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It Paperback – 12 May 2011
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A writer of excellence . . . King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel. (The Sunday Times)
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I will admit I was completely taken aback by the SIZE of this... 1376 pages!!! I began this book back in September 2017 and read about 200 pages before I stopped for a while. I kept picking it up and stopping again over the next few months.
But over the last month I have just been constantly reading this and it enthralled me.
This story creeped me the hell out but I loved it.
I’m sad this story is over.
This is my favourite book by Stephen King.
The history of Derry is fascinating. It could so easily all be true.
I adore this book for the reasons above. There's no other book like it.
I’m not going to compare this to the movie the only thing I did do was have the images of the actors and actresses involved in the new movie version in my head when reading about the characters and throughout the book which made this a little better for me.
Mr Kings style of writing is awesome and pulls you straight into the story, the details he puts in to create the world is astounding which made me to never wanting to put this book / audiobook down. It took me 5 days from start to finish and after finishing it I decided this will be a yearly read / listen for me as I enjoyed it that much.
Highly recommend to anyone who loved the old or new version of the movie and a fan of Mr King himself.
My overwhelming thoughts as I exit the world of Derry, Maine, is what an incredibly well crafted story King wrote with It. The characters are so heavily developed, the town itself is described in minute deal, by the end of the 1300+ pages, you feel like you’ve been a resident of Derry for years. There were passages where It dragged, especially the ‘interludes’ that didn’t hugely add to the story, but for the most part, I have huge admiration for this novel.
The seven kids who form the losers, were all loveable and likeable, and you genuinely cared what happened to them. Ben, Bill and Bev were all special favourites of mine, with Eddie and Mike close behind too. Their backstories were all heartwarming and breaking all at once, with each of them having some element that made you want to scoop them up and protect them. Even as grownups, you are left wanting to protect the seven, their lives all taking at least some tragic path. I loved the split of the novel, with the seamless integration between the modern day and the past day, especially towards the end of the novel.
The villains in the story were all superb. Henry especially was just enough crazy that you were left feeling utterly terrified whenever he was near our heroes. His friends ranging from blind follower to bat shit crazy, also added an extra level of terror. Moving in to the adult world, Tom was so easy to hate, and again, was just the right level of crazy, keeping it slightly realistic. Of course the main villain of the story is It, the idea of a shape shifting creature that favours the face of a clown is terrifying enough, but it’s obvious and complete control of everything in Derry just sends shivers down your spine. Every incarnation of It we see is increasingly spookier, with the worst possibly being the hobo under the porch, and the crone in the flat.
Not everything is a positive here, although I stand firmly by the five stars I’ve given it. A particular bug bare of mine is Kings seeming fascination with child rape and sex. There are several points in the story where I cringed at the seriously detailed passages about various sex acts on the kids. And this is not the first King novel that’s left me feeling that way. The ‘orgy’ as my friend aptly refered to it, was the particular low point here, and made absolutely no sense or addition to the novel. I won’t ever understand the need to add that in.
All in all, this was a great read, and if you have a spare week or two, well worth it!