, January 19, 2012
I love a good time-travel novel, and this one doesn't disappoint. I was reticent at first, as I hadn't picked up a Stephen King book since a certain way-too-much-detailed telling of a pin being forced into the eye of one of his characters; but his tendency towards gore is kept to a very slight minimum here and when it does appear is totally in line with the plot.
As usual, King's description of the '50s & '60s is spot on, and his characters are fleshed out and very human. At first painting the past in a rosy glow, he doesn't shy away from eventually showing the all-to-familiar rot under the surface. His prose keeps things moving along at a brisk pace and makes the book hard to put down when it comes time to re-enter the real world.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes time travel novels, historical novels, or just a really good read.