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Stephen King’s latest novel, “11/22/62″, is set to be released on November 8th. A time travel novel that deals with America during the late fifties and the potential for changing history. The official synopsis describes it as:
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died, and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?
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.
Schribner has released an excerpt from the book that you can read here. I always look forward to a new Stephen King book. This is no exception.
For a man who supposedly retired from writing in 2002, Stephen King remains a prolific producer of fiction. “Full Dark, No Stars” is his latest release – a collection of four short stories. I’m a huge fan of King, so I was eager to dive in to the book as soon as Amazon so diligently delivered it to my door. I wasn’t disappointed.
In “Full Dark, No Stars”, Kings delivers four stories – “1922”, “Big Driver”, “Fair Extension”, and “A Good Marriage”. While all very different, they each manage to nibble around the edges of a common theme: What happens when seemingly normal people are put in a position to do horrific things? Head’s up to everyone – there will be some spoilers ahead. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
As some of you may know, my New Year’s resolution was to try and read 75 books this year. I hadn’t counted on spending 5-6 weeks with “Atlas Shrugged”, so my chances of reaching the 75 book plateau are slim to none. I also hadn’t planned to start blogging and writing book reviews. Like they say in football, that’s why we play the games.
After starting off strong with writing reviews, I began to turn my creative bones to other writing opportunities. A little personal reflection here, a music review there – couple that with trying to keep up with my day job and see my family once in a while, and I find that I have fallen woefully far behind on book reviews.
There’s simply no excuse for it, nor is there any way I can reasonably expect to get caught up with in-depth analysis and opinion on every book that I’ve managed to read but not review. So, I have decided to cheat ever so slightly and partake in the speed dating equivalent of book reviewing – the mini review. Think of it as the little blurb you read about a new book in Entertainment Weekly. 100 words or less – great taste, less filling. I’ll leave it to you to tell me if I’m any good at it.
“Horns” is the second book from author Joe Hill. After finishing “Heart-Shaped Box”, I was eager to dive right back into Hill’s mind, so I moved “Horns” to the top of my reading list. In the span of just the two books I have read from him, I have developed a healthy respect for both his writing style and his ability to take an unreal circumstance and use it to tell a very real story. I had high hopes for “Horns” and I was not disappointed.
If you read my review of “20th Century Ghosts” by Joe Hill, you know that I have been looking forward to reading his full-length novels. I discovered Hill through his short fiction and was anxious to see what he could do in a long form novel. I decided to start with his debut – “Heart-Shaped Box”, and it more than delivered on what I had hoped for. If you are a fan of horror novels, or just novels in general, you should give this book a try. It doesn’t disappoint. Why you ask? More after the jump…
I’ve been listening to the new Shooter Jennings / Hierophant album “Black Ribbons” alot over the last few days. It’s a very infectious piece of work, unlike anything I’ve heard from Shooter in the past. It’s part Pink Floyd, part Shooter Jennings, part Queensryche – part a lot of things (it also features Stephen King as a late night talk radio host – Will-O-The-Wisp). All of those pieces come together to form a concept album in the vein of “The Wall” or “Operation Mindcrime”. I don’t agree with the politics of the story (and it’s very political) but there is no denying the artistry and passion that went in to making this album. The music grabbed me from the first track, and then swerved it’s way through amalgamation of styles and attitudes, that all just seemed to work together in just the right way. I’m going to take a few more days to try and really wrap my head around this album, but I highly recommend it. It’s an ambitious attempt at making a musical statement – and it works. I’ll have a review posted in the next few days.
“20th Century Ghosts” is a collection of short stories by Joe Hill. For those unfamiliar with Joe Hill (as I was before picking up this book) – he is not only a promising young writer, he is also the son of Stephen King. I must confess that I did not know that going in. In hindsight, it’s hard not to see the family resemblance in the jacket photo. I had to ask myself after reading the book, though – was there a professional resemblance as well?