Bestseller Book release Life can turn on a dime or stumble into the extraordinary as it does for Jake Eppi

Bestseller Book 11/22/63 release Life can turn on a dime or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family Jake is blown awayLife can turn on a dime or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family Jake is blown awaybut an even bizarre secret comes to light when Jake s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession to prevent the Kennedy assassination How By stepping through a portal in the diner s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald The course of history is about to be rewrittend become heart stoppingly suspenseful.. A viral Ebook 11/22/63 Go ahead, book snobs. Proclaim haughtily that Stephen King is not Literature. I shall retort with a Pratchett quote, "Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book." And nobody argues with Sir Terry.(Since 'a picture is worth a thousand words', the above is a three-thousand-words summary of this book. Impressive, no? And also - dancing is life.)As you probably guessed from the not-too-spoiler-sensitive title, 11/22/63 is a book about time travel. My love for it is an exception rather than a rule - you see, I am not usually a fan of the Grandfather paradox. Speaking of which: “Yeah, but what if you went back and killed your own grandfather?"He stared at me, baffled. "Why the fuck would you do that?”As the title proceeds to shamelessly tells us, the book deals with the assassination of John F. Kennedy (and if the title fails to convey the message, then hopefully you - like yours truly - have Google-pedia'd it. Hey, don't judge, I was born in Eastern Europe). Anyway, it's another of Stephen King's 'what if?' situations. What if you could go through a 'rabbit-hole' to the past? Would you try to change history for the better, would you try to right the wrongs? Well, who wouldn't??? And so Jake Epping, an English teacher, sets out to spend half a decade in the past to prevent the assassination of JFK (and to figure out whether Lee Harvey Oswald was indeed the lone gunman that day, despite all the conspiracy theories). "As I flipped to the back, I kept seeing that double take. And the grin. A sense of humor; a sense of the absurd. The man in the sixth-floor window of the Book Depository had neither. Oswald had proved it time and again, and such a man had no business changing history." **What if their lives had never intersected?**“Even people capable of living in the past don't really know what the future holds.” The question is - what would have happened had JFK survived the assassination that day in Dallas? Would we still have Vietnam War, race riots, and Martin Luther King's death? Could the lives of many innocent people be spared? Could JFK lead the country into a better future? Jake believes so. But what if the past resists the change? What is the price of changing the past? "The past is obdurate for the same reason a turtle’s shell is obdurate: because the living flesh inside is tender and defenseless." This book again dispels the long-believed but mistaken axiom that Stephen King is a "horror writer" - of a spook and startle variety. No, in the traditional sense he is not. He knows that the true monsters are those that live inside every one of us (and, ahem, occasionally in Derry, Maine). He has created his own brand of psychological suspense - with the brilliant and scary insight into the minds of average everyday people (who all have some darkness inside them and a skeleton or two in the closet - sometimes quite literally) superimposed onto the masterful description of small towns themselves (eerily resembling sentient living creatures, determined to hold on to their dark secrets). (*) And we get plenty of these in this book, as Jake's quest to prevent that fateful shot in November in Dallas takes him along the way to the small towns of Derry, Maine and Jodie, Texas.* I have an irrational fear of living in a small town, thanks to Stephen King. What if it turns out to be another Derry or Castle Rock?! *shudder* (By the way, this trip to the past gives plenty of deeeeee-licious 'Easter Eggs' to King's Constant Readers. We see little echoes from Pennywise the Clown era in Derry, meet our favorite 1958 Plymouth Fury (Hellllloooo there, Christine!), and even get a nod to A Wizard and Glass with Takuro Spirit).“On that gray street, with the smell of industrial smokes in the air and the afternoon bleeding away to evening, downtown Derry looked only marginally more charming than a dead hooker in a church pew.”Derry of 1958 (right after the terrifying events of IT) is particularly repulsive and sinister. It's a small wonder Jake is able to continue his quest after starting in such an ominous place. But even there King manages to include some unexpected beauty - just remember Richie and Bevvy dancing. And the reverse applies to the idyllic town of Jodie in which Jake is finally able to feel that he actually LIVES in the past. Deep down under the beauty and quaintness lies the ugly little reality. And the same remains true for the Land of Ago, the glorious past of absent airport security, no cholesterol warnings, and everyone happily puffing their way to lung cancers. The 1950s-60s are described with sweetness and nostalgia, but King never hesitates to bluntly remind the reader that the past has teeth and it's not afraid to bite.King is an excellent writer and an amazing storyteller. His writing is effortless and natural, the characterization is apt and memorable, and the dialogue superb and real-sounding. I truly felt for Jake during each step of his journey. I loved how Oswald was described as not a villain or a nutcase but a flawed broken little man who stumbled into the middle of events that changed history. The other characters - Sadie, Deke, Ellie, Frank Dunning - were so well-written that I could feel them come to life (which actually can be a scary statement when the world of sai King is concerned). The story, despite its sizable length, was flowing along and never lost my attention. And his slow build-up of the sense of suspense and doom - think The Yellow Card Man (*) and jimla and the 'harmonizing past' - was just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Pardon me for using this moth-eaten cliche, but Stephen King is like good wine - his writing gets better and better as he ages. Some may consider The Stand his masterpiece (to his dismay - who wants to think he's already reached the peak of his writing career three decades ago???), but I think this book may be it. "Is there any phrase more ominous than you need to see exactly what you’ve done? I couldn’t think of one offhand."-----------------------------5 stars without hesitation for this excellent impossible-to-put-down book. Sai King, I will continue to be your Constant Reader for hopefully many more years to come, Capital-L Literature or not. "If there is love, smallpox scars are as pretty as dimples."
A Novel King, Stephen His novel was named a top ten book of by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery Thriller His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King is a supernatural, quasi historical, philosophical, science fiction love story If you re avoiding it because you think Stephen King only writes horror, please reconsider There s no horror here, aside TV Mini Series Feb , Created by Bridget Carpenter With James Franco, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay, Chris Cooper A high school teacher travels back in time to prevent John F Kennedy s assassination. Where were you A Novel King Jan , His novel was named a top ten book of by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery Thriller His epic works The Dark Tower

  1. Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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  1. Go ahead, book snobs Proclaim haughtily that Stephen King is not Literature I shall retort with a Pratchett quote, Susan hated Literature She d much prefer to read a good book And nobody argues with Sir Terry Since a picture is worth a thousand words , the above is a three thousand words summary of this book Impressive, no And also dancing is life As you probably guessed from the not too spoiler sensitive title, 11 22 63 is a book about time travel My love for it is an exception rather than a ru [...]

  2. Thank you, Steve You were wrong all those years ago when you said you weren t very good at writing about love and intimacy The love story here is full of honesty and tenderness When I got to the last couple of pages, I was crying so hard I couldn t read.11 22 63 is a supernatural, quasi historical, philosophical, science fiction love story If you re avoiding it because you think Stephen King only writes horror, please reconsider There s no horror here, aside from a couple of mild gross out scene [...]

  3. Look at the amount of pages in this book Look at the amount of pages in Under The Dome Check the date this book is published Check the date Under The Dome was published eyetwitch Real Utterly compelling King outlines a clear end goal, and the novel benefits enormously as the journey to that destination unfolds A constant suspense and wonder as the reader considers when and how we ll get to that fateful titular date, not to mention what will happen when we get there, and once we leave it behind P [...]

  4. We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why I still fail to understand why Stephen King isn t considered a writer of respected literature Because he writes sci fi and horror Because his books are so compelling, entertaining and popular For me, King does what very few authors manage he turns fast paced genre fiction into well written, thought provoking literature And 11 22 63 is no exception I ve been putting this book off for the last few years partly because it s an 800 page giant, [...]

  5. Hi, my name is Jake Epping and I m a dull high school English teacher who has decided to go back in time to prevent JFK from being assassinated I ve decided to do this primarily because a fat man who serves me 53 year old cheeseburgers with whom I share only a vague casual acquaintance has told me that I should There is no other real reason for me to being doing this There really isn t Once I m there, I will also risk my life to save a bunch of other people that I barely know because I want to d [...]

  6. You may ask yourself how in the world did a wife beating, mental degenerate, and multiple country defecting USA, RUSSIA and an attempt at Cuba little shit like thiskill the charismatic, handsome war hero, and most powerful man in the world.It doesn t make any sense It never has made any sense Oswald just does not fit the profile for a guy that could pull off an assassination of this magnitude He s a semi educated hillbilly, but he s surprisingly crafty Kennedy provided a golden opportunity to ev [...]

  7. I ll be honest here It s really rare that I get through a book over 500 pages, let alone 700 Nook pages It s also true that I have never read a single thing from Mr King until now Why I m not sure Maybe his books intimidated me, because when I was younger everyone was always talking to me about how his books were so long, and blah blah Anyway, I am proud to say that 11 22 63 was my first book read by Stephen King I hear it s so much different than his other work, but I also haven t met a single [...]

  8. sigh I m so upset that it s over You got me at the ending there, Stephen You really, truly got me What can I possibly say about this wonderful, beautiful book That it s wonderful and beautiful No That s no where near enough praise This book made it up to my top 3 favorites list by King placing at 3 and is probably my favorite book of 2011 if not tied with Shutter Island Reading this book, I was so worried about what the ending would be because, let s be honest here, we know King isn t the best a [...]

  9. Adventures in Time MowingDallas, Texas11 22 63 Hey, you just appeared out of nowhere How did you do that And is that a laptop melted onto a lawn mower Yeah See there was this lightning strike and now I can use my time mower to visit the past and Wait a second If you re from 1963, how did you know what a laptop is Oh, shit You re a time traveler, too Yes, I am What year are you from 2011 My name s Kemper No way I m from 2011, too My name is George Amberson I mean, it s really Jake Epping Amberson [...]

  10. Jake Epping, a high school English teacher living in Lisbon Falls, Maine, seems to enjoy his vocation along with the very cheap burgers at Al s Diner made fresh daily by owner Al Templeton Meeting up with Al one evening, Jake is stunned by the astonishing secret Al has kept for several years As Jake listens closely he is extremely skeptical and shocked about Al s request he wants him to go on a journey Not any ordinary journey, but an extraordinary and quite unique mission that he needs to take [...]

  11. I m a reluctant fan of Stephen King But this book was terrible.The main guy is a teacher EVERY POSSIBLE CLICHE ABOUT TEACHERS is in this book As in 1 Meticulously correcting oral grammar2 Catching some kids drinking at the sock hop, but letting them off easy after a heartfelt talk about actions and consequences3 Directing a play and thereby enabling the town s best football player to realize his intellectual strengthsand on and on.There are also a series of contrived plot twists For example 1 A [...]

  12. Real spoilers are inside spoiler tags Things that tell a little about the content that I would have appreciated hearing before committing to this behemoth are not You ve been warned.This is my first Stephen King read I m not a horror fan, but I love a good alternate history, and I figured that a story of a man who goes back in time to stop Kennedy s assassination could be one of those It isn t Not the biggest hurdle, because this could still have been an enjoyable read if it had been about a man [...]

  13. This book is one of the best I have read in awhile for its length It s pure genius Who hasn t wanted do overs in their life I would probably go back to when I started high school and make wiser decisions.I would have loved to have heard the conversations between Stephen King, his wife and their son, Author Joe Hill His wife still stands with the theories that Oswald didn t act alone, and Joe Hill thought of another way to end the book The way King describes the characters in this makes them very [...]

  14. Traveling Sister Reads Review by NORMA, LINDSAY and BRENDA 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars for the book5 stars for the reading experience for all of us participating in this Traveling Sister Reads So much fun Steven King has a lot going on here in 11 22 63 as we have some time traveling, political history, and also a little bit of romance in this Historical Fiction Thriller novel that had us all engaged, interested, and rooting for a positive outcome but we must admit that we found ourselves a l [...]

  15. WOW What a great read UNPUTDOWNABLE My favorite book of the year thus far Highly recommend Occam s Razor the simplest explanation is usually the right one.Update February 15, 2016 Watched the first episode on HULU.Yikes Get ready for some action packed scenes that jump out at you and some super scary dudes from hell Can t wait to get back to it, but want to stretch out the series to last Update June 4, 2016 Wow Oh Wow Excellent Enjoyed a marathon day of all 8 episodes of Season 1.IntensePowerful [...]

  16. I had just sat down to begin this review on my laptop when the doorbell went I wasn t expecting anyone It was probably going to be one of those pitiful door to door salesmen trying to get me to buy a dishcloth for a fiver They make me feel so bad But it wasn t I opened the door and looked at myself It was me Huh, what I said You re you re Yeah, that s right I m you Sorry about that Like looking in a mirror, isn t it But worse Uh what s goin on This was bad, I was quoting Marvin Gaye album titles [...]

  17. 1958 5 1963 1958 1958 5 58 63 The Lincoln Hunter, Time and Again V For Vendetta , 1984 , 451 Fahrenheit.c A Brief English ReviewPlaying with Time is a tricky business, playing in the Past is even trickier.I believe this line sum up the whole story and the message moral of it Giving myself the old advice as I went don t look back, never look back How often do people tell themselves that after an experience that is exceptionally good or exceptionally bad Often, I suppose And the advic [...]

  18. Stephen King is not a literary writer In fact, in literary circles, I am afraid that he may not be considered even a good writer I am almost certain that he is not going to win the Nobel Prize for literature even the Booker and Pulitzer also seems unlikely to come to him.Who cares Because King is the last of that dying breed the storyteller The spirit that moves in him is the same which animated the stone age shaman as he narrated fascinating, fantastic, bloodcurdling, raunchy and sentimental st [...]

  19. What did I think I think I lost a weekend and there is no way to go back in time to get it because I don t know where the rabbit hole is But would I Would I change having read this book No way I was a huge Stephen King fan in high school and gobbled up all of his books Until they went from cool weird to over the top weird Suddenly coke machines were your worst enemy and there seemed to be a less emotional element mixed with the macabre think Pet Cematary and it was just a bunch of words filling [...]

  20. When a dying friend shows him a portal to 1958 in the back of his diner, Jake Epping finds himself venturing in the past with one goal in mind Stopping Lee Harvey Oswald But did Oswald do it And can Jake stop him even if he did fire the shot that killed JFK Once I got over Stephen King s throbbing erection for the late 1950 s early 1960 s, I enjoyed this book immensely Here s how it all went down.Jake s friend, an old diner owner, shows him a portal back to 1958 Each trip is like the first trip, [...]

  21. I had the pleasure of being able to read this lengthy book along with my favourite sisters, Brenda and Norma It was an honour to be included in one of their sister reads Our rating review is as follows 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars for the book5 stars for the reading experience for all of us participating in this Traveling Sister Read So much fun To see our full review, please visit Norma and Brenda s book blog at twogirlslostinacouleereading.

  22. SOME SPOILERS Here is another book I wasn t sure I would like as I don t care for time travel books BUT once again I was wrong and this time travel book was AWESOME Jake Epping is having a normal day when his friend Al, who owns a diner, lets him in on a big secret Al s little diner has a portal that leads back to the 1950 s 60 s And Al wants Jake to go back and try to save Kennedy to see if the world would be a better place Al has been trying for awhile but now he s going to die of cancer and h [...]

  23. Listen to an excerpt from Stephen King s 11 22 63 audiobook, narrated by Craig Wasson.A grandmaster of storytelling, the Dickens of modern times is back with another top read.He s back with no Here s Johnny but certainly here s Lee Oswald a brutal husband and a father.The stage is set the focal time 22nd November 1963, enter the main protagonist Jake Epping soon to be known as George Amberson down the Alice in Wonderland Rabbit Hole, the mission to rewrite history What Jake undertakes has deeper [...]

  24. Review now up I went into this book knowing three things 1 It was HUGE2 I m not a big JFK assignation conspiracy fan I didn t know if this whole plot would work for me or not.3 I know Stephen King can get wordy, so I was hoping that this book wouldn t lag or get off point.First, I can safely say that yes, the book is huge, but the story is so captivating that I didn t notice.Secondly, I now want to go to Dallas and the Texas School Book Depository to see where Oswald did the deed What a bastard [...]

  25. Wow, this book was amazing in many different ways First of all, it s one of those stories that puzzles with your mind and makes you think What if What if you could go back in time and change the future How would it work out Stephen King gives us his version of this in this novel, and it is highly entertaining Secondly, this is one of King s novels that is NOT horror but of a thriller, and I loved this shift in genre I ve previously claimed that King is a great story teller but not necessarily t [...]

  26. Stephen King s 11 22 63 was a behemoth of a work with layers than a Chicagoan in December The premise in itself was exhilarating, and the execution was near flawless Another chef d oeuvre from Ole Uncle Stevie This one was a novel that absolutely could not have been tackled by just anyone and may have fallen flat on its face if handled by a less experienced craftsman The worlds on both sides of the time travel line were utterly realistic, but where King really showed his masterful hand was with [...]

  27. This review, along with many of my others, can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.Wrist spraining goodness Just about as good as it gets The fiftieth anniversary of the assassination is this week It s a good time to think about the might have beens of history.

  28. Wow This book is a mess on so many levels I m not sure where to even begin First, it s a damn shame that King chose to take what could have been an interesting story centered around the Kennedy assassination and turn it into nothing than a liberal lovefest worshipping all that is Kennedy and a political diatribe against all that is Republican, conservative and or religious I was well aware of King s political views when I read this book, as well as every other King book I ve read, but never hav [...]

  29. Stephen King s time travel tale, about a man who uses a time portal, which always takes him back to the same exact time and place in 1958, to try to prevent the assassination of John F Kennedy, is mostly a science fictional tale, but being King I suppose he couldn t resist adding an element of horror and surrealism Jake Epping, a Maine high school teacher, is told about this mysterious portal by Al, the owner of the diner that contains the portal Al has been using the portal, living much of his [...]

  30. I should never have doubted that this would be amazing Stephen King is a master storyteller, and this is one heck of a story I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this, especially the parts of everyday life when the MC is in Texas I expected to care most about his mission, but in the end I most enjoyed when King mused on normal life and what s at the heart of every human being love, friendship, and purpose.

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