Less esoteric and less absorbed with Victor. Perhaps a parallel plot with other main characters coming back from the dead. The mosaic idea was not very original but had some poesy.
Be less in love with my main characters in my own writing
The narrator was fine. I wasn't that impressed with the book.
King's character development and underlying vision of human beings are probably the most sustaining factors in my enjoying not only this book, but many of his long novels. His characters are believable, his imagination is inspiring, and in this book, his research is fantastic. However, I would probably not have enjoyed this novel as much in an audible form if it weren't for the narrator. What versatility! I was particularly impressed by his rendition of the female lead, Sadie.
The opening of the book when Jake Epping is grading essays! As an English prof, I recognized the validity of his observations. I was particularly surprised at the end, when Jake Epping mentions that his best pupil in American Literature shared the same name with me. The past harmonizes!
All of them except for the return to 2011.
No. But that's not ever how I do it anyway. I want it to LAST!!!!
Time travel is a well worn concept with many skeptics and detractors. At first I didn't think I would like this novel because of the premise of trying to save JFK. (I thought it would lead to inevitable failure and a flurry of rehashing of political conspiracy theories.) But King tells multiple stories about saving ordinary people that don't just build up but constitute, in some ways, the real story.
This was great; I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys complex characterization, surprising plot turns, and in-depth contexts. It is a historical Swedish family saga, with just the right amount of mystery and action. It does treat sexual violence towards women, and yes, it does get a bit graphic at times--but not to the point where you get sick of it. Earlier reviews warned me that it is long; yes, some people cannot hang with it--should be absolutely no problem for regular readers, those with a B.A. and above, or just plain mystery fanatics.
Now, it isn't perfect: it takes a while to get going and there is some predictability and maybe the main character Blomquist is a little too affable, but other than that . . . I just wish I could find more by this author I know so little about.
By the way, this narrator is one of the best I've heard on Books on Tape or Audible, ever.
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