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Jake uses the alias of " George Amberson" to travel back to 1958, make his way to Texas, and track Lee Harvey Oswald's movements in the years leading up to the Kennedy assassination. George de Mohrenschildt A Soviet expatriate who becomes a friend of Oswald's, inciting the would-be assassin with hyperbolic political rhetoric. How drunk and marihuana high was he when he wrote everything between his first works and the end of his junkie career? As for Jake, some of the decisions he makes (without giving away any spoilers) proves that he is simply a good man. Regular reader(s) of the blog will know that that isn’t the type of blog I run and will, I hope, forgive me a little hyperbole here and there as I work through the monster that is King’s latest novel, 11.

I was in a college class where our teacher (an otherwise fun and engaging lecturer and knowledgeable professor – and published author) said something to the effect that King’s work was “good enough for the working class”.

It’s the Oliver Stone idea where JFK would have saved us from ourselves if only the Vast Conspiracy hadn���t killed him first.

I 've read both of them and have been meaning to ask him if he would consider putting the first version on the site so people could compare. By stopping Kennedy's assassination, he initiates massive earthquakes, leading to lots of deaths and eventually to nuclear meltdowns years later. Once I’m there, I will also risk my life to save a bunch of other people that I barely know because I want to demonstrate how amazingly selfless I am.I thought I’d hang out by the grassy knoll, take a few pictures of the fence during the shooting and hopefully put this conspiracy bullshit to bed once and for all. I think that some may find that it is too much or that the story drags in places (with inner monologue screaming “get to the point already! King takes the Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court time machine idea of a strange occurrence that is never thoroughly explained or understood. Here, King is firmly in James Ellroy territory, and it shows in the tone of the narrative, even though 11. My love for it is an exception rather than a rule - you see, I am not usually a fan of the Grandfather paradox.

Once in the future, Jake discovers that Earth has become a wasteland after a nuclear war in 1974, and that natural disasters occur regularly. he's got a few alternate leaders in power, sure, but he makes them deal with lots of random catastrophes in the physical world, and resulting catastrophes among populations, that didn't happen in the real timeline.His romance with Sadie is spun out so nicely that the Kennedy assassination almost becomes a back ground plot. Quite unexpectedly, a lot of pages cover a love story between the MC and a sexy librarian from a small town, Jodie. When discussing historical events and the potential impact of changing them (both knowing what actually happened vs conjecturing what would happen if any details were changed), you have to make sure your knowledge of all related events is strong! A constant suspense and wonder as the reader considers when- and how- we'll get to that fateful titular date, not to mention what will happen when we get there, and once we leave it behind. Characters [ edit ] Fictional [ edit ] Jacob "Jake" Epping An English teacher at Lisbon Falls High School in Maine.

For true alternate history, try Lion's Blood: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America, by Steven Barnes. The way that Stephen King chooses to prepare us and lead us up to that moment is nothing short of brilliant; the process in getting to that fateful day is just as suspenseful, intriguing, and emotional as the climax. Kennedy (and if the title fails to convey the message, then hopefully you - like yours truly - have Google-pedia'd it.Wine and roses are fine, but I’m a beer and pizza guy (yes, a working-class reader you smug prick) and I gotta say that King’s 2011 time travel novel is the cat’s meow and he earned every coin. And his slow build-up of the sense of suspense and doom - think The Yellow Card Man (*) and jimla and the 'harmonizing past' - was just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.

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