This was a quick read, and I knew it was going somewhere sad - how could you not, even just after reading the cover?
I wept from this book. DIRTY CRIEDThis was a quick read, and I knew it was going somewhere sad - how could you not, even just after reading the cover?
I wept from this book. DIRTY CRIED. I am not ashamed to say it. It was quick to finish and beautiful all the way through. My boyfriend caught me crying near the end, and I don't even care that he saw me crying the way I was. Don't care. It was well written and beautifully done. Applause, applause....more
What can I say? I just wasn't impressed. I guess it's always a let-down when a book has SUCH a build up and amazing reviews and you're expecting sometWhat can I say? I just wasn't impressed. I guess it's always a let-down when a book has SUCH a build up and amazing reviews and you're expecting something that'll blow your skirt up...and, honestly, I didn't find that here.
I liked that it was written from two different points of view. However, I saw the "twist" coming from a mile away, and don't get me started on the ending.
I like Stephen King enough to say that I've not only met him and shook his hand, but also saw him sing with his band, The Rockbottom Remainders (he saI like Stephen King enough to say that I've not only met him and shook his hand, but also saw him sing with his band, The Rockbottom Remainders (he sang Stand By Me, natch!). He was the first adult author I read when I was a little girl, and I fell in love with his classics.
But, over time and after reading some more recent novels, I began to feel like he would get a little too wordy...tend to ramble.
For instance: The narrator tells us that he is headed into a barn, and there is big bad in that barn. The narrator also tells us that he is wearing a red flannel shirt as he enters the barn, and that red flannel shirt was given to him by Betty Sue in 1962, which was a problem, because Betty Sue's boyfriend, Cliff, that made him jealous. Etc, etc, and so on. And, I'm left thinking "WHAT IS IN THE BARN?"
There was none of this in 11/22/63. In fact, it was almost as though King realized that he tended to do this, and made a point to stay on track.
11/22/63 is a time-travel story, with a love story at its roots. I have always been interested in the Kennedy assassination, so my interest was instantly piqued.
And, what a great novel this is. Most books I read give me some sort of emotion that usually stays with me throughout. This book gave me a myriad of emotions, depending on where the main character Jake/George happened to be living, and what his goal happened to be. At no point while reading this novel did I lose interest or get tempted to skip ahead or skim. It's a big novel, sure, but it reads so quickly. I have a bad, bad habit of getting bored with books, even when they're good or even great (Hunger Games, Bossypants, The Night Circus, The Pale King...), but I devoured this with enthusiasm, right until the end.
Fans of King will even enjoy a little nugget of nostalgia he manages to work in seamlessly, and I squealed when I first happened upon it. Saying more would mean spoilers, and I want to keep those out.
It's a good book. It was creepy, it was smooth, and it made me cry more than once. It's one of my favorite Stephen King books now.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go listen to some Glenn Miller....more