11/23/63 – A Book Review (Recommendation)

It has been a while, I know. I have been looking for new inspiration on some stories to post… not that I have run out of stories but some of them are a little more, err, graphic. A book that I bought about writing novels told me to get started by reading, reading and then reading more. I have been doing that and trying to mix it up with genres and reading both fiction and non fiction. When I started reading 11/23/63 by Stephen King. I have had it on my Kindle for roughly 6 months.

You should stop reading this right now and go buy/download and read/listen to this book right now. Seriously. Do it (I think that should have an option do be a contraction – do’t… I am starting the revolution to use do’t on a regular basis – Copyright Tim Severson).

Why are you still reading this? I guess I will just have to trust that you have done your homework… don’t worry this will not have spoilers and will be brief (because that is the one criticism/suggestion I have gotten make these shorter).

Anyway, brief synopsis: High school English teacher is informed by the owner of the local diner that his pantry has a worm hole that takes anyone who walks through it back to 1958. The owner has terminal lung cancer and not long to live but is convinced that the world would be a better place if the Kennedy assassination could be prevented… so Jake Epping, the protagonist, agrees to take on this responsibility.

This book starts quick and never slows down. King’s ability to depict what life was like 54 years ago is overwhelming. I now feel like I now what it was like, as though I lived it even though I was born a quarter of a century later. What’s more is the amount of research he did regarding the assassination, specifically Oswalds life the last couple of years leading toward that fateful day.

Now, I am not saying that this book is in the same conversation as The Great Gatsby or The Catcher in the Rye, but, I was inspired. Well, I was inspired after I got over the jealousy and then the feeling of defeat that I would never be able to write a story with such detail, emotion and action.

I am waiting for the right idea(s) to strike me so that I can keep up here, but I will also be posting more like this as well to fill the spaces in between. Wish me luck and seriously, go read this book, do’t.


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