11/22/63 by Stephen King

Stephen KingOkay, so as a writer of literary fiction, I’m supposed to be an intellectual snob and turn my nose us at commercial writers like Stephen King, but the truth is, one of my all-time favorite novels is The Stand.

Recently I ran into a friend at the post office. Last time I saw her was at the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop Christmas Party. She confessed that she had just finished reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King and couldn’t put it down. She offered to loan it to me, but later that evening I was at Barnes & Noble and couldn’t resist (I’m a total book addict). I bought a copy of 11/22/63.

11/22/63 is a novel by Stephen King about a time traveler who attempts to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963 (the novel’s titular date).

That weekend I went out of town for a few days. I’ve been going on writer-camping trips in order to finish my own novel, A Siren’s Lament. I started reading 11/22/63 and couldn’t put it down! When Stephen King is good, he’s phenomenal. I want to figure out what it is he does that makes some of his books impossible to stop reading.

Do you love Stephen King novels?  What do you think he does that makes him a good writer?  Please post a comment.

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