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Subject: 11/22/63
Date Posted: 11/26/2011 6:00 PM ET
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Has anyone read Stephen King's new book 11/22/63?  I loved Under the Dome.  How is this newest one?

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 11:37 AM ET
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I'm about 200 pages into it, and I am hooked!  So far, other than the time travel, there is nothing supernatural going on at all (and certainly no horror).  (I know those things are a major turnoff to many when it comes to reading Stephen King.)  I was lucky enough to see King in Boston on 11/6/11 at the JFK museum where he read from the book, and was then interviewed on stage by Tom Perrotta.  I find King to be a pretty fascinating guy, and he's my favorite author.  I also love history and learning about the United States during the 50s and 60s.  So, this book is a combination of a few things I love!  It is clear, both based on what I've read so far, and from what he talked about on stage, that he did a TON of research for this book.  Anyway, I'd be happy to report back after I finish it, but so far it's fantastic!

Here's a link to the video of his reading/interview at the JFK museum:  http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Yfg9GTaEc0uc-c8tFVLdvA.aspx

Date Posted: 11/27/2011 1:58 PM ET
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I finished it yesterday and loved it.  It's not horror, so if you're looking for a scare you'll be disappointed in that respect, but if you're looking for a well-written book with a time-travel theme that's also well-researched, then pick this baby up. 

While I enjoyed Under the Dome, I have to say that Duma Key is my favorite of his more recent novels. 



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Date Posted: 11/29/2011 10:31 PM ET
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I just used the last of by Barnes and Noble gift card to buy this one for my NOOK.  I haven't read a King in almost a year...

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 7:48 AM ET
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I actually joined audible so I could get this as my first choice.  I will be starting it in one hour.  I just love time travel!

Date Posted: 12/3/2011 5:07 PM ET
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I've been listening for about 6 1/2 hours now.  I am enjoying it.  I really like how King brings characters from old stories back again and again.  Our main character is in Derry, Maine right now.  Anyone remember the kids from IT?  I do hope the pace picks up a bit.

Date Posted: 1/1/2012 5:57 AM ET
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I just remembered this thread was here so I thought I'd update.  What I'm writing is a copy and paste of what I wrote on the "Book of the Month" thread.

 

  As an audio this huge book is in 4 parts, and after listening for what I am thinking is already over 16 hours, I am enjoying it.  Otherwise I would have quit a long time ago.  The story is interesting and is keeping me going.  But it is more like I am just listening to a friend tell me a story of his personal life and the people he has met along the way.  He really did not have to timetravel to tell me this story as there are very, very few issues he faces or mistakes he makes living in this generation that came before he was even born.  Things are way too easily solved for him.  Does NOT make for a good timetravel...just a nice, almost ho-hum story.

I wonder at times if it is the reader, Craig Wasson,  that is keeping me going.  He is really good at this. 

I do love a good timetravel.  So as far as that goes,  this has been a mild disappointment.  And, I think it will likely be another 10 or more hours before I ever get to Dallas on 11-23-63.  Maybe longer.

This does not mean that I wouldn't encourage someone who likes looong books from reading it.

 

Subject: 11/22/63
Date Posted: 1/4/2012 3:47 PM ET
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I haven't read Stephen King in years because while he told a good story, he just isn't a very good writer. However, I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. I felt it was well written, and while it dragged in some parts, it was worthwhile reading, even at 850 pages. I'm glad I came back to him.

Date Posted: 1/16/2012 12:11 PM ET
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Just realized I never followed up on this thread!  I ended up loving 11/22/63.  While Bonnie S. was right about there being very few mistakes or issues for him living a generation before his time, I still enjoyed the glimpses into the late 50s/early 60s.  I was also relieved to read such a perfect ending.  Under the Dome, while I loved the story, left a little to be desired at the end.  11/22/63, however, couldn't  have ended more perfectly in my opinion.  And while King is known as the master of horror, I must say that the man sure can weave a good love story into his work.  Highly recommend this one!

Date Posted: 1/17/2012 6:12 PM ET
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I have thought and thought about this...yes, it was a good listen while I cooked, cleaned, did crafty stuff in the house.  It kept me company.  I was listening to the lives of some friends, chuckling as they brought up a few memories from our far past.  I got to know these people, inside and out, in a way that only King can accomplish.  I've said many times, no one does characterization like Stephen King.  That is usually why I love his loooong books.  But even a character-driven story needs something to happen now and again, and in reality, except for meeting new people and a couple of beatings, nothing ever happened.  Nothing. 

The denoument of Kennedy/Oswald was so glossed over, so minor, that it shocked me that a whole 30 plus hour book was written about it.  Not to spoil anything for others, but you who have read it will know who I mean....when there was the death of a major character, I didn't give a crap.  I didn't much care how George/Jacob grieved.  The only time I felt sad about it was when Deke, the old man, talked about it.  And, if you must know, I am a total wimp when it comes to deaths and other griefs in books or movies.  I will cry and think about these things for weeks.

Anyone  who's taken writing courses or attended writing conferences knows the any author or editor will tell you, you can save a book with that hit them between the eyes beginning that will grab the reader, then you will make the reader always recall your  book fondly if you give them an ending that is heartwrenching, in a good way or bad.  Tender, sweet...memorable.  And that is my very point about 11-22-63.

This book started off so well, a terrific premise.  That last scene...it made the listen almost worth it.  It was tender, so beautifully written, and in my case, so lovingly read, that I thought about it long after the story ended.  I loved loved loved the ending.

Thus...this book seems far far better than it actually was for me.  Like I said earlier...if it hadn't been Stephen King, I doubt it would have gotten past the first reader to an actual editor's desk for consideration.

 

Date Posted: 1/19/2012 10:26 AM ET
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I'm still waiting for it at the library, and I'm sure I will read it eventually.  But from what I've been hearing about it, here and elsewhere I'm almost more interested in rereading The Stand or Under the Dome to get my sprawling-epic-cast-of-thousands King fix.