Masterful : 11/23/66 by Stephen King

I was not five pages into this book when I was soundly reminded of why Stephen King is a master–the man can spin a tale, y’all. The pages were already turning themselves, I couldn’t read fast enough.

I’ve read many of King’s horror stories in the past but not so much in recent years. This is not a horror story, per se. A story that is riveting and astonishing, I tell ya that.

If you’ve read any of my past posts on books, you know that instead of reviewing a book, I merely talk on about favorite quotes, characters and the author more so than I do about the book’s story in detail. This is mainly because books are a very personal choice.

Some books I love, you might scratch your head and go ‘What on earth are you seeing in this?!?’ Those that I toss aside, you might say ‘How could you miss the point?!? Also, I don’t like to risk giving details that will make someone not read the book for themselves, feeling it ‘spoiled’.

So rather than assume or spoil, I prefer to simply share my joy or the lack thereof about a book. I do love sharing favorite passages, very rarely do I read a book where I don’t come away with at least one or two interesting passages.

“There were no violins or warning bells when I pulled the janitor’s theme off the top of the stack and set it before me, no sense that my life was about to change. But we never know, do we? Life turns on a dime.” – Jake Epping

Doesn’t that just make you want to read that janitor’s theme right this minute?!?

That snippet quite eloquently sums up the entire book. The phrase ‘life turns on a dime’ shows up multiple times in the story and fits life so well–as good and true words should. I liked Jake’s voice, I’m convinced I would like Jake in person.

“With all due respect to Mr. Marchant (English Lit teacher), you tell him Jake Epping says that sometimes a cigar is just a smoke and a story’s just a story.”

Ain’t that the truth?!? I’m reminded of a picture I saw somewhere in recent months:

*nods* You got that right.

Even if you’ve never been a fan of Stephen King’s work, I encourage you to give this book a look-see. Spectacular writing, not horror…more like…breath-catching and curious.

Being interested in the author as well as the book, I was pleased recently to see this new interview with Stephen King by Neil Gaiman and thought it was a timely thing to toss in here.

I hope you’ve been reading something so very good that the pages turn themselves–do share with us, won’t you?