Friday, March 16, 2012

11/22/63 Review

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Genre: Science Fiction / Historical Fiction

From Goodreads:

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

If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? 
Would the consequences be worth it? 

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk. 

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

My Thoughts::

First of all, OMG!  This book was amazing...AMAZING I tell you!  I know it looks daunting with it's 849 pages but don't let that deter you.  It reads quickly and draws you in.  You'll jump into it and before you know it, you've read 100 pages.  It took me a little over 8 days to finish it, just reading maybe 2 hours a day.    

If you have even the slightest interest in the idea of changing the past, time traveling, living a multi-dimensional life with some murder and romance throw in, then you'll love this book too.  I was trying to think of a part of the book that I loved the most but I can't settle on just one.  I genuinely enjoyed the book from page 1 to 849.  There's a lovely afterword that I recommend you read if you pick this up.  If I had to choose a favorite part, it might be that actually.  

It's 4 a.m. and my mind has gone blank.  If you're a King fan, definitely read this.  It's one of his best for sure.  

Happy reading!


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