For 2014, I’ve promised (I think) to list/rate/mention all the books I read in the year?even the embarrassing ones. I’m just getting an early start.
Somehow I managed to read this monster of a book (850 pages) in less than a week. If nothing else, that’s a strong indication of how engaging this storyline was.
What pleased me most about this book is King’s masterful weaving of so many different plot lines and seeming throw-away characters. As I was reading along, I was astonished by the level of detail?and the amount of research that must have been necessary?in this epic tale. I had wondered if it was simply “all color” or if these threads really were integral to the overall story. Of course, they were.
The last section comes together in a brilliant and heart-pounding tapestry that left me breathless in places. I was less interested in the denouement, but I’m honestly not sure what other “wrap-up” strategy would have been satisfying.
If you like time-travel, what-ifs, or just darned good storytelling, this book is for you.