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text 2017-08-28 17:30
Erster Satz | Stephen King: Es
Es - Stephen King,Alexandra von Reinhardt,Joachim Körber

Der Schrecken, der weitere achtundzwanzig Jahre kein Ende nehmen sollte - wenn er überhaupt je ein Ende nahm - begann, soviel ich weiß und sagen kann, mit einem Boot aus Zeitungspapier, das einen vom Regen überfluteten Rinnstein entlang trieb. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-21 22:31
IT Review
It - Stephen King

Despite rating this book five stars, I do not think it is perfect. While I do not often agree with the common notion that Stephen King overwrites, his penchant for logorrhea is on full-display in this 1200 page-long novel, released in 1986. There are multiple scenes that could have been cut out (including most of the Derry interludes) without negatively impacting the book at all. I know, I know — King is in world-building mode here, and having a sense of Derry's history is important and vital. I get that. I just feel some of the tangential tales (looking at you, Black Spot and Bradley Gang) could have been whittled down or cut out altogether. Preferably whittled down. Don't get me wrong — reading these stories are a pure joy, for this novel was written when King was arguably at the height of his writing powers . . . But one can't help but wonder where his editor was.

 

Excess aside, this is an novel that works. It's classic King, with ghoulish scares and sublime character development on display. I've yet to come across a character in fiction I relate to more than Ben Hanscom — as a kid and an adult. It's almost eerie, how similar my thought process is to Ben's.

 

And let us not forget this book features one of King's most iconic villains: Pennywise the Dancing Clown (Master of Many Guises). Who can forget the blood spurting out of Beverly's drain, or the Paul Bunyan statue coming to life? The bird that attacks Mike? Or one of the most infamous scenes from this book (and its movie adaptation) — the clown in the sewer, offering candy and rides to Little Georgie in chapter one.

Something that really stuck out to me on this reread was King's commentary on growing up and getting older. I was fourteen the last time I read this novel; I am now almost twenty-one. Sure, I'm still pretty friggin' young . . . But I've begun to hear the ticking of the clock. I've begun to sense that the sand in the hourglass is starting to pour down faster than it used to. I now have small gray hairs in my stubble, and I think I'm starting to get a bald spot. I'm almost done with college, and soon enough I'll be out on my own, in my career, and worrying about things like insurance and running regularly to prevent heart attacks. Yeah, I'm still young — but I'm getting older all the time. What I'm getting at is I identified more with the seven main characters in their adult years, instead of their kid years. That was a sobering revelation.

 

Stephen King pulled off quite a feat with It. This is his most complex accomplishment — he manages to create a town and bring it to life, juggles seven main characters (as well as a slew of supporters) and two timelines, all while keeping it organized and forward-looking — for the most part. Despite a few extraneous scenes and the book feeling too episodic for its own good at times, I couldn't rate it anything less than five stars. It will never be in the upper echelon of King works, for me (I don't dig on the supernatural as much — I prefer reading about real life horrors), but it's an incredibly important work to the man's oeuvre at large. Recommended reading for any King or horror fan.

 

King connections:

 

Page 39 - Shawshank Prison is mentioned.

 

Page 72 - We first meet adult Ben Hanscom in Hemingford Home, Nebraska — home of Mother Abagail from The Stand.

 

Page 83 - Ben Hanscom tells a friend "You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for . . . and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you." Shades of Pet Sematary, perhaps?

 

Page 296 - A summer day is described as being "perfect and on the beam."

 

Page 325 - An Orinco truck (as seen in Pet Sematary) is seen roaring by in Derry.

 

Lots of references to Haven are made throughout chapters seven and eight, and in the book's final chapters.

 

Page 465 - Dick Hallorrann makes an appearance!

 

Page 508 - Beverly mentions the "crazy cop" who killed "all those women" in Castle Rock, Maine, referring to Frank Dodd from The Dead Zone.

 

Page 966 - Henry Bowers gets a ride from a mysterious 1958 Plymouth Fury, which is driven by ghosts. It's Christine, the rock n roll lady who never dies.

 

Page 1066 - Bill is described as looking like a crazed malnourished gunslinger.

 

Page 1090 - 'Becka Paulson from The Tommyknockers gets a mention.

 

The Turtle obviously connects this to the Dark Tower series in a big way.

 

Favorite quote:

 

"The energy you drew on so extravagantly when you were a kid, the energy you thought would never exhaust itself - that slipped away somewhere between eighteen and twenty-four, to be replaced by something much duller, something as bogus as a coke high: purpose, maybe, or goals, or whatever rah-rah Junior Chamber of Commerce word you wanted to use. It was no big deal; it didn't go all at once, with a bang. And maybe, Richie thought, that's the scary part. How you didn't stop being a kid all at once, with a big explosive bang, like one of that clown's trick balloons. The kid in you just leaked out, like the air of a tire."

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photo 2014-08-17 12:08

Well this is a bit creepy...

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review 2009-11-01 00:00
Pennywise
Pennywise - Jill Brock
PENNYWISE BY JILL BROCK

Odessa Wilkes had it all: a project head job at an advertisement agency, a two-year relationship with a loving man, and a successful life living in New York City. In less than a New York minute, her world flips upside down. She loses her job thanks to an embezzling boss. Carrying her desk belongings in a box walking on the street, her boyfriend suddenly dumps her. He didn’t even offer to carry the heavy box like the gentlemen Odessa knew him to be. On the same day, she was trapped in a subway fire. Odessa developed anxiety attacks from all the stress. Right now the only thing that relaxes her is baking desserts for the family restaurant, Blue Moon.

Just when things seem calm, Odessa’s best friend, Maggie Swift, storms into Blue Moon unexpectantly with her ADD son in tow. The homemaker needs help finding her missing husband, Roger. Could Roger be having an affair? Or has something gone terribly wrong with his insurance career? Instead of alerting authorities, the two best friends set out to become Private Investigators.

Their friendship and personal lives change during the search for Roger. Odessa discovers a new life and love interest when she least expects it. Maggie gains a new career and independence.

This book is filled with comedic adventures of the amateur detectives. Author Jill Brock’s debut novel is a fast, great weekend read. The plot is engaging and descriptive. The characters are memorable and hilarious. Jill Brock describes the setting and characters in such vivid detail; it was like watching it on the big screen. There are moments you will literally laugh out loud, and other moments you feel the emotions of the character as if you’re really there. If you’re looking for light, fun reading and a story to escape in, I recommend picking up and reading Pennywise, the first novel of a mystery series. I look forward to reading more adventures about Odessa Wilkes and Maggie Swift.

November 1, 2009

♠ L Marie ♥
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review 2009-08-17 00:00
Pennywise - Jill Brock Odessa Wilkes is having a very hard time. She was fired from her job in a top ad agency, her boyfriend dumped her on a busy Manhattan street and she was trapped for hours on a subway during a fire. No wonder she has developed an anxiety disorder.

Now more than ever she unknowingly relies on the mundane normalcy of her best friend Maggie's life to keep her grounded. But that comes to a swift end when Maggie hysterically bursts into the restaurant where Odessa now works (Odessa's sister has hired her to make desserts) and announces that her husband Roger has disappeared and she thinks he's having an affair.

What follows is two friends who bumblingly decide to "investigate" Roger's disappearance. Armed with 'Private Investigating for Dummies' and a few clues the two friends (disparagingly dubbed as Lucy and Ethel by Odessa) set out to find the missing insurance agent. Along the way they run into a crazed ex-con,shady coin collectors, a duplicitous femme fatale, multiple identity frauds, a tranny with a heart of gold, and a new love connection for Odessa.

This book was pure fun. Light, witty and very, very well written. It read like a cross between (yes) an I Love Lucy caper,an episode of the tv show Psych and an early Stephanie Plum.

Odessa and Maggie are a great team and the mystery aspect was sufficiently complex without being too unbelievably twisty. The supporting characters were also good from George, the Chef with the colorful past, to Rocket, Maggie's high spirited son.

And the two subplots of a 1) divorcing couple whose acrimonious divorce Odessa and Maggie unwittingly find themselves involved and 2)the romance with sexy lawyer who has his eye on Odessa are added entertainment.

Highly recommended!

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