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.
This has to be the longest book I’ve ever read, but at the same time what a brilliant, thrilling, bloody ride!
I think it’s safe to say I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would and I will be honest in saying when I saw that other reviews had said this book is slow overall I thought I’d struggle in parts. The reviews are right, this in general is a slow-paced story that doesn’t rush things but all in all it mostly wasn’t boring at all. I’ll put it out of the way, the parts I did find a little dull were the parts about the wartime history of Derry, but at the same time I do kind of see why those parts were needed for the overall story, just that they weren’t very exciting for me 😛
Another thing I’ll put out of the way, this book didn’t scare me at all! 😮 I’m not saying I don’t understand why others were frightened or that it didn’t entertain me with suspense, just that I didn’t lose any sleep and rather enjoyed it for the story and characters more than the scares. I will tell you something though, I think I myself am more scared by visuals and moving image more that books for some reason so at the moment I don’t think I dare look at the movies… you can call me a chicken and all but…
What makes this such a popular book in my opinion is the easy yet well crafted writing style, the well-developed characters and the way the story builds up slowly, but in a way that still manages to be entertaining even when not a lot is happening. I mean I’ll say it straight, I found I easily connected with all the characters points of view both when they were kids and adults as they were so well written and fleshed out right from the start. When I finished the book I felt like I’d become special friends with all these characters because of the easy yet descriptive writing style that portrayed their struggles and relationships in a very realistic way. I still found it a shame the way they went in the end though after the strong relationships they’d formed and all they’d been through together…
There was hardly anything predictable about this book because both the writing and the plot managed to keep me guessing throughout. I must say I think my most favourite aspect of this book is the excellent writing because as I said, I managed to fully invest in the story even when the plot was slow and it was even better when the real shit hit!
That brings me on to IT itself, many people when they think of this book seem to think of a killer clown killing kids. Well this is much more than that, IT is not some lame-ass psycho dressed as a clown but rather an all-powerful entity that manages to really touch the characters sense of fear. Of course we also have normal people who are evil in this book and once again the author manages to really bring them to life and fully invest us in the characters battles, but oh what a shocking revelation about the nature of IT and how well-developed the whole concept of IT was as well.. I sure look forward to reading more of Stephen King’s works as he really does well in creating the ultimate forces of good and evil and mingles them all with a thrilling plot!
So this wasn’t what I expected, but in a good way and maybe other books by this author will completely scare me as I can say that still I haven’t yet been properly scared by a book 😛
Who I’d recommend this for
I’d love to say anyone, but I know a few people who would be offended by some of the content in here as it is probably one of the most graphic reads I have read (still I have seen nothing). But this book is definitely for those who are looking for one of the better crafted and more realistic types of horror there are out there and those who enjoy really getting to know the characters in fiction.