Time Travel is full of ironies.
So, for this go around I did something I never do. About a month ago my friend Jobeth, you know her, suggested I watch 11/22/63 on Hulu. She mentioned it so out of context that I thought that I needed to check it out. You all know that she’s never let me down yet. I went home that night and signed up for a free month of Hulu Plus and set in on watching the mini-series. Wow. Just wow. It was amazing. The script. The acting. Just everything. Now, here’s where we get to the part where I “never do this”. After finishing the series I had questions. Questions that needed to be answered; nay that begged to be answered. So I picked up the book. Usually I never read a book straight after watching the movie or series it’s based on, but I couldn’t not read it.
I mentioned to a couple of regulars of mine that I was reading it and that produced an eye roll and he said “You’re going to want to punch someone in the face when you get to the end.” He was right. While the show I thought was phenomenal the book just dragged on at a slight snail pace and just when you think it’s about to take off it pumps the brakes. It has some interesting themes (ie: What would happen to the world if someone stopped the JFK assassination? What would happen to a time traveler in general?) but it is wildly different than the mini-series. I actually preferred the mini-series to the book actually. Another thing I never do.
Those answers I was looking for, yeah, never found ’em. I honestly just don’t know what to say about this one so I’m keeping it short. It was a laborious read at 866 pages and could’ve been shortened. Stick with the fast paced mini-series and you won’t be disappointed. Don’t go looking for answers.