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IT is the 22nd book published by Stephen King. It was his 18th novel, and the 13th novel written under his own name. The book was released by Viking on. And this was true of It, and also King's other doorstopper, The Stand. They were both good reads but this time around I found issues and weaknesses that I. Welcome to Derry. When the opening chapter of a Stephen King book starts with a six-year-old talking to a clown who lives in a sewer, chances are things are.
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The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass Stephen King. In , Harriet Beecher moved to Cincinnati with her father, who assumed the presidency of Lane Theological Seminary. Hedrick, the Ohio city introduced her to former slaves and African-American freemen and there she first practiced writing, in a literary group called the Semi-Colon Club. The passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, obligating authorities in free states to re-enslave refugees, took the slavery fight northward.
It also encouraged Stowe to step up her game. Uncle Tom's Cabin made her rich and famous. According to Henry Louis Gate Jr. Jewett and Co. Released on March 20, , the book sold 10, copies in the U. In the U. Stowe was paid 10 cents for each one sold. She went to court to stop an unauthorized translation of Uncle Tom's Cabin Stowe took the publisher, F.
Thomas, to court. American copyright laws were notoriously weak at the time, irking British writers whose work was widely pirated. The precedent set by Stowe vs. That is; Then Edit 2: That is; Then and now style.
You just had to figure it out which was really frustrating. I was pleasantly surprised to find I didn't know the full story of IT. You see, I was too afraid to actually read the book so I read the plot in Wikipedia. Little did I know, that I read the plot of IT so I didn't actually get the full story because IT is only the first segment of the story.
Chapter two will be coming out in ! The Characters: I feel like Bill was the leader. Even though that was never said out loud, it was heavily implied. He was probably my favorite of the Loser's club. Eddie is a bit like me in the aspect of health issues. While I'm not a hypochondriac, I still could empathize with his mental illness. Every time he stood up for himself, I cheered! I felt like Stanley was barely there and so I honestly don't have anything to say about him.
Beverly was obsessed over by all the boys. I'm glad Ben was included in spite of his size. It's nice to know that there 's some humanity in the 50's I say this because the racism and hate was almost too much to bare I'm glad that there was a POC character as that's not something I usually see in King's work. I just wish Mike had been more included in the story. I felt like he was always in the background.
The idea of IT is terrifying. I mean a being that appears to you as your worst fear and then kills you?! I have to admit after seeing a few big chunks of the movie, I was very freaked out. But my biggest concern wasn't being killed; It was that I didn't know what my biggest fear was.
And if I didn't know, how would Pennywise kill me? I know; I'm worrying about how a psycho clown can't kill me. I need help. Seriously though. All my biggest fears are abstract things. Being alone. Being hated. Okay, Pennywise could appear to me as fire.
The mythology of IT was absolutely crazy. Like, was Stephen King high when he wrote this??? And so, I will explain everything. Your welcome. Explanation of IT Spoilers ahead First the basic run down of the plot: George gets eaten. Time passes. Each of the losers club has a interaction with IT.
They band together to discuss IT. They scare IT away. More on that in a second And now: The lore of IT. IT is an entity from the Macroverse, a universe surrounding ours the microverse. IT feeds on people's fear. It turns into a person's fear and then kills him using the dead lights, IT's true form. I hope that helps. Comment if you have any questions about the lore of IT. Age Recommendation: Just violent and sexual TW: Gore, domestic abuse Cover: Horror Publication Date: September 15th, Publisher: Viking Penguin Random House Standalone: Yes Best Format: Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.
It is in the small town of Derry, Maine and several children have been found murdered. Bill Denbrough and his six best friends believe the murders are linked to something that lurks beneath their home town — something that crawled from their nightmares and has taken form in the shadowed recesses of the sewers.
Driven by forces unseen, Bill and his friends sense they have what it takes to stop the monste Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Driven by forces unseen, Bill and his friends sense they have what it takes to stop the monster. They vow — with a piece of broken glass sliced across their palms — to come back to Derry if evil ever returns.
Twenty-seven years later, the murders have started again. Here in Derry children disappear unexplained and unfound at the rate of forty to sixty a year. Most are teenagers. They are assumed to be runaways. I suppose some of them even are. At over eleven hundred pages in length, It is a prolific book that provides significant backstory for each character and gives an abundant history of Derry, Maine.
Because King provides so many specifics — almost to the point of excess — the book reads like a vast compilation of research collected on true events. Though the story is sometimes bogged down by the excessive specifics, quite often a slogging passage that recounts a historical event eventually arrives at such a disturbing conclusion that forging through a long, slow chapter becomes, with startling suddenness, a worthwhile read. What makes this book notorious, however, is the dreadful monster at the heart of the story: Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
Pennywise — or It — is not as prevalent in the book as one might presume, given its classification as a horror novel, but any time It makes an appearance, the narrative drops readers into a dark scene where terrifying events unfold. Smells of dirt and wet and long-gone vegetables would merge into one unmistakable ineluctable smell, the smell of the monster, the apotheosis of all monsters.
It was the smell of something for which he had no name: A creature which would eat anything but which was especially hungry for boymeat. Though it contains elements of horror, It is a literary coming of age story that just happens to take place in a small town were horrific events transpire.
Instead of dividing the book into two parts, with the events of recounted first and the events of recounted second, King opts to tell both stories simultaneously with the use of clever plot pacing and an unorthodox chapter structure. With characters that feel like old friends and enough scares to keep readers up at night, It strikes a satisfying balance between literary writing and telling grim stories of violence and gore.
I go into more detail in my original review two years ago below but here are a few additional thoughts from my reading this time around: This book will always hold a special place in my heart, it was what I was reading when my son was born two years ago. Probably not the best book for such an occasion but, hey-ho, the memories are fond and this book was part of it. Part of me still thinks that The Stand is his best but It certainly has the best group of characters in any of his books, or any book ever.
His issues with his mother and his bravery in spite of everything struck a cord. Eds is one of my favourites characters ever. That bit at the end Not someting that vile anyways. Be true, be brave, stand I'm astonished, what a book! We all float You want scary? Pennywise is here and he'll scare the be-Jesus out of you every other page. Pennywise made an entire generation scared of clowns when the film came out, kinda topical now that all these assholes are roaming the streets in clown outfits.
Suffice to say I'm extra scared to go for a walk! Above all, the best thing about this book is that it's wonderful. King manages to capture the essence of childhood and what it means to have a close group of friends.
It's quite similar to Boy's Life in that respect. I was a tad reluctant to read this having watched the film and due to the pages which took me over a month to read!! The ending, I think is better and there is, naturally, more story.
The way it's written also highlights how talented a writer King is. He seemlessly jumps from kids to adults throughout. I doubt anyone could have pulled this off as clearly and as beautifully as King does. Although genuinely horrifying, this book captures childhood wonder perfectly and receives all the stars. King at his very best, I know it's a bit of a doorstop but it's worth it, trust me!
He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts View all 37 comments. View all 27 comments. From the tenebrous depths of the abyss, comes an unimaginable tale of perennial terror that is feverish, jarring, and insidious. With meandering prose and vivid descriptions, King dazzles, stupefies, and petrifies readers down to their core by invoking their atavistic fears, transmogrifying it, and assuming the shape of the thing that one is most afraid of.
In an effort to end its malevolent influence in Derry, The Loser's Club ventures forth into the drains, canals, and sewers — "down there where the sun never shines and the night never stops". What they find there is an irrepressible being, something beyond their comprehension — IT. It seeks. It reeks.
It feasts. It devours. Things grow awry as their darkest fears are realised and turned against them. With the circle of seven, they are able to banish It. Did they, really? The Loser's Club, now as adults, receives a call from Derry. They swore to end It twenty-seven years ago. And now, the time has come again to finally face the thing in the dark It was a lengthy, yet remarkable novel. The King of Horror never shies away from inflicting pain, rending flesh, depicting debauchery and mental aberrations, and showing gratuitous gore and violence.
King also uses the Cthulhu Mythos to create a creature that appears amicable to children — Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Well, at least, that was It's preferred form, but in its truest essence, a Lovecraftian-inspired creature. A comprehensive history, stellar world building, and distinctive characters further immerse us into this peculiar town — investigating the numerous deaths of children, deciphering the town's mysteries, rooting for the characters that we love, and of course, kicking the monster's arsehole, if you find that pleasurable.
For this hefty tome alone, patience is a virtue, dear reader. Do heed my warning: When you're ready to get out of the blue and into the black, into the deadlights, where they all float down here and soon, you'll be too — be strong, be true, stand up for your loved ones and friends, believe in things that you have previously believed in, now, as an adult, have faith in your inner child the one who was once imaginative and spiritual , for the apotheosis of all monsters have come to face you in Derry where "some things were better not seen or heard View all 69 comments.
It Eso es una de mis obras favoritas de King. Simultaneamente, desafiaran a Eso. El libro es una completa obra maestra. En cuanto al ritmo narrativo, es lento y, en algunas partes, pesado. Esto no es un defecto, sino lo contrario: Tal vez siempre vale la pena sentir miedo por ellos, y esperanzas, y vivir por ellos. No hay buenos amigos, no hay malos amigos.
Unidos se sienten especiales, pero no en el mal sentido, juntos le encuentran otro significado a la palabra especial. Que no es necesario compartir sangre para ser familia.
Que no es necesario ser perfecto para ser feliz. Que estar rodeado de lo que te hace bien es la mejor manera de afrontar lo que te hace mal. La vida es luz, y esa luz son todas las cosas que te hacen bien, el resto es oscuridad.
Much like the titular monster that lurks within its pages, this book is many things. It's terrifying, it's sweet, it's disturbing, it's sad. But most of all, It is amazing! The town of Derry is haunted by an evil with thousands of faces. With the entire town caught in the horrible creature's grasp, some of the residents are forced to confront their greatest nightmares, while others are forced to become the nightmares! Many years ago, a group of seven outcast children believed they had discovered Much like the titular monster that lurks within its pages, this book is many things.
Many years ago, a group of seven outcast children believed they had discovered the secret to ridding Derry of the terrible monster they knew only as "It". But when the murders start again 28 years later, they realize they were wrong. Now, the former "Losers' Club" returns to Derry to finish what they started, but there's one major problem This book has been on my "I've gotta check that out someday" list for years!
Let's fact it, If you've known me for more than five minutes, chances are you've already heard me talking about Batman, which means you know I've already read plenty about a certain scary clown The term "clown" could also be used to describe whoever greenlit that god-awful George Clooney "Batman and Robin" travesty!
But I'm glad I finally gave this book a chance, because it's about more than just pop-culture phenomenon Pennywise the Clown. Soooooo much more!
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Yes, this book is primarily a horror novel, and Stephen King's imagination is at full force in this one. He never runs out of creative ways to make readers afraid to turn the page, yet also enthralled enough to brave forward. But there's also a lot of depth to this story, as well.
I was very impressed with the amount of detail King explored in the lives of the 7 self-proclaimed "losers". Each of the seven is flawed but likeable. Each of them have their own distinct personalities and they have all had to cope with their own unique tragedies.
The way King goes back and forth between childhood and adulthood, and the way all of them tell certain chapters through their own points of view, I was reminded of George R. I was also impressed by how King explored so many themes throughout the novel.
The flashback sequences really capture both the magic and horrors of childhood. The bond that quickly grows between the Losers' Club is very heart-warming, and there are many sweet and tender moments throughout. But they also have to cope with terrible things, like abuse, alienation and bullying. And the present-day sequences are very effective as well, as they illustrate how our childhoods often shape who we become as adults.
And while there is certainly plenty of supernatural horror to be found in these pages, King is at his most effective when he explores real-life horror! Spousal abuse, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, all these things are present in the story, and they are much more disturbing than any of the ghosts or movie monsters that show up. King makes a powerful statement on how real-life people whose minds are poisoned by hatred and prejudice are far more terrifying than any book that sits on the horror shelves!
Throughout most of this book, I only had one minor quibble, and that was in regards to how much detail King provided in the backstories.
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Yes, I understand how pacing works, and obviously, if scary things happen on every single page, they quickly lose their impact, so I could appreciate what King was going for. But I still felt too many segments dragged at parts.
Mike Hanlon's sequences particularly suffer from this Okay, I get that after a thousand pages of build-up, it's going to be really hard for any kind of pay-off to fulfill expectations. But that doesn't change the fact that the final battle with It just felt silly and out of place. It's hard for me to get specific about why I was so disappointed with the climax without breaking my strict "no-spoilers" policy, so I'll just leave it at this The final battle wasn't bad enough to ruin the book for me, but it did cause me to deduct a star.
Still, even though it loses its way towards the end, this book is highly recommended for anyone who loves horror, as well as for anyone who is looking for a powerful, complex story and doesn't mind being terrified and disturbed throughout.
Although I do have one other minor complaint about the book View all 80 comments. Full review: Stephen King never stops to amaze me with his brilliant mind and fabulous stories. I feel like his mind is always restless, always in a good mood to find the worst ways possible to scare the soul out of me. The King of Horror Stephen King is.
No doubt. He is already used to this title and I am sure he accepts nothing less. It is so far my favourite work of his. I lift it to the rank of a horror masterpiece. It is brilliant, it is amazing, it is incredible. Best horror I've read, hands down. It is macabre, it is sick, it is wrong, but the way it is put together lures you deep into the plot until the moment you realise you cannot get out until you finish.
Your way through the plot is the devouring of the story. This book is great, yeah, but have I told you why? Let me explain myself then. Everything is put in there with a precise purpose. Nothing is random. Every little detail has its own place in the mechanism of the storyline. Every single character has a strange particularity that makes him or her unique in his or her weirdness. Which is also a peculiar thing to think about a group of schoolkids.
But hey, as long as they face together Henry Bowers and Co. The research for this masterpiece has been intense because the facts are accurate and also searchable and also, different myths are combined, forming a common body.
The myths are uprooted from their grounds and planted back again in the soil of an insignificant American town. How can this not be mind-blowing? So, with that being said, if you are a horror-freak or if you loved the movie, but did not read the book or if you are just plain curious, then you should totally and definitely check this book out!
But first, make sure you are mentally prepared for it, because, well, it is a long, tough ride! View all 16 comments. Only Stephen King could write an eleven hundred page book about the innocence and wonder of childhood, and then kick it off with a six-year-old boy getting his arm ripped off by a clown. Child disappearances and murders are occurring with astonishing regularity, and while the adults set curfews and hunt for maniacs a group of eleven-year-old outcasts know the truth - a supernatural entity has been terrorizing and killing the children of Only Stephen King could write an eleven hundred page book about the innocence and wonder of childhood, and then kick it off with a six-year-old boy getting his arm ripped off by a clown.
Child disappearances and murders are occurring with astonishing regularity, and while the adults set curfews and hunt for maniacs a group of eleven-year-old outcasts know the truth - a supernatural entity has been terrorizing and killing the children of Derry. In the members of the Losers are called together again in order to fulfill a childhood promise to return to Derry if It ever returned.
With this one King threw a kitchen sink full of monsters into this with the villain able to take the form of whatever will scare its latest victim the most. Another of the more successful aspects of this book is how King creates seven likeable kid characters and then writes them as adults so that they really seem like the same people.
Another part of this that is particularly sharp is just how well he portrays the sheer terror that each character seems to feel at one time or another. On the flip side of that, this was adult King engaging in a bit of nostalgia porn, and I was far too young to understand the fleeting nature of youth. Yeah, I know it relates back to her father, but it still seems grossly unfair. I always wondered how Ben and Bev going off together as a couple at the end would work.
Did they forget each other if one of them went to the store or something? But they managed to kill It once and for all, right? Secondly, the idea that I read this mammoth story only to have King retroactively throw a shadow over the ending by putting a line into another book severely pisses me off.
That is complete and utter bullshit of the highest order. View all 19 comments. Mar 10, Elizabeth Sagan rated it really liked it. Since all the hype with the new movie, I thought of writing my review to this book.
I never thought they were scary. Actually, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times a book gave me this feeling. But maybe it's just me.
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I see people talking about how scary his books are. I only think they are insanely well written. IT especially. This is one of those books that make me think I would Since all the hype with the new movie, I thought of writing my review to this book.
The character development is godlike. Also, I reaaaaaally liked The Dark Tower references! His thought is slow, but always kind. He holds us all within his mind.
On his back all vows are made; He sees the truth but mayn't aid. He loves the land and loves the sea, And even loves a child like me. View all 8 comments. Full review up! So, this will be the 16, review for It? Now what can I give you in this review that the other 16, reviews might not have mentioned? Yeah right, they've mentioned this stuff! Who am I kidding But you knew this before starting It.
Buckle up for lots of character development and developing a love for Bill, Ben and the gang. I loved some kids more then others but each one was vital to Full review up! I loved some kids more then others but each one was vital to the whole group. They needed each personality in my opinion to take down the clown!
Derry is an evil and fucked up place! King finds a way in his writing to make humans scarier then the monster of Pennywise. Well done sir!
This audio book was fantastic!
Steven Weber knocked it out of the park! He did well with all the voices along with Pennywise.
I was creeped out whenever the clown started talking in the audiobook. I did not understand or like one thing in the book. As a woman, it made me cringe. Your soul has not been darkened by weird group affection.
Pure evil is truly horrifying in this, especially with the humans. It just twists your guts, makes you want a blanky and to curl up in a fetal position. This story is about more then just horror. I loved this part of the book.
King really knows how to write this well and I felt so much affection for all the main characters in the Losers' Club! The final battle felt a bit silly to me. I wish it had scared me more. It honestly felt a bit rushed which is surprising since we as the readers are likely at the page mark. Oy vey No, I get first dibs. This book is satisfying for the horror fan with the perfect balance of gore, horror, violence and overcoming all odds to kick horror in its teeth!
View all 45 comments. Mar 05, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Definitely one of King's most memorable, creative and well-written books. What's odd about IT is that it has many horror elements, but focuses more on a coming-of-age story between seven children living in a small industrial town and the power of their friendship as they grow up. I've seen the TV movie too when I was twelve years old but the movie only left me confused. The book is much longer and more detailed, giving an explanation to what exactly the shapeshifting clown boogeyman is and why i Definitely one of King's most memorable, creative and well-written books.
The book is much longer and more detailed, giving an explanation to what exactly the shapeshifting clown boogeyman is and why it chose Derry's sewers to reside in. IT is full of of childhood nostalgia but also plays with common childhood fears, from a boy who encounters a homeless man under his porch to a boy who watched Return of the Mummy in the theater.
The characters were all original and likeable in their own way except for Henry Bowers and his group. King obviously put a lot of time into this huge book and it's one that any horror fan should add to their reading list. After all, it's got everything from evil clowns to old school memories. It's one of the weirdest and most disturbing but excellent horror novels I've ever read. View all 9 comments. I've made it. No, that sounds too negative, sorry.
But this IS a doorstopper and it made me feel so much at the same time, making it seem even longer than it already was. Thus, my review, too, will be quite long so strap yourselves in! What I'd like to say right now, before we delve into the topics of this book at length, is that despite the book's length, I never felt bored for a second, all the detailed descriptions so many criticize are necessary to create this world of a snug little town Wow. What I'd like to say right now, before we delve into the topics of this book at length, is that despite the book's length, I never felt bored for a second, all the detailed descriptions so many criticize are necessary to create this world of a snug little town in Maine that is really rotten to the core.
But one thing after another. First, the summary: The book has two timelines that happen more and more simultaneously: In the other, these seven return to their hometown as adults to end what killed the people back then and is killing them again now.
Now isn't THAT a fantastically vague description and one hell of an understatement?! P I was impressed that I actually liked some characters in this novel.
Usually, Stephen King introduces me to some people, maybe even makes me like them, only to show me how even they aren't really "good guys" as happened here with view spoiler [Bill hide spoiler ].
Here, we had at least a few that qualified as "innocent", namely some of the children especially Dorsey and his brother Eddie come to mind or view spoiler [Ben hide spoiler ].
Nevertheless, I don't share the notion that the entire Losers Club is likeable. Sure, I very much liked that King made them realistic the kids had good and annoying qualities - they weren't some unrealistic little angels , but some flaws were just too bad to be ignored yes, I'm looking at you, Bev - and no, I don't care how hard your life was from an early age on, many suffer like you did without turning out the way you did.
The central theme of this book is fear. The fear of children to be specific. How defenseless or not they often are when faced with terror and what that terror can be. The book is also about money financial security , suppression of bad memories, giving up, fighting back, religion to some extent , friendship, animal cruelty, growing up yes, sexually too, which was quite funny and the scars our childhoods leave and how influenced we can be by our past as adults.Bestselling Series.
This book is art. At the cost of Eddie's life, the Losers Club manages to defeat It. Then after a while, we had live Jazz music on Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm to 2am. So, when the friends were Adults IT, appeared to be two different types of giant spiders: What can you find in "It"? Stephen King is a great writer!
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