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This book somehow manages to make you terrified but also sad to not be a part of such an exciting journey with such good friends.
Whilst it meanders through and explores so many themes, in typical King fashion, most of the main characters have personal demons to battle as well as supernatural.
This can be a brutal read at times but the story is, for the great part, portrayed to us through a captivating child wonderment, with character whom you can really empathize with their fragile young feelings.
The basic premise of the story sets up a really interesting space for King to explore, and explore it he does. How can you stop an unseen and un-named entity that manifests itself in various ways? Kings choice to use children to portray half of the storyline has paid off really well here as he really plays on the vividness of children's imagination and the obvious horrors that It brings to Derry.
I am a huge Stephen King fan and don't think he has written a single bad book (and he has written A LOT). My addiction to SK started when I read the Dark Tower series, which is truly one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written! Since then I have been building a huge collection. I bought IT and never got around to reading it until recently, which is odd as its one of his better known books and has got great reviews. I decided to give it a read, seeing if it would live up to the hype.
The story (without giving too much away) focuses on 7 children and their fight against a murderous clown called Pennywise (well I will say clown but is it?!?!?) in a town called Derry Maine. The book tells the story of their childhood and also flashes forward to when they are grown up and called back to fight the clown once more after the suicide of one of the gang. Whilst the main focus of the book is the murderous creature, and it is marketed as a horror, the book could also be seen as being a tale of childhood friendship and adventure.
The story line is so in depth that it makes you feel part of the gang. The characters are superbly described and each has their own detailed personality, which you come to know and like.
The book is a beast at well over 1000 pages. Despite its length I felt the book was over too quickly! It has such a compelling story line and such amazing character development that I was disappointed when I finished it. I decided to buy the DVD as was intrigued as to how it would come across on film and not surprisingly was disappointed. The film misses out huge amounts of the book (understandably) but I just did not enjoy it. I have heard rumors that there is a remake in the pipeline which could be interesting.
This is still not my favorite Stephen King novel, that title will remain with the Dark Tower, but this is a close second. If you have not read it I implore you to as it is such a fantastic read.
This is probably Stephen Kings longest and one of his most complex novels but is so well written and the plan so well thought out it is certainly worth reading.
IT was written in 1986 and will be a nightmare for anyone who is afraid of clowns. The main characters are 7 children who grow up in Derry during the 1950s and to add to their already sad lives they have to go through some pretty scary things.
The Losers as they were known come up against Pennywise the Clown who rather than make children laugh will find ways to kill or scare them. The memories of what happened to them during their childhood turns them into the adults they become and by and large they do OK for themselves.
The first victim dies in 1957 when a young boy called George is chasing his paper boat. He follows it to a drain and there Pennywise is able to kill him. His brother Bill is one of the members of the Losers club and over the following summer the 7 children give an account to each other of how they met IT although they were not aware of his significance at the time. It is here that they realise that they do not all see it as a clown, but that it can take many forms and always the thing that can scare them.
Over the course of the summer there are numerous events that the Losers club have to contend with and by the time they go back to school they have grown up.
It is the sort of book that makes you want to keep on reading until you get to the end and if you have a week you could do a lot worse than to read IT.
Set in the fictional town of Derry, in Stephen King's home state Maine, It is a wonderfully emotional novel from the master of horror and suspense - Stephen King. Derry is home to a monster, a shape-shifting malicious creature - It - that has lived beneath the town for thousands of years, awakening every 27 years to claim the lives of Derry's innocent children, while the adults continue on with their lives unaware of all that is going on. In July of 1958, seven young children band together in order to defeat this threat to their home town and make Derry a safe place once and for all. 27 years later however, they have to return to Derry, and face their past once again...
Stephen King's It captivated me from the first sentence and did not let go. Being an incredibly slow reader, with very little free time to actually sit down and read a book, It, with its over 1000 pages, took me the better part of a year to actually finish. The reason I stuck with it was because King has the ability as a storyteller to make the reader need to keep going. He ends chapters on cliffhangers, and sometimes in the middle of sentences, and it is techniques like this which make you, the reader, want to continue. The story itself is moving, hilarious and terrifying in equal measure, and has kept me up more nights than I can count. It taps in to some of our deepest, darkest fears, whether the fear of death, the fear of losing loved ones, or the fear of psychotic killer clowns, and I guarantee that once you start reading this novel, you will instantly love it and be unable to put it down.
*My second attempt at a book review - my first attempt at a fictional novel review*
It is one of Stephen King's most well known novels, along with the Shining, it's also one of his longest books. My version (the one pictured) comes in at an impressive 1376 pages long which means it's not a book for the faint hearted or the easily distracted. Furthermore if you have a phobia of clowns or shapeshifting monsters then I'd stay away from this book as it is genuinely scary.
IT follows the lives of a group of 7 children who are brought together in friendship by a school bully and the need to rid their town Derry of an evil moster who is killing children in horrific ways.
The story flicks back and forth in time between the years 1957/8 and 1985 (the present), this occurs between chapters which regularly stop and start in the middle of sentences. This style of writing can be a little confusing at first, but I believe it has been done to keep the continuity of the story through the separate time lines. The reason for the two time scales is that in 1957/8 the main characters are children (not yet teenagers) trying to kill an evil that is blighting Derry (adults are generally unaware of its existance and believe the murders to be done by a crazed paedophile). The parallel plot in 1985 follows these same individuals who have grown up and moved away, all but forgetting their past - that is until Mike, the one person who stayed in Derry, calls them back because the killing has started once again. Can they stop it once and for all?
The writing is very engrossing, although I felt that at some points King was a little too descriptive and went off on tangents that weren't necessary to the story and didn't really add anything to it. The whole plot is quite strange and draws in essense from myths and legends - for the most part I found myself believing the it could be true, which for me is the hallmark of a story well told, however the ending got a bit too strange to be believeable and I felt my dedication wavering.
For me the ending, although good, was definately the weak point and there were multiple endings which didn't seem to add to the story - you'd read a bit and think you'd come to the end, only to find there was more to go. Overall though I felt this was a very enjoyable book with a plot and style of writing that really draws you in.
Stephen King's It is a book that came out in 1986. I think it is one of his best books ever.
The story is about a group of 7 kids living in Derry in Maine. They are all misfits of some kind or another and get together to form a group. Their names are Bill, Richie, Ben, Beverly, Eddie, Mike and Stan. Bill has a bad stammer, Richie wears glasses, Ben is overweight, Beverly is from a very poor home, Eddie is always sick and suffers from asthma, Mike is black and Stan is a Jew. They find they are all picked on at one stage or another so join together and call themselves the Losers Club.
Previously, Bill lost his little brother when he drowned after playing with a paper boat that Bill made for him. George, the brother, took the boat out to float it down a gulley when they were experiencing bad floods and disappeared into a storm drain. Bill feels really bad about George, thinking its his fault he died and one day he is in George's bedroom looking at his photos when they start to move and he sees things in the photo. When he tells the others he finds they all have had some kind of experience as well.
The bad guys in the story are a group of bullies who taunt the kids right through the story called Henry Bowers, Victor Criss and Belch Huggins. But they are nothing up to the monster that is living underneath Derry. IT is some kind of being from outer space that preys on children and takes on the form of the person's secret fears. Most times IT shows itself as a fearsome clown but can take on the guise of anything it wants.
The book starts in the year 1957 when George dies and then goes over to the following year. It also jumps back and forth to what was the present day, 1984 to 1985 when the group are all grown adults and come together once again. Mike is now the only one who stayed behind in Derry, the others all moving off to different parts of the world to fulfil their careers. Things start happening again In Derry and Mike rings everyone and asks them to come back.
The story is really well told, it is very scary the fact that things are happening to young kids and how they cope with what is happening around them. I thought Stephen King got it spot on about they way they would stick together and deal with things most kids would never dream of. The parts where they are adults was also really well told. The group still having feelings for each other which is a great bond between them.
I read the book for the first time many years ago, not long after it came out and when they made it into a film I really wanted to watch it to see how it looked on the screen. The film is brilliant but not a patch on the book. For a start there is a lot of scenes in the book that were not portrayed in the film and you get the sense of how the kids are feeling much better from the book than watching it happen on the screen. I have since read the book numerous times and do not get fed up with it.
If you are a fan of Stephen King books and have not yet read this book, may be you have seen the film and thought you wouldn't bother with the book, well I would highly recommend you get a copy and read it. You will not be disappointed.
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Derry is a place where bad things happen and have done ever since the town came into existance. Everyone knows that bad things go on but seem to ignore these hard and unsubtle facts. In a likewise manner, much of the town's history remains a closely guarded secret. This is no ordered conspiracy but more a case of ignorance is bliss. People who do not know the history of the town have no wish to learn of it and those who DO know are reticent in sharing.
Six adults each recieve a phonecall from an old school friend they had totally forgotten, asking them to return to their childhood home of Derry. When they were children back in 1958, a series of child murders rocked the town and the seven of them joined forces to take on the ancient evil that was responsible; walking away forever scarred mentally by everything they undertook. All of them swore a blood oath to return if the murders re-occurred. Now, twenty seven years later, with their childhoods entirely forgotten, another chain of bizarre and unsettling deaths has begun causing town librarian Mike Hanlon to remind his old chums of the promise they each swore to keep.
So begins Stephen King's IT, without any doubt the greatest and most ambitious novel he has ever undertaken. Many cite The Stand as his greatest work, but for me it has always been IT. Told largely in flashback, we see each of the characters in turn as they first meet as children and experience individually a series of mysterious events. Together they begin to piece together the evidence and start to realise that something is very wrong in the town they are growing up in. Eventually, they decide to make a stand and go after the creature that is preying on Derry's children; a creature that can become everything and anything that you fear the most!
IT is a book in two acts, almost some might say like two books in one. The first act recalls the events of the summer of 1958; the second what happens when the surviving friends all come together for the first time in twenty-seven years to, once more, take on a demon all of them had long forgotten on the surface of their mind; though its presence had never left the deepest realms of their subconcious. For the reader, it is a unique experience. We see all that occurred way back in the characters' childhood at the same time as them as their memories begin to return the closer they come to Derry.
There can be very few people who have not heard of this book or at the very least the awful T.V series that was based on IT starring Tim Curry and John-Boy from The Waltons of all people. Still Pennywise, or Bob Gray, who appears in the novel mainly as the creatures default form is far scarier by far on the page than he ever was on screen. Through a series of journal entries, librarian Mike Hanlon gives us a look at Derry's history over the years and this only helps to make the story seem ever more real. It is not a short novel, is in fact an epic in all senses of the word, and yet there can be few true Stephen King fans who would not sing its praises. For me this outshines King's Dark Tower series by a million-fold and is not just the greatest novel King ever wrote but also one of the greatest novels I have ever read in my whole life!
The scenes set way back in the characters' childhood are amongst the story's finest moments and are highly reminscent to me of the movie Stand By Me but with monsters in; Stand By Me itself based on a novella written by King called The Body. There are also elements of Robert.R.McCammon's Boy's Life and The Adventures Of Tom And Huck as written by the late, great Mark Twain. There can be little doubt that King is well-read and the influences of the books he himself has read can be felt throughout. This is also the finest example there is of how King is able to create memorable characters caught up in impossible situations! The characters here are among the most-loved of all his imaginary creations and the ending of the book and final climax is as emotional as it is exhausting.
Without giving anything away, there are some that consider the book's final act a little disappointing. To me it is the only ending there possibly could have been. It compliments the rest of the novel beautifully and plays on our most primal fears....of being lost and alone in the dark!
Overall, this is Stephen King's finest hour and one book, that ten or more reads later over something like fifteen or sixteen years, still holds as much joy and fascination, and indeed fear and terror, for me as it did the first time I picked it up! It is quite graphic in places, the language is choice and there are many very nasty scenes that are amongst the scariest and goriest that King has ever written, so therefore should not be read by those of a weak disposition.....that said, it is the one book of King's that certainly should be read by everyone and anyone who considers themself a fan! No Stephen King collection is complete without it!
A meaty tome, this, and no mistake. This is typical King working on home ground, the extreme north-east state of Maine, U.S.A., where he feels most comfortable.
It, the book in question, is a terrifying glimpse of the vulnerabilities of childhood, and the legacies that often times accompany us into adulthood. This forms the basis of this particular offering from the 'King of Horror', a book that hides an unnameable terror lurking below the streets of Derry, the town in which the story is set.
The book comprises two main parts: first, the childhoods of the principal characters, then in part 2 the protracted denoument that concerns their return to Derry as adults to confront and finally vanquish the homicidal creature that has blighted their lives.
In the initial part, the book concentrates on vexed issues like childhood isolation, of being out of 'mainstream' social groups, and the power of friendship forged in this type of adversity. Into this is thrown a series of child murders that, far from creating a community-wide sense of outrage and 'something must be done' as would normally happen, instead infuses the population of Derry with a form of inertia, of 'forgetting', which is at odds with reality.
Not, however, for Bill Denborough (who's brother was taken); and his motley assortment of friends: Stan Uris the Jewish kid, Richie Tozier the comedian, Mike Hanlon the black kid, Beverley Marsh the creative force, the psychomatically asthmatic Eddie Kaspbrak, and overweight Ben Hanscom with an engineering/architectural bent - the so-called 'Losers Club.'
The IT in question mainfests itself in (sort of) human form as Pennywise the Clown; ever been secretly afraid of clowns? Pennywise is the thing that haunts their dreams, and intimidates their waking lives. Unlike the grown-ups of Derry, they are not liable to forget.
The next main part is the 'phone call: Mike, who stayed in Derry whilst the rest of the Losers Club left to make their fortunes, calls each of them to say that It had awakened from its habitual 27 year long hibernation, and was taking children again. Each of them gets the shock of remembering on listening to Mike, and knowing that they must go back to Derry to confront their deepest fears. Not all of them make it, however ...
After their all to brief re-union, they must finally deal with It, plus others: the enemes they made as kids in Derry, and themselves. This is about renewing friendships, of the power of love, the curse of forgetting, and the eternal fight between good and evil. The characterisation gets a bit mushy and muddled in parts in the second half, as it is nowhere near as concrete and clearly defined as when the protagonists were kids.
If you want to know how it all finally pans out, read It.
I am a big fan of Stephen King, and think i will always be. 'IT' was one of those books that gripped me right from the start. I remember the first time i read the book. I was about 14 (i started young in the business of scaring myself!). The book was astounding to me. I will never forget the scene of the paper boat in the rain water and then going down the grate. The first encounter with the clown was mesmerising! The words jumped off the page, and that was when i could not put the book down.
I have read the book more than once, as it is the kind where every few years i get the urge to delve back into the world of the friends, their troubles, and the evil that can find people.
Any Stephen King fan will have read this book, but if you are not a Stephen King fan, and have always felt that you could not understand any of his books (and i know that there are some of you out there!), then give this one a try. It is more than a horror book, but an insight into the lives of friends and how they overcome their fears in everyday situations.
Go on, give it a try! You know you want to!
a horror story about clowns. amazing. this book got me in trouble in college on many occasions as i just could not put it down! stephen king just has a way of writing that makes you need to continue, whether he stops and starts chapters in the middle of sentences, like in this novel, or just writes full stop. this novel is twisted, its sickening, its scary and i love it! it is a very long story, the copy ive got has about 1116 pages in it, but it only took me about 2 weeks to read. it can be a bit confusing as there are a lot of time switches in it and it slips between characters at each chapter but it is definately worth the time and money spent on it. every second and every penny. this book kept me awake at night for two reasons, the first was that i couldnt stop reading it, the second was that it scared the hell out of me.
I read this book when I was in my mid-teens and now at nearly 30, I have to say that this is the scariest book I have ever read. It is a long book 1000+ pages, so like I did, is a great read to take with you on holiday.
What horror story would be perfect without clowns in it, and this one has the scariest one ever in the world of horror. Here you meet Pennywise who terrorises and kills the children of Derry, Maine, every 30 years. When a group of outcasts and geeks join together after encountering the clown, they form a strong friendship and go in search of it in the sewers of Derry, where it lives hoping to kill it and put a stop to the horrors that it is creating...... 30 years later and the now grown up kids find out that Pennywise is back and new murders are taking place. Can they relive their fears and experience the terror once again?
This, in my opinion, is one of the best (and longest) of King's books. It is a real page turner, leaving you gripped to find out what happens next, and if you are a bit of a wimp like me, leaving the bedroom light on!
This is the first Steven King I read and at 1100 pages long it seemed quite daunting. However, I had it on good recommendation and had a vague childhood memory of watching a dire film involving a clown so I picked it up and...
...was instantly gripped. Yes, that infamous clown is a grotesque murderous character that centres any page he falls on but the sheer suspense of the story, the rich cast of characters and the epic descriptions really pull the reader deep in, to the point where I became a hermit just to continue reading.
However, as King constantly tells through his character-narrated interludes, it is the town of Derry, the fictional Maine town where the historical and present horrible attrocities have been expertly worded together by King, is the true centrepiece of this story. King produces a feeling of cosiness and love fo the town even with it's dark secrets and messed up history.
The characters are warm and well-developed, the atmosphere is tense yet strewn with the odd humourous breaker, and that clown that lives in the drains is just damnright horrifying!
A mammoth book, be warned, don't start this book unless you have a lot of free time! It is a very addictive book, and very, very long.
It is an amazing story, written in the style of telling stories. As is typical with King's longer stories it is full of wonderful side-stories, but none of these are irrelevant, and all add to the plot as a whole.
The story centers around the town of Derry, where something has been killing kids every 20 years or so. A group of kids confront the monster, and force it into remission. Later as adults they realize they didn't kill it, and meet again to finish the task.
I loved, loved this book. A huge book, which are always my favorite, all the different stories come together creating a patchwork of brilliance.
A very scary book, you sure won't want to look at any sewers after this, it looks at a lot of real life issues as well.
One of his best.
A quick note, I have been very disappointed with most of King's movies and TV series. IT was one of the very few I liked. If you ever come across the IT miniseries, give it a chance!
I started to read this book so many times and kept getting about 50 pages in, became bored and put it down I was persuaded by a friend to persevere, finally got past the magic page 50 and discovered one of the best books I have read. A lot of people think its Kings finest work but for me that would have to be the Shinning but it is a book that has everything.
The story is set in the town of Derry In Maine where children go missing and are killed in 27 year cycles. IT only shows itself to children, IT feeds of both their imagination and more importantly their fear and nightmares and through them gets both form and life. The story is set round a group of friends, misfits really who bond one summer and are in tune with the horror in the town, a horror that is known to the adults as in children are murdered, but not felt and seen by them in the same way as the children experience it.
They grow up and move away but 27 years pass and after some phone calls they find themselves back in Derry and facing their worst fear, IT.
Stephen King is fantastic at conveying real horror and real fear though his work and there are times reading this book you will want to hide under the covers and leave the light on for fear of being in the dark. You will find yourself transported into their world of fear and be with them every step of the way as they battle to beat it.
At over 1000 pages you might be put off by the length but please don't be its well worth the effort.
Just a final thought as you are reading it. The friend who persuaded me to read the book, while she was reading it and at a scary bit (so many it could have been any of them), pulled the covers back in the bed she was lying in to find a big spider - a bit of a Matrix leap ensued shall we say. When you read the book believe me that story will be a lot more meaningful
Considered by some to be Stephen King's finest book. In my opinion it isn't. That particular honour has to go to The Stand. But it is close. And I have read It about a dozen times. I think it is a well written epic - charting the early lives and middle ages of a group of friends who seem to be the only people who know there is something strange going on in the town of Derry. All the children are disappearing and being found dead - if they are found at all. A killer who preys on children is suspected by the adults and they are so right yet so wrong. There is a killer who preys on children on the loose - but it is beyond the comprehension of anyone who doesn't have the mind of a child. Because the boogey man is really out there. IT is a nightmare given form and the only people who may be able to stop it are the people it prey's on - on account of their imagination. Stephen King has excelled himself here and, horrifying scenes aside, it is a must read for anyone who thinks they can handle it.