Monday, May 2, 2011

Review: "It" by Stephen King

From Goodreads:  A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry's sewers once more.

My Take:  I just have to say that Stephen King creates the best characters.  The seven children he wrote for this book were amazing; I felt like I knew each one of them personally.  They were each so unique with their own individual problems but still felt strong enough to try to combat the evil that took over their city.  I must say that I was surprised at how not scared I was by this book.  The story was definitely creepy and Pennywise/Bob Gray was one bad dude but I think some of the other characters in the story were more frightening then Pennywise and the people he controlled.  Eddie's mom was terrible; I kept thinking that she was borderline Munchausen syndrome.  Patrick was also an awful little psychopath who gave me the creeps.  I felt like King was trying to show people who were innately bad alongside people who were bad because they were affected by the evil forces in the town.  

The only thing that I didn't like so much about this book was the jumping around.  The book bounces between 1958 and 1985 and towards the end of the book every other chapter was a different time and it started to get confusing.  Other than that, I don't have any issues with this book.

4 stars:  I highly recommend this book!

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