Stephen King's IT - just way way too long

(38 Posts)
perceptionreality Sun 13-Jan-13 15:53:54

I first picked this up a few months ago - it is quite scary but definitely not my usual thing so I read something else then went back to it (hate to not finish a book).

Now, 600 pages in the realisation has set in that I will have to read another 700 to find out how they defeated IT!

I think there are certain sections of the book that are too drawn out.

MissPricklePants Sun 13-Jan-13 15:56:12

IT is one of my favourite SK books, but I am a huge fan and find most his work brilliant. Keep going with it, it is great.

redlac Sun 13-Jan-13 15:56:55

Stick with it! Fantastic book

perceptionreality Sun 13-Jan-13 16:03:52

Oh, I will definitely finish it - I really like the characters. I have to know the ending. I'm reading this as it was recommended as something you should, along with the Stand which I will read after (but maybe with another book in between to prepare for that marathon!)

MissPricklePants Sun 13-Jan-13 16:05:30

oh The Stand is amazing! I can also recommend the Dark Tower series by SK to you, they are his best work.

insancerre Sun 13-Jan-13 16:09:40

Love It but was disappointed by the ending.
The Stand was my favourite until I read the Dark Tower series.
I hate finishing one of his books- I wish they were all as long as the dark tower grin

perceptionreality Sun 13-Jan-13 17:41:33

How long are the Dark Tower series? I don't mind a long book at all really but 1300 pages is more than any I've read and I think at times he beats about the bush. The characters are so well drawn though.

insancerre Sun 13-Jan-13 17:45:20

There are 7 books, well 8 now as he has just written another one. But the books are not long in themselves. Well, not all of them.

pointythings Sun 13-Jan-13 19:18:07

I think one of the great strengths of IT is the way the story strands from 1958 and 1985 are entwined and pulled together, and the level of detail and character development is an integral part of that. But then I like big long books anyway.

I do agree that the end of 'It' goes on a bit but I think it's a great book and most of the length is ensuring that the characters are 'real' to us in both periods.

LOVE The Dark Tower series other than the recent one, which I thought was rubbish and added nothing at all. They are long but gripping and again his characterisation keeps everything moving quickly, despite the length. I've read them all many times apart from number 4, which bores me a bit as it's mostly set in the past, rather than in the current quest which the other books tell of.

Love that some of the characters from 'It' appeared briefly in the JFK book too.

StuffezLaBouche Sun 13-Jan-13 20:10:44

I remember thinking the same about IT - can;t even remember how it ended. Definitely read the Stand though, it's THE BEST post-apocalyptic book I've read.
Would definitely like to give the Dark Towers books a try - can anyone tell me the first one's title so I can have a look on iBooks?

The first one is The Gunslinger. It's not terribly exciting in itself tbh but works better on re-reading having read a couple of the others, if that makes sense.

StuffezLaBouche Sun 13-Jan-13 20:13:06

Thanks Remus!

HumphreyCobbler Sun 13-Jan-13 20:15:07

I might well read the Dark Tower books a try now.

I loved It. I love the detail. It is terribly scary though. I have re-read it many times.

TheMysteryCat Sun 13-Jan-13 20:18:22

In France, IT is published as two books; a bit odd.

It is long, but not too long for me. I love that book.

Dark tower is superb, but a couple of the books are pretty long.

Excluding short stories, my favourite short King novel is The Eyes of the Dragon. Pretty magical.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 13-Jan-13 20:20:14

I really need to write sentences in one go, instead of breaking off in the middle to do something else blush

Humphrey - I'm sure you've been promising to read it for years on here! smile

montage Sun 13-Jan-13 20:25:22

2 books would be more handbag-friendly.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 13-Jan-13 20:27:28

I know, every time you mention it I think I MUST give that a go, I will probably love it!

I am going to get the first one on amazon right now

HumphreyCobbler Sun 13-Jan-13 20:29:55

done grin

TheMysteryCat Sun 13-Jan-13 20:31:01

Please buy the first two! The Gunslinger is a bit meh until you get into the series. I read it and then didn't read the other for months because I thought it was a bit weird and dull. After I read the first four, I went back and read it again and suddenly "got it".

Exactly, Cat. I think read 'The Gunslinger' and the next 2, then read 'Gunslinger' again before reading the long one about Susan (Is that Wizard and Glass?).

Humphrey - well done. You will thank us! smile

TheMysteryCat Sun 13-Jan-13 20:37:13

Agree. It is the one about Susan that makes sense of it all. I think it is wizard and glass!

DianaPrince3 Sun 13-Jan-13 20:45:37

Wow, I haven't read IT since 1993 I think!
I love SK and intend to read and re-read all of his books. I'm proper stuck though, on the Bachman Books. I've read the first two of the four, "Rage" and "The Long Walk" but I REALLY haven't enjoyed them, but I can't not finish the book! sad I have Roadwork and Running Man to go, does it get any better?

My favourite SKs are Dolores, Shining, Green Mile, Shawshank, Misery and Gerald's Game (theonly book to actually make me physically jump when I read the next line!
I started a free sample of 11/22/63 and was rally impressed, I can't wait to finish this bloody boo then I can get on with that!

DianaPrince3 Sun 13-Jan-13 20:46:36

Argh! An unclosed bracket!


TheMysteryCat Sun 13-Jan-13 20:53:06

I like the running man, though it's pretty harrowing - unlike the shitty blockbuster. I really liked the long walk though!

Haven't read any recent ones except cell which I found a bit tedious. Sometimes, for me, he gets far too self-reflexive.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 13-Jan-13 20:59:55

For some reason I can never read Rage. The first few pages always put me off. The Running Man is a v good, fast read.

StuffezLaBouche Sun 13-Jan-13 21:04:47

Oooh Gerald's Game was horrible and a certain scene in it really got to me sad
Rose Madder is good, if anyone's looking for a SK to try. The supernatural slant pissed me off a bit, but overall I really enjoyed it.

I've got the Lovely Bones upstairs waiting for me. I'm up to about page 60 and have to admit I'm not as "into it" as I thought I would be. Will definitely persevere though.

Rage not v good tbh - too little on why they side with freaky-boy against perfect boy imho.

The Long Walk is sublime though. Running Man is good and Roadwork pretty nothingy.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 13-Jan-13 21:15:52

Ah, I had confused Rage with Roadwork. I agree about Rage, it is not clearly thought through.

The Long Walk is a distressing but compelling read, isn't it? It always reminds me of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson for some reason.

echt Mon 14-Jan-13 05:57:33

It has some excellent moments, and the whole is not to be sniffed at, either. The death of Georgie in the opening chapter; when Ben sees It as the Mummy on the ice; the photographs that come to life. Splendid set pieces.

Poor bits are It as a spider ???? Also, the utterly dreadful bonding of the children by all the boys having sex with the girl. What WAS King thinking? It's not porn, but entirely unnecessary.

The Shining is so much better, and I can see why King was peeved by Kubrick's film. The way Kubrick turned a capable but shit-scared woman into a gibbering wreck spoke volumes about his ability to direct women. King's men and boys are always better-realised than his women, but the women are never ridiculous or negligible.

I understand that King is writing a follow-up to ^The Shining^; a grown-up Danny Torrance.

tiggy114 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:44:29

I've been reading a seroes of articles in the guardian about SK and apparantly 'the Rage' is out of print because it inspired some school shootings in america! You can get it on amazan in one of the bachman books compilations. I'm sooo glad someone here said they love Geralds Game! I loved it too but you never hear of it. Ok so if you don't like the long descriptive ones, give tommyknockers and insomnia a miss. I would stick with IT but then go on to Carrie or Green Mile. Definately the stand and also the shining. They are all awesome and will prob hook you enough to give the longer ones a go.

You won't be able to get 'Rage' unless it is an old copy. It's been taken out of the Bachman collection too. At one point new copies on Amazon were still saying that it was in there, but it isn't. King himself asked for it to be taken out of print.

After, 'Needful Things' (which is abominable) I think, 'The Tommyknockers' is his worst book. Then, 'Gerald's Game.'

FancyPuffin Mon 14-Jan-13 17:49:40

IT is my favourite.

I have Rage but didn't think much of it The Long Walk is better but a hard book to read. Thinner (originally published as Bachman) is great.

Worst ones for me are Under the Dome (doom laden ending really let it down) and Lissies Story which really annoys me as I got it signed after queuing for 6 hours

I like, 'Under The Dome' apart from the 'revelation' and the bit where the two characters 'save' the others by meeting with, 'the things which would be a spoiler if I said them.' That was silly and a bit immature to me, which was a shame because so much of the characterisation and the relationships between people was King at his best again.

FancyPuffin Mon 14-Jan-13 18:31:07

I agree Remus right up to the end was a good book the ending just really let it down..

Ooh, a SK thread smile

My favourites are the Dark Tower series (particularly Wizard & Glass), Misery, IT, The Stand, The Eye of the Dragon, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, From a Buick 8 and Hearts in Atlantis (always makes me cry for some reason blush). Those are the ones I can read over and over again.

Also like Rose Madder, Christine, The Green Mile, The Long Walk, Bag of Bones.

Not keen on Gerald's Game, but that's because of the plot, I find it very hard to read and get into it. Same with Cujo. And not overly impressed with his latest ones - Duma Key, Lisey's Story, Under the Dome.

But I am looking forward to the Shining follow-up!

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