#Italong halfway. Or, I’m scared of the dark

Posted 16 September, 2012 by Trish in Reading Nook / 17 Comments


This post is my halfway check-in for Fizzy Jill and Princess Clown Nose Christina’s readalong (or italong) of IT by Stephen King. 
First of all, let’s clear something up. I am not wearing the close nose in the pictures below just for funsies. Though we have established that I might be a little bit insane. No no no…these pictures are part of the #italong propaganda. I’m not the only one with a nose! Just had to clear that up since there was a bit of confusion.

And now my very random thoughts on the book thus far. I’ll do a full review when I finish in a month or so.

1. This book is scaring the bejeesus out of me. From the opening scene where Georgie is walking down the stairs to his basement just waiting for something…it…to get him. Yup. I’ve decided that it’s just way too scary to go running in the morning before the sun comes up. I also cannot read the book after the sun goes down as I’ve had a few small nightmares (which I’m prone to anyway so no shocks there).

2. The audiobook, narrated by Steven Weber (of Wings fame), is FANTASTIC. Seriously. It’s maybe the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. Ever.  It’s even on sale for $5 right now at audible (for members). I could write a whole post just raving about the audio portion of the #italong. It’s intense and scary and passionate. Even when I do have time to read I usually wish I were listening instead.

3. I much preferred when the kids were younger rather than when they were older. And the scary when they were younger felt more real–more haunting. The scary as adults is more horror, in your face, gross, yuck. Although the real horrors seem to be Tom Rogan and Henry Bowers. Double Shudder.

4. How the heck does this Mike Hanlon fit into the picture? I know he’s the same age as the other folks but I just can’t seem to trust him as he wasn’t hanging out at the dam with the other kids ore helping Bev clean up the bathroom. And could his interludes be any more boring?

5. I’m SHOCKED at how much I’m enjoying this book. I have to admit that I even like it better than I liked The Stand. Even though this one is scary as all get out, it’s good. King is a windbag (or long winded) but boy can he paint a scene and bring it to life. I could do without the moments of horror but on the other hand I kind of wait for them as well. Such a weird feeling for me!

6. The Turtle. WTF.

A quote:  “No, they were not real. TV monsters and movie monsters and comic book monsters were not real. Not until you went to bed and couldn’t sleep; not until the last four pieces of candy, wrapped in tissue and keep under your pillow against the evils f the night, were gobbled up; not until the bed itself turned into a lake of rancid dreams and the wind screamed outside and you were afraid to look at the window because there might be a face there, an ancient grinning face that had not rotted but simply dried into dark sockets; not until you saw one ripped and clawlike hand holding out a bunch of balloons: See the sights, have a balloon, feed the elephants, ride the Chute-the-Chutes!” (207)  

“We all float down here.”

Have you read IT? We still have a month until we’re slated to finish so it’s definitely not too late to join the fun!!

17 Responses to “#Italong halfway. Or, I’m scared of the dark”

  1. I had to do some looking-into about the turtle. Evidently King brings the Turtle into his fiction frequently…like in the Dark Towers series. There’s suppose to be Symbolism and all that jazz…but really, with a 1000+ book who has time to examine the Symbolism? #notme

    I am finding It much more terrifying than The Stand. The first part of The Stand freaked me out, cuz I can totally see our gov’t doing something shady like that – plus, I’ve seen too many Hollywood films that would suggest that. Ha (I’m easily persuaded…) but the Dark Man? Didn’t REALLY do it for me.

  2. I read “IT” when I was 15 (I had awesome parents who never censored my reading), it took me like 6 months to read it. I don’t remember any of the particulars obviously, but I remember it was more than a little freaky. I almost joined up for this, but I’m not much on audiobooks and I knew there’d be no way I could get through a book that big with a baby in the house. I’m glad you’re enjoying it and I look forward to your full review :)

  3. I was around 14 or 15 when I first read this and watched the movie. What terrified me the most after I read/watched it were drains. I was afraid of the toilet, the sink, and the shower. I would stare at the drains while I was showering or brushing my teeth, and would use the toilet as fast as I possibly could. I was just waiting for an evil giggle to come out of them…or an evil clown finger to appear. Oh my goodness. Haha!

  4. I’m still more freaked out by The Stand, because I can see that happening. Not really thinking I’m going to encounter a clown if I stick my head into a storm drain (not that I’ll be testing that out that little theory, though).

  5. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I’m super sad about the audio. :( I really really would like to listen.

    I’ll have to come back to this later on during the week. I’m only about 200 pages in but I have high hopes of catching up as my husband has meetings this week in the evening. Depending on where I am in the story, that night reading may or may not work. We’ll see.

  6. I’m not quite halfway done yet but I’m also surprised at how much I am enjoying this book. I always hide the book in a drawer before I go to bed but I haven’t had any nightmares. Yet. I’m so glad that I am finally taking the time to read it!

  7. Of all the Stephen King I’ve read, I think the book that scared me the most — as in genuine heart-pounding adrenalin-pumping fear — was The Shining. IT inspired moments of terror, and The Stand was disturbingly plausible, but The Shining in its entirety scared the bejabbers out of me.

  8. Les

    I read IT when I was in my mid-20s and I have to say I was scared S*&%less!! I couldn’t even think about clowns or paper boats or rain gutters or silver coins without having nightmares. I couldn’t look at photo albums or sink drains without feeling my skin crawl. King has such a way of painting such images that stay with you for years, if not decades. The Shining was just as terrifying. I’m reading The Passage (Justin Cronin) right now and it has a similar feeling of impending doom and terror. I’m actually listening to it on audio (fantastic performance by Scott Brick) and have to stop before dark, otherwise I find I’m dreaming about bats and other terrifying things that fly through the sky.

    We all float down here. Thanks. Just when I thought I’d completely erased Pennywise from my memory… ;)

  9. Duuuude, this is my favouritest Stephen King! (I think I may have told you this already, but it bears repeating!) Let’s see.. *cracks knuckles*

    The bits with the kids as kids are definitely scarier than when they’re adults, and I think that has a lot to do with how King sees childhood and stuff. And I feel really sorry for Mike in your head! I assume you haven’t come to the bit where he meets the kids yet, so… I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt! And his interludes! Ok, if anything they probably could have been cut out of the book, but the thought of that makes me want to clutch my copy and go ‘nooooooo!’ So… IT’S PERFECT JUST AS IT IS!

    Ahem. I hope you like/are appropriately scared by the second half just as much!

  10. Oh, you don’t wear the clown nose just around the house? I mean, I’m not saying that I do, or anything. Oops. :)

    Thank you SO MUCH for recommending the audio! I prefer it MUCH more than reading it. Steven Weber is absolutely INCREDIBLE, and the few times I have read it, I miss his voice acting all the characters out, so I return back to the audio.

    I also am enjoying this a little bit more than The Stand, but it could just be because of Mr. Weber’s narration! I’ll have to listen to the audio of The Stand in the future so I can really give a good comparison.

  11. I’m really curious about how Mike fits in too. I’m glad that so many of you are liking the audio, I’ll have to get it for Jason so I’ll have another person to chat with the book about.
    I’m definite more creeped out by this one than I thought I’d be.

  12. It’s been years since I last read IT, and I guess it deserves a re-read sometime in the not so distant future :) I’m glad you’re enjoying it (or: having a great time being scared witless by IT)! I don’t remember everything you are alluding to… the scariest part I currently can remember is when Mike (?) enters this house where this old lady lives and they have tea…

  13. I was impatient for the Mike part when he meets the kids but it is GOOD. I think this might be my favorite King, too.

  14. “We all float down here” is a quote that brings vivid images of the movie to my mind EVERY time I hear/read it. I’ve never read the book, but I think I need to!!