For me, Stephen King has always been one of those ‘hit or miss’ authors, whose books are either amazingly unputdownable or so hopelessly dull that they are difficult to finish. I remember watching the TV adaptation of 11.22.63, starring James Franco, a few years ago and finding it to be quite a fascinating story of historical time travel. Would it really be possible to change or influence the present, by going back in time to alter major events from the past? This in essence is what 11.22.63 is all about. Local teacher, Jake Epping travels back in time in a bid to prevent the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.
I really, really wanted to love this book. It was great to see what life was like in the 1950s and 60s America, before the electronic age of computers and smart phones, when people lived a simpler life. Unfortunately though, the story dragged on and on, overstuffed with intricate details and seeming to go nowhere. It took a long time to reach the crux, and even then, the story continued on and on and on, until I was praying for the book to hurry up and end.
The premise of 11.22.63 was good, the time travel theme enjoyable, the past trying its level best to prevent Jake from making significant changes to the future, great. But, overall, the story was far too wordy and drawn out, with a few difficult to comprehend scenes towards the end. The result, a rather rambling and tedious novel.
At 2 out of 5 stars, not a Stephen King book that I would recommend. Though if you’d like to check it out you can pick up 11.22.63 from Amazon.co.uk here.