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BOOK OF THE MONTH
THE PLAGUE UPON US
Shabir Ahmad Mir
550

'In times like these, truth is perhaps the only justice we can have, the only...(+)

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11.22.63
Stephen King

Classification : General & Literary Fiction
Pub Date : Jul 05, 2012
Imprint : Hodder Paperbacks
Page Extent : 752
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9781444727333
Price : 499

About the book
King at his epic best: Following his most recent, massively successful novel Under the Dome, King takes readers back in time to another moment - a real-life moment - when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination.  And he introduces a character who has the power to undo it.>
First mainstream travel novel: Think mega viewing figures of Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Back to the Future and the mega-selling Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife.  This is Stephen King's first foray into time travel (outside the Dark Tower series) and it is a knock-out.>
The announcement of the book's acquisition resulted in a burst of interest and activity in the press.>
Each of Stephen King's new hardcovers has gone to the very top of the Christmas bestseller lists as November proves an excellent month for publication (UNDER THE DOME was the best-selling King hardcover this century) - and, of course, 22nd November was the day JFK was assassinated.>
First mainstream travel novel: Think mega viewing figures of Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Back to the Future and the mega-selling Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife.  This is Stephen King's first foray into time travel (outside the Dark Tower series) and it is a knock-out.>
The announcement of the book's acquisition resulted in a burst of interest and activity in the press.
Each of Stephen King's new hardcovers has gone to the very top of the Christmas bestseller lists as November proves an excellent month for publication (UNDER THE DOME was the best-selling King hardcover this century) - and, of course, 22nd November was the day JFK was assassinated.

WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11/22/63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless . . .

King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, 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.

With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

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'Legendary writer King has written another magical tome.'
'King's first effort at melding fact with fiction is as successful as his previous books, and perhaps even more intriguing considering the subject matter: time travel and the implications of change. A contemplative and thoughtful book as filled with heart as it is with intrigue, courtesy of one of our most gifted living writers.'
'Cleverly evokes the moral dilemmas of time travel and whether a time traveller could or should prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on 11.22.63. King also beautifully and nostalgically evokes the minutiae of American suburban life in the late 1950's.'
'A book of the year.'
'Time travel and an incredible talent for storytelling combine to produce a unique tour de force.'
'A suspenseful drama.'
'The fictional offering that engaged me most urgently . . . an extraordinarily ambitious tale.'
'He writes incomparably good stories . . . King's mastery of plot and his ability to create characters and situations both homespun and far-fetched means that this is the book you dream of getting stuck on the train home with.'
'Stephen King is up there with the best. It's a thriller, a meditation on late Fifties and early Sixties America and a love story. It creates a world you can lose yourself in.'
'...This is the American of Stephen King's childhood and it's one that he re-creates in vivid and loving detail... This is a truly compulsive, addictive novel not just about time-travel or the Kennedy assassination but about recent American history and its might-have-beens, about love, and about how life 'turns on a dime'. It's a thunking 700-pager which left me only wanting more. The master storyteller in truly masterful form.'
'11.22.63 marks a definite maturing of literary command and ambition. The key to any novel set in an alternate reality is credible world building, the steady accumulation of detail - preferably lightly distributed - that brings the story alive. King succeeds in this, partly drawing from his own memories.'
'King swiftly moves beyond vintage Americana to unfold a stunningly panoramic portrait of the era. His [King's] fascination with evil...arranges characters among clear mortal frontiers that fell meaningful rather than simplistic. King commands an inordinately fat space on the bookshelf with 11.22.63 but it's hard to begrudge when his vast imagination is working across such an epic canvas.'
'One of the strengths of the book is King's at once nostalgic and honest view of the end of the Eisenhower era. King manages to avoid both sentimentalizing the past and treating it with massive condescension; his role as the poet of American brand-names serves him well here.'
'a powerful love story'
'The most remarkable story-teller in modern American literature.'
'You have to take a leap of faith with time-travel novels, but if there's one writer who can pull it off, it's Stephen King. ... Captivating, surprisingly pacy and free from sci-fi clicha, it's no wonder the film version is already being planned.'
'This is Stephen King in top and chilling form.'
'People often complain there are no writers of the stature of Dickens anymore. I think that for pure energy and invention missed with compassion, King stands in that writer's direct line. Dickens' heir is alive and well and living in Maine.'
'A delightful blend of history and fantasy by a man who has always had a soft spot for an America where men wore fedoras, drove big Fords and could do the foxtrot. A thriller by a genius writer.'
'A fascinating journey.'
'King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.'
'The novel is big, ambitious and haunting. King has probably absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation as thoroughly and imaginatively as any other writer.'
'Stephen King is a remarkable and wonderful storyteller who never loosens his grip on the reader throughout the 750-page book.'
'Mammoth but entertaining, this is part sci-fi, part suspense and part travelogue of a long-ago America.'
'These early sections of the novel are almost irresistible entertaining, enlivened not just by King's supreme control of the form but by his sardonic wit and usual generosity of spirit and expansiveness. Yet as Jack/George moves closer to his goal, other, darker notes intrude, as time itself begins to resist his attempts to change its course, and as he begins to identify with his quarry.... Beneath the reassuring glow of King's portrait of an earlier, simpler time moves a darker and less comfortable vision, a glimpse of the terrifying machinery that moves below the surface of human history, and which stands as a stark, chilling rejoinder to the fantasies of escape embodied in so many time travel stories.'
'Perhaps only seasoned storyteller Stephen King could accomplish changing the course of history in his vast time-travelling masterpiece whilst effortlessly weaving political and social details with abundant humour. King's intriguing new story structure will surely catapult the author to another best-seller.'
'The master of the pen has written yet another extraordinary novel.'
'Stephen King's new novel, 11.22.63, combines a variety of genres, being a JFK assassination, a story of time travel, a variation on the grail quest, a novel of voyeurism, a love story, a historical novel, a counter-factual historical novel and the chilling tale of a sinister animate universe, a form which can be traced back to the ghost stories of MR James.'
'The details of Fifties America, the cars, the clothes, the food, the televisions with wonky horizontal hold, are so vivid that you begin to wonder whether the author himself hasn't had access to a time machine.
...But as you worry at the paradoxes and the brilliantly explained pseudo science there is no denying that this monster yearn is blindingly impressive. Manly writers run out of steam as they get older. King, though, writes books that are ever longer and more demanding. I can't wait to see what he will tackle next.'>
'not just an accomplished time-travel yarn but an action-heavy meditation on chance, choice and fate.'
'Stephen King at his epic, pedal-to-metal best'
'Delivers a lot of praise and enjoy. The story comes off the blocks with almost alarming speed ... he tells a story like a pro .... 11.22.63 kept me up all night.'
'The pedal is indeed to the metal.'
'Tight and energetic from start to finish.'
'Staggeringly addictive.'
'King's most purely entertaining novel in years . . . utterly compelling.'
'King's gift of storytelling is unrivalled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited.'
'America's greatest living novelist.'
'Fine stories to take with us into the night.'
'Legendary writer King has written another magical tome.'
'King's first effort at melding fact with fiction is as successful as his previous books, and perhaps even more intriguing considering the subject matter: time travel and the implications of change. A contemplative and thoughtful book as filled with heart as it is with intrigue, courtesy of one of our most gifted living writers.'
'Cleverly evokes the moral dilemmas of time travel and whether a time traveller could or should prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on 11.22.63. King also beautifully and nostalgically evokes the minutiae of American suburban life in the late 1950's.'
'A book of the year.'
'Time travel and an incredible talent for storytelling combine to produce a unique tour de force.'
'A suspenseful drama.'
'The fictional offering that engaged me most urgently . . . an extraordinarily ambitious tale.'
'He writes incomparably good stories . . . King's mastery of plot and his ability to create characters and situations both homespun and far-fetched means that this is the book you dream of getting stuck on the train home with.'
'Stephen King is up there with the best. It's a thriller, a meditation on late Fifties and early Sixties America and a love story. It creates a world you can lose yourself in.'
'...This is the American of Stephen King's childhood and it's one that he re-creates in vivid and loving detail... This is a truly compulsive, addictive novel not just about time-travel or the Kennedy assassination but about recent American history and its might-have-beens, about love, and about how life 'turns on a dime'. It's a thunking 700-pager which left me only wanting more. The master storyteller in truly masterful form.'
'11.22.63 marks a definite maturing of literary command and ambition. The key to any novel set in an alternate reality is credible world building, the steady accumulation of detail - preferably lightly distributed - that brings the story alive. King succeeds in this, partly drawing from his own memories.'
'King swiftly moves beyond vintage Americana to unfold a stunningly panoramic portrait of the era. His [King's] fascination with evil...arranges characters among clear mortal frontiers that fell meaningful rather than simplistic. King commands an inordinately fat space on the bookshelf with 11.22.63 but it's hard to begrudge when his vast imagination is working across such an epic canvas.'
'One of the strengths of the book is King's at once nostalgic and honest view of the end of the Eisenhower era. King manages to avoid both sentimentalizing the past and treating it with massive condescension; his role as the poet of American brand-names serves him well here.'
'a powerful love story'
'The most remarkable story-teller in modern American literature.'
'This is Stephen King in top and chilling form.'
'People often complain there are no writers of the stature of Dickens anymore. I think that for pure energy and invention missed with compassion, King stands in that writer's direct line. Dickens' heir is alive and well and living in Maine.'
'A delightful blend of history and fantasy by a man who has always had a soft spot for an America where men wore fedoras, drove big Fords and could do the foxtrot. A thriller by a genius writer.'
'A fascinating journey.'
'King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.'
'The novel is big, ambitious and haunting. King has probably absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation as thoroughly and imaginatively as any other writer.'
'Stephen King is a remarkable and wonderful storyteller who never loosens his grip on the reader throughout the 750-page book.'
'Mammoth but entertaining, this is part sci-fi, part suspense and part travelogue of a long-ago America.'
'These early sections of the novel are almost irresistible entertaining, enlivened not just by King's supreme control of the form but by his sardonic wit and usual generosity of spirit and expansiveness. Yet as Jack/George moves closer to his goal, other, darker notes intrude, as time itself begins to resist his attempts to change its course, and as he begins to identify with his quarry.... Beneath the reassuring glow of King's portrait of an earlier, simpler time moves a darker and less comfortable vision, a glimpse of the terrifying machinery that moves below the surface of human history, and which stands as a stark, chilling rejoinder to the fantasies of escape embodied in so many time travel stories.'
'Perhaps only seasoned storyteller Stephen King could accomplish changing the course of history in his vast time-travelling masterpiece whilst effortlessly weaving political and social details with abundant humour. King's intriguing new story structure will surely catapult the author to another best-seller.'
'The master of the pen has written yet another extraordinary novel.'
'Stephen King's new novel, 11.22.63, combines a variety of genres, being a JFK assassination, a story of time travel, a variation on the grail quest, a novel of voyeurism, a love story, a historical novel, a counter-factual historical novel and the chilling tale of a sinister animate universe, a form which can be traced back to the ghost stories of MR James.'
'The details of Fifties America, the cars, the clothes, the food, the televisions with wonky horizontal hold, are so vivid that you begin to wonder whether the author himself hasn't had access to a time machine.
...But as you worry at the paradoxes and the brilliantly explained pseudo science there is no denying that this monster yearn is blindingly impressive. Manly writers run out of steam as they get older. King, though, writes books that are ever longer and more demanding. I can't wait to see what he will tackle next.'>
'not just an accomplished time-travel yarn but an action-heavy meditation on chance, choice and fate.'
'Stephen King at his epic, pedal-to-metal best'
'Delivers a lot of praise and enjoy. The story comes off the blocks with almost alarming speed ... he tells a story like a pro .... 11.22.63 kept me up all night.'
'The pedal is indeed to the metal.'
'Tight and energetic from start to finish.'
'Staggeringly addictive.'
'King's most purely entertaining novel in years . . . utterly compelling.'
'King's gift of storytelling is unrivalled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited.'
'America's greatest living novelist.'
'Fine stories to take with us into the night.'
     
Stephen King
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen...(+)
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