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Stephen King's 11/22/63

11-22-63

Somehow over memorial day weekend I ended up stuck in Charlotte airport for about 6 hours. Let's just say it wasn't planned and I'm never flying USAir again if I can help it.  But there were two things that made the stay less miserable than it could have been. 

1. They have a Brookwood Farms BBQ restaurant in Terminal B.  (Ok, perhaps not the best by local standards, but coming from California, it was excellent.)

2. I had Stephen King's latest novel "11/22/63" on my Kindle.  

I'm not a huge fan of Horror, so I really am not an expert in Stephen King.  In fact, the only other King books I've read are "The Stand" and "On Writing".  (And I highly recommend both.)

"11/22/63" is a fantastic book.  I won't explain the whole story, but to those unfamiliar with the date, this is a time travel book in which the main character is able to go back in time to the late 1950's to try and prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination.  It's got romance, nostalgia, plot twists, suspense and a bit of blood and gore.  

It's also a helluva compelling story that draws you in one page at a time. I found myself constantly wondering "what would I do?" if I were the main character.  If that's not a testament to powerful writing, I don't know what is.  King brings the whole theme of the march of time and man's destiny into a compelling and occasionally shocking story.

Yes, at 800+ pages it's too long and could use some trimming.  But, I finished this book in 3 days flat and I was literally glued to it.  As with "The Stand" it's an epic novel that keeps you thinking.  

I don't know that time travel always works in fiction (or Interactive Fiction) but it sure works in this case. 

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