GeekFeed Reading List: September 2017
September 8, IT
Read: IT, by Stephen King
Stephen King is nothing if not prolific. His 1986 horror masterpiece IT clocks in at a whopping 1168 pages. But if you’re determined to know the whole story of the seven children in the Losers Club, King’s tome is worth your time. Moving between 1958 and 1985, IT details the horrific battle seven children face against the evil creature that began murdering children in their hometown. The Losers Club returns to the site of the horror nearly 30 years later when children start dying again, but they’ll have to grapple with their own repressed memories, too.
The forthcoming Warner Bros film focuses on the Losers Club as children, hinting at the possibility of a sequel should Part I of the story perform well in theatres. The chilling trailer promises to do the evil creature justice, as Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of Pennywise is equal parts sinister and creepy. The film’s young cast includes the delightful Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), and an array of young talent who weren’t allowed to see Pennywise until their terrifying scenes together were filmed. Director Andy Muschietti has promised to hold nothing back, meaning faithful fans of King’s novel should be delighted in the horror adaptation.
IT: A Novel is available from Scribner. IT (Part I) will be in theatres September 8.
September 10, Outlander (Starz)
Read: Voyager, by Diana Gabaldon
There are few romances as tender and tumultuous as that of Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series follows the two star-crossed lovers as they leapfrog through time, in and out of one another’s lives. Combining romance, historical fiction, and fantasy, the series is unique in its combination of time travel with detailed historical accuracy.
In Voyager, book three of Gabaldon’s series, Jamie Fraser awakens after the 1746 historic battle of Culloden in the Scottish Highlands, surprised to find himself alive. Claire has escaped the battle through magical stones, finding herself back in 1948 where her husband, Frank Randall awaits. Claire and Jamie must each deal with the grief of their separation, knowing Claire is due to give birth to their child soon.
In season 3 of Outlander, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan reprise their roles as the couple torn by time. This season promises stunning locations once again, as the cast sets out for the West Indies, though you’ll still see plenty of the Scottish Highlands and 20th Century England. While this season will focus on the events of Voyager, fans new to the series may want to start with Gabaldon’s initial tome, Outlander.
Voyager is available from Dell. Season 3 of Outlander premiers on Starz on September 10.
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