I wasn't even sure I was going to write a post about this book, since I didn't really enjoy it all that much, but I figured why not. I wanted to share what I liked and disliked about the book. Here goes:
- The writing was typical King - engaging storytelling tone, interesting characters, and a solid story idea.
- The idea of going back in time is always a fascinating one - and to go back with the purpose of changing history (preventing JFK's death) is pretty awesome.
- Learning about the late 50s and early 60s was neat - King is always authentic when describing time periods and locations - love that about him.
- I liked the character of Jake when he was actually doing something - changing Harry's future by changing his past; dating Sadie and living in Jodie; and enduring so much drama when he wanted to change the past.
- Too much writing. Seriously, the book is over 800 pages and a lot of those pages should have been edited down - a lot!
- Too much down time for Jake that I found extremely boring and actually made me dislike him at times.
- Too many unanswered questions, such as: Wouldn't Jake going back in time have changed Al's future? Why was it that it only felt like he was gone for 2 minutes, when it was in fact several years? Are there really that many portals scattered all around the world? Did Al really not know about the card guys and how their cards changed colors? And, why was it that you could only go back to 1958 - why not earlier or later?
- I found other characters more interesting than the protagonist (Deke, Sadie, Harry, Al, Marina, etc.).
- Why wasn't Jake more careful about hiding his true identity? I felt like he was kind of smug about what he already knew was going to happen, because he was from the future.
- Why did certain characters have to die? Is the past really that vengeful?
And now, I'm off to find something new to read. Murakami's not calling to me at the moment, so I may have to shelve Norwegian Wood for now. Perhaps, something classic should be on the agenda for my next read. Hmmm. Either way, I hope everyone has a wonderfully happy Thanksgiving!!