Reading: IT, by Stephen King

It by stephen king

I was inspired to read Stephen King’s IT when Care recently posted her List of King, where she gave IT five slices of pie. Very high praise indeed, and since it was on my list of “Stephen King books to read”, I decided to put a hold on it at the library.

The only thing I knew about the book was that it was the one with the clowns. Or, as Care put it, The Clown.

I put a hold on both the ebook and the audiobook versions. The audiobook came first, and I started listening to it a few nights ago. I’m really enjoying it so far. I love the narrative structure, and how easily King handles the large cast of main characters. I like how he goes back and forth in time without losing me, the reader. I like how he builds the suspense in one scene and then spins some more, equally interesting non-related scenes, so you’re immersed in what he’s telling you and at the back of your mind you’re still wondering, what will happen with that other situation? Because you know he’ll show you, soon, and you can hardly wait.

And then he brings you back to that scene. And it’s all edge of the seat stuff, well worth the wait.

I’m at the point now where all the forces are converging on the town of Derry. It feels to me like I’m nearing the end of the book, but I just checked, and I’m only at just under the 60 percent mark!  To say this is edge of the seat stuff would be putting things mildly.

In fact, I’m not sure if I will be able to take listening to the rest of the book in audio, especially as it nears its resolution. I tend to be a “page skimmer” when I get to those gripping, suspenseful sections of novels, at least on a first read, and the thing with an audiobook is, you can’t skim – you can only flip ahead and then who knows what you might have missed.

So I’m probably going to have to stay on the edge of my seat for the rest of the book. It’s either that or wait until I can get my hands on the ebook. But it’s not the kind of book you can put down, so it’s highly unlikely I’ll wait …

And no, I haven’t seen the movie.

Have you read IT? If you did, what did you think of it?

12 thoughts on “Reading: IT, by Stephen King

  1. Bernadette

    I have but it was many many years ago – I used to devour Stephen King books – and still count THE STAND as one of my favourite books of all time – but I can’t seem to come at his stuff now. I’ve tried a couple of his more recent efforts and was unimpressed, and even tried re-reading THE DEAD ZONE (another fave) but it just didn’t do it for me. I think I crammed my lifetime quota of King into my 20’s?

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  2. Kay

    Yes, I read IT a long, long time ago. I have watched the TV miniseries and it was OK. Not great, but OK. This was one of my favorite King books. THE STAND is my favorite. It is quite absorbing and I remember being always impressed with how he could make the ordinary situations seem so, so scary. Like, you never know what’s under the bed – don’t sleep with your foot uncovered at night. Stuff like that. LOL

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      It’s a really good read, Kathy. It’s funny, but the most intense scenes for me have been the confrontations between characters rather than with It.

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  3. Ti

    I’ve read the book twice and listened to it once and both formats are great. I will say this, King’s grasp of childhood is so strong in this one, but I did not like the way the issue was resolved in the end.

    The TV movie was horrid. They are remaking it though, although I am not sure it will be any better.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      He is just so good when it comes to the childhood scenes. And each of those kids is so distinct, so individual. That can be a tough thing to pull off with seven of them but he makes it look effortless.

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  4. Care

    Yes, to what Ti says about the childhood parts. I just really think the timing and the readalong and the fabulous narration and even the fact that this was listened to while I mowed the lawn (summer!) — that is why this was a five star read for me.

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  5. LeviSJ

    I had seen the TV movie as a preteen. It wasn’t until the summer I was about 15 that I stayed up for almost two nights in a row glued to the book and holed up in my room, coming out only for the basic necessities.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I love memories like that. I did a lot of that kind of thing when I was a teen. I’d get so deeply immersed in the book and time would just fly. It’s much harder to do that these days!

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  6. Melissa

    I just read this one last year. Care’s review was my prompt as well : ) I loved the interaction between the kids and it scared me silly. I will say that I don’t think the ending was great. I think King always struggles with his endings though.

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