Tuesday, 8 November 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: 11/22/63 - Stephen King

Release Date: 08/11/11


WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11/22/63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless ...King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.


If there’s one thing that you can say about Stephen King, its that he gives the reader a lot of bang for their buck, whether it’s a good old fashioned scare of a science fiction tale that you want, King does it all, and sadly for many other writers, he does it very well.

This latest release is a wonderful amalgam of a number of concepts that whilst familiar to many readers of the genre add touches of King’s Dead Zone to a time travel story where the lead character try’s to change a key event in history which leads the authors to have to think his way through other events that shaped modern history.

It’s clever, it has a solid lead character and with a love thread thrown in to boot, it’s a story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned. Great stuff all in and a real joy to read. This will definitely be a best seller and I suspect will get a whole new generation into this master storyteller’s previous titles especially with a film in the offing. Magic.

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