Tuesday, May 8, 2012

52 Books in 52 Weeks: Book 19: 11/22/63

11/22/63 by Stephen King

I must admit that it crossed my mind that reading this massive tome (849 pages) might make me fall critically behind in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks quest. But the premise was just too compelling to let that stop me. As with so many of Stephen King’s books, once I got started reading, it was hard to put down, so I ended up finishing it in little over a week.

All I will reveal about this book is that, in it, a man travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. From that seemingly “simple” concept, a convoluted tapestry is woven, one that leaves the reader questioning the nature of time, space and reality itself. Not to mention the impact each of us may have by performing even the simplest of actions: the “butterfly effect.” 

Ask yourself this question: If you had the chance to go back in time and prevent some awful catastrophe from happening, wouldn’t you do it? Of course you would! But I guarantee that after reading this book, you will want to rethink that response.

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