HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

11/22/63

by Stephen King

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
13,779769433 (4.21)1 / 770
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)
  1. 182
    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. 90
    Time and Again by Jack Finney (zwelbast, bookworm12)
  3. 90
    The Dead Zone by Stephen King (StarryNightElf)
  4. 80
    Replay by Ken Grimwood (SJaneDoe, dltj, HoudeRat)
    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. 41
    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)
  6. 30
    Blackout by Connie Willis (Navarone)
    Navarone: Both books are about time travel and how the future is affected due to the actions you make.
  7. 30
    All Clear by Connie Willis (Navarone)
  8. 20
    Bid Time Return 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.
  9. 43
    American Gods: Author's Preferred Text 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.
  10. 10
    Time and Time Again by Ben Elton (aliklein)
  11. 10
    When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Othemts)
  12. 33
    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)
  13. 00
    The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W. P. Kinsella (Othemts)
  14. 00
    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (Othemts)
  15. 00
    The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Othemts)
1960s (74)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

» See also 770 mentions

English (735)  Dutch (9)  French (6)  Spanish (3)  German (3)  Catalan (3)  Danish (2)  Italian (2)  Swedish (1)  Bulgarian (1)  All languages (765)
Showing 1-5 of 735 (next | show all)
{My thoughts} – Jake Epping is your typical high school English teacher that seems to be pre-destined for greater things. He is a regular patron at a diner run by a guy named Al Templeton.

One day Al decides he needs to hand pick someone that can carry on the mission that he has spent a great deal of his life trying to fulfill. It turns out that he chooses Jake to take on an enormous responsibility.

However, as we all know with great responsibility there can also be drastic consequences. Al introduces Jake to a time warp point that he calls the rabbit hole. It always goes back to the same day in history and each time you come out and back to the present and then return it resets back to the same fixed point in history. Also, you can spend years there, but in the present you’ve only been gone for two minutes.

Let’s think about this rabbit hole. The fixed point never changes, it’s always the same each time you return. However, anything in history that happens after that point your able to both witness and possibly change. The only problem is that there could be a possible butterfly effect to any point in history. Therefore, making changes might be at your advantage or disadvantage when it comes to the future, but you won’t know the full effect until you go back to the present through the rabbit hole.

If you could change anything in history, would you? This book shows you what can happen if you make a change to some small events in history as well as a larger scaled event. The larger scaled event is the prevention of the assassination of President Kennedy.

When Jake accomplishes his goal and or mission and goes back to the present, he learns there were dire consequences to the changes that he’d made in the past. He also knows that all he has to do to erase those changes is to pop back in and out of the rabbit hole again. The question we are left with is, does he go back and erase all his hard work? Does he decide to live in the past? What did the changes he made in the past end up doing to the future?

I have to admit that this book has intrigued my interest since it was first published. I usually stay away from books by authors that are well known for writing some spooky stuff. This book was spooky. It was an interesting take on time travel and gas got me thirsting for my books by Stephen King. I really never thought I’d see the day I’d be interested in a King book, but that say came. It was a difficult book to put down and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes reading about time travel, likes Stephen King’s writing, and is interested in the what if type things that could gave happened had events in the past played out differently then they’d played out. ( )
  Zapkode | Jun 1, 2024 |
{My thoughts} – Jake Epping is your typical high school English teacher that seems to be pre-destined for greater things. He is a regular patron at a diner run by a guy named Al Templeton.

One day Al decides he needs to hand pick someone that can carry on the mission that he has spent a great deal of his life trying to fulfill. It turns out that he chooses Jake to take on an enormous responsibility.

However, as we all know with great responsibility there can also be drastic consequences. Al introduces Jake to a time warp point that he calls the rabbit hole. It always goes back to the same day in history and each time you come out and back to the present and then return it resets back to the same fixed point in history. Also, you can spend years there, but in the present you’ve only been gone for two minutes.

Let’s think about this rabbit hole. The fixed point never changes, it’s always the same each time you return. However, anything in history that happens after that point your able to both witness and possibly change. The only problem is that there could be a possible butterfly effect to any point in history. Therefore, making changes might be at your advantage or disadvantage when it comes to the future, but you won’t know the full effect until you go back to the present through the rabbit hole.

If you could change anything in history, would you? This book shows you what can happen if you make a change to some small events in history as well as a larger scaled event. The larger scaled event is the prevention of the assassination of President Kennedy.

When Jake accomplishes his goal and or mission and goes back to the present, he learns there were dire consequences to the changes that he’d made in the past. He also knows that all he has to do to erase those changes is to pop back in and out of the rabbit hole again. The question we are left with is, does he go back and erase all his hard work? Does he decide to live in the past? What did the changes he made in the past end up doing to the future?

I have to admit that this book has intrigued my interest since it was first published. I usually stay away from books by authors that are well known for writing some spooky stuff. This book was spooky. It was an interesting take on time travel and gas got me thirsting for my books by Stephen King. I really never thought I’d see the day I’d be interested in a King book, but that say came. It was a difficult book to put down and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes reading about time travel, likes Stephen King’s writing, and is interested in the what if type things that could gave happened had events in the past played out differently then they’d played out. ( )
  CrimsonSoul | Jun 1, 2024 |
Fun, imaginative, tender. Masterfully written. ( )
  fotmasta | May 23, 2024 |
Review will follow soon! ( )
  RoXXieSiXX | May 20, 2024 |
Classic King aside ftom the ending which unlike King was perfectly pitched and complemented the story brilliantly. Best King for a long time.
( )
  bookdragon616 | May 15, 2024 |
Showing 1-5 of 735 (next | show all)
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.
 

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bonomelli, RexCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cassel, BooTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gassie, NadineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hobbing, ErichDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuipers, HugoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wasson, CraigReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Epigraph
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
First words
I have never been what you call a crying man.
Quotations
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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (3)

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.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary
Can we change the past?
Not if it erases life.
Better just to dance. (enemyanniemae)

Current Discussions

None

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (4.21)
0.5 2
1 34
1.5 4
2 94
2.5 25
3 465
3.5 152
4 1476
4.5 279
5 1600

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 207,159,695 books! | Top bar: Always visible