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#72: 11.22.63 - Stephen King

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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.
Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.
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.

  • File Size: 2278 KB
  • Print Length: 866 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Original edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • ASIN: B005K0HDGE
My Opinion:
I literally just finished the book. And what a book it was. I keep telling myself to breathe, it's over....
I love Stephen King, but honestly, when I saw this and Under the Dome, I wondered what he was thinking leaving horror behind. Man, he showed me! I feel stupid asking that now. This book was one of the best I have read of his yet, and I have read a lot, let me tell you.
I am not a fan of anything political or politics. Everyone and their conspiracy theories make me laugh. Then Stephen King comes along with his creative way of telling a story, and you forget the things you normally can't stand, to all of a sudden standing them and being pulled right in!
He could rewrite the phone book and I would buy it.... just sayin'.
So, what I say to you, even if you hate political stories like I do, or you're thinking he's the horror king I'm not havin' it, well, have it! It is worth the time spent to read this behemoth. Totally!

5/5 (And then some if I could.)

Recommend? YES!!!!!

DISCLAIMER: I won my copy. I was not compensated for my opinion or this post.

Comments

  1. I've never ready any Stephen King (I'm not a horror fan) but this one does sound interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I've been feeling the same way about his newest books. I'm not usually one to shy away from large books (I've blown through the first three Song of Ice and Fire books), but they're just so intimidating! Glad to know you loved it, maybe I'll eventually pick it up (if I can lift it). Thanks for the review :)

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  3. I downloaded a sample of this to my Nook and it looks so good. Eventually I plan to get it.

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  4. I have just finished my first Stephen King novel, The Stand. I was not sure about reading his books. Like Bonnie, the genre is not my typical read. I was pleasantly surprised and am open to trying more. This one sounds worth a try. Thank you for the informative post.

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