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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, 1093 pages
Published August 7th 1987 by Signet (first published September 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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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
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Oct 28, 2014 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
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
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Alejandro
You can't be clowning about IT!!!


THOSE TERRIFYING CLOWNS

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
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Stepheny


Let me take you all on a tour, kids. We’re going to everyone’s favorite place- Derry, Maine! We’re going to do some sight-seeing while I talk about the book that is my absolute hands-down #1 book of ALL TIME. And no, it is NOT Harry Potter! Shocking, I know! (That always surprises people.) Anyway, my name is Annie Wilkes Stepheny and I’ll be your tour guide!



We’re going to go where it all begins- the most infamous storm drain in all the lands. This is the storm drain where Pennywise offers little
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Franco  Santos
It (Eso) es una de mis obras favoritas de King. Y, para mí, la mejor.

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. Son chicos marginados, víctimas del acoso escolar y de la xenofobia. Son amigos que por separado pueden parecer débiles, pero juntos forman una fortaleza inquebrantable. Así se enfrent
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Jennifer
Mar 07, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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
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Dan Schwent
Mar 12, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Councillor
Three stars for this monstrous book which could easily be used as a murder weapon because of its enormous length. You may rub your eyes now and ask why the hell I gave this well-known and popular Stephen King classic with four- and five-star ratings everywhere only three stars, and you’d be completely correct to do so. Don’t rely on my rating, please (and even less on my review, as it consists mostly on piling up my random thoughts).
A lot of people love this book more than I did, and while I app
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Edward Lorn
Dec 22, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who want to feel like kids again
Recommended to Edward by: Mom
WINNER: BEST RE-READ OF 2015!

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
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Monk
Nov 22, 2011 Monk rated it it was amazing
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
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Kathryn
Dec 06, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Γκέλλυ
Jan 04, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror, 2016
Ας ανοίξουν οι σαμπάνιες. 1039 γαμημένες σελίδες μου έφαγαν την ψυχή. Aλλά ας το πάρουμε από την αρχή.

Κάποιο βράδυ του Δεκέμβρη ζήτησα από έναν αγαπημένο φίλο να μου προτείνει ένα βιβλιο τρόμου με κλόουν και μου πρότεινε το Αυτό. Από εκείνη την μέρα, το Αυτό στοίχειωσε την ζωή μου. Δεν ήξερα τι διάβαζα, μια ιστορία τρόμου, φαντασίας, a trip down memory lane, ένα άσχημο τριπάρισμα του King? Τι σκατά διάβαζα? Και μετά κατάλαβα. Το να χαρακτηρίσεις το Αυτό ως ένα βιβλιο τρόμου είναι ανεπαρκές. Μιλά
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Mateo
Jun 22, 2015 Mateo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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
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Melissa Martin
Dec 29, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own, horror-etc
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Hello, welcome to Derry.. I'm Pennywise the Clown and at some point, especially if your a kid, I will eat your face off! Have a nice day!




The first time I read this book was in the 6th grade and I had forgotten how good it was! I loved the movie as well, but the book is so much better!

I love how Mr. King goes back and forth from when the friends were kids and to them as adults and what they do in life now, while they are on their way back to Derry. See, wh
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Will M.
Jun 09, 2015 Will M. rated it really liked it
"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
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Joe
Apr 30, 2008 Joe rated it did not like it
Shelves: stephen-king, 5-worst
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Chammy
Sep 23, 2007 Chammy added it
I really hate clowns.. never finished the book
Paul Nelson
Jan 16, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing
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
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Xime García
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Esa soy yo teniendo resaca del libro en la clase de la mañana.

Esto no será una reseña, será catársis. No me voy a extender a hablar sobre qué se trata el libro - ya todos lo hicieron, y ya todos expusieron todo lo que se podría decir de la historia mejor que yo. Sí puedo hablar de cómo me hizo sentir, de cómo las últimas cincuenta páginas las tuve que leer borrosamente a causa de las lágrimas, de cómo me esperaba una historia de terror pero lo que menos encontré fue miedo, sino que encontré am
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)

Come to me, children, and see how we float down here . . . how we all FLOAT.

This one didn't plant that seed of fear for clowns in me like I was expecting it will but I have a feeling, clowns will never look the same for me anymore.

Stephen King really went on full force with this one. Not all the horrors in IT deal with the supernatural - there are many depiction of real life horror as well. I admit, at times it is very uncomfortable for me to continue reading because the book delved deep into t
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Athena Shardbearer
Nov 25, 2015 Athena Shardbearer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddy-read, all-of-me
We all float down here.

New phobias since finishing It.

Balloons
Clowns
Bathrooms
Sinks
Bridges
Ditches
Rivers
Streams
Parks
Birds <---------------DAMN YOU, KING!!!!!!
Pictures
Drains
Crickets
Eyeballs..............DON'T LOOK AT ME!!!!
Seed & Teeth *goosebumps*
Fortune Cookies OH GAH!
Flies
Clothes Lines
Bikes
People
Tea & Teacups
SMALL TOWNS!
My Childhood
Dreams


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
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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
TK421
Mar 21, 2011 TK421 rated it it was amazing
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
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Matthew
This is one of the essential King reads - it is quite a big one, though!

I once heard that Stephen King felt he shoved so much into it he should have called it "shIT" - (can't remember where I read that and I cannot find the reference at the moment, so maybe this is just a really cool myth)

I read this book years ago - I was in my early teens - so I was not much older than the main characters. Because of that, I think the terror was more real.

I also remember that this book had some of the most ter
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Mayra Sigwalt
Feb 24, 2016 Mayra Sigwalt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: livros-que-tenho
Primeira leitura: 01/2009
Releitura: 02/2016

Esse é um daqueles livros que vc sempre pensa em reler, mas nunca de fato faz pq é gigante. Mas valeu demais à pena.
Como digo pra muitas pessoas e o que acaba surpreendendo, é q esse livro não é de dar medo. Sim, tem umas partes super sinistras e aterrorizantes, mas esse não é o foco da história. Esse livro é sobre Os Otários. O grupo de 7 crianças que eram exatamente isso. Os losers. O gago, o negro, o gordo, o judeu, o quatro olhos, a menina pobre e
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Matt
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing
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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Nov 04, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it
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
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Joaquin Garza
Jun 12, 2016 Joaquin Garza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, scifi-fantasy
Éste es un libro muy especial para mí. Lo escogí para leerlo justo cuando estoy cumpliendo treinta años. Es el libro que más vendió de acuerdo al NYT en el año en que nací. También porque es un libro que habla del dolor de crecer confrontado con la oscuridad de un mal cósmico.

Como lógicamente juega con las incertidumbres propias de la edad adulta, qué mejor. Y para rematar, como niño de los noventa me sigue dando miedo pensar en Tim Curry vestido de payaso (cuando estén solos en su casa piensen
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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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