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It [Paperback]

Stephen King
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The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years-if it ever did end-began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as The (Unabridged) Stand Oct. 17 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before I say why I love this book so much, a helpful suggestion. Please, if you want to appreciate King's more marketable stories, please read the Dark Tower series. I don't think that I'm giving away anything here, but the sequence in "It" that deals with 'turtles' (those of you who have read the Dark Tower know why I'd focus on this) will take on much more meaning. On to the review. I think that people have a misconception about what makes for effective horror writing. You have to care about the characters for horror to be effective. Otherwise, it's not horror, it's comedy. Think about it: in the span of a few short pages, King makes Georgie a character we care about--that's why you really feel it in the pit of your stomach when Georgie's encounter with Pennywise reaches its conclusion. This book is about normal kids and adults (who happen to be incredibly well-developed characters) finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances..That's why "It" is so effective. Minor complaint: Richie does not ring true as an adult or a child. He's the only character that is not believable..fortuneately, even though he has a tremendous amount of dialogue, he's really not important to the story..he's there for comic relief. Finally, by all means avoid the mini-series. I can't for the life of me understand how anyone who has read the book can stomach it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT Changed My Life Nov. 18 2010
In 1981, Stephen King began writing the best book I've ever read. "IT" was my first King novel, from the moment I opened the cover, and took in the ever haunting and mesmerizing initial sentence, I was enthralled, and had to prepare myself for a 1090 page journey that would change my life. Although the basic concept of the monster that takes the form of your worst nightmare is brilliant, the stories shining quality is in the way it portrays the values of friendship, childhood, memory, and growing up. No other author has ever captured these feelings better then King, and the magnificient ending brought a tear to my eye. Character developement is astounding and a number of disturbing scenes make the story more real and suspenseful. "IT" weighs in at 1090 pages, each as important as it's predecessor, not one is out of place or unnecessary. There is only one major flaw present, an unavoidable curse that plagues all great stories, it ends. But let me assure you my friends, it ends beautifully. Thank you very much Mr. King, you've changed my entire outlook on writing and filled me with memories that I will cherish deeply and never forget. I will forever hold an undying respect for you and all of your written work. I only hope that perhaps one day, I will be able to write a story that will have as much of an impact on you as IT had on me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King Provides the Scares in "It" April 23 2012
By Meech
Scary, poignant, and surprisingly real, Stephen King's 1987 door-stop novel is as much a coming of age tale as it is a horror story. "It" has all the ingredients of classic King: a sleepy Maine town? Check. Flawed, yet believable characters? Check. Supernatural forces? Check.

The book's length rivals that of The Stand (uncut version) finishing off at over 1000 pages, and although this may exasperate some readers, the story contains some truly terrifying scenes that are amplified by the helplessness of the child protagonists. Yes, King does tend to go over-board with the details, but his portrayal of characters is astoundingly accurate. No doubt, readers will relate to at least one aspect of the troubled band of misfits as they try to survive both their personal lives and the horror that threatens the town.

For King fans, "It" is a must read. Newer readers, however, may be put-off by the novel's length, but even if you only read one Stephen King book, make "It" your first choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Ever Dec 14 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The King of Horror" produced his finest tale when he wrote IT. Impressively long at 1000+ pages, King takes his readers on a thrilling joyride back to the wonders and terrors of childhood. Like no other living author, King remembers what childhood consisted of and has the uncanny ability to recall it for us in all its intensity of conflicting emotions.
The plot of this novel is straightforward. Set in 1958, 7 children must face down an almost supernatural evil which they come to call IT. Able to take on the aspect of each person's worst fear, IT mostly sleeps only to awake every 26 or 27 years to feed on the children of Derry. After a series of adventures, the children battle IT to a draw. 27 years later, as adults, they are recalled to Derry to once again do battle with IT's ancient evil.
King interweaves the events of the present day with those of 1958. His characters ring completely true, although they are more vibrant as children than as adults. The various subplots and adventures experienced by the children (the apocalyptic rockfight, dam-building, movie-going, Silver, to name a few) enhance the verisimilitude of the story.
I must caution you on two things. 1st, there is a sex scene late in the book that many will find offensive. While integral to the plot, King could have developed a less viscerally offensive avenue for his characters' escape. It is King in his "if I can't get terror, I'll take horror, and if I can't get that I'll go for the gross-out" mode. 2nd, I am one who equates the name of Stephen King with the term "finest living author". His work, while at times crude, even gross, has the depth and vibrancy of the best of Dickens. No stylist he, but a storyteller without peer with an uncanny ability to delineate character with a few sentences. This is his finest work. Read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King; the human word machine....
Some authors write for the sake of their chosen profession. They formulate a moralistic tale, wrap it in symbolism, submit it to a publisher and feel totally satisfied that they... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ronald W. Maron
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of stephen king
creepy, interesting and not able to put the book down
if you like horror, it is the book to read
Published 16 months ago by melanie
4.0 out of 5 stars too early to tell
i have not had a chance to start reading it . . . . . . . . . . .
Published 21 months ago by Ray Campitelli
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading
I recieved this book today, thinking it was a normal sized hardcover book. In reality it is a small paperback book with hard-covers(Misleading) And the print is very small, gonna... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2012 by craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
Reading this book recently for a second time it really changed the way that I view a lot in my life. My childhood friends all of a sudden meant more to me then life itself. Read more
Published on July 14 2011 by Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars "Nobody likes a clown at midnight."
The title of my review is an actual Stephen King quote and it is amazing in its simplicity and imagery. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2011 by Jeffrey Swystun
1.0 out of 5 stars I just couldn't get into it
The story jumps around way too much for my tastes and I found it simply too annoying to try and follow its new characters that are introduced every few pages. Read more
Published on May 14 2010 by K. Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!!
I'm a big fan of Stephens King and I love the majority of the books that he writes but It is the best story that he wrote in my opinion. The history is well written. Read more
Published on June 25 2006 by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Still love IT
I've read IT about 6 times. The first time I read it I was only 11, and to be honest, though I enjoyed IT in general, I didn't understand a lot of it (I was actually looking up the... Read more
Published on May 24 2005 by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth reading
This is a very good book, the best Stephen King novel I've read. Even though it's a horror book it contains so much more than only horror. Read more
Published on June 24 2003 by "beth_homepage"
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