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11/22/63 by Stephen King
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Jan 16, 13

bookshelves: novels, mystery, thriller, own, alternate_history, review
Read from December 28, 2012 to January 14, 2013 — I own a copy

A time travel story always is a delicate subject: a lot of possibilities have to be considered, and very often logic has to be turned off to appreciate the story without constantly complaining about things that don't make sense. Stephen King managed to circumnavigate most of these hurdles nicely, though sometimes he conveniently plays out the joker card "we don't know why it is the way it is, we just have to accept it". However, this did in no way diminish the pleasure of reading this novel. And while this story is about time travelling, for long stretches that was not its main focus. Leaving the time travel aspect aside, we find a compelling story about love and friendship, fate and how human decisions change it "on a dime".

I definitely loved the deja vu I had when Jake/George met the It losers in Derry. The whole book had a familiar feeling I hadn't experienced with the last handful of Mr. King's novels, and I really savoured the sensation. The mysterious Card Man, the apocalyptic vision of the world's possible alternate histories and the moving end intensified this feeling.

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