2012: 12. 11/22/63 

"I have never been what you'd call a crying man."

11/22/63, Stephen King

LOVED IT.  I have been a King fan since junior high, and always enjoy reading his books, even the very crappiest (I mean, I've read Tommyknockers and Christine), but he's definitely on a roll, lately.  Under the Dome and Full Dark, No Stars were both great reads, but 11/22/63 is in a whole nother ball park - its a fantastic book.  The premise is simple - a modern day English teacher gets the opportunity to go back in time, and the man who gives him the opportunity gives him a mission - prevent the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  But nothing is ever too simple, is it, and we have to watch our hero grapple with the consequences of his decision.

King takes on the time-travel genre with aplomb, playing with all the tropes, and his historical fiction writing/recreations of the past are pretty great too.  Moreover, unlike some of his books, he does a good job with character here - I found myself caring about the narrator (Jake in the present and George in the past) and his life more than you sometimes do with King (i.e in Under the Dome, where Barbie sometimes seemed just seemed like generic hero).  And it's delightfully long - I love luxurating in this big fat novels, and this definitely fit the bill.  Not just a great King, but one of the best novels I've read in a while.

Categories:  Fiction, Library Book

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