Written on: 22/08/2005 by bojanglesk8 (4 reviews written)
I saw the movie adaptation of this book first---and truly wish I hadn't spoiled it all for myself. After some debating with myself whether to buy this book and read it or not---I'll pretty much know what happens---but most Stephen King adaptation movies from books don't meet up with the standards of the original novels so I decided to check this one out.
At first looking at, my first impression was This is going to take quite a while to finish. It was a thick book---the paperback version I have now 1093 pages exactly.
But, no sweat though because I finished a book before that was longer then that---it was the Stand complete, and uncut by the same author---Americas #1 Horror Master Stephen King. The Stand, uncut, complete is also another wonderful masterpiece from Stephen King, but I'll get to the subject of what I'm reviewing now---the book It.
So far, I am 1/4 through the book, and right now---page 3 hundred and ten something---King introduces most of the child characters and begins building up previous stories of the teenages encounters with "It" otherwise known as Pennywise the dancing Clown, or Jangles(a personal nickname I gave to the clown). "It" is a shape-shifting monster from outerspace who comes and terrorizes the small, once idyllic town of Derry.
In the year of 1957, which is the year book first starts, George Denbrough, William, or otherwise known as Bill or Stuttering Bill or Big Bill Denbroughs younger brother plays out on the streets with a paper boat his older bro Bill made for him, stroked all over with paraffin to keep it water-proof. The boat flows smoothly along the flooded curbing and ends up going drops into a sewer. George looks through the dark pits and sees a clown. And then the clown kills him. That's the first of all the murders to come.
Slowly the kids in Derry become mysteriously missing. Some are found dead.Bill and his friends come face to face with Jangles otherwise known as Pennywise the dancing clown and defeats him---or so they think they do. 28 years later, when there all grown ups, and just want to live a happy succesful life, the town of Derry once again begins to mysteriously lose children. The 7, come back 28 years later to only fight something they thought they had destroyed 28 years earlier---once and for all.
It's a great book. Once King gets through with introducing the characters and you get around the middle or so, all the characters feel so real, and the plot is so interesting and suspensful and chilling that its hard to put down. Please take my advice and avoid the movie It---that is if you haven't read the book first. Read the book first---its a hundred times better.It is one of King's finest works!