Book Review Wednesday: It by Stephen King (4 stars)

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Book Reviews

I gave myself the goal to read every one of Stephen King’s books (except his dark tower series which I’ve read a couple books of and didn’t really get into). It’s going to take a while, and this book ‘It’ took longer to read than most.

I loved this book. Sure, it was slow to start with, and at first it did seem like he was bogging it down with a lot of needless information, but as the pace picked up I think that made the book a lot richer than it would have been. You feel like you know the town, and more than that, that you know the characters as much as if they were your own friends. With most books it’s like watching something on the television, sure it’s enjoyable, but you are a passive observer, but with this book it’s like you are right there in the middle of things with them. That’s the best way I can think to describe this book. I feel like I’ve gone on a journey, just like they had, and come out better for it.

I admit I had my doubts at first. Starting to read it, it was too slow, had too much information I didn’t care about, the characters Eddie and Stan were too similar. I had to push myself through the first 100 or so pages, but then I started to care about them, all of them, and from that point the book had me. As for scares, I didn’t find this very scary until the last 100 pages or so, but it was still good reading, and had loads of creepy moments before then.

Overall I think this is a book that will stick in my mind for a long time, and one that I will look back on fondly, and that is what is important.

I gave this book four stars. It lost a star for the slow start, and I’m still not sure that scene between Beverly and the rest of the gang in the sewers was needed. Overall though, I really enjoyed it.

 

Stephen King goal: so far read:

Firestarter
The cat from Hell
The thing at the bottom of the well
Most of the dark tower series
The stranger
The other side of the fog
The dark man
Popsy
Cycle of the werewolf
The reapers image
The man who would not shake hands
Sometimes they come back.
I’ve got to get away
On Writing
It
Thinner
Cujo
Jerusalem’s Lot
Graveyard Shift
Night Surf
I Am The Doorway
Grey Matter
Battleground
Strawberry Spring
The Lawnmower Man
I Know What You Need
Children Of The Corn
The Man Who Loved Flowers
One For The Road
Quitters
The boogyman
The last rung on the ladder
The ledge
The mangler
The woman in the room
Trucks

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