ...more
"Huh, what? " I said. "You're… you're…"
"Yeah, that's right. I'm you. Sorry about that. Like looking in a mirror, isn't it? But worse!"
"Uh… what's goin' on ?" This was bad, I was quotin ...more
A grandmaster of storytelling, the Dickens of modern times is back with another top read.
He's back with no Here's Johnny! but certainly here's Lee Oswald! a brutal husband and a father.
The stage is set the focal time 22nd November 1963, enter the main protagonist Jake Epping soon to be known as George Amberson down the Alice in Wonderland Rabbit Hole, the mission to rewrite history. What Jake undertakes has d ...more
Going to keep this short, as I'm not sure what new content that I can add with almost 27K reviews of this great work!
1) Romantic involvement - wonderful love story. You will be touched, laugh, cry....
2) Time travel concept - go back in history (to the same point in time) and "re-do's" are allowed... -- a wormhole to 1958... go back to the same time, same place
3) Try to change a historic event - the assassinati ...more
The ones who just read his stuff because it is usually "horror" and the ones who know what I mean when I saw all stories lead to The Tower. It is impossible to explain how each book is a brick in a much larger wall to someone who hasn't read every single book but trust me when I say...it is an incredible way to read books.
So to me there are two ways to read King's work. On it's own merit and how it connects to the rest of The Tower. The last tower book ...more
Wrist-spraining goodness. Just about as good as it gets. The fiftieth anniversary of the assassination is this week. It's a good time to think about the might-have-beens of history.
First of all, it's one of those stories that puzzles with your mind and makes you think: What if? What if you could go back in time and change the future? How would it work out? Stephen King gives us his version of this in this novel, and it is highly entertaining!
Secondly, this is one of King's novels that is NOT horror but more of a thriller, and I loved this shift in genre. I've previously claimed that King is a great story-teller but not ne ...more
I stopped and started 11/22/63 by Stephen King a couple of times- not because it wasn't absolutely wonderful- but because I couldn't seem to give it my undivided attention. I am not really a speedy reader, and 800+ can seem quite daunting to me. When the 50th anniversary of JFK's death was coming up, it seemed like a perfect time to grab this off the shelf once again and dive right in.
June 2011 Lisbon Falls, Maine- Jake Epping- a high school English teacher gets a phone call ...more
"Sometimes a cigar is just a smoke and a story's just a story.”
I went with the audio version of this book and let me tell you, it's worth the entire thirty dollars and change. A gentleman by the name of Craig Wasson narrates 30+ hours of listening, and, He Nails It! During the first two hours, I was hanging on every word and did not get up from my chair; not even to pee.
"Continence pants are funny, of course they are. Unless, of course, you're the one who needs them."
Stephen King's books never ...more
* Being from Dallas, I'm tempted ...more
It was fifty years ago today......
Stephen King is a master storyteller. We all know this. So I should not have been surprised to have been swept away from the get go and taken to the Land of Ago, but I was. I was! I walked with Jake Epping through the 50s and 60s and into my own past.
11/22/63 as the title implies is a story centered on one, of the far too many, watershed moments of our lives: the assassination of John F Kennedy. Jake Epping, a middle aged high school teacher reads a story by on ...more
I may be a mad dog fan of Stephen King, but that doesn’t mean everything he writes gets me foaming at the mouth. Over the years there have been disappointments -- but this book is not one of them. I would rank King’s foray into time travel and historical fiction as a rousing, emotional, unforgettable success for in it he is doing what King does when writing at his absolute bes ...more
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