Daughter, Lessa, asked for Stephen King for Christmas. When I went to our Indie bookstore to do the Christas book buying I asked for his newest and was shown to 11/22/63. I was told it was different – not like other Stephen King books, so, while I did buy it, I made a decision not to gift it to Lessa. Instead, I bought her another of his and two of Dean Koontz’s books.
The day after Christmas I settled in to start reading 11/22/63. After all, I had been alive when the Kennedy assassination had occurred. I was 13 at the time and I remember well the upset that occurred in a small catholic grade school because the first catholic president had been shot and killed. I remember even though it has been nearly 50 years since it happened.
By the way – the book is HUGE! It hurt my hands and wrists to hold it so I found myself sitting at the kitchen table to read – or resting it on the arms of my chair – or on the receptionist’s desk at work (she was out sick all week and SOMEBODY had to do her job) in order to read it comfortably.
I finished the book yesterday. Erm, yes, that is just 4.5 days. What can I say? I became engrossed in the story line(s).
While the folks at the bookstore meant well, I must disagree. This is PURE Stephen King from the get-go. The what ifs and the whys are all there. The horrific fascination with what could have been, should have been, will be’s are all there. I had weird dreams EVERY night while reading the book. It cannot help but make one stop to think.
Any more about the plot you will not hear from me. I encourage any King fan to get and read the book. I encourage any conspiracy theorist to get and read the book. Democrat? Kennedy supporter? Yup, get and read the book.
Maybe you might want to think about getting wrist braces, though.