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Hi. I'm not a fan of the horror genre, but I was fascinated to read 11-22-63, as it was one of the saddest and scariest days of my life (after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, for which JFK had to bear a lot of blame, perhaps.). I very much enjoyed the book, and Stephen King's imaginings of the parallel universes generated by multiple trips to the past to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

My favorite thing in the whole book which really resonated with me was the outcome of the scenario where the hero foiled the assassination (at the expense of getting his girlfriend killed), but what followed from this was not nirvana but a post-apocalyptic world far worse than what the future turned out to be for the rest of us still here. Loved the noir sense of humor in that. It is just the "the universe is laughing behind your back" mentality that I share and love. Thank you, Stephen King, for a brilliant take on this "what if" fantasy. Wild, unpredictable and so much fun to read. Loved it.
 

Walter Oobleck

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Check out UR on the kindle and probably other types of readers or computers, as well. I happened to read the short after the novel and I liked some of the like-kind exchange they contain. Or...maybe you have already read UR...in which case I'll go blow smoke.
 

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Welcome. 11/22/63 became a favorite immediately after picking it up. I found it quite interesting that the future was less than rosy after foiling the assassination attempt. I loved the bittersweet ending. Looking forward to hearing more from you.
 

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Hi. I'm not a fan of the horror genre, but I was fascinated to read 11-22-63, as it was one of the saddest and scariest days of my life (after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, for which JFK had to bear a lot of blame, perhaps.). I very much enjoyed the book, and Stephen King's imaginings of the parallel universes generated by multiple trips to the past to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

My favorite thing in the whole book which really resonated with me was the outcome of the scenario where the hero foiled the assassination (at the expense of getting his girlfriend killed), but what followed from this was not nirvana but a post-apocalyptic world far worse than what the future turned out to be for the rest of us still here. Loved the noir sense of humor in that. It is just the "the universe is laughing behind your back" mentality that I share and love. Thank you, Stephen King, for a brilliant take on this "what if" fantasy. Wild, unpredictable and so much fun to read. Loved it.
Diana Gabaldon dealt with the concept of time travel very well in her book "Outlander" so when I heard Stephen King had written a book on the same subject I was thrilled! - this book is one of my favourites

Welcome to SKMB vacpacker1
 

jchanic

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Because you say you're not really a horror fan, you might also want to try King's Mr. Mercedes, Joyland, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (in his collection Different Seasons) and Green Mile. None of these are horror, although most have at least a touch of the supernatural.

The stories in his collection Full Dark, No Stars are mostly non-supernatural, but ARE horrorific.

King's gift for characterization is awesome.

John
 

staropeace

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Hi. I'm not a fan of the horror genre, but I was fascinated to read 11-22-63, as it was one of the saddest and scariest days of my life (after the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, for which JFK had to bear a lot of blame, perhaps.). I very much enjoyed the book, and Stephen King's imaginings of the parallel universes generated by multiple trips to the past to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

My favorite thing in the whole book which really resonated with me was the outcome of the scenario where the hero foiled the assassination (at the expense of getting his girlfriend killed), but what followed from this was not nirvana but a post-apocalyptic world far worse than what the future turned out to be for the rest of us still here. Loved the noir sense of humor in that. It is just the "the universe is laughing behind your back" mentality that I share and love. Thank you, Stephen King, for a brilliant take on this "what if" fantasy. Wild, unpredictable and so much fun to read. Loved it.
I agree on all points. My funniest moment was when he got the cramps and had to stop the killing in Derry wearing depends.
 

Aloysius Nell

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Yep - if you don't like Horror, you'll have to confine yourself to about 30% of SK books; rest assured, that is still more than most successful authors have written in their lifetimes.
 

London Init Geezer

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The overall story engaged me--and that doesn't happen much meese days--but the dark possibility near the end was nice and creepy. I think Joe might have influenced that a bit, but I could be wrong.

Great book, and Hello.
I'm about halfway through and the postings here have made it all the more intriguing ,seems the best is yet to come .
 

staropeace

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Diana Gabaldon dealt with the concept of time travel very well in her book "Outlander" so when I heard Stephen King had written a book on the same subject I was thrilled! - this book is one of my favourites

Welcome to SKMB vacpacker1
The Outlander is one of the best in Time Travel along with this book by Stephen. Remarkable talents these two have.
 
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