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Old 11-08-11, 05:42 PM   #101
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Re: Stephen King: "11/22/63" (releases on 11/8/11)

Anyone planning on shelling out $160 for the signed edition? Becomes available Thursday (delayed due to a technical glitch today).
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Old 11-08-11, 08:29 PM   #102
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Re: Stephen King: "11/22/63" (releases on 11/8/11)

No thanks. $19 for the Kindle version was enough for me!
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Old 11-08-11, 09:15 PM   #103
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Re: Stephen King: "11/22/63" (releases on 11/8/11)

some reports on the ibook version of all the vowels missing.
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Old 11-09-11, 10:13 AM   #104
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Anyone planning on shelling out $160 for the signed edition? Becomes available Thursday (delayed due to a technical glitch today).
I *think* I got one yesterday - I was able to order and got a confirmation email anyways. I've paid that much for Stephen King books that aren't signed by him, and this will be my first that is. I'm also hoping to meet him on his current signing tour - this is a hedge in case I can't.
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Old 11-11-11, 12:43 PM   #105
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Oh man, first I catch George R.R. Martin and his many uses of the expression, "He/she was not wrong," in A Dance With Dragons. Now I'm catching King doing the same thing with, "He liked him better for it," in both this book and Under the Dome.

Other than that, I'm loving the book.

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I understand why he went to Derry for 200 pages or so, because he wanted find out if he could actually change the future. However, not sure how I feel about the many references to It. Could be because I haven't read that book since the 90's and don't remember very many details.
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Old 11-11-11, 01:21 PM   #106
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I understand why he went to Derry for 200 pages or so, because he wanted find out if he could actually change the future. However, not sure how I feel about the many references to It. Could be because I haven't read that book since the 90's and don't remember very many details.
Now, who's future is he trying to change over in Derry? The year is 1958 - could it be Eddie Corcoran, whose brother was beaten to death with a recoilless hammer by their stepfather? Would have been too late to save Georgie Denborough, who died in the fall of 1957.
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Old 11-11-11, 09:39 PM   #107
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Anyone planning on shelling out $160 for the signed edition? Becomes available Thursday (delayed due to a technical glitch today).
If I were working, I would get it, but I am not so I picked up the plain one at Costco for $18.00. I have Bag of Bones signed by him.
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Old 11-12-11, 07:46 AM   #108
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Re: Stephen King: "11/22/63" (releases on 11/8/11)

Finished it about 2 this morning. Glad I did not wait to get it. Definitely going into my top 5 King novels. Of course, I am kind of sucker for time travel/living in the past stories.

And for those who think some of King's novels suffer from weak endings, that was definitely not the case here.
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And for those who think some of King's novels suffer from week endings, that was definitely not the case here.
Is it a month or year ending?
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Old 11-15-11, 06:06 PM   #110
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Re: Stephen King: "11/22/63" (releases on 11/8/11)

I'm usually bitching about his endings, but with this one the beginning is the part i'm having a hard time getting through which sucks since i dig the premise alot.
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Re: Stephen King: "11/22/63" (releases on 11/8/11)

I'm not a big King fan, and read the whole thing in like 3 days after work. Really enjoyed it. It's pretty much straight science fiction, almost no supernatural elements at all. If he hasn't read Ken Grimwood's "Replay," then he's certainly in the same frame of mind.
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I'm not a big King fan, and read the whole thing in like 3 days after work. Really enjoyed it. It's pretty much straight science fiction, almost no supernatural elements at all. If he hasn't read Ken Grimwood's "Replay," then he's certainly in the same frame of mind.
That makes me want to read this.
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Re: Stephen King: "11/22/63" (releases on 11/8/11)

I'm about half way through and REALLY enjoying it. I could have finished it in a few days but I'm really trying to pace myself.

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I'm kind of in a depressing and actually boring part of the book (surprising, since stalking Oswald is the meat of the story) after he moves to Ft. Worth. I hope it picks up a bit. It seems like he realized he actually need to write the boring Oswald stuff and is just trying to muscle through it. I think I could have kept reading his everyday experiences as a teacher for several hundred more pages.
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I picked up the book Saturday morning, and I'm already up to "Part II." I think it is one of the best King books since Dolores Claiborne.

And I'm learning things, too. For instance, I had no idea that Grover Cleveland was on the $20.00 bill (whereas now, Andrew Jackson graces the bill's front).

Did King make a mistake when he said that his character Jake dressed up for Halloween 1983 as a "Snowtrooper?" I'm no "The Empire Strikes Back" affixonado, but I thought they were called "Stormtroopers."

Again, this is a great and engaging story. At this rate, I'll be done with it by the end of the week.
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Thanks to this, I want to read Shirley Jackson's "The Summer People" and see the movie Dragstrip Girl. LOL.
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I picked up the book Saturday morning, and I'm already up to "Part II." I think it is one of the best King books since Dolores Claiborne.

And I'm learning things, too. For instance, I had no idea that Grover Cleveland was on the $20.00 bill (whereas now, Andrew Jackson graces the bill's front).

Did King make a mistake when he said that his character Jake dressed up for Halloween 1983 as a "Snowtrooper?" I'm no "The Empire Strikes Back" affixonado, but I thought they were called "Stormtroopers."

Again, this is a great and engaging story. At this rate, I'll be done with it by the end of the week.
I think the ones on Hoth in ESB were called Snowtroopers. Anyway, that's what we called them when I was a kid.
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Is this a good first novel to read by Stephen King or should I start with something else?
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Is this a good first novel to read by Stephen King or should I start with something else?
I think it's a great book (so far) but I always recommend people start with King's early books (Salem's Lot to Firestarter is my favorite particular run from '75 to 80). At the least you might want to read "It". Not only is it a great book (pretty much inarguably in his top 5) but it is referenced a bit in "11/22/53"
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I think it's a great book (so far) but I always recommend people start with King's early books (Salem's Lot to Firestarter is my favorite particular run from '75 to 80). At the least you might want to read "It". Not only is it a great book (pretty much inarguably in his top 5) but it is referenced a bit in "11/22/53"
Basically what DeputyDave said.

It's always best to "start from the beginning." That goes with Stephen King books as well. Start with Carrie and work through the years. Know the order of each book published, and go one by one by one. It is the safest bet two-fold: you get to read great stories, and you become one of Us - beloved Stephen King fans. Join us. Take our dark master's hand and come along.
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Okay, I read the portion where Jake
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Richie," not "Hey, I'm Richie Tozier."


Another thing that bugged me (and I don't know if there's a reason for it yet - there may be) was when Jake the time-traveler was talking to someone named Chaz in 1958, and Chaz uses the reference "...than Carter has liver pills." Wasn't that a term coined in the late 1970s, when Jimmy Carter was President? What's that term being used for in 1958?! So maybe I'm thinking this Chaz guy might be a time-traveler, too - but I would think Jake would have picked up on that.

Who knows - I'll keep reading.
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Okay, I read the portion where Jake
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, and I felt the whole segment felt contrived. When Jake introduced himself, Stephen King had the kids reply with both their first AND last names. Who does that? Someone says "Hi, I'm Jake," the kids should simply say, "hey, I'm
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Richie," not "Hey, I'm Richie Tozier."
There's also the issue that
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Another thing that bugged me (and I don't know if there's a reason for it yet - there may be) was when Jake the time-traveler was talking to someone named Chaz in 1958, and Chaz uses the reference "...than Carter has liver pills." Wasn't that a term coined in the late 1970s, when Jimmy Carter was President?
Nope.
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Wow, it has nothing to do with Jimmy Carter! Hot shit, you learn something new every day! What a misconception I had! Wow.
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and who (or what) the hell is No Suspenders?
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and who (or what) the hell is No Suspenders?
It explains it quite well.
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