(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 excepti ...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 ...more
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
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 ...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 opp ...more
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 ...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
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 ...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
A school teacher, Jake Epping, travels back in time through a portal with the aim of preventing the assassination of JFK, often considere ...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
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 ...more
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: https://youtu.be/3FtDROTO6VQ
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 epis...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It's a giant something super delicious slipped between two covers and you can't devour it quickly enough.
And it's startling. And thought-provoking. And memorable.
And the story races along, pretending it's just some white-knuckling, heart-racing, page-turning pulp fiction, but it sucker punches you. Reminds you that Stephen King is classically trained, and he can wax poetic if he wants to.
I read this 842 page book in 9 days, and I love it so much, I ...more
In 11/22/63, King takes us on a sci fi time travel adventure back into 1958 and the years that follow. The story is not Ray Bradbury in its sci fi nature. In fact it reads like any regular story set in the past. King i ...more
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