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?