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.