Thursday, January 5, 2012

11/22/63

Oh book club!! Did y'all miss me!? I hope you've all still be reading! I did read Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. It was real good y'all. So much better than Those Who Save Us. Still depressing, but so good. This might be the cause of the dream that I had about dying y'all. Dying. Anyway, I don't know about y'all but I have always thought that Stephen King is creepy. Like super creepy. I watched "It" you know -


That movie!!

I watched it in sixth grade at a slumber party.. because you know, that's what girls do at slumber parties. There's no pillow fights in your underwear.. its pajamas and scary movies and popcorn. At least at the slumber parties I went to.. Anyway, watching this movie once convinced me that Stephen King is one messed up, wacko weird dude. Who comes up with books about demon clowns that scare and kill children!? I mean really. I absolutely hate, hate, hate Beethoven's Fur Elise - I can't listen to it without visions of a serial killer clown hanging out in a gutter.

Okay, all this to say, that I have never read book by Stephen King. All that changed two weeks ago when I bought 11/22/63 for the Nook. I am completely fascinated by the Kennedy's and I think time travel is an extremely tricky thing to write about so I was very curious about this book. 



The Synopsis from Barnes & Noble -
ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?
In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.
It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
Y'all I really liked it. It was normal, in a there's-no-clown-in-the-gutter kind of way. I think he did really well with the time travel because it really is such an interesting thing to write about, and I can't imagine how hard it is to find the words to describe and make your reader believe it, but Stephen King did. I really believed that Jake Epping became George Amberson and had this whole life. And there was a very nice love story thrown in there for George Amberson and a lovely character in Jodie. I love a good love story. So all in all - yes, I think you all would absolutely enjoy this book, and you should most definitely read it!
Right now I am reading Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers. I love Francine Rivers, I really love Redeeming Love but I realize that I can't read the same book over and over and broaden my horizons. Although I do think that all the life lessons I need to know are in Redeeming Love.  So if you haven't read Redeeming Love - please oh please get right on that! Oh and if you've already read it and want to read Her Mother's Hope with me you can!

Happy Reading! Oh, and Running!

2 comments:

  1. You must get Tim Tebow Through My Eyes!, you will not be dissapointed.

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  2. 11/22/63 is definitely on my to-read list. I love Stephen King, but agree that "It" is over-the-top creepy. "Duma Key" was also really good -- more eerie than creepy.

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