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Subject: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Date Posted: 10/29/2014 9:11 PM ET
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Would anyone be willing to tell a bit about this book? I don't like horror, but was told this is not scary! My sister has a copy I can borrow, but it's not like I don't have anything to read...

 



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Date Posted: 10/30/2014 3:35 PM ET
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This isn't horror at all.  It's actually more of a time travel story about a man who goes back in time to stop JFK's assassination and if he's successful, what that would mean.  It's long but worth it.  It was a 5 star read for me when I read it a couple years ago.

Date Posted: 10/30/2014 6:29 PM ET
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I think King is a fabulous storyteller, but he can get graphic in his descriptions so I have to be careful of the ones that I read.  This one was fabulous - not a horror novel at all. I inhaled it, it was one of those when I wasn't reading the book, I was thinking about it and couldn't wait to get back to the novel.

Highly recommended

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 8:05 AM ET
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Deb, I want to read this one too!  I have two books to finish first, but then I'm up for it.  We could have our own book club.wink

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 2:36 PM ET
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Oh, do it! That sounds wonderful!

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 7:08 PM ET
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And I've got it on my Nook and have been wanting to read it also!   I can't join in until after December 7th (will be living in Outlander world until then), but if you all get the dicsussion started then I'll add my comments later.

Date Posted: 11/11/2014 7:40 PM ET
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I loved this one.  Not scary, gory or horrow. Like previously mentioned it's time travel.  It also has a sweet romance.  Like most of Stephen King it could have been shorter.

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 8:35 AM ET
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Okay, I started this yesterday.  We don't have to do anything formal...just post our comments.  I like the way King makes Jake Epping such a sympathetic character from the very beginning.  You know his ex-wife is a jerk, or so she seemed to me!  I love time travel, and I'm curious to learn more about the "rules" of this portal into the past.  

Donna...I know what you mean about length! :)

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 9:51 AM ET
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Not a big  S King fan and I read this one about a year ago.  As its been said this is a Time Travel Tale, and how altering events changes many things. I liked it. 

-RD
 

Date Posted: 11/13/2014 10:12 AM ET
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It's on my Kindle and I'm starting it tonight. Woo hoo! Deb

Date Posted: 11/13/2014 11:25 AM ET
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Woo Hoo Deb!!  It's on my Kindle too.  I'm all about saving the wrists!  wink

Date Posted: 11/13/2014 6:12 PM ET
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I'm a little late with my comments but I read this one a few months back and I loved it.  It was my first ever Stephen King!  I found it a bit nostalgic given that I was a teen in the 60s and remember the real events well.  It's great storytelling and reads very quickly in spite of its length.  Recommended!

Date Posted: 11/16/2014 9:35 AM ET
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I just started Part 2, "The Janitor's Father."  I don't want to make any spoilerish comments, but I will say I've always loved how King brings back memories...like Kresge's. All those little details that one forgets with time, he brings back.

His phrases are great too, and I always wonder if they are common in Maine.  "I got my sittin'-britches on."  

This is getting hard to put down.  I may have a lazy Sunday! wink

Date Posted: 11/16/2014 12:26 PM ET
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I enjoy how Jake Epping "feels" like a real person! Just stepped back in time, can't wait to read more.

Date Posted: 11/16/2014 2:30 PM ET
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Let me throw this out there:  Who do you think The Yellow Man is?  Or turn out to be?  Does he know about the time travel, and if so, how??

Date Posted: 11/17/2014 1:13 PM ET
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Vicky, you are getting close to Spoiler Territory now.  Let me give you my impressions hopefully without spoilers. But just in case I will mask it.

Al mentions the "yellow card man" (YCM) to Jake, suggesting that he's a bit crazy for hanging around the portal to long. The YCM works with an organization that deals with "alternate time streams" and the effects they can have on history. I think King could do a great spin-off by focusing on this organization and its mission.

-RD

 

Date Posted: 11/20/2014 8:25 AM ET
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Rob...interesting!!  I wondered if something along those lines was up.

I'm at the point where Jake is on his way to Texas, slow but sure.  (I don't think that's a spoiler, right?) cheeky  I"m loving this book so far, and wishing I had more time to just read.  I will leave with this: I love the thought that guardian angels = time travelers who know the future!  

Date Posted: 11/20/2014 9:05 AM ET
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Considering the book is entitled 11/22/63 I don't think mentioning that the main character of the story is going to Texas is going to spoil anything for other readers. wink

-RD

Date Posted: 11/20/2014 9:16 AM ET
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My point exactly!  laugh

Date Posted: 11/20/2014 2:23 PM ET
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I have this book on my Kindle too and I have not read it. I wasn't sure that I should even order it since I still feel very emotional about the events of that day. I was in the college library when the news came over the PA system....and then a state of "shock"! I usually have to "gear" myself up for reading like this and I don't think I'm there yet. When I DO get there, it sounds like it may be very interesting.

Date Posted: 11/25/2014 3:02 PM ET
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I remember sitting at the kitchen table, (a diner-style table with red pleather-backed chairs) and my mother was crying.

I have hit a different reading snag; my dad's wife is very ill and while we have never been close, I worry about him being alone in TN, waiting. I'm very torn, such that I can't even escape to 1963.

Debbie

Date Posted: 11/25/2014 3:07 PM ET
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Aw Debbie - prayers for you and your family. Hopefully dad's wife recovers and he is a happy man again!

Date Posted: 11/30/2014 8:47 AM ET
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Deb, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's wife. I hope things are better now; sending you prayers!

I too hit a reading snag; my dd was hospitalized with a blood clot behind her right knee.  She's home now, and we had our mini version of Thanksgiving last night, but everything was thrown up in the air and landed sideways!!  I've been reading some this morning, and I'm still loving the book...but I may drag the Christmas decorations out and put them up while we have a mild day.  We got about 10" of snow Wed.-Thurs. this past week, but quite a bit has melted.  I need to get everything from the storage shed into the house before the freezing rain hits Tuesday. surprise