How I Spent My Summer…in Derry


There will be no short story list for August.  I’ve read a few, but not enough to warrant posting on here. Instead, I’ve been rereading the classic horror novel, “It” by Stephen King. It’s been twenty years since I first read this 900+ page tale about childhood and monsters, and although I went into this, my second reading, with some enthusiasm I did not expect to be as blown away as I have been. I’m loving every page. Even those sections I remember being weak, such as the dark, historical interludes about Derry and some of the adult-POV stuff have been riveting this time around. I didn’t expect that at all.  And even if the ending disappoints this time as much as it did in the Nineties (I’m 200 pages from it at the time of posting) I will be catapulting this novel back into my top 5 or even top 3 favourite King novels regardless.  Now, to find time to revisit “The Stand”…


2 thoughts on “How I Spent My Summer…in Derry

  1. Kenneth Jobe

    I’ve been debating rereading It someday soon myself. I won’t lie, I get intimidated by books that size. I have Salem’s Lot within arm’s reach, thinking about reading that one again, too. Mr King is coming to my town in November for part of his very short book tour for Revival, at this point I don’t see how I can possibly pass that up.

    1. stevenjdines Post author

      Say hi to Steve for me if you see him! I was the same before I began rereading “It”, Kenneth, but I’m glad I took the plunge. The almost-forty-year-old reader is far more appreciative than the twenty-something. Very much looking forward to Revival also. Sounds great.


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