By far, this has to be the easiest of the challenges. Just talk about the book that you are currently reading; thoughts, feelings, general opinion on what you have read so far, whether you’re liking it or not. All that jazz.
For me, this past month I have been 100% focused on the behemoth novel that is Stephen King’s IT.
At the time of writing this post, I am currently a little over 900 pages into the story meaning I have roughly 400 pages to go. The version of the novel that I picked up as a few extra details in making it reach over 1300 pages.
At my last check, I’m pretty sure that this is the biggest book that I own – and that’s including the Game of Thrones novels and another Stephen King giant, Under the Dome. I could be wrong, but on a visual standpoint, IT seems to winning.
For those who have somehow never heard of this book, the 1990s mini-series, or the utterly terrifying-looking remake getting released September 2017, IT follows a group six boys and one girl, who call themselves the Losers Club, during the summers of 1958 and 1985. Set in the town of Derry, Maine, the Losers Club, as children, discover that something evil is living in the sewers beneath their feet. A monster is killing the children of Derry and, so far, they’re the only ones to get away. As more kids die, and horrifying events start to happen to them, the Losers vow to kill the creature before it can hurt anyone else. However, in 1985, as adults, those who left are soon called back to Derry as It comes out of hiding for another killing spree.
So far I am really loving this book. I’d seen the 90s mini-series as a kid – really only because my mother was watching and I came into the room and stuck around – but had never read the book until now. I’d completely underestimated just how large it is, but nothing has felt out of place just yet. For such a large book, the pacing is really nice. Despite Stephen King’s almost obsessive use of flashbacks within flashbacks, and flashforwards within flashbacks within flashbacks, I’ve not felt lost once.
The Losers’ lives as adults I’m not really all that bothered with, if I’m being entirely honest. Where these characters have really struck home with me is as children. Stephen King seems to have this way of writing amazingly realistic children and each and every one of them, even the horrid bullies like Henry, has their own personality, their own quirks and mannerisms that make them unique. It’s so nice to see a slightly older book with such tight friendships.
Plus, there is a moment where a woman is described as a feminist as she’s not presented as a man-hating she-beast which is nice. She’s a little on the odd side but she’s cool.
I’m sitting at a cool 4.5 out of 5 so far. It’s getting closer to a full five with each new event.