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11/22/63 by Stephen King
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11/22/63

by Stephen King

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  1. 162
    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. 70
    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.
  3. 70
    The Dead Zone by Stephen King (StarryNightElf)
  4. 70
    Time and Again by Jack Finney (zwelbast, bookworm12)
  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.
  6. 42
    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)
  7. 10
    Blackout by Connie Willis (Navarone)
    Navarone: Both books are about time travel and how the future is affected due to the actions you make.
  8. 10
    Time and Time Again by Ben Elton (aliklein)
  9. 10
    All Clear by Connie Willis (Navarone)
  10. 32
    American Gods: The 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.
  11. 13
    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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Non il classico King, ma un libro molto bello e scorrevole. ( )
  TheGirin | Sep 19, 2018 |
I cant praise this book highly enough.
I really enjoyed this very far fetched but great story.
Jake Epping a School teacher with the help of Al manages to go back in time to 1958 he wants to remain in the past so he can stop Lee Harvey Oswald from shooting JFK.
Along the way he tries to prevent some other disasters from happening, he also falls in love with Sadie the librarian at the school were he teaches for a while in 1958. Great book this was sad when I finished it. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Sep 13, 2018 |
This was my first Stephen King novel. It's a great story, quick moving and very readable. I was disappointed that it was too shallow, and in the multiple Stephen King tropes that arose (easily recognizable even though I haven't read him before). Can't he be more original?

The story wasn't quite what I expected. It actually spends very little time on the JFK assassination. Eventually it gets there, but by then King seems to want to wrap things up. He does so quickly, so quickly that what could be a climax instead falls flat. (Moreover, there's nothing new in these chapters; the obstacles History places on the heros' attempts to change it are basically the same as those met and surpassed already in earlier chapters.) And then the story continues into an overwritten science fiction denouement that added very little; instead of spelling everything out, why not leave this to our imaginations?

Despite these critiques, it was fun. But I probably won't read more King for a while. ( )
  breic | Sep 5, 2018 |
I'm one of the thousands who discovered Stephen King in grammar school and read Salem's Lot and The Stand in bed with a flashlight, hoping that his mom wouldn't ask, "What are you reading?" and who, from there, continued reading every day.

But this is the pits. It doesn't begin so: the first 200 pages or so are solid and the premise--that there's a time portal in the back of a diner that takes anyone to the same day in 1958 and resets each time the person returns--is all a reader needs. King wisely never attempts to explain why this is here or a lot of "rules" on how it works. That would be like reading the manual for the Death Star--someone could write it, but who cares? And the characters--not a one--ever note anything truly odd about the whole thing. The hinge of the plot could be rewritten as this:

Al: Go back and kill Oswald so JFK doesn't die and we avoid Vietnam.
Jake: OK. Sounds good. I have never killed anyone, but sure.

Even that's OK, since the book is set up as a lost episode of The Twilight Zone. Where 11/22/63 goes wrong is in its turgid, awful, painful dialogue, which is far less convincing than the idea of a time portal in a diner. Characters talk too much and offer too much random information to the narrator, wherever he goes. Even under moments of what would be incredible strain, in which the narrator and love interest are racing to the Book Depository, they keep making wisecracks that make them sound like they've been riding around in the Mystery Machine with Shaggy and Scooby. And even that would be bearable, but King has found himself unable to end the short sections of each chapter without adding cutesy sentences.
Like this.
And sometimes like this.
The love story between the Jake and Sadie is laden with cliches, too many to list here. The payoff is also weak and reveals a glitch in the narrator's plan that anyone else would have seen coming. The narrator has never seen Back to the Future. There's also some low-frequency editorializing during the book and the Afterward, in which King says of Dallas:
It's better today, but one still season signs on main street saying HANDGUNS NOT ALLOWED IN THE BAR. This is an afterward, not an editorial, but I hold strong opinions on the subject, particularly given the current political climate of my country. If you want to know what political extremism can lead to, look at those the Zapruder film. Take particular note of frame 313, where Kennedy's head explodes. Anyone with eyes can see through this and see that "political extremism" is code-language.
Finally, it's a dull read. I can put up with all kinds of clumsiness if the author makes me want to turn the pages, but this was like doing homework. Really, this novel could have been a haiku. Read Borges's story "The Garden of Forking Paths" instead. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
Willing suspension of disbelief is needed in this epic about time travel and the consequence (and hubris) of tinkering with the past. But I enjoyed the writing and page-turning plot and Stephen King's always fertile imagination. ( )
  spritecat1948 | Aug 15, 2018 |
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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.
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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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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.
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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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