PART ONE OF FOUR – IT by Stephen King

Review

ItTITLE: IT
AUTHOR: Stephen King

RELEASED: September, 1986
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
FORMAT: Paperback

GENRE: Horror
GOODREADS RATING: 4.22

TRIGGERS: Homophobia, bullying, abuse, murder

SYNOPSIS
It was the children who saw – and feel – what made the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread.

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as it sirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

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As.. well.. promised – sort of? – I’m posting some updates on my reading experience with IT. Honestly, I meant to have this post up on Monday but.. well.. circumstances had me so not in the mood for writing this post that I just didn’t. At least you’re getting it now, right?! So let’s see what I thought about the first 345 pages!

The good

I definitely got what I expected to get from King. A whole load of characters, time jumps back and forth and more characters. It’s what keeps this novel interesting – especially since it’s a huge one – but it also makes for some confusing moments. It took me a while to figure out who’s who and what name’s linked to what past. Yup, I definitely had to go back a couple of times to figure things out.. But once you’re on track, you’re on track!

Typical for King’s writing is the very elaborate way he goes about things. Not only descriptions, but also the jumping back to past events and using them to explain things further. I have to admit it sometimes feels abundant, but – at the same time – it also seems necessary. All the past events make for very fleshed out characters with their own unique pasts and motivations.

The one big lesson I learned so far? Curiosity gets you KILLED. And also: I’m way too easily freaked out by anything creepy because darn, I’ve slept poorly already.. But I knew that would happen so I can’t really blame the book, haha!

The bad

The one thing that.. kind of bothered me – but I knew up front would happen – is how the first 200-ish pages felt like an introduction to the story. Even now, at the 345-mark it still does in a way but it’s starting to pick up for sure! So that’s a plus again, right?

And not necessarily a bad thing, more like a “mind this” should you decide to buy a copy: do consider buying the ebook or audiobook instead because the physical one is torture to read. It’s heavy and so.. not.. comfortable.. I ended up buying an ecopy just to be able to read properly, haha.

I’m not adding cupcakes yet since this is only about one fourth of the novel but I’m happy to say I’m enjoying this one! Even though I also have to admit how I haven’t read more since Monday and I really should since I’m way off schedule right now.. Oops..

Have you read any of King’s work? Which ones?
What do you think of his writing style?
Are there any authors who you feel have as unique a style as King does?

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4 thoughts on “PART ONE OF FOUR – IT by Stephen King

  1. I have read The Mist, The Stand, part 1 of The Dark Tower, and I’m in the middle of reading Pet Sematary.

    I don’t know anything about his newer books, but I enjoy his earlier works. So when a friend was cleaning out his father’s closet, he offered me about 10-12 of King’s earlier works—one of them an ARC of Rose Red. It was a happy day.
    I have yet to finish them all though.

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  2. I’m sure you already know this because we have talked about it before but I have read IT, The Shining, and Misery. I think he is overly descriptive which made reading the two longest books much harder for me. I really loved reading Misery and I will be hopefully reading Doctor Sleep next month as part of a readalong.

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  3. I have been wanting to read IT for some time now. But, took my months to get through The Shinning so I’m not sure I could make it through something longer. I’m not a huge fan of King’s style but respect the horror empire he has built 🙂

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