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Down to a Sunless Sea

Just a quick post about a short story made by my favorite author, Neil Gaiman. The title of his work is “Down to a Sunless Sea” and was posted at the Guardian. I can’t help but admire his writing skills not to mention the way he thinks. The first book I’ve read which he wrote was American Gods and it was love at first reading.

I was fortunate to meet the man himself when he went to the Philippines for his book signing and I was one of the hundreds of people who hugged him to death. 😀 For those who want to read something new, you might want to try his books. I would have to warn you though, his books can be quite addicting to read. 🙂 Enjoy!

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Last November, I followed Neil Gaiman’s “All Hallow’s Read” where you read a scary story or share a scary book with someone for them to read on this night of all nights. I shared Stephen King’s Dark Half with my sister which incidentally she hasn’t read yet and I read It for the second time. Yes, second. Why? Well, I wanted to purge myself of my fear of clowns and this was the perfect book for me to read.

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This is the cover of the copy that I have.

Like I said, for some strange reason I never loved clowns. No offense to those who love clowns or even those who dress up as clowns to delight little children but there is something about this particular clown, specifically Pennywise the Clown that bothers me a lot.

I am not comfortable seeing those fake smiles on their faces never knowing what they are thinking because their whole face is painted. And with Pennywise, I am really afraid. Still I bravely read the whole book again and I have to admit that somehow my fear of clowns has diminished ever so slightly.

If you haven’t read this book I must warn you, I might spoil the fun for you. So if ever you haven’t picked up this book from your local book store please do so and read it before you continue with this article. It’s a good read and one that I highly recommend if you love Stephen King as much as I do. That author has the uncanny ability to transform the simplest objects to one that will haunt you in your dreams.

With that being said, I’ll go on with my take on IT.

The first thing that I loved about this book was that the first few pages piqued my curiousity. When this happens, I tend to finish the entire thing. Anyway, what stemmed my enthusiasm was when I reached the part when there was a clown in the sewer with balloons floating by his side. Clown + sewer + balloons? Bad idea.

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Pennywise the Clown down by the sewers.

Second, I loved the fact that the kids in the story knew there was something up with the town and that the grown ups weren’t really aware of. They have their own secret or something and they were put in a position to save those kids who fell victim to Pennywise. (yes, that’s the clown’s name)

Third, I loved how the kids were able to escape after hurting It with their own special powers. What I mean here is that kids have these unusual abilities to use their imagination to combat evil which was exactly how they managed to hurt It in the first place.

Fourth, the idea of finishing an unfinished business calls to me. And in this book, the kids have grown up with different histories both good and bad without remembering their childhood until one call brought everything crashing into them.

Fifth, I loved how Stephen King weaved the past with the present and from varying view points as well. If you have an active imagination like me you can even picture the characters in the book.

The ending I leave to you guys to determine whether you liked it or not. I won’t spoil it for you. The things I mentioned above are what I like about this book. I haven’t seen the entire movie yet where Tim Curry played the part of Pennywise. (I’m still scared) Anyway, if I have the courage to watch it I think I’ll be sharing my thoughts here too.

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Pennywise smiles.

Stephen King’s Carrie

I am a bookworm. There is no doubt about it. I simply love the idea of being transported to a whole new world just by reading a story regardless of how short or long it may be. My parents started me on this road while I was still a kid. They will read to me and my siblings children’s stories before we take a nap in the afternoon. They gave us leave to read all sorts of books as long as they were appropriate for our age. I simply loved those moments when I get to choose what book to read and I will devour the whole content in just a day.

I never realized that I will be building my own store of books until the time my father gave me a different kind of gift when I was just 11 years old. I felt proud of myself that my dad saw me as mature enough to handle an adult book written by Stephen King. Carrie was my first love in terms of Stephen King’s books because I learned a lot of new words and of course it fueled my already active imagination.

First ever Stephen King book that I own.

I remember this cover clearly because I was trying to understand what it meant. I remembered reading the entire book in just a day. And I really have to admit that this book gave me the chills when I was a kid. It also taught me how powerful the mind can be and how you shouldn’t treat others with disrespect no matter their status in life. You’ll never know what can happen to you if you do such a thing just like in Carrie’s case.

I loved how Stephen King gave life to Carrie, how he drew her in my mind’s eye with words. I loved the fact that I was quick to grasp the entire story of Carrie even when I was just at a young age. I also wanted to have Carrie’s ability even for just a day. That was how powerful this story was to me. I never knew that over the years, I will be drawn to more of Stephen King’s works. You should see my mini library today. You’ll see plenty of his works.

Carrie the movie was well done. But being a bookworm and all, I still prefer the book over the movie even today. I can’t help it. This doesn’t mean I don’t watch the movie adaptation. I do. I think I’ll be more forgiving if I watched the movie first before reading the book. But this is just me.

Sissie Spacek here was amazing!