A few thoughts on IT

-aside from Pennywise himself and the weird scene at the end, i knew next to nothing about the plot of the book. the movie trailers explained a bit more, but not much more than “clown lives a long time”. i honestly thought it was some sort of John Wayne Gacy serial killer monster clown. What I got was both weirder and scarier than my initial impressions.
 
-speaking of that weird scene at the end, i get why it’s there, it’s not written in a gross or skeevy way, and it makes sense. still a strange thing to read
 
-the gut churning cruelty that the book runs on made it a tough read at some points, but i liked its overall message and themes. surprisingly hopeful, for all of its darkness and violence.
 
-the difficulty of adapting such gruesome and graphic material definitely caused some strain in the television adaptation. in order to tell the whole story, IT would have had to be at least twice as long.
 
-all of this does leave me wondering what will make it into the movie. the inciting incident that leads to their reunion was not something i had expected to read, and me being who i am, turned my stomach in the worst way. king’s sensitivity on this and mike’s character makes it clear where he comes down on it, but still, IT was not an easy read.

Jeff’s Personal Reading List

I absolutely adored Night Watch, and I want everyone to read it. It’s a bit difficult to understand without proper context, so I’ve put together a somewhat short reading list to get you up to speed before you dive into it.

Here’s my Discworld Reading List So You Can Read Night Watch As Soon As Possible:

1. Mort
2. Pyramids
3. Small Gods
4. Guards! Guards!
5. Men At Arms
6. Feet Of Clay
7. The Fifth Elephant
8. Thief Of Time
9. Night Watch

That will basically take you from the beginning of Discworld to about the early 00’s. Mort, Pyramids, and Small Gods get you glimpses of other parts of the Discworld, and are very quality examples to ease you into his writing style. You can read these three in any order, but I’d recommend starting with Mort. Stuff that comes after will make more sense that way.

Guards! Guards! begins the City Watch/Sam Vimes cycle of Discworld novels, and then it takes a slight detour with Thief of Time, which isn’t directly related to anything else on the list, but connects to Night Watch. It’s also a thrill on its own.
There you have it. That’s my own personal reading list, and it worked out well for me. There are other books I want to try, but I’d recommend these if you’re curious.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!