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The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time period...more
Paperback, 1090 pages
Published August 7th 1987 by Signet (first published 1986)
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Maciek
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...more
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...more
Delee

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...more
Monk
Nov 22, 2011 Monk rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Kathryn
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...more
Chammy
Sep 23, 2007 Chammy added it
I really hate clowns.. never finished the book
TK421
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...more
Kemper
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...more
Joe
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Stacia (out of inspiration)
Nov 04, 2012 Stacia (out of inspiration) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (out of inspiration) 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...more
Becky
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
Stephen
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.
Jennifer
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
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
Jamie
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
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...more
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...more
Szplug
Too long and too episodic, but nonetheless one of King's powerhouse novels, possessed as it is with a palpable feel for the creepiness that can both inhere and nestle within the historic dermal layers of any midsize city. While all of that business about the Turtle and cosmic spider-bearing meteors eventually proves an eminently discardable distraction, the core narrative setting the Derry Loser's Club against the Dead Lights of the World's Most Malignant Clown, particularly when the former were...more
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 23, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Well-written in conversational tone. I liked that. Third person omniscient narrator. I liked that. Slow but thorough building of characters. I have no problem with that too. Many characters in a very long book. That made this a challenging read for me. King gave names to each of his character regardless whether the character was main, secondary or extra. Important or non-important. Recurring or one time. So I found myself listing those names as they might appear again in the next pages. Although...more
Petertpc
I am just now coming back to reading Stephen King after a long absence and this is one I missed the first time around. In a word, scary. In another word, clowns and scary. Yikes! Stephen King brings his usual fast-paced style to this big book, and I never had a moment when I wished it was shorter. Nobody sets up horror like Mr. King and this is definitely one that belong among his most readable stories. My only small complaint is that King sometimes lets the ending get away from him and I though...more
Stefan Yates
This is my second time through It and I must say that I found as much joy the second time around as the first. It is, in my opinion, King's most complete novel to date. He has created and fleshed out some of the best characters in all of his works and draws the reader into their lives almost completely. They, as both children and adults, are all compelling each in their own way.

Even with the length of the novel, which is considerable, King has done such a nice job of interspersing back-story and...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...more
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
Jennifer
Dec 06, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like a scary story
Recommended to Jennifer by: myself
"It" takes place in Derry , Maine where 7 indiviuals come together to fight an evil presence that lives and feeds off of mostly young children in this small town. These wonderful charaters confront "It" not once, but twice, first as children and again as adults.
I went into this book thinking "It" was a clown, when really "It" was much more than that...he took on many forms and "It" was creepy as hell.
This book was great! I have been a Stephen King fan for a long time and I am now kicking myself...more
Angie
I preface this review by stating (somewhat sheepishly) that this is my first horror novel. Honestly? I've always secretly longed to read a Stephen King book, but I never knew where to jump in. So I contented myself with reading On Writing and his book reviews, admiring the talent from afar, so to speak. Then the other day DH announced the need for the King moratorium to end once and for all. After a brief but intense conference with a fellow connoisseur, he pronounced himself convinced that It...more
Holly
I loved this book. Stephen King rocks!
Camila Carbel
Nunca dude del nivel de It, por lo que todos hablaban, pero esto fue WOW, sencillamente uno de los mejores libros, un final perfecto. Ya extraño a los Perdedores, nunca me voy a olvidar de esos 7 pequeños. Fue uno de los libros en los que mas me metí, dejaba de leer, y siempre me iba a dormir pensando en lo que acababa de leer o en que pasaría después. Varias frases como Bip-bip Richie. O Castiga exhausto el poste tosco y recto e insiste infausto que ha visto los espectros, entre varias más. Tam...more
Checkman
So after years (decades) of procrastination I have read "It".

A controversial novel, but also considered to be one of King's classics. Definitely one of King's biggest novels and this can also cause aggravation for many.

I won't go into great details about the plot. The bulk of the story takes place in 1958 and 1985. In 1958 seven children (11 years of age) come together to battle an ancient evil that returns to terrorize Derry, Main every twenty-seven years. They win the battle, but not the war...more
Shanti
Sep 03, 2007 Shanti rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Yes
Fabulous!

In "It," King does what King does so well: Transports us back to childhood when nothing seems impossible and bonds tie us together. Is it "horror," yes ... there is that. But beyond that is a story about human relationship and how our longest bonds call us back ... and you step back into those relationships as if the pendulum has stopped, but once together again, it picks up seemlessly.

While he maintains detail in everyway, in no way are you left skimming forward or feeling as if thin...more
Courtney
The power of friendship, a horrible monster, a battle (internal and external) across decades, and a really messed up clown. I also read this when I was a kid, and it scared the crap out of me. I just found a copy in my parents' basement and am going to re-read it. Pennywise is one of the most horrible monsters I've ever read.

My parents' basement is also really scary - someone should write a horror novel about it.
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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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