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Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King



This is so close to a 5 star review. So so close. I loved this book, couldn’t put it down. I usually don’t read on weekends (at least not during the summer, I try to get out and enjoy it while it lasts), but I stayed in all weekend finishing this. Yeah, a whole weekend. I’m a slow reader, so sue me. I savor the words. Why not 5 stars then? I don’t know.. There were some slow sections that took a little effort to push through (not much, but still a little), things like that. Overall, it just wasn’t a perfect home run for me… But it was damn close.

Apparently this book is something King has never tried before, Alternate History. I wouldn’t know whether he’s tried it or not, I’m still a King newbie. I’m slowing making my way though his repertoire, but it will be a while before I can call myself a veteran reader. But if this was his first time with Alternate History.. He did damn good. The premise of the story didn’t intrigue me at all at first glance, but King drew me in anyway. What it comes down to is that he’s a damn good writer and a damn good story teller. Sitting down to read some King feels like sitting down to be told a story by a master story teller. Sometimes a really disturbing story.. But that doesn’t matter, you couldn’t stop listening even if you wanted to. It’s hypnotizing.. Seriously.

I really don’t want to say anymore than this, I don’t want to spoil anything about the story. I could tell you how the ending made me feel, but that would be a clue to its content. I could tell you what some of my favorite things about the story were, but that would be a dead giveaway. I’ll just leave it simple.. This book was good. Really good. Read it. You won’t regret it.