I thought it was really well done! I enjoy most time travel fiction and I thought this was right up there with the great ones. My favorite is Jack Finney’s Time and Again and Stephen King acknowledges Finney in his Foreward:
“Before I finish, I want to thank one other person: the late Jack Finney, who was one of America’s great fantasists and storytellers. Beside ‘The Bodysnatchers,’ he wrote ‘Time and Again,’ which is, in this writer’s humble opinion, the great time-travel story. Originally I meant to dedicate this book to him, but in June of last year, a lovely little granddaughter arrived in our family, so Zelda gets the nod.
Jack, I’m sure you’d understand.”
Very nicely done, Mr. King.
As I said before, this is an outstanding book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now, his premise throughout the book is that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assasin in JFK’s death and the whole book was written with that in mind. I’ve seen the tapes on this event but I left them alone until I finished the book. Then, I watched the tapes again. King’s opinion about those folks who believe that there were other shooters involved is that they are kooks and conspiracy theorists. I guess I’m what Stephen King would call a kook, being that he is an expert on such things. I have experience in firing various arms from handguns to rifles and I know what happens to an object when it is hit by a bullet, whether it is from high-powered arms or a small handgun such as a .380 auto. AND I know that Oswald was not a trained sniper. He was an ex-Marine but that didn’t make him any sort of a sharp shooter. When the video is played you can see Kennedy lean forward because he is being hit from the right and behind (Oswald…or whoever else that could have been firing fom the book depository bldg.) and then moments later it can be seen a flash of Kennedy’s flesh and he is thrown back and to the left. That would indicate that that bullet came from the front and to the right. Whether it was a shooter on the grassy knoll, the overpass, storm drain, or from the limo driver, it means that Oswald could NOT have been the only shooter. Who knows who that could have been. I don’t think the public will EVER truly know. I don’t care what the Warren Commission said. The law of physics overrules whatever stake the Warren Commission had in this. As for Oswald, I thought he was a lucky shot…even though the limo slowed down in that stretch that JFK was shot.
I don’t know how anyone can miss what directions the bullets could have been coming from. It’s right: “here”:http://youtu.be/iU83R7rpXQY
Stephen King also mentions that his son, Joe Hill, helped him with some ideas about time-travel consequences and with an alternative ending to what he had planned. I can tell. And I thought it was obvious where King’s voice left off and Joe Hill’s voice took over. It didn’t fit. ...but I can understand why King would go that route… However, if I want to read a Joe Hill novel I’ll read a Joe Hill novel. But in this case I wanted Stephen Kings voice all the way through.
Another thing I didn’t realize about Stephen King was what kind of a romantic softy he is. It was a nice surprise! :)