Just finished it in the early hours of the morning, which wasnt good because I knew
I'd have to get up in a few hours for work but I had to finish it!
Let me start off by saying I've never been particularly inclined to read anything by Stephen King, ever since I gave up reading a book of his in high school somewhere between chapter 5 and chapter 8 and frankly never looked back. But I thought I'd give this one a go, mostly because it was the book of the month and I thought why not? I didn't particularly go into it with an open mind because the subject matter covered two things I have little interest or patience for, one being American (especially political American) history and the other being time travel, the latter being something I would like to run over with my car (if I still had my car that is
What appealed to me almost from the get go was the fact thatKing didnt attempt to unravel the mystery of time travel or try and apply logic to something that is so illogical, that waythe reader just sort of accepted the fact there was this rip in the world in which you could just happen to go back to 1958. And I apreciated how he sort of eases you in to some of the complexities without hitting you head first so you dont know whats heads or whats tail. Even though you only start to graspthe whole harmonising business towards the end, at least it shows that at least 30% of the book wasnt just a filler. Which is what I thought during that 30% of the book, and was actually thinking if I could just skip it. That whole section after he killed whatshisname and before he met Sadie was a little dragging for me. It was a solid 3/5 for me up til then. Then it really picked up, got a boost of energy and literally raced to the end and I couldn't put it down, which meant I stayed up to the early hours of Monday morning cursing the book, because I had to get up for work
I thought the whole what life would be like if Kennedy had lived was perhaps a little overdone but I appreciated why it might have to be overdone.
I really think the whole Kennedy thing was just secondary to the main aspect of the book, which was Jake and Sadie (I'm a romantic at heart). I knew it wouldnt work out, but it was still heart wrenching right the end, gosh that last line was a tear jerker.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised on how I enjoyed the book, and perhaps might foray into other of King's work here and there and see what I find (although I know I'll be avoiding the Clown one -picked up that reference in th book and even that gave me the heebie jeebies
I would give it 4/5.