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11.22.63 (edition 2012)

by Stephen King

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Title:11.22.63
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Hodder Paperback (2012), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:time travel

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

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    It by Stephen King (watertiger, sturlington)
    watertiger: The characters from IT are referenced in 11/22/63
    sturlington: A section of 11/22/63 is set in Derry and features characters from It.
  2. 80
    The Dead Zone by Stephen King (StarryNightElf)
  3. 70
    Time and Again by Jack Finney (zwelbast, bookworm12)
  4. 60
    Replay by Ken Grimwood (SJaneDoe, dltj)
    dltj: Shares a similar plot line that covers part of the same time period, and "Replay" even includes a story fragment about November 22, 1963.
  5. 20
    Somewhere In Time by Richard Matheson (stevetempo)
    stevetempo: No change in history here...but a cross time romance is featured...if you saw and enjoyed the movie...read the book.
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    American Tabloid by James Ellroy (glwebb)
    glwebb: If you liked 11/22/63 then American Tabloid should be right up your street. A very snappy, complicated, twisted look at the Kennedy Presidency and assassination. Ellroy dishes up a counterfactual history that seems almost too real to be anything other than the secret truth.… (more)
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    American Gods - The Tenth Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: Both novels are epic. They both have elements of time travel and a sense that minor actions can lead to major unintended consequences.
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    Time and Time Again by Ben Elton (aliklein)
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    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (mene)
    mene: Both books are about time travel through a kind of portal. In both books, the time traveller finds love on the other side, but the effects of the time travel and the way it works are different. In King's book, the time traveller also actively tries to change history, while in Gabaldon's book, the time traveller uses her knowledge of future events a lot less actively.… (more)
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I am really amazed by this book. I thought Stephen King had pretty much lost his touch years ago, but this book has proven me wrong. The book, while lengthy, never really drags. I felt like I was a part of the story, experiencing the late 50s and early 60s right along with Jake. I think the ending was just about perfect; I'm not sure how it could be improved at all. ( )
  rft183 | Jul 14, 2015 |
Jake Epping is a high school english teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. He is 35-years old and has led a pretty non-descript life. A few moments to take pride in as far as his teaching career is concerned, but overall, nothing exciting. Until one night when he visiting a local diner owner with a big secret. Unbelievable as it seems to Jake there is a Alice in Wonderland type rabbit hole right behind the diner. This rabbit hole does not lead to an imaginary land but to Lisbon Falls circa 1958.

Enter the age old time travel question. If you could go back in history and change one significantly pivotal event … would you? What would be the consequences? Would there be any consequences if you knew that stepping back into the present and then back into the past would undo everything. Jake decides it is worth the risk and spends five years in the past hoping to stop the assassination of JFK. But is anything ever that easy? Not in Mr. King’s world. After all, the past is obdurate.

This latest by Mr. King is a little step out of the horror genre and a tip-toe into historical fiction. I liked it! Mr. King obviously did his research with regards to Oswald and Kennedy, but the interpretation of the late 50’s and early 60’s is wonderful. I found myself lost in the days before the civil rights movement, fast food restaurants, terrorist threats, gun-control and smoking by-laws. As always Mr. King’s characters are wonderful. He acknowledges that every good character has a little bad and the villains of history have their little share of goodness. Admittedly I am a huge King fan, but this would be a good King book for non-fans of the horror genre.

In the author afterword Mr. King welcomes a new grand-daughter into the King family. I can only hope he is not in charge of bedtime story selection.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
If one word had to suffice: EPIC! Listening to the book became part of my daily routine. If I didn't go to work or to fetch Lilly from Kindergarten, I went to 1963 or the years before.
I came to live there (30 hours in all, most of them in the past) and eventually consider it home just as Jake had.
Incredibly read, too, by Craif Wasson, to strengthen the illusion.
  Kindlegohome | Jul 9, 2015 |
Jake Epping has been asked to go into the past to prevent the assassination of President John Kennedy. He travels to the past and ends a friends devastation, then returns to the present.
He decides to make that step back one more time to accomplish the saving of the President and lives in the past for 5 years, therefore making a life for himself in that time frame.
You will have to read the book to find out if he achieves his goal or not.
Once again, outstanding writing by an outstanding author. Has you wondering if you would change history if you had the opportunity. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | Jul 4, 2015 |
A mild-mannered high school teacher discovers that a local diner includes a portal to a September day in 1958 and is pushed into trying to prevent the Kennedy assassination. This turns out to be surprisingly difficult and personally costly, as the past is resistant to change. It’s a really long book with little payoff. Some of the whole past-is-a-foreign-country stuff was thought-provoking and King convincingly imagines historical characters (I particularly liked the contrast between Jack and Jackie Kennedy), but the ending was totally unsatisfying. ( )
  jholcomb | May 23, 2015 |
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It all adds up to one of the best time-travel stories since H. G. Wells. King has captured something wonderful. Could it be the bottomlessness of reality? The closer you get to history, the more mysterious it becomes. He has written a deeply romantic and pessimistic book. It’s romantic about the real possibility of love, and pessimistic about everything else.
 

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It is virtually not assimilable to our reason that a small lonely man felled a giant in the midst of his limousines, his legions, his throng, and his security. If such a nonentity destroyed the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, then a world of disproportion engulfs us, and we live in a universe that is absurd.

- Norman Mailer
If there is love, smallpox scars are as pretty as dimples.

- Japanese proverb
Dancing is life.
Dedication
For Zelda
Hey, honey, welcome to the party
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I have never been what you call a crying man.
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But stupidity is one of two things we see most clearly in retrospect.  The other is missed chances.
Although emotionally delicate and eminently bruisable, teenagers are short on empathy.  That comes later in life, if at all.
Life turns on a dime.
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Book description
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died, and the world changed.

If you had the chance to change history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
Haiku summary
Can we change the past?
Not if it erases life.
Better just to dance. (enemyanniemae)

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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The author's new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. In this novel that is a tribute to a simpler era, he sweeps readers back in time to another moment, a real life moment, when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history. Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students, a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night fifty years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk. Not much later, Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane, and insanely possible, mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life, a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.… (more)

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