Which is not to say I think this book is an unqualified success. It's a tale of time travel, with two parallel narratives involving 2013 and 1985 versions of the narrator Citoyen "City) Coldson who discovers a book called Long Division in 2013, a book which is narrated by the 1985 version of City, who in turn finds a way to travel back to 1964. Follow all that?
I had some trouble following all that. My favorite parts were the current-day City, but the alternating chapters, which were supposedly from the book he finds, sometimes confused me, and there were some side plots that felt convoluted.
That said, this is Laymon's first novel, and I'll definitely read the next one. The guy can write and create vivid characters, with both humor and pathos, and make the reader care about what's going to happen to these people, even when they do unlikable things. This book felt a little out of control to me, but imagining ahead to the next book, when he might be more in control of his power, is tantalizing.