Author: Stephen King
Genre: Sci-Fi, Standalone
Personal Rating: 4/5 (very good)
Format: Audiobook (30 CDs!!!)
Yearly Count: 42 (worth 3 books, though)
Al, owner of a local diner, has a time portal in his establishment. He explores it, then enlists the help of Jake Epping, local teacher, to change history as we know it. The plan is to stop Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination of John F. Kennedy.
For a king-sized book (pun intended), it went by quickly. I only felt a little bogged down once, but it didn't last long. And that was probably due to my inability to appreciate long books and no fault of Mr. King. I'm so impressed with his creativity and talent to take an idea like time-travel, and make me believe it! I bought into the storyline right from the start. So why didn't I give it a higher rating? I wonder that, too, even after a very satisfying ending. I suppose it hinges on the not-so-satsifying aspects in-between. I'm sick of the words "obdurate" and "harmonize," and there were missed opportunities to shorten the book. :) Also, I'm not sure why, but I got confused a few times. I think most were ironed out quickly, but a few remain. Maybe reading it myself would have helped with that. Overall, my first Stephen King novel was a huge success!