This was not at all what I expected.
|Much like this cat.|
Stephen King's It is one of his more famous novels, and one that illustrates a perception/reality discrepancy that I think might happen with a lot of his work (for me, at least). It is not just, in fact, about a psycho clown, as pop culture and some variations of the book cover might suggest. Just like, as I recently learned (thanks, Red), Pet Sematary is not just about zombie kitties. Here, King takes the horror genre and uses it ruminate on what it means to be a child, what happens when you move from childhood to adulthood, how much your parentage and the way you're raised affects you as a child and as an adult.
And in the midst of this philosophizing, he give us everything we do expect from the genre. Blood, violence, sex, it's all there. And terror, that's there, too. It kept me up nights at my mother-in-law's place this Christmas, listening to the unfamiliar creaks with rising panic.
|When the natural gas detector squealed |
a false alarm at 2 am I was wrecked for days.
I loved this book. I cried, which was another thing I didn't expect. I cried when things were sad and I cried when things were beautiful. Sure, there were parts — though not too many — that were unnecessary (descriptive descriptions are descriptive) and parts I'm not sure how I feel about (some bits had an ickiness level in the danger-zone), but overall it blew my mind right up. If you don't go for horror, don't go for this one, but if you have any inclination or you've wanted to read King but didn't know where to start, definitely pick this one up. Thanks to Devouring Texts for recommending it! It's a rereader.
Bonus ereader reaction*: This was the first book I read on an ereader, and it was great. I love love real books, but for the colossi out there (and It, my version clocking in at 1027 pages, certainly qualifies), I'm glad to have the option of downsizing to something that's easier to handle and travel with. If I didn't already own the Song of Ice and Fire books in paperback, I'll tell ya. Though I did miss the sensation of going from more pages in my right hand to more pages in my left. And my Sony Reader doesn't tell me how many pages are left in a chapter. Though I guess physical books don't really announce that either. Anyway, my basic stance on the thing is put a good story in front of me and I'll read it, whatever the format.
*I had written "review" here but then I read it back and thought HA NOT SO MUCH.