It by Stephen King- or, the scariest thing I have ever read!

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It

By Stephen King

published by Trafalgar Square

1987

Summary

The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. “It” primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.

My Review

I put the summary first, so you would know what I was expecting when I started reading this book.  Creepy- yes.  Frightening-No.  I read The Shining and it scared me pretty good.  I would only read it in the daytime.  And when someone else was in the house with me.  I am a baby.

But with this book, I thought I would be fine.  I am deathly afraid of clowns, but I assumed that was more of a visual thing.  I was SO wrong!

This is a pretty old book, so I am not going to dissect every part of it.  I think it will do to say this is one of my favorites by King, and I am on a pretty good role.  I might need to take a break though- this was a LONG book and it really takes a lot out of you.  I am getting the audio version for my husband, so I might have to listen also.

Parts I loved-

1. The Losers Club- as kids AND adults

I loved that King has such a sense for the isolation and loneliness one can experience as kids.  The love this group has for each other is beautiful.  It actually reminded me a lot of the friendship between the boys from The Body (or Stand by Me for movie fans).  These kids find in each other what they can’t find anywhere else- a sense of belonging and acceptance.

2. The Town of Derry

King doesn’t just set his story in the town, he makes the town an integral part of it.  There isn’t just evil in Derry- Derry IS evil- (mind blown!)   I remember Derry being mentioned in 11/22/63, and then remembered how Jake from that book said he sensed evil here.

3.The timing

King sets part of this story in the 1950’s.  There is the reference to how it was a simplier time, etc- lots of music and tv shows are mentioned.  King has a real love of rock n roll, and it comes through big time here, especially from Richie Tozier. But I also liked how he showed it wasn’t such an idyllic time, but that there was rampant racism, bullying, and terror.

4.  The Evil

At first, I thought it was just the clown- but no.  There is an age old, out of this world evil that is living off of the town- mostly the children.  And it takes the form of whatever you fear the most.  Of course this had me thinking of bogarts, and Snape dressed like Neville’s grandmother, bit I got past that quickly.  I found it SO creepy that this evil feeds off the children of the town, because there imaginations are big and open.

Honestly, I found this a pretty scary book, but also probably one of King’s best efforts.  I read in an article that this book took him over 4 years to write, and that he felt he poured his whole self into it.  It is pretty obvious.

*** I already told you that I have always been frightened of clowns-and birds (thank you Mr. Hitchcock).  But now I can add to the list- sinks, drains, balloons, bridges, canals, eyeballs, and fortune cookies.

5.  The Ending

No spoilers, but I thought it was perfect.

Parts I didn’t really love-

There isn’t that much, but-

1.  The back and forth

It took me a while to get used to the fact that every chapter was about a different character, and usually during a different decade.  I wanted a little more flow at first, especially since almost every chapter ended with a good scare.  I found myself putting the book down an walking away for a while.

2.  That sex scene

I have read other articles about this, and some tried to explain that King felt it was sort of a ritual for the kids to move into adulthood.  Nah- still not very comfortable with it.  Good thing it came at almost the end, or else I might have stopped reading.  I really don’t think it was necessary.  And it made King look a little foolish.

3.  The fact that they forget

Why can’t they remember in the end and stay close??

Did you read It?  Please leave a comment and tell me your thoughts!

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King’s March!

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I participated in this great event last year hosted by Rory at Fourth Street Reviews and Wendy over at Wensend.

I am thrilled to be doing it again this year!

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Spring break is coming up next week, and we will be running around a bit, so I am going to choose a re-read of The Stand to conquer first, then I am hoping to read IT, even though I am literally scared to death of clowns.  I am hoping it is triggered visually.

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If I still have time, I am hoping to reread Bag of Bones, which I won (Yeah!) last year in the King’s March giveaway!

I also somehow managed to get my non-reader husband to agree to listen to The Stand on audiobook, but it’s a million hours long, so he might not finish until next year’s King’s March!

Maybe we can through in some good (and bad) movies too!  Any suggestions?

Needful Things by Stephen King

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Needful Things

by Stephen King

published by Hodder & Stoughton

1992

I bought a copy of this book at my library’s semi annual book sale.

My Review

This was a pretty interesting book, that was a pretty quick read.  When a new store called Needful Things opens in the small town of Castle Rock, the people that live there are very curious.  One by one, they realize that the owner, Mr. Gaunt, has the one object they want more than anything else in the world, and it can be theirs for an amazingly small price, as long they they agree to play a harmless prank on another person in town.  Mr. Gaunt weaves his increasingly dangerous web around the town, and the outcome is explosive.  The one voice of reason- and sanity- is Sheriff Pangborn, a wonderful character that one expects from King-  a flawed but genuinely good person.  Unfortunately these good characters are almost always men- Stu Redmen, Chris Chambers, Andy Dufresne, Mike Noonan, Paul Edgecombe.  Why aren’t the woman ever the great character, Mr. King?

Needful Things, while not my favorite King novel- Hello The Stand- is a good read.  It reminded me a little of Under The Dome, so if you enjoyed that, you will like this too.

Summary

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little “deed,” usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population’s increasingly violent behavior.

Top Ten Books on my shelf that have been waiting too long

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

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Hello All!  This is my first new post of 2015 (that I didn’t write and schedule in 2014)

Today’s topic was supposed to be top ten debuts I was looking forward to, but I couldn’t seem to get my head around it.  I wasn’t going to post at all, but then I found a couple of books that I bought the day after Christmas, and when I went to put them on a shelf, I realized I had SO many others just sitting there that I hadn’t read.  So, I decided to come up with a list of books I am hoping to read this year, that have been sitting on my shelf way too long.  Between the loveliness of ARCs, my obsession with my local library, and the damned ease of downloading onto my kindle, these babies have been languishing on my shelf.

1.  The Bell Jar

2.  Wuthering Heights

3.  The Count of Monte Cristo

4.  East of Eden

5.  The Alchemist

6.  Dolores Clairborne

7.  The Fountainhead

8.  Outlander

9.  Needful Things

10.  A Hundred Summers

So, which would you recommend?

I don’t know why I have ignored them for so long, though in fairness, #s 3, 6, 8, and 9 have such small print that I have to find really strong reading glasses first!

What books have you ignored?

BOO! Books & Movies to get your scare on- a Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Books and Movies to get ready for Halloween

Now, I have always LOVED Halloween, especially when my kids were little.  Had so much fun watching them get all excited.  BUT_ I do not like scary movies, or even books for that matter,  I did start reading Stephen King last year, but aside from him, I am pretty much horror free.  So, here is a list of some sort of scary books and movies!

Books

1.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Love the Gothic story!

2.  Salem’s Lot  by Stephen King

Great vampire book from King, with garlic and stakes and coffins

3.  The Shining by Stephen King

Scared the %$#@ out of me.  I wouldn’t read it when it was dark.  Or I was alone. I kept thinking of Joey from Friends hiding it in the freezer when it got too scary!

4.  Frankenstein  by Mary Shelley

Who is the real monster?

5. Interview With the Vampire  by Anne Rice

The book- NOT the movie.   I loved this so much when I was a teenager.

6.  The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Witches, Spirts, New Orleans-oh my!

Movies

 7.  Carrie

Sissy Spacek creeps me out a little too much.

8.  Scream

I love how they make fun of the whole genre, yet still give you a good scare!

9.  Nightmare on Elm Street

I watched this in the middle of the afternoon when I was 11- didn’t watch another scary movie for about ten years.

10.  The Nightmare Before Christmas

I love this movie- we still watch it every year.

My “Gateway” Books- a Top Ten list

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is-

Top Ten “Gateway Books/Authors”

(maybe a book that got me into reading, or into a certain genre)

1.  Nancy Drew  – First Series

I still have my copies from when I was a little girl, though I am pretty miffed that I seem to be missing a few.  Namely #18 and #22.  I’m not naming any names, but I am pretty sure the middle sister absconded with them just to piss me off.

2.  John Grisham- Crime Thillers

I know that many of you haven’t gotten into Grisham, but for me he is an author who always provides an entertaining read.  I loved The Firm-hated Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere, though Matthew McConaughey can play Jake Brigance any day for me!

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3.  The Lord of the Rings-Fantasy

I had never read any fantasy, and one day soon after we were married my husband came home with a book for me-The Hobbit.  Now, as cool as getting a book is, this was a little strange for hubby-he had NEVER bought me a book before (or read any I suggested to bought for him).  SO this was a first.

Well, I took that bad boy down in two days, and then he ordered The Lord of the REings for me.  I was hooked!  I even went out and bought The Silmarillion for myself and read that too.  I try to do a reread every few years.  As a matter of fact, I think I am due.

4.  The Year of Magical Thinking and The Lost Dogs:MichaelVick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption-Non Fiction

I have stated before on this blog how much these two books meant to me-and more so because they were the first non-fiction books that really drew me in.

5.  Stephen King- Horror/Paranormal

I have already said that a- I am the BIGGEST baby and never wanted to read horror, and b- I read The Shining last October and fell in love with King’s work.  I actually feel stupid labeling King as Horror, since so many of his books aren’t really scary.  I just finished reading The Green Mile last night- perfect example of a King book that isn’t scary.  The Shining, on the other hand, scared the crap out of me!

Seriously, I am really loving discovering this wonderful author, but part of me is cursing him because I am staying up way too late reading.

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Bookish (& Not SO Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thoughts

is a weekly meme hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.

1.  I finished The Stand by Stephen King.  I posted my review yesterday and also linked up with King’s March.  I was very excited to do this, which you might be able to tell if you read my review.  I sound so gushy and a little nuts.

I also found myself in that yucky place, where you finish a book you really love, with characters you don’t want to say good-bye to.  It ruins you for a little while for all other books.  The next book I picked up didn’t really have a chance.  I had to take a few days off, then found myself looking for other King books to read.  I picked The Green mile after some very helpful suggestions from you , dear readers.  I think it was the right choice, as I can’t put it down!!

Has it ever happened to you where a really good book ruins you for a while?

2.  Buzzfeed posted a list of 22 Strong Female Characters We all Wanted to Be.  Honestly- great list- I definitely wanted to be like Lizzy Bennet, Matilda, Lucy Pensieve, and Hermione Granger (why doesn’t she have any close friends that are girls??)  But I don’t think I really wanted to be Lizbeth Salander.  Or Charlotte of the Web fame.  She has to deal with a whiny pig.  Then dies before all of her babies are born.

What do you think of this list?

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3.  This is my view whenever I sit at the computer.  Jack soaking up the sun, sound asleep.  Sound being the optimal word.  About two minute after I took this picture, he started making a sound very much like a chainsaw, with intermittent little yelps thrown in for comic relief.  Of course, the whole body then started convulsing, paws trying to gain traction in the never ending pursuit of that damn squirrel.  No wonder I get nothing done.

4.  It is rumored to be warming up to the mid to high 50s around here soon.  You know what that means, right?  That it’s going to rain for the next month or two-straight.  Then it will get so blistering hot, we will think we live in Mars.  Or Hell.  But it’s just New Jersey.

5.  I am not really officially taking part in Bloggiesta this time around, but I am trying to look up the posts and challenges.  There was a great one over at River City Reading on using Pic MONKEY- go check it out.  Thank you SO much for the help!!  I went over there and played around a little, but then had to stop to cook dinner.  WHY do children insist on eating?  Everyday?

6.  I feel bad for my husband, who has been a NY Jets fan forever.  I had to sadly informed him that our house will no longer be watching or rooting for that team.  I am a book lover, and a dog lover.  Please don’t get me started.

Who should we root for this season?  I am personally a Cowboys fan, but I think hubby will root for the Falcons.  I will allow that.  Plus Matt Ryan is adorable.

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7.  I don’t do Throwback Thursday for the simple reason that I don’t want to see how young  and unlined I used to be.  If I look in the mirror without my glasses, I think I still look like that.

8.  I have been very sporadic with posting lately, and it makes me feel very bad.  I am going to get myself into a real routine, now that we aren’t spending 3+ days away skiing every week.  I also need to detox from all the apres ski food.  It’s yummy and fun, but not conducive to wearing anything other than leggings and long sweaters.

How is everything with you?

Please leave a comment-I love hearing from you.