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.
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.
- Audio Excerpts from Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Now Available (dreadcentral.com)