“I consider myself a first timer when it comes to Stephen King, I admit, though I love dark fantasy, horror did not hold as much appeal to me, and it's enough for me to read the description of SK book to dismiss it.
Then I read the first four books of his Dark Tower Series-just because I've learned that it's a fantasy series and not horror, though within it I read some of the most gross things I ever had in all the dark fantasy books I'm so in love with. But since DT is a one big story I haven't finished yet- and planning to- this book is my first introduction to ST -if you don't count all the movies I watched- and I feel really overwhelmed
sometimes when you know a writer, you have an idea of how the book will proceed, how might it end and maybe recognize some of the recurring themes, for me...none of that, yeah I did recognize the writing style, and some of the themes but I stepped into the world of the book blindfolded, experiencing everything firsthand, and I loved every second of it.
the book is so engaging I found myself many many times staring into space doing nothing while listening to it (did I mention that I listened to the audio book? and a standing ovation for the wonderful Craig Wasson who narrated the book, his role is very important in achieving the full enjoyment of the book).
the book is basically about a man who travels through time to prevent the assassination of JFK, King draws a beautiful picture of the world of the sixties, he made me seriously think of how trivial some things that we consider necessities in today's world (cell phones, computers, internet..etc)
The main character Jake Eppping, is so real and so lifelike, the first statement he makes about himself is that he's not a crying man, and that it made him seem detached and feeling-less, and throughout the book we realize the opposite, he's such a compassionate and caring man, and I started to accept his judgment on things and agree with his decisions.
since I'm trying to stay away from spoilers, I'll just say that the ending of this book was both expected for me and surprising, I loved it either way.
I'd really recommend this book to anyone who wants to try SK for the first time, and since it's not -too- dark I think a wider audience would like it.
oh, and listen to the audio- book, it's the best...
Jasmine m wrote this review Tuesday, December 11, 2012.