Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - July 20th

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! Want to participate? Post your own WOW entry on your blog, and leave your link at Breaking the Spine. Here's what caught my eye recently.....

(Nov 9th - Scribner)

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.

25 comments:

  1. Wow! That's an exciting premise. I was thinking of reading more books by Stephen King.

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  2. I'm looking forward to this one too. The whole concept is just fascinating. Can't wait to see what Stephen King will do with it.

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  3. I have only read King's The Green Mile but really enjoyed it. This one sounds great.

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  4. Nice pick! I like Stephen King.
    My WoW: http://alaskanbookcafe.blogspot.com/2011/07/waiting-on-wednesday-dovekeepers-by.html

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  5. I'm not a fan of Stephen King nor of rewriting history so I'll pass on this one.

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  6. I haven't read anything by him in forever, but this one's definitely on my list!

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  7. Goodness, King really has a prolific pen, doesn't he? This one sounds good, and I do have Under the Dome as well to read soon.

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  8. neat! sOUNDS GOOD!

    Paranormal Wastelands' WoW:
    http://paranormalwastelands.blogspot.com/2011/07/waiting-on-wednesday.html

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  9. This one is on my list, too! Can't wait! Thanks for sharing....

    Here's MY WOW POST

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  10. I don't usually read Stephen King but this sounds so good. I think my dad would really like it too!

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  11. I haven't read any Stephen King in a few years but I'm looking forward to this one.

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  12. I'm really excited for this one too!

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  13. Hm, that does sound interesting and not at all what I thought a King novel would be like.

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  14. I can't resist a good time travel yarn, but his writing scares me off (I don't like the goriness/horror). I'll wait and see what the reviews are like before I get this one.

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  15. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

    The premise of someone going back in time to try and prevent JFK's assassination certainly interests me, as I imagine it interests a lot of people - we are all obsessed with that murder because there are still so many unanswered questions - but I'm not a big fan of Stephen King, and the above quote is why. I don't usually do gruesome, and I only do harrowing if it really is essential.

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  16. This sounds fascinating! I have yet to read a Stephen King novel - but this might be the one that I will try first.

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  17. Well this is one to put on my watch list. I still haven't had a chance to read Under the Dome but I will. This one sounds like it'll be a good one.

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  18. Wow!! This just went on my wishlist - immediately! That sounds soooo good!!!

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  19. Wow!! This just went on my wishlist - immediately! That sounds soooo good!!!

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  20. I've never read King before. ( I know, I've been living under a rock). Anyway, this one sounds interesting. The minute I read JFK assassination, it took me back to high school standing at my locker when we heard the news. Everyone was stunned to say the least!

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  21. That might just be a good one!

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  22. I'm eagerly awaiting this one too! I don't usually read King, but the topic of this one is too cool not to read.

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  23. Normally alternate-history gives me the heebie-jeebies but there are exceptions to every rule, and this book sounds great! Also many years ago I read Making History by Fry which was fantastic (what is Hitler hadn't been born) and more than 10 yeras later I still frequently recommend it to people.

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  24. I hadn't heard about this one yet. Thanks for bringing it up so I can pace and fret and count the days to November. :)

    Can't wait for another Stephen King epic!

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  25. I'll wait to see what you think of it!! I haven't read King in a longggggggg time.

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