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

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It began--and ended--in 1958 when seven children searched in the drains beneath Derry for an evil creature, but in 1985, Mike, once one of those children, makes six phone calls and disinters an unremembered promise that sets off the ultimate terror.

Simon and Schuster
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).

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1986
ISBN: 9781501141232
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Apr 01, 2019

This book is something else. It took me such a long time to finish this book but it was definitely worth it. Stephen Kings writing it amazing, the book was well written and with just the right amount of detail to make you believe you remember what it's like to think like a child. Some parts of the book were hard to read and I didn't agree with everything, hence the 4 1/5 stars, but this book is by far the best I've ever read. Intending to buy this book to keep with me for the one future day I decide to read it, when I've forgotten.

Jan 29, 2019

As I read the book I immediately fell in love with IT. Pennywise or whatever ITs real name was, was an amazing antagonist and truly made the book a suspenseful read. The characters all had very different personalities and I came to realize that at times they could be very funny. I did not ever get bored but the last little bit was long at times especially when they talk about the aftermath of defeating IT. It is quite cool to see the losers go up and have another go at IT although I liked the summer of 1958 a bit more. I have not watched the movies but I know I have something to look forward to.

This book at times could be very gory and when I first read IT I felt like I was a bit young But I was a bit older than the losers and at times I felt like I could relate.

Overall it was an fantastic read, well done Mr. King!

Nov 03, 2018

classic King....honest and wonderful....I have read this giant book 3 times now, and will probably read it again in a few years. Now about the movies...the 1st one had great actors like Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter.....all in all great cast. The production and budget was very poor and could have been SO much better. The 2nd one is pretty much the opposite...the movie was very well made, except the actors were not so good. But there was a tremendous effort to adapt this story and they did great with that. It was one of those rare well done remakes. Plus at my age I can idetify with this one much more as it takes place in the late 80's and then in the present time. great stuff.

Sep 13, 2018

Enjoyable and really captures the feel of that one magical summer growing up. But, while it all makes sense, it is very long, so I recommend that if you're crazy enough to tackle this beast, I recommend you make room on your calendar and buy several large bottles of booze.

ArapahoeKarenQB Jul 23, 2018

While there were some unsettling and (in my opinion) gratuitous moments in this book, overall, I thought it was amazing. Should he have left out the part where the kids have sex? YES. But overall, the book is fascinating.

Jul 06, 2018

WHY? What was the need for the promiscuity of an 11-year-old?!? A consensual gang bang with 6 boys of 11/12 years old ONE AFTER a dirty tunnel...hours after walking through sewer water full of poop and urine! Stephen King you are a SICK bastard. This is not a spoiler as the disgusting scene was irrelevant to the plot!!! The 'excuse' was to get back the fading connection as they were getting lost. She could’ve just given everyone a lip-locking embrace and that would’ve done it....or just a lip-locking embrace to Eddie to calm him down (as he was the one with the compass in his head)!!! Proof that this scene was dumb and useless was when they were adults in a similar situation and just used belief/instincts to find their way. I am beyond angry by the inclusion of this disturbing scene with main character we would have bonded with over the course the previous 1000 pages! It was not in the movie...that would’ve been absurd.

SK wrote this book during the early 80s when he suffered from a drug and alcohol addiction. Due to his cocaine use he stuffed his nose with cotton so he could type without blood dripping on his typewriter. By 1986 he 'spent roughly three hours a day sober'. This book contains at least 300 pages of irrelevant, random ramblings that either add nothing to the plot or could have been said in half the words. It makes me angry when people waste my time. I highly recommend NOT reading this 1100-page book. The movie was really good and took only 2 hours...I’m sure Part 2 will be good as well.

This book started out as a five star read but by the last half became a painful chore to the end I didn’t care anymore I just wanted it to end. Especially since main characters, we're supposed to like, cross some moral lines unnecessarily. Also, all the ugliness of the racism, perversions, descriptions of animal torture, detailed descriptions of mass killings of the distant past.....all made me feel awful again and again. Not entertaining imho. The guts of this book are awesome however....a serious editing hack job would’ve done wonders!

I also hated Ritchie's dumb voices even he was a likeable character. The voices weren’t did serve, however, as a reminder of their young age. I ended up skipping them...

I hope I never hear/read Beep-beep again. Not funny the first time...annoying the 50th time.

I have always considered myself a Stephen King fan....I loved The Stand and The Shining books...Pet Cemetery was good. I love most of the movies based on his books. From now on, I will stick to his movies and unfortunately never read any more of his books. (less)

Apr 24, 2018

This one is a page turner! Loved it! I also enjoyed the film!

Apr 21, 2018

A grand book from start to finish. With detailed descriptions, and life-like characters which force the reader to plunge into the story. Stephen King's metamorphic style creates different characters--both humorous and frightening. He is a compelling writer who leaves his audience thirsting for more. He leaves no loose ends or witnesses and everything is explained and explored to make for a complete Stephen King Universe! I highly recommend this leviathan of a novel to anyone who enjoys a good scare.

Mar 31, 2018

"It’s a beautiful summer day! Where are you off to, honey?”
“Well, Mom, me and the gang are going to go build a dam, throw some rocks, and maybe track down the monster that’s lurking in the sewers.”
“That’s fine, sweetie. Just remember that we’re going to the circus tonight. You know how your brother loves the clowns!"
Scared of clowns? You have good reason to be, as six boys (and a token girl) combine all their talents, will, and heart to defeat a millennium old terror.

Mar 25, 2018

It's been close to 30 years since I first read this book. Still excellent.

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Dec 11, 2018

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 12, 2018

Sexual Content: There is a very disturbing seen where all the boys in the losers club penetrate an 11 year old girl

May 31, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a lot of frightening and intense scenes in this book. The first scene is really frightening. If your scared of clowns already every scene with the clown in it will be frightening. There is also a scene in a restaurant that is pretty frightening.

May 31, 2015

Coarse Language: There is a lot of swear words in this book. They use the F word, The N word and lots of other swear words.

May 31, 2015

Sexual Content: Their is sexual content in this book. They talk about what they think sex is.

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Violence: Their is lots of violence in this book.Their is lots of blood. The first scene is pretty violent. It is also frightening if you don't expect it.

Jul 16, 2014

Violence: This novel contains graphic depictions of the grizzly deaths of over a dozen characters, including children as young as age six.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: The main theme of this novel is the exploitation of its characters' fears by its eponymous antagonist.

Jul 16, 2014

Sexual Content: This novel contains graphic depictions of sexual violence against women, including a scene involving six boys having penetrative intercourse in succession with an eleven-year-old girl.


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"The Losers are still losing, but Stanley Uris is finally ahead!" (this is my favorite pun)

Oct 08, 2017

Youll float too

Aug 10, 2015

"Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists."

May 31, 2015

''want your boat Georgie?"

Dec 17, 2013

“We lie best when we lie to ourselves.”


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It begins when *SPOILER ALERT* Bill's brother dies. From then on 7 people befriend each other and form an unbreakable bond. Bill and Eddie meet Ben, then Richie comes in with Stan, Beverley joins when Richie invites her to the movies, and finally, the circle closes when the Losers fight off Henry Bowers and his gang of bullies for Mike. They build clubhouses, play in the Barrens, and are children with each other while facing their own battles at home. Bill is bullied because he stutters, and is known as Stuttering Bill to everyone (except his friends, who know him as Big Bill). Bill is still dealing with the loss of his brother, Georgie, and he feels like his parents don't love him anymore because they blame him for Georgie's death. Eddie's mom is overprotective and he suffers with what his mom says is asthma. Ben is bullied because he is fat and he is hopelessly in love with Bev, but Ben also has an amazing mind of an architect. Richie is bullied because he is annoying and doesn't know when to shut up (Beep beep Richie), even though he is a loyal friend and can be pretty funny. Stan is the serious and practical one and he is bullied because he is Jewish (this book was written in the 80's and set in the 50's so it's pretty racist). Beverly has to deal with an abusive father and grows up her whole life in abusive relationships. Mike is the only black kid and is constantly fighting racism and the hatred of the town bully, Henry Bowers, who killed Mike's dog and is ready to move on to Mike himself. Why fighting against Henry and their own monsters, they still have to deal with the mysterious creature who is kidnapping children from Derry. The Losers encounter It multiple times, seeing the reflection of their own fears. Eddie sees a leper, Bill sees Georgie, Ben sees the mummy, Richie sees a werewolf, Stan sees the dead kids, Bev sees blood, and Mike sees the giant bird. They figure out that it's It, a force that has been kidnapping, killing, and feasting on the children of Derry for years. The Losers confront It first in the house at Neibolt Street, then in the sewers in It's lair. They make a vow that if It ever comes back, they'll all come back to Derry and face it together. Years go by, everyone moves away, and they all forget about each other and the summer of 1958. Then Mike Hanlon calls and informs them, "It's back". By then no one can remember It, their childhood in Derry, each other, or anything hat happened that summer. 6 of them show up in Derry as adults and they begin remembering together. Then they must face It again, but first they must face their own monsters. When that is done, 5 travel to It's lair again, and kill It once and for all. 4 leave the sewers, returning to Derry in ruins. Out of their original circle of 7, five survive and they all leave scarred. They leave Derry again, and forget about each other and the fact that anything ever happened.

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