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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. Unless...

In 2011, Jake Epping, an English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, sets out on an insane — and insanely possible — mission to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

Leaving behind a world of computers and mobile phones, he goes back to a time of big American cars and di
Paperback, 734 pages
Published 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published November 8th 2011)
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2012: 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
Emily May
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 2015
“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”

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
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
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
★ Jess
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.




Utterly compelling. King outlines a clear end goal, and the novel benefits enormously as the journey to that destination unfolds. A constant suspense and wonder as the reader considers when- and how- we'll get to that fateful titular date, not to mention what will happen when we get there, and once we leave
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


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 opp
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, reviewed, 2012
Hi, my name is Jake Epping and I’m a dull high school English teacher who has decided to go back in time to prevent JFK from being assassinated. I’ve decided to do this primarily because a fat man who serves me 53 year-old cheeseburgers (with whom I share only a vague casual acquaintance) has told me that I should. There is no other real reason for me to being doing this. There really isn’t. Once I’m there, I will also risk my life to save a bunch of other people that I barely know because I wan ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Even though 11/22/63 has been swirling inside my brain for a little over a week now, I haven't had the chance to properly sit down and write out a coherent review. Life is busy, and yet I cannot shake the feeling of pleasure I received from reading this book. It is a masterpiece, no doubt, but also the type of story that is suited to King's old style of dialogue and flair for throwback culture. Dare I suggest that this book is the author's unicorn? Clearly he is immensely talented, and a good nu ...more
Another big, big King book down!

This was truly and epic tale. While I know every author has to do research to make sure that the book makes sense and doesn’t sound ridiculous, this had to be the most research King has ever had to put into a book. When discussing historical events and the potential impact of changing them (both knowing what actually happened vs conjecturing what would happen if any details were changed), you have to make sure your knowledge of all related events is strong! The tw
11.22.63 by Stephen King

A story about time travel with J.F.K assassination's history as a background. Even though it's fiction, it feels so original that everything seems to be happening. This story has something for everyone: a love story, history, suspense, fantasy. Notwithstanding some political intrusions, I feel it's a more adorable love-story masquerading as a time-travel novel. Almost I cried a couple of times while reading this book. But at the end of the book, I couldn't hold back my te
Megs ♥
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
*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
Elyse Walters

There's two main story lines:
1)The Romance story (with wonderful well developed characters)
2)Stop A major event in U.S. History (its all well plotted throughout the book)
Both mixed together in some very intelligent--satisfying ways.

Stephen King knows how to blend the supernatural with history better than your average author. (celebrates nostalgic also without being sassy about it).

I'm often not a fan of time travel fiction reading ---but Stephen King improves this type of storytellin
Nov 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Putnam
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one should've been five stars for me. I think what happened was that I loved the concept when I read about the book and had envisioned something more. The story King wanted to write was all there and I truly enjoyed it. As always with King this is a great study in character and the evolution of the character. In this case using time as an added conflict that applies pressure on the character. King doesn't mess around with elaborate explanations on how or why the time travel works. It's just ...more
A Masterpiece!

Awesome story!! Wow! Stephen blows my mind. His prose is so easy to follow and he is so clear what he is getting across to me, the reader. It knows how to set up a character.

There are a lot of bells and whistles in this story and its draw is Lee Oswald and the shooting of JFK. Yet, this story is really a love story. King doesn't write many love stories, but at heart, this book is a love story between Jake Epping/George Amberson and Sadie Dunhill. It's a beautiful relationship the
Johann (jobis89)
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance."

A school teacher, Jake Epping, travels back in time through a portal with the aim of preventing the assassination of JFK, often considere
Ahmad Sharabiani
11/22/63, Stephen King

About a time traveler who attempts to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963.

Jake Epping is a recently divorced high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, earning extra money teaching a GED class.

Epping gives an assignment to his adult students, asking them to write about a day that changed their lives.

One of the students, a janitor named Harry Dunning, submits an assignment describing the night his alcoholic f
Adventures in Time Mowing

Dallas, Texas

“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
Paul Bryant
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
4.5 stars

I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! Here’s my entire reading vlog dedicated to my experience reading this book:

And yes, I cried like a bitch at the end.

Here is my favorite quote from this book: “We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We hav
Felice Laverne
Stephen King’s 11/22/63 was a behemoth of a work with more layers than a Chicagoan in December. The premise in itself was exhilarating, and the execution was near flawless. Another chef-d'oeuvre from Ole’ Uncle Stevie. This one was a novel that absolutely could not have been tackled by just anyone and may have fallen flat on its face if handled by a less experienced craftsman. The worlds on both sides of the time-travel line were utterly realistic, but where King really showed his masterful hand ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent Stephen King novel.

I think many of us probably have an experience that is some variation of this story: English teacher and / or writer condescendingly dismisses King’s work as trite and spectacular, opining that their own work suffers from an artistic perception lacking in mainstream literature.

I was in a college class where our teacher (an otherwise fun and engaging lecturer and knowledgeable professor – and published author) said something to the effect that King’s work was “goo
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2018, thriller
March 18th, 2018
I've thought about this book off and on the last few months since I read it. I've changed my mind and rating.
I changed it to 5 STARS and still love it. That's the power of a great book!

February 8th, 2018
I went into this book knowing three things:

1. It was HUGE
2. I’m not a big JFK assignation conspiracy fan. I didn’t know if this whole plot would work for me or not.
3. I know Stephen King can get wordy, so I was hoping that this book wouldn’t lag or get off point.

First, I can safel
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Epping, a high school English teacher living in Lisbon Falls, Maine, seems to enjoy his vocation along with the very cheap burgers at Al’s Diner made fresh daily by owner Al Templeton. Meeting up with Al one evening, Jake is stunned by the astonishing secret Al has kept for several years. As Jake listens closely he is extremely skeptical and shocked about Al’s request; he wants him to go on a journey. Not any ordinary journey, but an extraordinary and quite unique mission that he needs to t ...more
This book is one of the best I have read in awhile for its length. It's pure genius.

Who hasn't wanted do-overs in their life ? I would probably go back to when I started high school and make wiser decisions.

I would have loved to have heard the conversations between Stephen King, his wife and their son, Author Joe Hill. His wife still stands with the theories that Oswald didn't act alone, and Joe Hill thought of another way to end the book.

The way King describes the characters in this makes the
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traveling Sister Reads Review by NORMA, LINDSAY and BRENDA!!

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars for the book
5+++++++ stars for the reading experience for all of us participating in this ‘Traveling Sister Reads’!! So much fun!!!

Steven King has a lot going on here in 11/22/63 as we have some time-traveling, political history, and also a little bit of romance in this Historical Fiction Thriller novel that had us all engaged, interested, and rooting for a positive outcome but we must admit that we found
WOW! What a great read! UNPUTDOWNABLE! My favorite book of the year thus far. Highly recommend!

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 epis

Kevin Kuhn
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel
"Men with hammers, men with knives, men with guns. Women who twist what they cannot dominate and belittle what they cannot understand. A universe of horror and loss surrounding a single lighted stage where mortals dance in defiance of the dark."

So I binged read the last 60% of this book over the weekend. It's terrific and well written. King pulls you into the past and describes it so well, I thought I was catching a whiff of cigarette smoke coming off the pages. King doesn't pull any punches whe
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
What would you do if you could go back to 1958? How about saving JFK? Fantastic speculative fiction book by King, as we delve into the 1950's from the viewpoint of someone living in 2011. Truly great read, that finally gets me interested in the JFK conspiracy theories. Stephen King flips some really heartwarming romance in this one too, that almost creeps up on you before you realise it's there, and it's almost all this book is about?

And even before all this gets going there's a great stop off a
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

**********SOME SPOILERS**********

Here is another book I wasn't sure I would like as I don't care for time travel books. BUT.. once again I was wrong and this time travel book was AWESOME!

Jake Epping is having a normal day when his friend Al, who owns a diner, lets him in on a big secret.


Al's little diner has a portal that leads back to the 1950's - 60's! And Al wants Jake to go back and try to save Kennedy to see if the world would be a better place. Al has been trying for awhile but now he's g
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more

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