11/22/63: A Novel – Stephen King – A Slow-Riser


One of life’s major lessons is that we should never decide to pre-order a book by its cover alone but also by its synopsis, author, title, size, and weight. It is the combination of these factors and my juvenile fan mentality which caused me to shell out US$19.98 from my credit card to per-order Stephen King‘s latest novel that doesn’t seem to be doing too well on Amazon’s Bestseller list – it is at # 72 and slowly rising.

I am not sure why it’s so low but King’s last novel, Full Dark, No Stars, was amazing. It is possible that people are turned off by the time-travel theme of 11/22/63 or ignorance of just who was this J.F.K guy anyway. With neutrinos allegedly now traveling at speeds that can make time travel possible, I expected more readers to join this bandwagon. Possibly the size and weight of the book- 960 pages and weighing over 3 pounds in hardcover – which is keeping the weak but literate away.

People love to hold their paper securely but paper or not, thick things are always a challenge to hold for most with average size hands. With thickness in mind, 11.22.63 will also be available in that light-weight format known as Kindle for US$17.12 which is a refreshingly lower price than the hardcover version. Thankfully, the Full Dark, No Stars Kindle fiasco was not repeated. I choose paper over Kindle since Kindle books are not as lendable as paper and also cannot be sold in a garage sale when in a though financial bind. 11.22.63 will be released on 11.08.11.

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Marketing Synopsis taken form stephenking.com:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.

If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you?

Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

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6 thoughts on “11/22/63: A Novel – Stephen King – A Slow-Riser

  1. I suffered with reading (and toting) Under the Dome, through airports. The story of the book was great…the weight (in paperback) was a serious limitation to my onboard luggage capacity. It is what moved me towards getting an iPad and the Kindle app. And that’s where I can see this taking me on this one… 🙂

    • Hey Chennette, good to see you back. I suppose too much time at the airporst have kept you away 🙂

      It’s difficult to justify big books when traveling especially with Kindle around. Yet, I see people sporting a Kindle in one hand and a hardcover in the other. I suppose these might be borrowed books 🙂

  2. yup, this “real” life work thing is just taking up too much of my time…but in the last 2 months I am happy to report that with iPad and Kindle app I have been able to use my airport and airplane time in much needed leisure reading. Also did a speech reading from my iPad…no need to print on the road!

    • I like the Kindle for reading but yet to spring for an iPad despite Jobs-like temptation. What I think the iPad will excel in, in terms of my type of reading, is magazines. The iPad is addictive and productive so I will follow your lead and yield to my temptation soon 😉

  3. I forked over £8.34 for the next, and last, book in the Christopher Paolini “Inheritance” cycle, on pre-order since the release date is Nov 8.. If you have not read them, I suggest you do. Amazing stuff from a lad who was a mere 15 years old when he started to write the first book.

    I have the Kindle app on my PC, laptop, Samsung Galaxy S, and I have a Kindle. All 4 syncs together. (^_^) Very handy when travelling to, from and between appointments.

    I’ve never been a Stephen King fan… I find that his ideas are interesting but he takes too long to tell it. Quite boring. There is a paradox for you.

  4. I have the same thing with the exception of the Galaxy S. It’s murder to try to read a book on a Blackberry plus I don’t think the Blackberry App is supported in Our Region as yet.

    King, some love him, some hate him, and may just ignore the man. I am not a loyal follower as I used to be but lately, at age 64, he is showing signs of the right blend of maturity and insanity 🙂

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