(I apologize for this post being very late since this is the April 2012 book of the month and the reply years later!)
For the beginning parts of 11/22/63, I enjoyed the opening and the thought of a diner holding this secret time travel portal to go back to the year 1958. Alternate histories and storylines are always interesting in my view, so I was on hold for most of the time. The scene at Halloween brought in some nostalgia (especially it taking place in the '50s!).
However, I did not like the politics and multiple subplots during the middle of the book. One of the major problems had to deal with King's
view of politics. From the way it was portrayed (rather directly, in my opinion), all I felt was not an author's insight into a subject but rather the author butting into the story to give his opinion on the subject matter. This happens multiple times and really irked me. Aside from that, one issue is the pacing of the story during the middle of the book. It slows down painfully and does not, in my opinion, help with the story. This doesn't mean that the details concerning Oswald's motives and information weren't important, but that there was too much of it for me to attain the same attention as was before.
I liked the ending (very bittersweet) and didn't think the book was that bad (there are worse King books out there). I rated it a 2.5.
lolis wrote:He mentions that his son came up with the ending, I'm still wondering about the first ending!
I had read the original ending to 11/22/63 somewhere online (can't remember where it was at the moment) and didn't like it. King's original version took the miserable ending of the alternate history that occurred when Jake went from 1958 and back into 2012. Even though his son came up with the ending and not him, the original author, I appreciated the second, newer one better.