Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

     I thought I would catch up on the last few Stephen King books I had not read, so I picked this up from the library.  In large print it is just over 1,000 pages.  I really liked the book, but I am a fan of Stephen King so not really a surprise there.  Like many of his other books it is not really scary like people might assume, it is an examination of people and their character when they are faced with a set of unusual circumstances.  It is a great answer to that "what if" question, that if you were faced with the ability to travel in time, what would you do?  

     It is set in 2011 and 1958 for the two time periods.  The main character, Jake/George, can go back to 1958, and each time he returns those changes are set in 2011, unless he goes back to 1958 again, then the slate is wiped clean, so there is a sort of reset button.  Ultimately he is asked by the man who discovered this little time travel bubble (Al, owner of the diner) to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing JFK, which means a waiting period/he has to live out five years in the past.  I won't say that much more about it lest I ruin the ending, but I do want to say the novel is a nostalgic look back at the late 50s and early 60s, it has a nice little love story in it, and typical of Stephen King you get some answers at the end but not all of them, which leaves you open to solve the riddles for yourself.

If you are up for a long book and like a little science-fiction mixed in with nostalgia, this is a great book to read!

And so it goes...

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