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Quick Thoughts: It By Stephen King

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Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Scribner

Genre/Themes/Demo: Horror, Fiction

Release Date: January 5th 2016 (first published September 1986)

Page Count: 1156

Format: Audiobook via Overdrive/Paperback

ISBN: 9781501142970


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Maria's Rating -4-01


Synopsis

Can Anna find love in the City of Light? Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best fTo the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered, a good place to live. It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, It lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each person’s deepest dread. Sometimes It reached up, seizing, tearing, killing…The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of It was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until the grown-up children were called back, once more to confront It as It stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.


Quick Thoughts

  • I’ve always wanted to read this book before watching both the tv mini series or the new 2018 film
  • I just kind of kept putting it off considering the size of this monstrous book is completely intimidating for me
  • I finally sucked it up and with the help of the audiobook, I managed to finally finish reading this bad boy
  • I know it was written in the 80s with part of the book taking place in the 50s, but there was a lot of terminology and words used that I really wish were not…or at least not to the extent that they were used throughout novel
  • In comparison to the 2018 film (which I watched after finishing the novel) I really preferred the way the story was told in the novel, back and forth between the characters as children to when they are adults instead of splitting the story into to halves as the film did
  • I did love the concept of this novel, of the children facing this entity that terrified them by using their individual fears
  • It was definitely an entertaining story and I enjoyed reading it and the constant feeling of wanting to know what was going to happen next
  • Did the book need to be this long though? No, not even close.

 


About The Author

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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.


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