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Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.
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
Paperback, 740 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Hodder (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Thank you, Steve. You were wrong all those years ago when you said you weren't very good at writing about love and intimacy. The love story here is full of honesty and tenderness. When I got to the last couple of pages, I was crying so hard I couldn't read.

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
★ Jess
Feb 28, 2012 ★ Jess marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Look at the amount of pages in this book.
Look at the amount of pages in Under The Dome.
Check the date this book is published.
Check the date Under The Dome was published.

*eyetwitch*

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Nataliya
Apr 04, 2012 Nataliya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans and history lovers
Go ahead, book snobs. Proclaim haughtily that Stephen King is not Literature. I shall retort with a Pratchett quote, "Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book." And nobody argues with Sir Terry.


(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 r...more
Jason
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Meg ♥

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
Blythe
Apr 07, 2012 Blythe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't like King's scary books, and really anyone in general... Seriously, read this!
*sigh*... I'm so upset that it's over... You got me at the ending there, Stephen. You really, truly got me. What can I possibly say about this wonderful, beautiful book? That it's wonderful and beautiful? No. That's no where near enough praise. This book made it up to my top 3 favorites list by King (placing at #3) and is probably my favorite book of 2011 (if not tied with Shutter Island). Reading this book, I was so worried about what the ending would be (because, let's be honest here, we know...more
Jeffrey Keeten
You may ask yourself how in the world did a wife beating, mental degenerate, and multiple country defecting (USA, RUSSIA and an attempt at Cuba) little shit like this

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kill the charismatic, handsome war hero, and most powerful man in the world.

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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
Kemper
Adventures in Time Mowing

Dallas, Texas
11/22/63


“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
K. A. O'Neil
I'm a reluctant fan of Stephen King. But this book was terrible.

The main guy is a teacher.

EVERY POSSIBLE CLICHE ABOUT TEACHERS is in this book. As in:

1. Meticulously correcting oral grammar
2. Catching some kids drinking at the sock hop, but letting them off easy after a heartfelt talk about actions and consequences
3. Directing a play and thereby enabling the town's best football player to realize his intellectual strengths

and on and on.

There are also a series of contrived plot twists. For examp...more
Lou
Listen to an excerpt from Stephen King's 11/22/63 audiobook, narrated by Craig Wasson.
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
Lisa
What did I think? I think I lost a weekend and there is no way to go back in time to get it because I don't know where the rabbit hole is! But would I? Would I change having read this book? No way!

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
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
This review, along with many of my others, can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

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.

Sarah Kathryn
Real spoilers are inside "spoiler" tags. Things that tell a little about the content that I would have appreciated hearing before committing to this behemoth are not. You've been warned.

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
Mitchel Broussard
Is it just me or is this one missing the most obvious release date tie in ever?
Paul
Nov 06, 2012 Paul rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: novels
I had just sat down to begin this review on my laptop when the doorbell went. I wasn't expecting anyone. It was probably going to be one of those pitiful door to door salesmen trying to get me to buy a dishcloth for a fiver. They make me feel so bad. But it wasn't. I opened the door and looked at myself. It was me.

"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
John Goode
There are two types of Stephen King readers.

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
Dan Schwent
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Brian
* Roger Ebert wrote of the movie Pearl Harbor that it "is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle." The paraphrase for King's book is a natural: it's a 200-page novel squeezed into 800 pages, about how on November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated the world's most powerful love affair. Or at least tries to. You'll have to see for yourself how it all turns out.

* Being from Dallas, I'm tempted...more
Nandakishore Varma
Stephen King is not a literary writer. In fact, in literary circles, I am afraid that he may not be considered even a good writer. I am almost certain that he is not going to win the Nobel Prize for literature; even the Booker and Pulitzer also seems unlikely to come to him.

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
Maciek
I never got to know my grandfather very well. Even though we lived close to each other (his home was just a few streets away from mine), he never visited me and I rarely visited him. He was a man who mostly kept his thoughts to himself and rarely displayed emotions to others. His small apartment that he shared with grandmother was full of nostalgia; a very old trimline telephone with a receiver which looked like a tube and the calls sounded like they were coming from one; a small musical box, wi...more
Gatorman
Wow. This book is a mess on so many levels I'm not sure where to even begin. First, it's a damn shame that King chose to take what could have been an interesting story centered around the Kennedy assassination and turn it into nothing more than a liberal lovefest worshipping all that is Kennedy and a political diatribe against all that is Republican, conservative and/or religious. I was well aware of King's political views when I read this book, as well as every other King book I've read, but ne...more
Delee
Life turns on a dime.

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.

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June 2011 Lisbon Falls, Maine- Jake Epping- a high school English teacher gets a phone call...more
Trudi
All hail the King! Talk about ending the reading year of 2011 on a high note. Review to follow. Happy New Year everyone!

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
Dan
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Aloha
Jake Epping couldn’t cry. His wife left him because of his “nonexistent emotional gradient.” He didn’t cry at his father-in-law’s funeral, not even at his parents’ funerals. But he cried when his collie, Rags, was killed because he felt responsible for the dog’s death, and when he received the news of his mother’s sudden death. He cried when he read a paper written by a disabled student in his adult education class, Hoptoad Harry. With this introduction, Stephen King in his latest novel, 11/22/6...more
Steven Belanger
Inner ear infection the last three days, so one of the only things I could do laying in bed is read, and that only barely. So I read this much-anticipated book. I have mixed emotions and thoughts about it, so...let's break 'em down.

The Good:

Well, it's gotta be a good sign that I read 849 pages in essentially two days, and about 750 of those today (Wednesday) alone. King's detractors will say that this is bad, that nothing serious enough to be written by one of the best-selling authors of the 20t...more
Arah-Lynda

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
Dem
My first Stephen King Novel and my last. This type of book is not for me. I was really looking forward to this story as I was really taken by the premise of this story because the Kennedy Assassination has always interested me but sadly after about 200 pages of this story found out this is just not for me and was not the story I had thought I was going to read.

I really felt this book would have benefited with being about 40% shorter as it is much too long and the story seemed to ramble on and on...more
Rick Urban
It's no mystery that I am a rabid King fan, and have been ever since I read Salem's Lot way back in 1975. Each new book holds the promise of another singularly well-told tale filled with suspense, terror, and a sardonic wit. Does he have his duds? Absolutely...witness The Tommyknockers, The Dark Half, and Dreamcatcher, for example. At his worst, he's overly didactic, infantile, and runs his patented catch phrases into the ground. But in his best works, like Pet Sematary, Dolores Claiborne and Th...more
Patricia
I finished this book yesterday but waited until today to write my review because I didn't want to gush, but I still feel the same way today - this book is so awesome. I'm definitely a Stephen King fan, but I think people who have never read his books would love this one. The concept of time travel and the consequences is something that is always fascinating, if we change one thing in history, how does it affect the world for years to come?

King's descriptions of how life was in the early 60's is...more
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