11.22.63 by Stephen King

112263Another Kevin pick here.  I first heard of 11.22.63 because Kevin, my boyfriend, read it and wanted to watch the Hulu miniseries that came out in early 2016 with James Franco.  Side note – we watched this in the fall, and I thought it had recently come out.  I was a little surprised when I googled it to see that it did not come out a few months ago, but in fact almost two years ago!  Anyway, unlike the Handmaid’s Tale (which I am still holding out on watching cause I want to read the book), I agreed to watch the 11.22.63 Hulu miniseries with him.  I thoroughly enjoyed the miniseries and was super excited to read the book.

11.22.63 follows Jake Epping who finds that he’s able to travel back in time and he’s given a goal by his dying predecessor of the mission that he must stop the JFK assassination.  It’s very interesting because each time he goes into the “rabbit hole” (as they call it) from 2011, they end up in the same place, same exact date and time, which is some time in the 1950’s.  We get to experience Epping’s life in this time period and follow him as he watches Lee Harvey Oswald to determine if he worked alone or with others to kill JFK.

While I was in college/right after and before I started this blog, I read a decent amount of Stephen King novels and this is honestly one of his best works.  I’d even go as far to say it’s quite possibly one of the best books I’ve read in recent years.  It’s long (about 800 pages), but definitely worth it.  I ended up reading it in two sittings because I wasn’t able to finish it before having to return it.  Kindle update: I read the first half on a regular book and the second half on the Kindle and I didn’t notice a difference in my reading experience, so that was good.  I think I’m a Kindle convert!

The Hulu miniseries stayed true to the book with a few changes, and overall I equally enjoyed them both.  I don’t think watching the miniseries before reading the book changed the experience for me.  Kevin did the opposite and also enjoyed both.  Overall, 11.22.63 is a mixture of some of Stephen King’s best qualities.  He lets you get to know the characters on an intimate level, but also does an excellent job setting up a story and piquing your curiosity from beginning to end.  I had a hard time putting this book down and would highly, highly recommend!  It is long (let’s be real – what Stephen King novel isn’t), but so worth it.

One Response to 11.22.63 by Stephen King

  1. […] all the books these days!  I would highly, highly recommend 11.22.63 by Stephen King.  It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long […]

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