11/22/63

11/22/63

I am a huge fan of Stephen King. I've always loved the way he tells a story. The macabre and strange nature of his books were never what got me hooked. Rather, it was (and still is) the way he tells a story, and I always liked how he wrote characters. (As an aside, his book On Writing, is my favorite book on the topic.)

I was in high school in the 80's when Stephen King was on an amazing run. I didn't read them in order but once I read Christine I was hooked. So I then went to the library and started to read some of his other books as well. I don't recall the order in which I read them, but I read a lot of them, and read them more than once. The ones I vividly recall are The Dead Zone, Firestarter, and Pet Sematary. To this day, I trace my dislike of cats to that book.

I was among the very excited when I heard about the book he was writing about the Kennedy assassination, 11/22/63. I thought I would be excited because he was going to write about the actual assassination in detail and bring up some of the different conspiracy angles and tell about that day in ways that no one else had. And to be sure, he does. But that had nothing to do with why I loved the book. And I knew that about 5 pages into the book. Stephen King is great at 'the hook', the angle that gets a reader sucked in. I cared about the characters and the story and ended up reading this in about 3 sittings, only because I couldn't cram it all in, in one.

Go read this book.