I was among those who watched this when it came out as a miniseries. I was definitely too young to watch the miniseries, which proved itself when I keI was among those who watched this when it came out as a miniseries. I was definitely too young to watch the miniseries, which proved itself when I kept inspecting out bathroom sink for any signs of blood for months afterwards.
Anyway, with the movie coming out (which I probably won’t go see), I became interested again, and after reading about the books having a much more developed Pennywise storyline, I decided to give it a go. After more than a week, I must say, the book proved to be quite a disappointment.
It started off great and the creepy factor was high, but then it sort of fizzled out and should’ve become a DNF, but somehow my stubborn streak kicked in. It was too long with too many things crammed into it going from creepy and gory into rather disgusting territory (with the animal torture and the “orgy” in the sewers) to downright bizarre with the whole alien and the Ritual of Chüd thing.
Somehow it all felt overblown, bloated and overburdened with all these different elements while most of it could’ve been cut creating a leaner, meatier tome....more
The Torrance family moves to the Overlook Hotel in order for the recovering alcoholic patriarch, Jack, to start his new job as caretaker. But bringingThe Torrance family moves to the Overlook Hotel in order for the recovering alcoholic patriarch, Jack, to start his new job as caretaker. But bringing his family with him proves to be a huge mistake for Jack, since his psychic son seems to bring out the worst in the old hotel.
Nicely plotted and well developed with realistic and believable, somewhat heart breakable (Jack in this instance) characters and plausible actions and reactions, this books flows more along the lines of psychological thriller than straightforward horror. The suspense builds up so slowly that the true horror and evil creeps up suddenly and (almost) unexpectedly, although it also has its silly moments that break the flow of the story and the slow, inexorable progress of the creeping evil.
What also breaks the stride of the story is the length. It felt overblown, overdrawn, and was slowly getting very boring indeed. Fact is, it took me ages to finish. But maybe it was just me having an adverse reaction to King’s narrative style....more
Okay, this is officially ridiculous. Although I don't know which more. This series (which went from bad to worse) or me for reading it.
I cannot claimOkay, this is officially ridiculous. Although I don't know which more. This series (which went from bad to worse) or me for reading it.
I cannot claim these type of stories to be palate-cleansers anymore, they're just shyte. Over-the-top, unbelievable, fantastical, ridiculous crap. The heroes spout flowery prose a real-life man wouldn't be caught dead saying, and let's not speak of their oral fixations—talk about unrealistic. And the heroines are all perfectly happy to spend the rest of their lives alongside a sexually-obsessed maniac who bangs them without a condom to make as many babies as possible with a complete disregard to the woman's health.
I only read this one because I liked Tabby and Vlad in the first book, but I should've known that their story would ruin all good feelings from that little short scene. And I was right. Does that make me a glutton for punishment?...more