Clare's Reviews > 11/22/63
Apr 09, 2012
It's too bad that Stephen King mostly writes horror, because I really like him as a writer. There was definitely some gore here, but it was pretty minimal, and I thought he did a great job of bringing the 1950s and '60s to life on the page. Some of the same things that bothered me about Life After Life appeared here, too—time-travel theory that was a little too vague, fictional characters interacting with historical figures—but they didn't bug me as much in this context. The holes in the time-travel theory were mostly closed at the end of the story, and the interactions between the characters and historical figures were pretty minimal, considering the pretty famous historical event that serves as the turning point for the entire novel. While I love a nice, meaty book and admire the considerable effort Stephen King put forth to create this one, it probably could have been a little bit shorter—the Oswald family surveillance seemed to drag on forever. Still, it was interesting and satisfying, and I loved the overarching premise that even if you can stop some bad things from happening, other bad things (maybe worse things) will always happen.
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April 9, 2012 – Shelved
July 9, 2014 – Started Reading
July 18, 2014 – Finished Reading