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It

by Stephen King

New American Library | April 7, 2015 | Mass Market Paperbound

It is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 42.
“A great book…a landmark in American literature.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Welcome to Derry, Maine…

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real….

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1104 pages, 6.85 × 4.25 × 1.5 in

Published: April 7, 2015

Publisher: New American Library

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451169514

ISBN - 13: 9780451169518

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is Terrifying!!! I remember watching this movie as a small child and the clown just terrified me - nightmares for a week, but as I got older, I really enjoyed the movie (although the ending is super hookey) because it told a great tale of friendship, with some horror sprinkled in. The movie, in no way, prepared me for the book. The novel is so much more. It is absolutely terrifying - bar none, the scariest book I have ever read. Just short of 1100 pages, this is an epic novel because of King's lenghty, yet superb, character development. What makes IT so terrifying, is that IT can take the shape of whatever you fear the most, and it has the town of Derry almost hypnotized, so that it can run amok when it's feeding time. This book literally gave me nightmares, and I'm now 25, but it is definately part of my top ten reads now (along with The Stand!)
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is Terrifying!!! I remember watching this movie as a small child and the clown just terrified me - nightmares for a week, but as I got older, I really enjoyed the movie (although the ending is super hookey) because it told a great tale of friendship, with some horror sprinkled in. The movie, in no way, prepared me for the book. The novel is so much more. It is absolutely terrifying - bar none, the scariest book I have ever read. Just short of 1100 pages, this is an epic novel because of King's lenghty, yet superb, character development. What makes IT so terrifying, is that IT can take the shape of whatever you fear the most, and it has the town of Derry almost hypnotized, so that it can run amok when it's feeding time. This book literally gave me nightmares, and I'm now 25, but it is definately part of my top ten reads now (along with The Stand!)
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mature Work from the Horror Legend "It" can be found somewhere in the middle of the Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. I soon found out why. Very few writers possess such a strong personal style in their writing and King stamps American culture into every word. Personally, I found the horror elements somewhat lacking in this particular story. Even though the monster It embodies an individual's fear, I was still left wanting more unadulterated terror. Quite simply, It is perfect as a clown - what better demonized cultural figure perfectly exemplifies both terror and innocence; who gains a child's trust so easily? Too often is It a mummy, a teenage werewolf, a giant eyeball, etc. I felt that this detracted from the credibility of the story. King's saving grace is his masterful progression of characterization. We get to know each character from their childhood and adulthood and their camaraderie is reminiscent and even stronger than the four stars in King's film "Stand by Me". There is an innocence that pervades King's pages, even in the midst of such horror. There is also a strong sense of destiny taking place which adds to the atmosphere of the setting. This is a very mature work by King, clearly demonstrated by the unique way he structures his novel and his natural style. Don't miss "It".
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small town in Maine It's a good thing there isn't an actual Derry, Maine, because it would have such a complex. IT is long, but the length really allows for the reader to get wrapped up in the town, and the characters lives. A very good book, which ties into the Stephan King universe.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense Good psychological thriller. You felt like you knew the characters inside and out.
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is...IT! Okay, so basically I challenge EVERYONE to read this book. Not only is it lengthy as hell, but it will literally give you nightmares. I never had a problem with clowns until I read this book...so if you want to keep loving them, don't read this. It scared me to death but it's one of my favourite books of all time. If you're looking for a good scare...IT is the book for you.
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ENOUGH ALREADY!!! This book had so much unneccessary stuff in it, that I sometimes felt like I was reading a Dean Koontz novel. (HEE-HEE-HEE) It was a great idea and the story is there, for the most part, but King rambles on WAY TOO MUCH!!! Had king slashed and burned all the fluff from it, and simply told the story, (and kept it at around 450-500 pages at max) then this would have been tremendous!!! But, at 1200 pages or whatever it was, it was a behemoth! I ended up skimming whole pages near the end just because he was not really saying anything important or relevant to the story. Seriously, the last 500 pages are just fluff. But, then, he's Stephen King, so he ended up selling 200 million copies anyway. So I guess it doesn't really matter what I think.
Date published: 2006-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "The Best Horror Novel in the Business!" IT is one of those rare novels that can actually give you goosebumps! The descriptions are top class and no one can deny the skills put into this book, not even the most ignorant people. If you are a Stephen King fan then IT should be #1 in your list of books to read but be warned: once you start reading you won't be able to stop until you finish and don't blame King for writing such a scary novel.
Date published: 2006-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Must Read if you're a fan!" I had never read such a chilling novel in my life! While I was reading the suspense was absolutely unexplainable. If you start reading this book you're going to be anxious to flip thepage to absorb more that's gonna happen in It. There's not a single dull moment if you're like one of the many Stephen King fans around the world. I mean when you're reading this book you can actually imagine what's going on, which only some authors can do and in this case Stephen King. Scary, this book is scary but the greatest in the genre too. If you're one of those people who can't find something to read then IT should be the top choice for those wanting to have nightmares!
Date published: 2006-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling I think that this novel must be one of the best one the Stephen King has ever wrote! I mean the descriptions of the events are top class and the plot itself is original. Everything is good from the beginning to the end with never a dull moment. If you are a Stephen King fan then once you read this book you can't stop until you finish reading it.
Date published: 2006-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifing IT is thhe best ,and scarist novels that my hero Stephen King has ever wrote. It is freaky enough that you don't want to put it done. IT is to read only in a well light room. And if your not already afraid of clowns; before reading IT then you defintly will be after you finshed reading IT.
Date published: 2006-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Ever since I read this book, I cannot, to this day, walk near a drain or sewer on the street and clowns really freak me out....
Date published: 2005-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy as It can be... This was the first novel I've ever read that was horror. What was amazing about it that 'It' could take on different forms, talking about things that people feared most, even their deepest, darkes secrets. A must for people that like to be creeped out.
Date published: 2004-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King Rules The best of Stephen King! I read it 3 times! and will read it again!!!!
Date published: 2004-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book!!!!! IT is one of Stephen King's most mature works! It is captivating, very suspenseful, and reminds everyone how nobodies can become something! It is interesting how clowns can be this frightnening! I love Stephen King and the masterpieces he writes!!! WAY TO GO!
Date published: 2004-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scary as hell Balloons float into the wind.....
Date published: 2004-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SCARIEST BOOK EVER I have developed a very serious fear of clowns after reading this book. If you want to be scared out of your wits and lose sleep at night, I suggest buying this book.
Date published: 2003-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Death for all ....... This Book Is Kings Best work. The description & detail make you feel like your right their. King is the best Horror novelist ever.
Date published: 2003-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book This book was one of the most well writin books I have ever had the plesure to read. The story line is very good. If you have the chance to read this book I would highly recomend it. Later Dayz
Date published: 2003-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Besides this book being over 1000 pages it was very well thought-out and should be recognized as one of the top 10 books of all time. The plot being fantastical and such however the conflict of appearance vs. reality is a conflict chosen too many times in books nowadays. This book is the creator of appearance vs. reality.
Date published: 2002-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A long tasty bite Stephen King has done it again. In King's novel it, a book full of flashbacks and messages, he brings out his talent to creep in our imagination and to bring us in his own little world. Using once again blood as is main theme, he is able to create a whole new thrilling atmosphere and travels in time to keep us awake by his chilling mood.
Date published: 2002-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IT This was a great book! One of my favorites. I've read it 3 or 4 times and seen the movie as well. Scary as h***!!!
Date published: 2002-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deadlights I saw the movie when I was younger, but this book totally beats it. It's 1090 (my version) pages of wonder. King is the master. THE MASTER. There's no other way to put it. I've read a lot of books in my day, and this ties for number one. I BECAME a Loser. Definitely buy this.
Date published: 2002-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is one of many Stephen King books I have read in the past few years and it is one of his best. There is no other King book that has as good character development as IT.
Date published: 2001-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "IT" a mesmerizing oddesy of terror... an instant classic
Date published: 2001-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It I found this book difficult to get into at first, but once I did I could not put it down. King writes in a way that allows the reader to feel the children's terror. I didn't particularly like the ending though. Despite that, it is a must read!
Date published: 2001-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great,scary,and cool I thought (IT) was a great book...when i was reading it i couldnt put it down.It was really scary and awsome.Ive read it about 3 times.I rate it 5 stars
Date published: 2001-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "wow what a scar!" i read the book (it) when i was younger.I love stephen king books they rule!!!.I loved the book (it) because i like clowns and I like the story line.the kids all meet up the summer that (it) arrives. i give this book a 10 out of 10!
Date published: 2001-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "IT" I bought this book in 1987 in softcover when I was in grade eleven, and my poor copy is in terrible shape now. I can honestly say that I have reread this particular story over 50 times in the last thirteen years, and I usually only read a book maybe twice. This is my absolute favorite King novel, I can close my eyes and see Henry carving his first initial into Ben's belly; I can see Georgie's yellow slicker; and I can see how much of a master my hero/author is. He manages to bring to life every secret childhood fear there is, and I for one, try to sleep with the lights on whenever I've finished another reading of this book. All hail the master storyteller, Stephen King! (Cause of this book I have almost all his works in hardcover in my library collection.)
Date published: 2000-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was good but long this is a good king read when he was still good . I found that it was long I forget how long it took me to read but it was a long time . It was good but not the best of king's work . I would still buy it.
Date published: 2000-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stphan Kings' It I found that 'It' was very hard to put down. Twisted and creepy, the usual Stephan King. Great book if you really want to think.
Date published: 2000-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK IN A WELL LITE ROOM ALL I'VE GOT TO SAY IS THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKs EVER MADE!
Date published: 2000-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scared to put it down After reading some of the more frightening parts I needed to keep reading so that I could see how everything was resolved, but once I finished I was even more petrified than ever. Sometimes I even imagined that when I lowered the book, I would see Pennywise the Clown. "It" was by far the best book that I have ever read. And "It" was the only time that I have ever been scared of a text.
Date published: 2000-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IT This is the best book I have ever read. It mesmerized and amazed me in so many ways. It is a literary masterpiece. It is about seven teenagers who made a promise. A promise to come back when the nightmares began again. They all encountered an evil, It. It is the ultimate evil without a name. They were young kids when they first encountered this evil. But now, they are all grown-up. They return to Derry, Maine to face the evil once again. The most amazing thing about this book is its characterization. King is a master at this. I felt a connection with almost every character in the book. I felt as if I was reading about myself. It is so real, it's scary. The story is so twisted, filled with plot twists. It is like watching a movie. The book keeps switching from past to present, but this isn't a problem. King does it so well, that it makes the book ten times as good. Thinking about how King made the story up is perplexing. It makes you wonder what evil things go on in his head.
Date published: 2000-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Only Written Words Ever to Scare Me Stephen King has the ability to convey all the things that scare a child. He makes us remember what we were afraid of and reminds us that maybe we still are. This book was impossible to put down. I have been seaching for another book to scare me but I haven't found one yet.
Date published: 1999-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His Finest Work Stephen King's masterful talent of combining the horrors of the supernatural with the ordinary lives of ordinary people reaches an extraordinary plateau in "It". When reading this novel, one can't help but feel for the characters being presented- especially the kids. King once again creates individuals whom everyone wishes they would have had as companions in their own childhoods. From frightening encounters with Pennywise and his various forms to the simple play portrayed in this book, the reader is drawn into a somewhat romantic world where the innocence of childhood and the spine tingling, speech arresting terror of a world only Mr. King can create, collide. Bravo- possibly one of the best books I have ever read!!
Date published: 1999-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of a Kind storys Stephen King does it again, he writes one scary novel that kept me on my toes and I could never put the book down, I now can't wait to read another book of his.
Date published: 1999-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It "King's Best.... This is his best! This book has so much different ways of death to one person!!!! It's so scary it even makes your spine tingle!!!
Date published: 1999-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent novel. Stephen King's best. And that's saying a lot. These are most certainely King's best characters. You can actually feel yourself in all of the characters. Maybe the best scenes in this book aren't the action filled ones. But maybe they are the quieter ones. But either way this book is incredible. Read it, you'll like it. Go buy it now. Hurry.
Date published: 1999-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not King's Best "IT" has its moments. As he did in "The Body" and other stories, King captures remarkably well the nostalgic days of youth. Here he also captures the hopes and fears of a group of grown-ups returning to their hometown for a reunion. The reader has the time, through this long tale, to get to know these characters as kids AND as the adults they become. King excels at this type of storytelling. You will almost certainly recognise yourself and some of your friends among this cast. I just wonder why, after this touching reunion among old friends, do they have to go FIGHT AN EVIL CLOWN?! The reunion of a group of seven childhood friends who share the knowledge of some bad thing that happened to them is story enough for any writer, and makes a nice tight character-driven little piece. King shows this kind of restraint in "Different Seasons", but here he's the Stephen King that doesn't feel he's written a novel until some evil monster has been subdued. Try to imagine at the end of the movie "The Big Chill", if they all went off to fight some aliens or something in the last half-hour. It's too bad, because this is some of King's best character-building.
Date published: 1999-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It It's a really good book, it has suspense. It's not as most horror books, it actually has a story to it.
Date published: 1999-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :-) Stephen King's Best.
Date published: 1999-05-15

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It

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 1104 pages, 6.85 × 4.25 × 1.5 in

Published: April 7, 2015

Publisher: New American Library

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451169514

ISBN - 13: 9780451169518

About the Book

"Previously published in a Viking edition. A limited first edition of this book has been published by Phantasia Press"--T.p. verso.

From the Publisher

“A great book…a landmark in American literature.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Welcome to Derry, Maine…

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real….

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

About the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

From Our Editors

There's something very ominous going on in Derry, Maine, but the town's teenagers seem to be the only ones noticing. But "it" is there all right, and its evil presence emerges from storm drains, sewers, sinks...everywhere, tormenting the teens and thrusting them into a nightmare they won't be able to forget. Now, years later, seven men and women return to their hometown to face the horror they fled from when they were teenagers in Stephen King's dark and chilling best-seller, It.

Editorial Reviews

“It will overwhelm you…Characters so real you feel you are reading about yourself…scenes to be read in a well-lit room only.”—Los Angeles Times

“King’s most mature work.”—St. Petersburg Times

“King is our great storyteller.”—Los Angeles Herald-Examiner


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