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It: A Novel

byStephen King

Paperback | January 5, 2016

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Now a major motion picture
Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil without a name: It.

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 the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.

Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.

“Stephen King’s most mature work” (St. Petersburg Times), “It will overwhelm you… to be read in a well-lit room only” (Los Angeles Times).
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the firs...
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Title:It: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1168 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 2 inPublished:January 5, 2016Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was not my favourite book by Stephen King but not my least favourite either.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What the heck??!! This book was well written, and an easy read. However.... I very much disliked the ending. I wont go to much into details as I don't want to mess up the book for anyone, I just thought it was a sloppy ending for how much build up was put into this story.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from better than the movie! the book is definitely better than the movie! would recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen the movie (if thats even possible lol!)
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Turns at every corner. One of the scariest reads out there, by any writer, anywhere.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it Great book to read of Stephen King.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! One of my favorite King books!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent King novel I've read quite a few books by King but this one really kept my attention from beginning to end. I saw the new theatrical release for It and really enjoyed the movie so I picked up the book. Great use of non-linear story telling to keep the reader engaged with the overall battle between the losers and It. There are somethings in the novel that I'm happy they didn't include in the movie as they were just too weird, but luckily those scenes in the novel are not that long.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get through I had a hard time getting through this book, had to force myself to finish it. I was excited to read it after all of the hype but it felt drawn out and I was disappointed.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay I did enjoy this book but I found it was too long. It kept going and just wouldnt end. The idea was creative and well thought out.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Forced Myself to Get Through It A very creative book that was way too long-winded. The length didn't bother me (if I enjoyed it I would have been happy to stay in the story that long), but the tedious backstory made it feel unnecessarily long. I ended up finding It boring, and not scary. I hate to say it but, if you suspect that you may not enjoy King’s extremely descriptive style of writing you may want to skip the book and go straight for the movie.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't be daunted by it's size At first glance, you may think that "It" is way too big, but it's really not. There is SO much detail in this story. Yes, watch the movie, but don't skip out on the book! There are so many memorable moments in the book, especially with the beloved Losers Club. This is one of King's best works. He is truly a master storyteller.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book instead of movie Some people might have forgot about the book since the movie came out, but I think that the book may even be better than the book!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I really enjoyed this one! Though, I found that the real horror was the suspense of what I imagined could happen, not what actually did happen.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Movie or Book.. Can't go wrong this book was good as a movie and good as a read.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! Great read for halloween time!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SCARY! This book is so good! One of the scariest books I think I've ever read. I would definitely recommend it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the second reading in progress can get enough of this book. waiting for movie
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the second reading in progress can get enough of this book. waiting for movie
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome great read a little difficult with the wording- it's a harder read
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic. I already hate clowns with a passion and I still LOVED this book!
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book Actually full of horror, really fun to read and you should see the movie.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Soooo long! The book was good but it was soo long that it was hard to stay into it. I lost interest about halfway through! I don't think I will attempt to read a book this thick again lol
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I enjoyed this book a lot. It has some flaws and the length might be intimidating, but it is definitely worth your time.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get through This was really long and I lost interest half way through, this would be the first time that the movie was better than the book.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Great book, the introduction of some characters and the setting was fantastic and I enjoy the way it's been written out in the book
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific My aunt had a copy, and I immediately love it!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Stephen King Novel! By far one of my favourite Stephen King novels! It was a page turner and kept me on the edge of my seat!
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrifying, but in the best ways Absolutely terrifying! This book can become a difficult read at times, due to its length. Overall, definitely worth the read (but not if you hate clowns)
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Spooky! I hate clowns now...Thank you STephan King :(
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read this twice gonna read this a third time
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from loved this Just as good as the movie, if not better
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting Chilling horror book. Stephan king is amazing
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Nothing like a cool horror book.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Amazing horror book, I love Stephen king/horror/horror movies soooOOOOo this is definitely one of my favourite books and I'm glad I bought this.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Loved This! I get scared quite easily, but found this book less terrifying than expected (in a good way!). Definitely thrilling and creepy, but has a surprising amount of heart and sentimentality at its core.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eerie This book is by far one of Stephen King's best. There were so many twists and turns, ups and downs! The ending is nerve-chilling.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Read I heard and read about it. Really fascinating and Good flow of stories.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrifying Long read, but classic Stephen King
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fantastic psychological and coming of age story. The descriptions remind me so much of growing up in the early 60s.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh Wasn't too thrilled but felt that it was a good start
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big book After seeing the remake of the movie I decided to pick this book up. It is much bigger than I expected but I can't wait to read it.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic King Do like it, still terrified of clowns (not because of this book - dey creepy). Definitely a good read
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! Can't put it down. Great detail and suspense.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a timeless story love this book, true definition of horoor
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Pretty good book, it is a long read though.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic for a Reason This is a long read, but it needs to be in order to get to know the characters as thoroughly as we do. It's a Stephen King novel, so there are horror and supernatural themes. But what I loved about it most was the connection between the children in the book, and the writing about what it is to be a kid. I plan on re-reading this one day, because there were so many passages I want to think about again, and I know there are things I'll pick on that I missed the first time around.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long read but no regrets This novel has been one of the longest reads I have indulged in, and took me 3 days of persistent reading to finish it. Because of the complexity of character's relationship or background info in a constantly alternating timeline, it is slower to grind through than some of his other novels. But the horrifying creation of IT is worth every second in this thrilling experience.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from G.O.A.T. The best horror novel I have ever read! The camaraderie among the novel's chief characters is the best and most powerful I've encountered in literature. If you want something similar but different and (almost) equally masterful, I would suggest "Summer of Night" by Dan Simmons.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great movie now lets see the book a great movie but lets see the book, my expectations are high lets see what Stephen king work has got to this time
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from true definition of horror a true classic of what horror truly stands for. Love Stephen king and his talent, can't wait to see the remake.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long But Good This is an incredibly writen book, however the length can be daunting, at 1153 pages it is incredibly hard to make a dent into this novel
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings - A Great Story Drowned in Verbiage I am so glad I read this novel because it is a great story. I love the themes of friendship, love, and the power of imagination. I also think that King's characters are wonderfully depicted and nuanced which makes them so lovable. However, I also think that there was so much "fat" to this story (i.e., things that could be cut out). I understand that a lot of the extra verbiage has to do with King's story-telling technique and his attempt to make the story feel more real. However, I found that there were so many side-stories and descriptions that did not contribute to the themes or the mood (or even the plot) of the story, although they may have meant to. I loved the story of "It" and all of its characters, however, I wish that these strong points of the novel had not been so drowned in unnecessary details.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good creepy as always. excellent read but weak ending
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very long but worth it This book is very long. but very descriptive, I can picture everything in my head as I read it and I have not seen any adaptations of this. hoping too after I finish which wont be long at this rate. I can barely put the book down!!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from scary The book that started my fear of clown. A creepy story but a little to long.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought I didn't like scary books but I was wrong I loved it. Loved "It"! Very creepy, dark and unique villain and story, but the real gem in this book is the characters and their relationships. I legitimately miss them now that I'm done the book. Stephen King really knows how to flesh out characters and places. If tons of description and extra detail are not your thing, this is probably not going to be your jam, but if you like having all of the imaginative bells and whistles possible, then welcome home. Also be prepared to feel the need to speed up when walking past storm drains. Beep beep, Ritchie.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic King! Rereading in anticipation of seeing the movie. I can only hope the movie is half as good and scary as the book.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from VERY CREEPY This book was very creepy. If you're afraid of clowns and want a good scare, read away! However, this book is in serious need of an edit. WAY too long.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from okay movie is better i think. its sooo long
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from creepy but crazy long I got this in the library and nearly couldn't read it in time ot return it
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy Still creepy after all these years.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Story, Too Long This book is overwhelmingly large, and very wordy. Ultimately not really worth the pay off. It is a great story but could have been a shorter book. Honestly, I am not a Stephen King fan. Still looking forward to the movie though.
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it in less than 20 days! Fantastic book!!! Couldn`t expect less from him!
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book everytime I read it! I have read this book maybe 5 times, and loved it every time. Seen the t.v movie and now I am ready to see the remake cannot wait!!!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from scary i am so excited for the movie
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifying Stephen King is the master of horror writing. Books like this is why people don't like clowns. Prepare to be scared out of your skin!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece Little to say, most of us know that Stephen King truly is a master within his genre, that being history/science fiction/supernatural. This novel is a prime example of said mastery; a consuming and absorbing novel which really takes you back to Derry - both in the past and in the present. Not only is Pennywise a genius creation, but he is a character which is able to scare you senseless and make you laugh on the same page. I wont spoil the novel for any prospective readers. But little to say, the hype is genuine. This novel surpasses numerous of his other novels and is a brilliant concoction. Disturbing and funny. Absorbing and witty. Sleep with the lights on for a week.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from must read I read this when I was 12 for the first time and it made my heart thump with terror. pennywise is one of the greatest terrors of all time. my little brother is still scared of clowns 30 years later from this story. it especially terrified us both because the story is set in "Derry" and we live in "Londonderry" :)
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Horror Classic "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: 2017-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful I read this back in the 6th grade and have reread it again to prepare for the upcoming film and once again it does not disappoint. It is one of his most horrifying works and manages to keep me on my toes even after all these years. The only part that is less than amazing is that due to the length of the book and the constant switching between time periods within the set of the novel makes one confused on occasion, but gives another reason to reread it again!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Great story - loved it - it was one of the first King books I read and keeps me coming back every couple of years. Love it!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! I just finished reading it! Amazing!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this one! This is a classic, terrifying, and intense Stephen King novel. As with his other novels this one is quite long and detailed.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great book! a bit of a long read but worth it if you like scary stories
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite novel This is my absolute favorite book that I have read.. and I plan on reading it again. It took me a long time to get it out of my head after I finished it. and I will never forget how this book made me feel.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it It is a great novel, but it is hard to get into at times. Overall. this is a great novel.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of king's best Loved how the book freaked me out and I couldn't get it out of my head for days!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Freaky! I remember watching the movie as a kid and thinking it was suspenseful, but not scary. The book is so scary!! Love it!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well. That happened I suppose you can get out of a tunnel that way. In a pinch? Maybe? I absolutely, absolutely, absolutely loved this book. I usually get disheartened with long books and this one was certainly that. But the story was so good and intense. The side stories and history sketches didn't bother me in the least—I was completely invested in the concept and story from the first sentence. Returning to a Stephen King novel was like slipping into an old pair of slippers, and this was no exception—I actually turned to my partner when I started and said, 'much better'. And then that ^^^ happened (avoiding spoilers). I'm having a hard time reconciling with that out-of-left-field chapter and the more I think of it, the more I'm a little disappointed by how Beverly's character was written. She seemed flat and I couldn't really grasp what she was about—and as the only female character out of the core group, I would have hoped she be a lot more fleshed out and would have had something else/more to offer to the end game. What's most disappointing is in the 1156 pages, what with an extensive town history and side characters—really making the town of Derry a character in itself—why couldn't Beverly be just a little bit more? I'm not sure. I'm still kind of working myself through it—but it's still kind of nagging at me. 4 stars because of that. 5 stars otherwise.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scariest book I've ever read The best horror novel I have ever read! I read first read It when I was 12 and needless to say it kept me up at night terrified. I cannot wait for the new movie adaptation, it has me re-reading the book 15 years later and still just as scared!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good an amazing and horrific story
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it Truly one of the most incredible books I've ever read!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Simply one of the greatest horror novels you will ever read
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Definitely one of the best horror novels ever written
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Average This novel is hard to get into, it starts off really suspenseful and then tappers off.I read that it gets better but its hard to continue. I would still recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The definition of horror I read this book at the age of 13 and loved it! As I got older I migrated to 'literature' Now I am re-reading it now as an adult and it still holds up and not only a fantastic horror novel but a work of literature. King knows the genre and knows it well.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved!!! great book loved the story anything stephen king is always a must read cant wait for the remake movie to come out this year
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This is a super novel, I loved it. It is a bit long in the beginning and slows down but it picks up after that. It is still a worth while read.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nightmares Personally, if you enjoy the classic tellings of Stephen King novels, then you will love and appreciate IT. King's ability to entrance and draw from realistic experiences makes his novels so relatable in the most bizarre ways. The imagery in this novel makes you feel like you're experiencing everything the Loser's Club is going through. I still have clownish nightmares from reading this. Looking forward to seeing what the new movie does to such a classic tale. This is a must-read for horror genre fans.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic but chilling After all the wonderful reviews that this book received, including many saying it was terrifying. I had to read it, especially since the remake is coming out again. Absolutely amazing. I can't put together words to describe how much I love his writing and character development and plotline. It's superb. In addition, IT itself was terrifying. I can't see clowns the same way anymore.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Super Scary Read the book and don't see clowns the same way anymore
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling ! I read this novel after seeing the movie and I still found it terrifying. The plot, the characters, and the eerie setting come together to produce a chilling novel that you just cannot put down. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oldies are the best Even before the movie came out with the trailer this book always captured my attention. The storyline is creepy and keeps you page turning which is fantastic since the book is huge! but it never feels like a dual moment. Must read before watching the movie.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Stephen Kings scariest novel! This is great read for all horror lover! I find it to be one of his scariest novels
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The novel that gives me the perfect goosebumps!!!! Oh Boy, this novel did give me the entire goosebumps sensation on reading it, Best Horror novel and hats off to Stephen King on making it <3 <3 <3 <3
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy! Saw the movie trailer and immediately loved it. I definitely would enjoy a story such as this one. I haven't tried reading Stephen King yet, as I don't do much horror books or movies. But this one seemed different, dark and captivating from the trailer. I would definitely give this book a try!
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite Stephen King book I got this book when i was younger and kept reading it throughout the years until it fell apart. Now i got a brand new copy of It and intend to do the same ;)
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great some questionable moments and dragged at points (but that's King) overall worth the read
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AAAAAAAAAAAAA++++++++++++++ A must read book if you love Stephen King
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it It was weird but intriguing.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastically amazing If you like to be scared beyond belief, this is the book to read. Stephen King's imagination is a very dark place which is where this book came from. I couldn't put it down, but soooo many pages to read in one sitting. I couldn't sleep with the lights on for a few nights, and worried that Pennywise was coming to get me. I shared it with my son who loved it too at 14!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Twisted One of the most creepy books you'll ever encounter, if you don't mind sleeping with the lights on for a week and that's after you've finished reading it, this is the book for you
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It by Stephen King 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.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The ultimate creep story. King is relentless. The ultimate creep story. King is relentless. They alllll float. And when you're down here with us, you'll float too!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my dad is now reading this passed this to my dad, we haven't seen much of him for the last 3 days or so. i guess that means he's deep into this book
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't read if you are scared of clowns! This book is a hefty one, and makes you work for the story. Pennywise the clown will seriously haunt you for life after reading this book and you'll never look at a storm drain the same way again!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from super long book but worth it... wishing there's more.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really great I love this book. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Classic read for Stephen King fans, highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A true King classic This was one of those stories that you don't forget after reading it.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first King book book It was my first Stephen king book that I read and still remains my favorite Stephen king book! you won't regret this one!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of his best! don't be scared about the length of this book; you'll wish it never ends!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nail-biting Very creepy. A masterpiece by Stephen King.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy Clowns will always be creepy....ALWAYS
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Characters that you care about Stephen King has the talent of creating characters you truly care about. After I was done reading, I felt I was saying good-bye to friends of my own.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! the book is fantastic! do NOT watch the made for tv movie...it does not compare to the book. King is a master storyteller!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from clowns good read but hate clowns too creepy
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE I love books with lots of detail, and this didn't disappoint. awesome book, great characters. very creepy
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but worth it. I've read this book a few times, but it is loooooong and a large amount of the chit-chat could have been edited out. That being said, it is a chilling an creepy story. Much better than the movie. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the all time best This is arguably one of the best books ever written. Absolutely horrifying, gut wrenching and keep the lights on page turner. Each character is fleshed out very well and its not so much in your face horror as the brutal anticipation that something bad will happen any moment. This book will leave shaken,emotional but in the end satisfied. If you are looking for horror's best, you have found it here!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read The book is fabulous. Eagerly awaiting the new movie, but I always find the book better.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique, Terrifying and Addicting Title: It Author: Stephen King Date Read: September 8th - September 16th, 2016 Date Reviewed: September 18th, 2016 Spoilers Ahead?: Yes! Introduction: I heard there was a new It movie coming out through Collider Movie Talk on Youtube, so I decided that I wanted to watch not only the new movie, but the Tim Curry one. I had recently rewatched Rocky Horror and Clue and I remembered how much I loved Tim Curry as a child, so why not watch a horror film with him in it when I'm an adult? I prefer to read the books before the movie, so going in I can understand any plot holes the films leave hanging around. It took me a long while to find this book, but when I did I started reading it ASAP. And for over 1100 pages, I managed to finish it in under two weeks. Quick Summary: Derry, Maine is a small town with a big problem - It. It, a dark creature, is killing kids left and right, and it seems to appear in a cycle, about every thirty years. When a group of kids that were not killed by It come back to Derry, they are going to have to face their greatest fear - Pennywise. Evaluations: In short, this book is super weird, but it is also well written and the plot was well thought up. I was under the impression this book would just be about some psycho killer clown, but it is so much more! Pennywise/Robert Gray/It is not just a clown, he/it is a supernatural entity. You can tell that this is true through how it changes into different creatures throughout the novel (vampire, werewolf, mummy, the dead kids, Pennywise, spider, etc). I wasn't impressed by the fact that this was supernatural, since I really wanted Stephen King to just write some strange killer clown story, but somehow that supernatural aspect was the only negative part of the book. Every chapter has a reason for being there (even if some of them are painful to get through or seem worthless when you are reading it. I'm not kidding, for a while someone is making a hamburger) and everything ends up connecting at the end or becoming part of the theme. There is definitely some weirder scenes that seem out of place - Beverly sleeps with all the boys out of nowhere - but if you try to pick apart themes within this work, you can place these strange scenes for that purpose. Overall, I liked it! It did require me to do some research as to why the weird scenes exist so I would understand why they were necessary, but the book was worth it. Plot: The plot is relatively simple - a supernatural entity (We'll call it Pennywise in this review), kills kids every thirty years or so in a cycle. It kills Bill's brother, and goes after Bill and six of his friends. The kids somehow escape Derry and end up coming back to Derry as an adult when Pennywise has reappeared in the cycle to kill more kids. Bill, Bev, Eddie, Ben, Mike, Richie, and Stan come back as adults, and they have to remember how they got rid of It as kids. And then, they decide they are going to kill It for good. That is the 1100 plot in short - there is definitely a lot going on in this book. A lot of tough subjects are brought up in the book and written relatively well (abuse, childhood, innocence, homophobia, racism, sexism, imagination, among others), but there were some points that left me a little bitter. Stephen King has Beverly sleep with all the men/boys (when I read the novel, I took it as a kid she slept with all the boys and made them lose their virginity, but some readers have expressed they believe it happens when they are adults. Stephen King does not always make it clear in the novel when he hops along the timeline). This chapter sat rather strange with me because she had not interacted with other boys in that way before, yet she somehow knew what she was doing and had relatively no pain. It wasn't realistic (I know this is a supernatural story) and it just didn't sit well with me. It also, at first, doesn't make sense why in the world this is included other than to make this a more rated R story, but it fits into some of the theming within the novel. I also had an issue with the nonlinear aspect of the novel. I appreciated the novel jumping back and forth from childhood to adulthood with these characters, but I would have liked the chapter to express that everytime it jumped so I wasn't left wondering which timeline version of Pennywise they injured and how certain relationships kept going back and forth from great to meh. Characters: "It" has a lot of characters, so I'm only going to focus on a few of them. Pennywise - The demonic entity with many names was an interesting character. Stephen King does write in Pennywise's point of view, and I felt like that kind of ruined the mystery of Pennywise. Up until that point, I was excited for Pennywise's scenes and I was trying to figure out his motives, but then when the POV came around it ruined it all for me. Once I got over Pennywise being a demonic entity and not just a really cool psycho clown, Pennywise becomes an interesting character. It induces fear into children and does not appear to adults (minus the kids that then become Adults, and somehow Bill's wife Audra). I was left wondering why this demon kills kids, and there wasn't much of an explanation that I found. Perhaps after further research I may find theories from others, but I was really left hanging. The character was scary, and that was great for this novel! When Pennywise did appear, whether it was as the clown, the spider or anything else, it was thrilling. He was well written, so I'm impressed! Beverly - Beverly is the only female in the Losers' Club, and as both a child and as an adult she appears to be the sex symbol. She slept with all the boys, Bill and Ben love her, and she has constant abuse against her from her Father and her Husband. I wish Stephen King wrote better female characters - strong ones, independent ones, not totally sexualized ones - but alas, he does not. His male characters shine! His females seem to suffer. The aspect I liked about Beverly was I could fit her to the theming of this novel. While she may not be a strong, independent woman, she can help a reader tear apart of the themes! Bill / Audra - Bill is kind of the main character throughout the story, and his wife is Audra (he also cheats with Bev because he still loves her, but those feelings disappear as soon as they sleep together even though they both enjoyed it together more than with their spouses). Bill stutters, and as soon as Pennywise is gone at the end of the story he doesn't stutter anymore. Of course, because he's the main character he gets a hot wife, and he gets his school boy crush to sleep with him, because he's the main character. He also becomes a famous writer and gets super rich!! But aside from his character, it's his part of the plot that frustrated me. While Bill is a smart character and his action/horror scenes are great, he leaves some plot holes for reader speculation. His stutter disappearing makes me wonder what caused them, and it really left me hanging. Readers have theories, but not one distinct one. Also, near the end of the novel Audra is essentially comatose, yet when she gets in their vehicle and they start driving she's magically back to normal. Was this because Pennywise is gone? Because they left Derry? There's no explanation, and again, readers can't agree on the why, just that is happened. Themes/Creativity: This book is super creative and has theming. Whoever comes up with a clown that is also a vampire, mummy, frankenstein's monster, werewolf and spider and can make a best selling book out of it is clearly creative. But now for the themes. Adolescence/Childhood/Innocence/Imagination/etc - Stephen King addresses the move from innocence into experience well. Bullying, familial issues, crushes and more situations that kids face are addressed in this novel. He does an excellent job, and I could go on and on about the hundreds of scenes he has written, but I want to address one theme within this one. Beverly sleeping with all the boys appears to be out of place, until you start placing themes together. When you read the chapter before, Beverly figures out how they must destroy Pennywise. (When you read in the story that Eddie makes his asthma inhaler spray out acid at Pennywise, this connects as well) Bev decides to sleep with all the boys and take their virginity - at first it seems very odd, but then you realize she is taking their innocence away from them. In some strange way, this shows the move from innocence to experience. To be able to defeat Pennywise, they need to be able to be imaginative, but they also have to eventually become adults. The Losers' Club couldn't have kids, which shows they are more "innocent" than "experienced". An adult has to lie to children and make kids believe it, yet they know that they are not telling the truth. They can tell a lie like it's honest, like warning kids not to go out at night because there are clowns in the storm drain. Adults might know that is not true, but they can lie and make it seem true. Kids would believe this, and then they would try to think up ways to kill this evil clown so they can stay out later - like acid from the asthma medication. It tastes like acid, so why isn't it acid? Kids have wild imaginations, and only when they move from innocence to experience do they lose some of their imagination. King also addresses topics such as racism, sexism, domestic abuse, prejudice, and more, but I wanted to focus on that adolescence topic. In all of his themes, he does a magnificent job. Uniqueness: After reading Carrie, I can definitely say this book is unique. Not only for just any old writer, but for Stephen King. It addresses theories yet is a thriller/horror novel. It has a clown that is a demonic entity that is also every fear the kids have come to life. This book is definitely unique, and I haven't found anything like it! Strengths: Stephen King putting themes into the novel was a real strength. The fact
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I was already scared of clowns, this definitely intensified that fear :P
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horror Classic! First King novel I ever read when I was young and it creeped me out. Always on my top 10 lists, even the TV movie was great. However, not looking forward to the new movie.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Fantastic book that I can read over and over.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Although I'm disappointed they pulled the old ones off the shelf, changed the cover, and tripled the price, this book is still incredible. Great story, amazing characters, and just the right amount of fear. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Stephen King book Loved it enough I have read it many times
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably my favourite SK book I've read it at least 3 times over the years, starting when I was a teenager. Just touches on so many memories of my childhood friends, always feels like going home. Terrifying on the supernatural and 'normal' levels - from evil forces to bullying and domestic violence - it offers the rock solid protection of real friendship. Unbeatable.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way better than the movie! If you saw the movie and enjoyed it, read the book! I was hesitant as I had already seen the movie and thought the book may be boring, but nothing can compare to the book, it is fantastic!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! It was a good read, I enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrifying I could not put this down. King is such a master at fleshing out real characters - especially children, which is unusual. One of the themes I loved was that we are much braver as children than as adults. The kids in this story deal with horror much greater than a f^&*ed up ancient clown - their real life issues bond them together in understanding - and free them to accomplish something amazing. You will never look at a sewer - or a clown - the same way.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Forever a classic This novel,was where my love affair with Stephen King began. If you haven't read anything from him thus far, I at least recommend this. It's a very long novel, or will seem to be for those whom are used to a light read. I assure you however, it's well worth it! Make sure you set aside some time to read this, as it will probably capture you for hours on end. I know for myself at least, I could't out it down.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stephen King at his best A truly tour de force. The novel scared me silly One of the best novels King has written. It preys om everyone's fear of what lurks in the dark.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! The made-for-TV movie was probably the scariest movie I ever saw as a kid and yet I still found the novel much scarier when I read it as a teenager. A great (and long) novel that has some truly terrifying and skin-crawling scenarios that stayed with me for years. The ending is a little dense and is better if you are familiar with some of his other work as well.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Stephen King Book Great book.One of my favourite Stephen King novels.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This is one of my favourite scary books, I love to read it around Halloween to get me in the Halloween mood.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary at it's best! This is a cult classic! I've read this book a million times and could read it a million more! Still just as scary as the first time! If you had not read this book, you need to. What are you waiting for??
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the scariest books of all time but in a good way! Entirely more about childhood and innocence and the intensity of friendship when you are on the verge of adulthood. There are scenes in this book that are so perfectly executed that I will never doubt the word master that is Stephen King. Glad I read it as an adult and not between the ages of 12 and 16 like I read the bulk of King's earlier work.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite! This is one of my all time favourite Stephen King books! Still hate clowns 20 years later
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a pretty scary book! I liked it! Took me a bit to get into it and I almost quit a few times in the beginning but I stuck with it and I am glad I did!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary Read IT is just fantastic!!! Creepy, terrifying, and was unable to put the book down. Read it within 2 weeks. One of my favorites.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Re-reading Re-reading this as an "adult" gives me a new perspective on it. I did think i would be more scared of the clown (everyone knows this book/movie is dangerous to those who have a phobia of clowns) but it's not as bad as I remember. The characters are interested and that's something I've always enjoyed about the movie as well. The "flashbacks" and introductions to the characters are quite different from the movie and I'd forgotten just how different they were. Although some change is to be expected between the adaptation and the book it seemed some key elements were missing. Another downsize is just that the book is insanely long.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dynamic characters I read this recently as an adult and loved all the character development and stories leading up to the conclusion. Though there is a lot of setting descriptions and detail, it pulls you in to the story more. You never know who's going to make it! Classic Stephen King!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First book I read by King, and it lead me to all the rest of his brilliant works.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy Typical Stephen King, you have to know what parts you can skim through as there is a lot of detail. However, it is creepy and scary and will give you second thoughts about storm drains, sinks and toilets for a long time to come as well as clowns.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This took me a while to get into but I am glad I stuck with it! Loved it in the end!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gateway to King's Writing Not my favourite by King but it is the book that got me into his writing.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from dragged too much while the parts where IT is there are good but there rest is boring. it drags on soo much. still a good read though but very long
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh So the actual book. Here’s the thing, even when watching the movie IT, the end has always kind of bored me slightly. I just loved THE story of IT but I’ve never actually liked where he went with the whole idea. So it does make sense that the end of the book was boring me. But the book just made it WORSE. I don’t know but there was so much confusion with the back and forth between childhood and adulthood and it was so confusing at times. There was a lot of other character’s perspectives I didn’t fully understand, and given the fact that there is 1100 pages, I felt like there were some aftermath parts missing near the end. So overall the ending wasn’t good but I still LOVE the idea of IT. There were also some problems I had with the book, especially the ending, so I can't really recommend it. So umm yeah Idk I liked it, I didn’t love it. I am not sure after these last 2 books if Stephen King is the author for me. He has VERY atmospheric stories to me where the atmosphere and tone he sets up are the best parts of the book. I still own Salem’s Lot so I will read it one day and I have always wanted to read Misery, The Green Mile, and Pet Semetary so I do have the desire to try him again but yeah overall I wasn’t hugely impressed with this book and I think it has to do with the size.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy Probably one of the creepiest books I've read
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy Probably one of the creepiest books I've read
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy Probably one of the creepiest books I've read
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of his best, a must read classic. I'm a die hard Stephen King fan and this is definitely one of my favourite books. It is eerie and all engrossing. Couldn't put it down,
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary Scariest of Kings' books; definitely recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-04

Editorial Reviews

“Chock-full of spooky stuff…a sprawling scare-fest that defines King’s recurring themes and adds a new set of ambitions to the mix.”