RELEASED: September, 1986
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
FORMAT: Paperback / Ebook
GOODREADS RATING: 4.22
TRIGGERS: Homophobia, extreme bullying, mental & physical abuse, murder, murder of infant, murder / torture of animals, sexual harassment
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.
I know. I’m.. behind on my posts for this read-along! As if that wasn’t obvious when I posted the first part of my review.. But that doesn’t mean it would be impossible to catch up. I’ve been trying my best to do just that and I’m nearly there! I actually have one chapter to read before I can say I’m really on schedule, but let’s just ignore that small detail. The first part of my review / reading ended at 345 pages, so this time I’m talking about pages 345 – 1000-ish of my copy! I don’t have my copy with me right now and.. yeah.
THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW SO BEWARE. There isn’t really an awful lot to say but.. Let’s just do this anyway, right?
Last time, the first thing I mentioned was the giant cast of characters and that definitely hasn’t changed. On the plus-side, I’m less confused with the names for the most part! That is, until all our characters got back together in one room and all of a sudden I was drawing some blanks again.. I seriously don’t know if I’m the only one having this issue with this novel or not but it’s a bit annoying and I’m getting frustrated with myself? It only lasted for one chapter though. Now everything’s good again! Would be awful if the character-struggle was still present 75% in the book?!
The way I’m seeing it right now, the story actually truly starts halfway through the book. So far, most of the story was introducing the characters, their pasts and telling all about their childhoods. All while they’re on their way to Derry, where It is going rampant again. This second quarter of the story ends right after they all met up for the first time after twenty-seven years. I was pretty confident the creepiness was going to start for real at that point but that wasn’t really the case. So far, the only time I actually got freaked out and grossed out was in chapter seventeen where.. there’s some awful stuff happening and described. I just couldn’t. I added a load of triggers at the top of my review because of this.
An expect that’s “good” for me, but probably “bad” for others is how I still didn’t get overly creeped out. More grossed out and.. well.. hurt, in a way? But the horror-elements haven’t gotten to me yet. At least not in the way I was expecting them to and I’m grateful for that. I haven’t made any secret of me being a wuss so this is a win, hah.
The “bad” thing I mentioned in my review of the first part, was how the first 200-ish pages felt like an introduction and I’m not changing my mind about that. Thing is, I’m even going to add that.. in a way the first 730-ish pages are introduction because the characters only got together just now? I don’t know.
Are you planning to ever read IT? Or have you already?
What’s one aspect in horror-novels you just cannot cope with at all?