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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  338,989 ratings  ·  7,492 reviews
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread.
Mass Market Paperback, 1376 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 1986)
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Lindsey Albright While I love the book, it's easily one of my favorites, if you aren't enjoying it, don't beat yourself up about not finishing it. Someone far more…moreWhile I love the book, it's easily one of my favorites, if you aren't enjoying it, don't beat yourself up about not finishing it. Someone far more intelligent than I once told me that he didn't bother with a book if it didn't capture his interest by the first 50 pages. Life's too short to suffer through books you don't enjoy. If it's not for you, there's no shame in that.(less)
Julie I always thought the reason none of them were able to have children is because once we become parents (even as teenagers) we have to completely grow…moreI always thought the reason none of them were able to have children is because once we become parents (even as teenagers) we have to completely grow up and become responsible for another life. Parents can no longer believe in the monster in the closet or under the bed because they will have to convince their child IT doesn't exist. Once we start telling "lies" enough, we start to believe them. If any of the Losers had had children, the "magic" they possessed as children would have been gone completely. They would have forgotten about IT and that part of their childhood forever.(less)

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The most important things are the hardest things to say, because words diminish them...

Some time ago the wise bald (or white) heads stationed at various universities came to an agreement that a literary form, commonly known as the novel, is dead - fewer and fewer works of any significance are written each year. Of course, one must understand the requirements the wise gentlemen expect of a novel of worth: it would be good if the writer would include some "aesthetic dignity" by including as much a
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I'm not easily scared these days. As a grown woman, the only thing that brings the feeling of dread into my heart is the constant pinging of new work emails requiring my attention when I'm at home, but there was a time when I was a shy, delicate, sweet little girl who was scared of my own shadow.

Proof: not exactly the terror you see haunting the hallowed halls of Goodreads handing out 1 stars like they're candy these days.

It wasn't until I was around 20 that I outgrew my fear of scary creatures
You can't be clowning about IT!!!


It was easier to be brave when you were someone else.

It's kinda..."funny" how such characters that they are supposed to make us laugh, you can find just too much examples of "evil clowns", many from fantasy but even at least one from horrific reality, that you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley...or any place at all!!!

The Joker, Stitches, Homie from The Simpsons, Punchinello from Dean Koontz's Life Expectancy, The Killer Klowns from
Dan Schwent
In 1958, seven kids took it upon themselves to rid the town of Derry of a child killer that took the form of a killer clown. In 1985, the clown is back and the kids return to Derry to finish what they started...

Yeah, I'm a couple decades late to the party on this one. So what? Some friends were doing a group read and I decided it was time to tackle this kitten squisher.

While it's a horror story, it's also about growing up and forgetting what it's like to be a kid. Stephen King does a great job a

Alligators in the sewers?

Nope...much worse- a CLOWN!

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I never liked clowns- not even as a child- there was always something creepy about them to me- Stephen Kings IT convinced me even more- revisiting it as an adult- that clowns are baaaaaaaaad news and not to be trusted.

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October 1957- Derry, Maine- Six-year-old George Denbrough's brother- Bill is sick in bed- so George goes out alone on a rainy day to play with the paper boat Bill made for him. When the boat slides down a storm drain- George reac
Franco  Santos
It (Eso) es una de mis obras favoritas de King y una de sus mejores. Es un libro narrado en dos tiempos, ya con eso se ganó mi amor.

Primero veamos un poco de qué trata esta descomunal historia:

Tenemos a un grupo de amigos, los autodenominados Los Perdedores, integrado por William "Bill" Denbrough, Benjamin "Ben" Hanscom, Beverly "Bev" Marsh, Richard "Richie" Tozier, Edward "Eddie" Kaspbrak, Michael "Mike" Hanlon y Stanley "Stan" Uris. Este grupo son chicos marginados, víctimas del acoso escolar
Nov 22, 2011 Monk rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King Fans, people not scared shitless of clowns
Shelves: macabre
Holy crap this book was scary. I've always been a fan of horror novels, but very few have ever actually scared me. This book did the trick.

It's the story of a group of friends who as children did a very, very brave and noble thing. A supernatural force lives under their hometown of Derry, Maine. This force hibernates in thirty year cycles and comes to the surface to feast upon its prey - human children. It thrives on their fear as well as their flesh, and typically disguises itself as the demoni
Dec 06, 2012 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any SK fan or someone who wants a scary novel.
It's 2:39 AM, and I finished IT about four or five minutes ago. As I try to think of the right words to formulate this review...I'm left with a feeling of, "Wow...."

IT is a story which is not just based on the story, but it's characters. And honestly, I think they made the story so much more. When I think of their story, and the time I invested with them, reading their journey, I feel like I kind of became apart of them. I feel like I took the journey with them. It's amazing what King can do to
La presión casi tiránica que recibí de varias personas para leerme la novela de Stephen King, llegó a su fin cuando abrí y me sucumbí ante la historia ambientada en el frío y distante Derry. La novela de King, nos cuenta dos historias en diferentes tiempos; la primera es la de siete niños en sus principios de pubertad que se ven afectados por un macabro y difícil ambiente de discriminación y segregación por parte de padres y compañeros, mezclado con una amenaza constante de un violento ser lo cu ...more
Some parts were truly creepy at first and initially, as often happens with King, I couldn't put it down. But then, as often happens with King, it hits a brick wall and becomes so over-long and has so many unnecessary elements that get in the way of the main story that it becomes a bloated, endless chore to finish. People often say they hate the ending of this book...I did not hate it or love it. I had checked out at that point and simply wanted it to be over no matter who lived or died or whethe ...more
Will M.
"I don't want you to make a career out of running away... and what it all comes down to is that you have to be careful where you take your stand."

Members of the Losers Club have been experiencing supernatural occurrences from Clowns and other weird things. They gang up and contemplated whether to either run away or fight the damn things. Aside from the creepy clowns though, they also have a group of teenagers who would stop at nothing to either beat them up or kill them.

This is not King's bes
Only Stephen King could write an 1100 page book about the innocence and wonder of childhood, and then kick it off with a six-year-old boy getting his arm ripped off by a clown.

Derry, Maine, in 1958 is a bad place to be if you’re a kid. Child disappearances and murders are occurring with astonishing regularity, and while the adults set curfews and hunt for maniacs, a group of 11-year-old outcasts know the truth. A supernatural entity has been terrorizing and killing the children of Derry. These
I really hate clowns.. never finished the book
I read this many moons ago and still think about it now and then. It's that kind of story.

Sure clowns are friggin crapyourpantsandrun scary, but what's scarier about this book is that the monster can be anything it wants to be.

Clowns don't scare you, no problem--how about a werewolf?

Not scared of werewolves--how about an angry, roaming hands father...or a dead father...or a clan of psychiotics that would love nothing more than to see your blood spill on the ground...or a hairy spider with "dea
Paul Nelson
Jan 16, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Another one completed on my Stephen King quest and what a book to start the year on, a relative monster at 1376 kindle pages taking me just under two weeks to read and another one that will stick in the dark recesses of my memory for quite some time.

Pretty much everyone's read this book so this is potentially a spoiler laden trip encompassing the things I enjoyed most about this journey to Derry and a 'Look Through Hell’s Back Door'.

Now IT is a cleverly laid out story in probably my favourite me
Edward Lorn
Apr 08, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who want to feel like kids again
Recommended to Edward by: Mom
Upon finishing It, I always feel as if I've said goodbye to an old friend, one I only see every few years. I'm a bit sad, but mostly I'm happy that I got to spend what time I did with him (IT). He isn't perfect. He can be quite odd at times, but he's mostly fun to be around. I feel the need to defend him when people start downing on him, and to deride him when I catch him screwing up. I do not condone everything he does, but for the most part, he's a good dude, if a little long winded. I can see ...more
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Nov 04, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Wendy F
Shelves: adult, horror
Okay, so I now know what Beep, Beep Richie! means. All of you King fans got this stuck in my head. Be happy that I left the clown pics out of my review. If you want to catch a glimpse of the super-sexy Pennywise the clown, you can check out my friends' additions in the comments section.

This GINORMOUS book of MAMMOTH proportions (seriously, I'm thinking this is longer than Outlander but I could be wrong) took me forever to get to the halfway mark. My buddy reading partner Katy...poor girl, she's
When I mentioned to a friend that I was re-reading IT, he replied with "Ehh, It's just Stand By Me with a monster. It's overrated." It should be noted that this friend is a movie person (if that wasn't apparent by his use of the movie's title, and not the story's title "The Body"), and I am a book person. It's like we're speaking different languages when we talk about King, because his books, in my personal opinion and with a few exceptions, do not good adaptations make. And since my friend is l ...more
I love seasonal reading. The changing of the seasons and the reading of a book are two of the greatest things in life. When they are combined, they complement each other perfectly. Like white wine and Pizza Hut in my life, and like two things that actually go together in yours. Truly, is there anything better than curling up next to a Christmas tree, a fire in the fireplace, snow falling outside, the living room lit by the soft glow of colored lights, and reading A Christmas Carol? Or sitting do ...more
We all float down here.

New phobias since finishing It.

Birds <---------------DAMN YOU, KING!!!!!!
Eyeballs..............DON'T LOOK AT ME!!!!
Seed & Teeth *goosebumps*
Fortune Cookies OH GAH!
Clothes Lines
Tea & Teacups
My Childhood

You almost took libraries from me...but I will resist!!!!

I never seen the movie as a kid, and all my family members watched this and told me how ho
3.5 stars. Clowns are friggin scary and Stephen King writing about murderous, supernatural clowns is just plain wrong!!!! I read this when this first came out as a teenager and the image of Pennywise stayed with me for a while (I also Tim Curry doing a great job looking the part in the mini-series based on this... thanks Tim!!). I am planning on revisiting the story to see how well it has held up in the 20+ years since I first read it. I have a feeling Clowns are still going to be scary.
Takeerah Arnold
This was the first novel that I ever read voluntarily. I was eight years old and had seen the movie. I went to a garage sale with my grandmother and noticed the book was there for ten cents. I asked my grandmother if she could buy it for me and she did. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship for Stephen King and I. That was the point that I would read with dictionaries handy and noone around to interrupt me. I would purposely go to garage sales with my grandmother from now on in search ...more
“Es bueno ser niño, pero también es bueno ser adulto y poder analizar el misterio de la infancia, sus convicciones y sus deseos […] Es bonito pensar que la infancia tiene sus propios secretos dulces y que confirma la mortalidad y que la mortalidad define todo el valor y el amor.”

No esperaba que este libro me gustara tanto y dejara una marca en mí, y mucho menos esperaba sentir un vacío en mí al terminar de leerlo. Creí que esté libro sólo me provocaría miedo y que sería creepy. Pero me ha de
Ruth Turner

Audiobook – Narrated by Steven Weber – Excellent narration – all 44 hours!

I’ve listened to the audio and I enjoyed it immensely, but I prefer the book. Beverly, Bill, Ben, Richie, Stan, Eddie and Mike have their own voices in my head and I prefer to listen to them as I read.

But…if you read King, and enjoy audiobooks, then I can’t recommend this one highly enough.



This is such an amazing story, filled with wonderful, unforgettable characters that have become real to me over the years. I’v
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
Much like the titular monster that lurks within its pages, this book is many things. It's terrifying, it's sweet, it's disturbing, it's sad. But most of all, It is amazing!

The town of Derry is haunted by an evil with thousands of faces. With the entire town caught in the horrible creature's grasp, some of the residents are forced to confront their greatest nightmares, while others are forced to become the nightmares! Many years ago, a group of seven outcast children believed they had discovered
Mike (the Paladin)
This book has a couple of big failings (for me) but it's one of Kings better stories. I try to avoid spoilers (except under warnings of course) unless I think a review demands it so I won't hit any details. This is another book that tangentially touches the Dark Tower books. It exhibits one of Mr. Kings signature...what (?)..."glitches" or "idiosyncrasies" I suppose. It (the idiosyncrasy I spoke of) has to do with his cast of main characters and their method of bonding. There is a lot of deep sa ...more
I actually read It by Stephen King once before, when I was around 15 years old and it first came out. Back then I thought that it was one of the best King books I had read mainly because the book had so many powerful (and icky) images and the heroes were a bunch of misfit kids trying to stop a child-murdering monster that prowled their home town below the sight line of most adults. Now, 20 years later, I've re-read the book and once again think it's one of the highlights of King's career, but fo ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
« Ansia e desiderio. Tutta la differenza fra l’essere un adulto che calcola i rischi o un bambino che ci monta sopra e va. Tutto il mondo che c’è in mezzo. E tuttavia non una grande differenza, in fondo. Compagni di letto. La sensazione che si prova quando il vagoncino delle montagne russe arriva in cima alla prima ripida salita e comincia veramente la corsa. »

Ho pensato per qualche giorno a cosa dire di questo romanzo. Ho scoperto di non avere tante parole. Perché il cuore di IT è vuoto, è una
Janie Johnson
When I decided I would do the group read on this I was actually very excited even though this would be the third time for me reading it. It certainly does deserve the previous 5 stars that I originally gave it.

I always look forward to doing rereads on Kings books simply because I know so much more is going to come to the surface and I get to experience all those same familiar feelings, and once again become consumed by the contents written there. IT is no different than any of the others I have
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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