Book Review: It by Stephen King

July 10, 2017 Book Reviews, Fall, Horror 0

Book Review: It by Stephen KingIt by Stephen King
on October 1st 1987
Pages: 1478
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Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.

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I surprised myself by realizing while reading that I do not think I have ever read this! As a life long fan of horror and especially as a fan of Stephen King, I would have assumed that I read this a long time ago. Recently, my hubby and I sat down and watch the movie, which did not seem at all familiar, which gave me the idea that I need to read this.

Fortunately, there was a Sci Fi read a thon! Read a thons are such a great excuse for extra reading. Or, and maybe even especially, for reading books that you may not otherwise. While I wanted to read It, the length was also quite daunting! But I decided to jump in and hopefully get it done in the first portion of the read a thon, which I did!

Now I’m ready for the new movie, which comes out soon! September!

Now, as for the book, it was just as good as I imagined, although I did cheat and watch the movie first. This time it was on accident! I swear! Either way, there was so much more in the book, as per usual, than the movie. Actually, it looks as if the new movie hits on the main characters better than the old movie did. Which is super exciting!

This, being written in the 80’s, is a life completely different from today. Maybe some towns are like Derry, hopefully sans clowns, but children stay inside and get onto the internet. It would be harder but maybe also easier for a Pennywise to get to children today. Back in the 80’s children got out of the house, played in dangerous spots, and did things their parents had no clue about, which is one reason why I love this book.

Growing up in the 80’s, this book has so much nostalgia. I love that the kids are allowed to be kids. Adults aren’t perfect, teachers, parents, older kids, everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes lead to dark places, sometimes not, but everyone has something to hide. Stephen King is the master at taking a town FULL of characters and making them seem tangible as if you could find them in your own neighborhood.

The villain is even better and sadly there are many villains in this. Pennywise is the grandmaster puppeteer but there are puppets that are able and willing to work for him, which makes this even scarier. It is one thing to expect a monster to live in a sewer, and quite another to be in your own house or school.

I was thrilled to read this. I’m just sad that it took me so long. I listened in Audible and Steven Weber narrated beautifully. He is so popular on television and in narration. IMDB says he narrated 13 Reasons Why as the Principal, so I may have to go pick that one up to listen to as well. He effortlessly reads and drives the horrific sensations straight into your heart. There was never a moment when I felt secure. His tone and speed were spot on with what was happening at different times in the story, making it a fantastic listen even though it is already a fabulously horrific book.

The only downside is that I flew through this for the readathon but a read along is coming soon so I may re-read with that just so I can feel every moment.

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

About Stephen King

Stephen made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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