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This review is from: 11/22/63: A Novel (Hardcover)I first read about this book a few months ago. While I am a fan of Stephen King, I'm not a huge fan. I don't typically buy his books the day they are released, but when I read the premise for this one I just thought that it was a really neat idea and I couldn't wait for it to be released so that I could read it. Then I got a little nervous about it. From the time I read the teaser I thought that there were so many interesting directions that someone could take this story, but what if it tanks? That's always the pitfall of a really neat idea... what if it fails to really bloom like you think it could? But this is Stephen King. For my review, I'd like to establish that I was born almost 7 years after JFK died. I am not a JFK scholar and I did not read this book trying to hyper-analyze the historical accuracy of the book. I took it as a fictional exploration of a historical event produced not to answer any historical questions but just to entertain and provoke thought. I feel it was very successful on both points. My fears that Stephen King was going to take a great idea and go nowhere with it were definitely unfounded. He also works in all his usual Stephen King "givens"... the story starts in Maine. We even get to "visit" a couple of characters from other Stephen King books and the town of Derry, though the majority of the book is set in Texas of course. On the whole I usually review books based on how well spent I feel my time was in reading it and I am in no way disappointed in this one. If you buy the book I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and thank you for taking the time to read my review.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 11:04:18 AM PST
I, too, am a fan, but not fanatical about Stephen King's books. But I am a huge alternative history fan of such books as The Plot Against America: A Novel and The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Novel, and wanted to see what his take was. I was not disappointed.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 6:41:13 PM PST
William E. Liberatore says:
I am a fan of King, just like I said... I don't run out and buy all his books on release day. I've read and enjoyed The Stand (of course), Under the Dome, Insomnia (One of my personal favorites though 11/22/63 may challenge), Christine, Salem's Lot, Needful Things, The Bachman Books, several of the Dark Tower series and a few more as well. Honestly, I typically look for a Stephen King book when I'm in the mood for a good story and want one that will take me more than two days to read. (Stephen does tend to put out some long books.) Though 11/22/63 only took me 3 days. On the whole I was very happy with the outcome... like I said, I should never have doubted King when it came to developing a great story from a great idea.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 4:40:37 PM PST
The best work of fiction on JFK's assassination:Libra (Contemporary American Fiction)
Posted on Nov 23, 2011 11:25:30 AM PST
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Looking forward to reading it this weekend :)
Posted on Nov 24, 2011 12:15:48 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 5:23:22 AM PST
William E. Liberatore says:
I read a synopsis about the book a few months ago. I bought the book the day it came out and read the actual book then. It might help if you actually read the review before you commented.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 4:34:17 AM PST
Cecelia E Connally says:
If you liked this work of historical fiction I would strongly recommend IN THE FULLNES OF TIME by Vincent Nicolosi. It's a novel set around the JFK assassination and the death of Warren Harding. Sounds unlikely but it was a great read.