11/22/63 by Stephen King review

I’ve long been a fan of Stephen King’s short stories, and an avid watcher of the movie/TV adaptions of his works. But until now, i have never invested myself in one of his novels. Persuaded by the rave reviews, i decided to take a chance with this book when i saw it in a second hand book shop. And am i glad i did. Right from the first chapter i was hooked. King’s prose is some of the most immediately arresting that i’ve ever read, and his ability to draw you in, to consume you is unparalleled.
I won’t go into details about the plot, suffice to say its as twisty and turny a read as you’ll likely ever encounter. Blending science fiction, drama, thriller, mystery and some action this is a book that gripped me from the first few pages. It’s also one of the most addictive books iv’e ever read. I found myself immersed in it through the day and reaching for it every morning when i woke up.
As i said, King’s prose is very readable, elegant and witty. The characters are as vividly realised as the 1950/60’s settings and though i wasn’t born in those times the nostalgia is still extraordinarily powerful.
Though this book is over 800 pages, i can honestly say i was not bored for a single one of them. The pace isn’t furious and unrelenting, but King provides enough suspense and intrigue to sustain us until the final hundred pages where everything comes together into a tense, emotional, thoroughly satisfying conclusion.
If you haven’t already, read this book.


About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

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