11/22/63 - Just finished it last night!

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by NightShifter, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. NightShifter

    NightShifter Well-Known Member

    I really, really liked 11/22/63, and that seems to be the general consensus on this one. Like most King protagonists I really related to Jake's actions. There was rarely a moment when my grip on the pages tightened and tightened in frustration because I was angry with Jake's decisions.
    Even in the instance of running to Jodie instead of spying on the Walker assassination attempt.

    At the very heart of the book it was a love story, and Jake was a true hero when he put that love in jeopardy to change the course of history.

    The book also stands as a prime example of "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions." If the alternate future where there was no assassination was not Hell, I don't know what is. It made Derry look like Disneyland.

    I haven't read "It" yet, but reading about Jake's time in Derry I definitely felt something lurking in the darkness and am looking forward to revisiting Derry soon.

    Although I truly wanted Jake and Sadie to be together Jake ended the book as a hero by not meddling with history, even though it meant he was sacrificing a life with Sadie. Although I'm still not sure why he stayed in 1958 to write a novel then bury it. Perhaps he just had a hard time letting go.

    For awhile I was nervous Jake was not going to look Sadie up in 2012, but I'm glad he did because it gave perhaps the best King ending I've read so far.
     
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  2. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    You have just finished 11/22/63, and you have yet to experience my favourite book, IT, I envy you. Glad you liked this, it is my 2nd favourite and such a well written love story, something I never expected to read.
     
  3. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...he who writes horror also knoweth the gentle, sweet side...
     
  4. NightShifter

    NightShifter Well-Known Member

    Very true. I'm listening to "On Writing," which is my first audiobook. I got it because King himself reads it, and since the first half is a memoir I thought it would be worth it. It has been fascinating so far, but he certainly understands love - the way he talks about meeting his wife and falling for her was beautiful.
     
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  5. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    Love the audio of On Writing. I've listened to it so many times. I have read and listened to this book more than any other book ever.
     
  6. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Loved 11/22/63, though I would have preferred a new spin on the old conspiracy theory. Not Oswald, but someone who had a greater motive.
     
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  7. scheuerle

    scheuerle Member

    I just finished 11/2/63 again, this time on audiobook. This is such a great and beautiful love story. I cried... again.
     
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