- Published: 2016
- Number of pages: 1181 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 1.23 MB
- Authors: Stephen King
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).
Review “A landmark in American literature.” (Chicago Sun-Times)“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)“The indisputable King of Horror.” (Time Magazine)“A mesmerizing odyssey of terror…King writes like one possessed, never cheats the reader, always gives full measure…He is brilliant…dark and sinister.” (The Washington Post Book World)“Vintage King…a magnum opus of terror…just a glance at the first few pages, and you can’t put this novel aside.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)“A great scary book…a nightmare roller-coaster…packed with more chills than a Frigidaire… ‘It’ turns out to be the monster-dread in us all, the one that refuses to go away.” (San Francisco Chronicle)“Epic…gargantuan…breathlessly accelerating suspense… King is our great storyteller…I imagine him as a possessed figure rocking over a smoking word processor, hunting for a beat his sentences can dance to, pounding the shocks and scares like a rock organist laying down the power chords.” (Los Angeles Herald-Examiner)“A ghoul’s delight…a good old-fashioned chill and shiver fest…as creepy as the finest of that genre.” (Kansas City Star)“ King’s most ambitious project…reads as if written in a white heat!” (San Jose Mercury News)“IT exhibits the potato chip syndrome – quite simply, you can’t read just one page and stop…It is in this novel that King comes out of the closet, a closet jammed and crowded with his own monsters.” (Houston Chronicle)“Compulsively readable.” (Fort Worth Star Telegram)“King’s most mature work.” (St. Petersburg Times)“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.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:
⭐ Can you go to jail for having this in your Kindle library? A long, multi-page description of a pre-teen girl pulling a train with a “blow by blow” description of how it feels is something that I wouldn’t want to get caught with. I’m deleting this book from my library.
⭐ When I was on a school field trip in the seventh grade, I took Stephen King’s “IT” with me to read. The trip was going to be two days in Virginia, and was an example of staying overnight on a school trip. It should have been an adventure. The trip was frankly a waste, but the book was sublime.I’d gotten into reading Stephen King two years before by way of a trip over the previous summer to my uncle’s house. He had a collection of Stephen King novels and I’d started reading them with Pet Sematary, which had been adapted to the big screen two years before. In the intervening time, I’d devoured Salem’s Lot, Carrie, Firestarter, and Misery, and The Shining. I found a copy of the 1990 TV movie adaptation and watched it. I recognized just how much I figured it had to have been toned down, but it was a decent primer (or so I thought). I felt warmed up and ready for the brick-like tome I’d acquired. I was wrong.Reading the book was like a marathon, and I was prepared for a sprint. I easily identified with the younger versions of the characters, but had trouble with identifying with their adult incarnations. I appreciated the story and the implications of both eras, but entirely missed out on how well crafted the story was. In the end it took three weeks, but I completed the book, considered myself proud for conquering the nearly 1200 page tome, put it on the shelf, and…proceeded to put it out of my mind for nearly twenty five years. Almost, and entirely unintentionally, like the characters in the book…Twenty five years later, I was on a kick of re-reading books I’d read as a kid, and then I approached Stephen King again. In the interim I’d devoured his books and probably thousands of other books by many dozens of different writers of differing skill levels, and when I thought “I should re-read some Stephen King” I thought about it, and it came down to either reading “IT” or “The Stand” and to be honest I felt “IT” was the better book. I remember it being a mountain for an adolescent. I wondered how I’d do this time.It was SO MUCH better than I ever thought it would be!I felt ACHINGLY nostalgic in the sections with the characters as kids. Whereas as a kid I identified with those elements as mapping directly onto my friends and setting, I did it unconsciously. Now I was (at times painfully) aware of it. I longed for the good times and friends of my youth. I appreciated how well King encapsulated the distance between childhood and adulthood and all the roads we travel in between. I reveled in how little we remember accurately about the past and how mutable it can be. I realized that IT was in fact two predators…both the eponymous monster who will kill and devour you, and the predator that robs us of our memories and the clarity we remember having as a kid.The prose is wonderful. King doesn’t use mere words to tell stories, he uses meanings themselves, woven seemingly seamlessly into shades of context and pigments of innuendo and occasionally bright, obvious splashes of unobfuscated emotion that jar you because…hey…in real life that’s how it works. And in getting that right, King manages to make the impossible elements like the supernatural nature of IT and the relationship IT has with the town of Derry and the inhabitants there…normal. This could have happened. It could be happening. And it’s that esoteric dread that King wields masterfully. The implications. The possibilities. Even in the fact that both eras are now, as of 2016, dated (the earlier phase was in the 50’s, and the later phase was in the 80’s…eerily we would be neck deep in the middle of the next cycle were it coming) was delightful. It was an added layer of nostalgia woven over the rest of the tapestry.If you haven’t read this book, read it now. Enjoy it. If you have read it, by all means read it again. It will thrill and delight and horrify and frighten you all over again.
⭐ This book is really gorgeous. This novel gave me more than just pleasure. It gave me hope, made me feel more optimistic about life. Of course the “horror” scenes are truly disgusting and horrible and can inspire nightmares. But the main point of the book is about the special abilities and powers that children have and that adults do not have, and how we need to heal the rift, or close the rift that separates the child (each one of us used to be) from the adult (that we have become). To battle the evil of “It,” the adults must recall their childhoods to “staple the present to the past,” and rediscover who they used to be. It is about memory and about transformation and what makes each of us a “person” in spite of our constant transformations…for each human who grows to adulthood is a shape-shifter, just as “It” is a shape-shifter, and part of our power comes from this, but also from our twin abilities to remember, and to forget and obliterate what we were… I read this novel after my teenage daughter read it, but as a middle-aged man it meant something special to me. It made me feel better about hitting middle age, it made me feel more whole, and more in touch with who I used to be.
⭐ Very sick and twisted. I don’t know they were going to have 10 year olds having an orgie. I’m so disgusted! I think Stephen king needs a mental evaluation if he is thinking of these things.
⭐ There’s an evil lurking in Derry, Maine. It lurks in the storm drains and the sewers. The scary part? The entire town is affected by evil that lives under the city wreaking its havoc upon the town, but only the children can see It. Seven outcasts form a bond in order to defeat It, deeming themselves The Loser’s Club. It, being a creature from out of this world, takes their greatest nightmares and turns them against each child. Thinking they defeated It as children, they lead a life outside of Derry until the murders start happening again. Twenty-seven years later, The Loser’s Club makes their way back to Derry to defeat the evil once and for all.If you’ve ever read a Stephen King book, you would know his descriptions are vivid and this book is no exception. You wouldn’t believe Derry was a fictional town with the way he describes it. The details make you believe you aren’t just reading about a town, but that you actually have stepped foot right into it. With all the crazy and evil things that happen here, it is not a place I would want to visit. With the way King goes into details, it’s like you are actually in the book right beside the characters as they go through the horrors of every day life of living in Derry. His style definitely works by making you really feel terrified as you read, as if It could actually reach out and grab you at any minute. This is a true horror novel. It is not for the faint at heart. Do not read this at night, especially if you are alone- you will have nightmares. “…she took her washcloth and leaned over the basin to get some water and the voice came whispering out of the drain: ‘Help me….’”-Stephen King, ItI loved the way this book was formatted. It’s not your typical straightforward timeline. The book is split up into 5 parts, alternating between childhood and adulthood in the perspective of every member of The Loser’s Club. Instead of starting out with the childhood perspective, you are thrown right into the perspective of the adults in present-time making you curious as to how each character got to that certain point in their lives. This was an effective writing style making it so you just couldn’t put the book down because you just had to know how everything would come together.Every character King writes is so realistic. You either love them or hate them. I just fell in love with every character that was part of The Loser’s Club. Each had their own personality and quirks and that’s what made you love them even more. They seemed so real; like they could be your friend. Same goes for the bad characters. He writes them so descriptively that you just can’t help but hate them with everything you have. Some characters in this story were so demented. Pennywise (the clown) was so scary and creepy. The descriptors that King uses couldn’t be anymore perfect. Character personality, growth, and development get an A+ from me.“Can an entire city be haunted?”–Stephen King, ItThis novel wouldn’t be what it is without the addition of the Derry Interludes at the end of every part. The interludes, in my opinion, are what made the book so terrifying. They detail all the past horrors that have happened in Derry and have basically been ignored and forgotten. This is where you really see the true evil nature It brings upon this town. I could read an entire novel just on the basis of the history of Derry, Maine. So interesting, yet so horrifying.Now for my dislikes. One thing that bothered me about this whole book of amazingness is the amount of detail. I know, I know, I just went on and on how I loved all of King’s brilliant descriptions, but at some parts they seemed to become unnecessary. I got bored at some of the parts that I was just not interested in. For example, the description of Stan’s wife’s life. She wasn’t a major part of the storyline; therefore, I really didn’t care to hear about her life. I thought some parts like the one I just described could have been cut out entirely. Also I feel the need to mention one specific scene that just did not sit well with me, mainly because the ages of the characters at this point in the novel. I’m not going to go into detail about it because after all this is a spoiler-free review, but I do believe this one scene was just absolutely disgusting. If you’ve read the book, you know what scene I’m talking about. The scene that brings The Loser’s together. (Sorry for the vague description!) Besides that, I have no complaints of this brilliantly written book. I was hooked from beginning to end. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to fans of Stephen King or fans of horror novels.
⭐ I’m going to admit something right off the bat. While I am a big fan of Stephen King, due to the 1990 miniseries “It,” I was afraid the book wouldn’t be great. I thought it would be good, but not at that amazing level of storytelling that King is capable of. I was so wrong. “It,” the novel, is incredible.The book is extremely long at 1478 pages. (As a writer, I’m wondering how many words that comes to, but suffice it to say, it’s a lot.) As such, the story is about as thorough as one can get, showing the harrowing events and exploring the characters’ minds, as six adult friends are called back to Derry, Maine, and to destroy an ancient evil they had fought as children. At first, they remember very little, but as they meet and discuss their shared past, they realize they must destroy the monster that has been murdering children in their town for centuries or more.The monster, It, also known as Bob Gray or Pennywise the Dancing Clown, is so much more than a clown. That brings me to the climax of the story. I won’t give it away, of course. However, I will say this. Part of my issue with the 1990 miniseries is what a letdown the climax was there, how anticlimactic the ultimate confrontation with It was. Kings endings are sometimes like that, but sometimes they’re powerful, perfect. That was the case with the book. The climactic chapters had all the terror and power that the novel deserved. After, the denouement was simply beautiful.If you haven’t gotten around to reading “It” yet, I suggest you read it soon. This novel is amazing.
⭐ This is a book that I had been hearing about for years. How it was one of King’s scariest books and how it was really good. I have no read even close to all of Kings books, but I have to say that this is easily the worse one of the lot. While there are some scary parts to it and there is the mysteriousness that King has in many of his novels, I thought that a lot of it was an exercise in nostalgia for the author. This is ultimately a coming of age story laid over a horror story, and it cannot seem to decide which one it wants to be. The result is a long and even sometimes rambling story that goes off on tangents and side stories that while attempting to show how evil hangs over the town only works to tire the reader. What I found even more surprising was how some of the characters who were mains parts of the story seemed to be rushed out of the narrative at the end of the story. I see this a lot in serial novels where the number of pages limits the author but I was surprised to see this in a book that is over 1100 pages long and by this author. This book would have gotten three stars had it not been for the part about how the kids got out of the sewers. I found this to be in poor taste and just bizarre even for the time the book was written. Overall this book was a disappointment. If you are a Stephen King fan you may find it more enjoyable than I did, but if you are looking for your first book to read by this author, there is a lot better out there.
⭐ This is my first Stephen King novel and I was constantly shocked at the depth King went to on character-to-character interactions.Hard to imagine this book was written in the 1980’s.The word journey best describes this book. If you are buying this novel because of a killer clown, you have no idea what your getting into.This is a wonderful book that everyone should read at least once.This book will creep you out.
⭐ I was very excited to finally read this. The tv version of IT was my favorite movie as a kid and when the film versions came out I decided it was finally time to actually read the book. For the first time in my life I’m actually going to admit that the movies are significantly better than the book… This book could have easily been cut in half if you took out all the needless and endless side storylines. Some of the side stories go into so much needless detail that I sometimes thought I was reading a completely different book. King is one of my absolute favorite authors, but this has to be his worst book.
⭐ This book made me realize that I would never read another book my King. I don’t understand his popularity. This review will have spoilers. It sounds like the work of someone on drugs. From a turtle who, apparently created the universe due to a ‘stomach ache’, an abused pre teen girl coming up with the idea of an orgie with a bunch of pre teen boys (it describes it all too and the reasoning behind it is stupid), and the clown being some weird alien spider thing. It’s a terrible book. It is slow. It is not scary. It just bizarre and has child sex. Bad enough to have child sex, but the fact it was brought up by the poor abused girl makes it even worse.
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