- The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco
- The March by E.L. Doctorow
- The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
- how i became stupid by Martin Page
- Rez Salute by Jim Northrup
- Supergods by Grant Morrison
- The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
- Martin Monsterman by Manny Trembley
- Kaboom! Volume 1 by Jeph Loeb & Jeff Matsuda
None of these were bad. On Goodreads I rated each of them either four or five stars (out of five) (and King is already looking at five stars), which meant that this month was an uncommonly good one for me as far as reading went (not to mention prolific, though a lot of these were fairly short). Choosing one book to rule them all (rather than blab on about all of them), I'll go easy and talk about the current one.
I've talked about 11/22/63 and King in the past. The book's central location (or at least starting point) is Lisbon Falls, Maine, which is my hometown, and right next door to where King himself grew up. Al's Diner isn't really, but Frank Anicetti and the Kennebec Fruit Company are. You may not know either by name, and you may not even know their defining element, Moxie, but trust me, all three are a big deal, not just for me, not just for Lisbon, but for a lot of people. The Moxie Festival draws thousands to town every year (this year's is being held July 12-14, if you care to stop by). Moxie is an acquired taste, a soft drink of a bygone era, when soda was used as medicine (no kidding).
The book is King at his best. It's about the Kennedy assassination, but it's also about people, which contrary to popular opinion is what he does best. You can't tell a good horror story without knowing about people, and it's something King knows better than anyone. It's another of the many stories he's been waiting to tell for years.