Jane’s Boekentips

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Cher said it best: “If I could turn back time”

Jake Epping is a 35 year old English teacher in Maine and he stumbles upon a way to go back in time. He calls it the rabbit hole and this takes him to 1958. There are many things he can do that will alter people’s lives, he can at least stop some local murders from taking place. But what if he waited until 1963 and he could stop JFK from being shot?

There are a lot of what ifs in this novel and that is what makes this so entertaining. For those of you who have never read Stephen King, I say that you are missing out. Yes, he writes a lot of scary books and I no longer read those. But King is a great storyteller and he is at his prime with this novel. There are no monsters here, unless the true monster is time. Time is what Jake is always aware of as he constantly has to make decisions on his past, his future and his current life in the early 1960’s.

What I would suggest is that you take some time off from work and read this book. Tell the family to make their own dinner and let everyone else know that you are unavailable until this book is read. It grabs your attention and it is so hard to focus on anything else. Honestly, I didn’t want to focus on anything but this book. It was so much fun to read. I must warn you that it is a big book, with 734 pages, but it never dragged or got boring. If you can lift it, you can read it.

Big book news: J.K. Rowling’s first adult book comes out on September 27, 2012. The title is The Casual Vacancy and Amazon is taking orders now. Can you imagine how happy booksellers are?

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  • Aledys Ver  On April 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    OK, were you looking at me, by any chance, when you wrote this? I can always wait for the film and if Matt Damon stars in it, I have no complaints 🙂
    Joking aside, the plot sounds intriguing and certainly a good choice to start reading Mr King…

  • Judy Savage  On April 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I just picked the book up @ GFL on Wednesday and love it. I’m enjoying the look-back at the “good old days” as well as the “not so good old days.” I’m also reminded of how grateful I am that I can be in a public place and not have to breathe in cigarette smoke anymore! Would love to taste one of the root beers, though! Gotta go read some more. Thanks for the recommendation.

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