by Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton (enhanced e-book)
Stephen King's new time-travelling-Kennedy-assassination-romance-thriller has been reviewed at length in these pages. Suffice to say 11.22.63 is ambitious, thrilling, flawed but ultimately satisfying. However, I thought it worth reviewing the enhanced e-book, which offers some intriguing extra features: a trailer for the novel, and a 13-minute film, narrated by King himself, about the genesis of the story and the assassination itself. I confess: I could have lived without the trailer. Haven't I bought 11.22.63 already? The film is a different story. Written by King, it features plenty of archive footage - of Dealey Plaza, the sniper's nest on the sixth floor of The Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, and the motorcade. King takes us back to the origins of the novel - many years before. We learn about the perils of time travel and his own theory on who killed the president. My only criticism was the length - why so short? This aside, 11.22.63 is an exemplary foray into the possibilities of marrying technology and fiction.
Extras: book trailer and short film about the Kennedy assassination.