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11.22.63 by Stephen King, book reviewIt is often said that people can remember exactly where they were when they first heard the news of John F Kennedy’s assassination, so shocking was the thought that the President could be shot in public, in broad daylight. But since then, many may have come to wish that their location on that fateful day was in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, so they could have somehow stopped the presidential motorcade or prevented Lee Harvey Oswald entering the now infamous Texas School Book Depository. So many, in fact, that the prevention of this assassination has become something of a recurring fantasy within science fiction; off the top of my head I can recall Dr Sam Beckett quantum leaping into Lee Harvey Oswald and the Red Dwarf crew inadvertently becoming the suspected second shooters on the grassy knoll. However hackneyed such a premise may be, though, I am a sucker for a good time travel story and when the great storyteller that is Stephen King sets out to tackle just this idea in 11.22.63, I couldn’t help but read it.

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