I’ve had 11/22/63 by Stephen King on my TBR list for awhile now. I kind of have a small obsession with the Kennedy assassination but I won’t bore you with that. I watched the first few episodes of 11/22/63 on Hulu and I absolutely HAD to know what happened next and I couldn’t wait for the show to bring it to me one episode a week. I’m just not that patient. Plus vacation was coming up so I decided I’d dig into this long read and find out for myself what was going to happen.
It seems appropriate that this was my first Stephen King novel. Really the subject matter is the only reason I picked it up. Stephen King and I don’t have the best past. I tried to read one of his novels in middle school and at that time his writing was just too detailed for my preteen brain to consume. I’ve learned that sometimes I have to give these monster books at least a few hundred pages before it really captures me. I had the same kind of commitment to Outlander before it hooked me. And once I was hooked, I was HOOKED.
The thing that I loved the most about 11/22/63 was the setting. I say I would have loved to live in that time but realistically I know I wouldn’t love it as much as I think. For one, none of the books that I read now would be published then. Blogging wouldn’t be a thing because there would be no Internet. There is SO much that I wouldn’t be doing day to day that I enjoy.
The characters were enjoyable. I really liked Jake Epping. I thought he was a good guy caught in several bad situations but handled it as well as anyone can be expected to. To be honest, I don’t think that I could have been as self-sacrificing as Jake was. I don’t know that I could have made a lot of the decisions that he did to keep his word.
I think King gave an interesting hypothesis on what could have happened if that last bullet had missed and Kennedy had lived. I don’t agree with it but I’m a mild conspiracy theorist to begin with so I was always going to be hard to sway. In the end, once I really got into 11/22/63, I couldn’t put it down. I’m really glad that I was able to pick up this book and give it the proper amount of time and attention it needed.
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