A better author. I'm honestly not sure how this author found a publisher. Her writing is rudimentary, her characters are shallow, and the dialogue is forced. The majority of the characters are teens, yet they all speak with the same voice - the voice of an older person with a Masters degree in English Literature. Furthermore, the dialogue attribution is atrocious. The abundant use of adverbs to "clarify" the intent of the dialogue smacks of an insecure author.
No. This was simply a poorly written book.
The rudimentary writing and simplistic story mostly sparked eye-rolls.
If you care about quality writing, quality characters, and quality dialogue please, please avoid this "book."
I'm not sure if Stephen King's novels feel forced at the end, or if King's characters are simply so well developed that "constant reader" simply hates to let them go. King often turns to the supernatural to end his novels, and 11-22-63 is no exception. Unfortunately, his penchant for a supernatural explanation often creates the proverbial deus ex machina. Yes, the Green-card Man is with the story, in bits and pieces, the whole way. Yes, "constant reader" understands that he has something to do with the time portals. However, there is not enough foreshadowing to explain the cosmic events that take place when Jake Epping returns to 2011.
In 11-22-63, King does what King does best - character development. King is a master of the "every man" character - and "every woman" for that matter. He creates characters that could be our next-door neighbors, that we would have a beer with, that we could ask out on a date. He builds those characters from the ground up, with vices, habits, and feelings that are unique and descriptive. Furthermore, King gives each character a unique voice, each with their own affectations and turns-of-phrase. Constant readers knows that Al, for example, doesn't reserve the use of "Buddy" for only Jake - Al calls everyone "Buddy" when he talks to them. I'm also impressed by King's ability to write the truth, and his ability to write what must be challenging subjects for him. Writing a character who is dieing of cancer, or writing through a character's alcoholism, must touch on some of King's own inner demons (his mother died of cancer, and he fought his own battle with substance abuse). Perhaps King does so as a method of catharsis, or perhaps he has simply come to terms with those issues. Either way, his prose has an honesty to it that draws constant reader King's world, and causes one to fall in love with the people there.
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