It by Stephen King

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10 Critic Reviews

Beyond the arm-ripping violence, beyond the sex...It let me stand at the edge of adulthood and realize that being an adult is not that much different than being a kid, that both stages have their own complications.
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Synopsis

“A landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—Stephen King’s #1 national bestseller 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).
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published January 1, 2016 by Scribner. 1169 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Guardian

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Reviewed by Xan Brooks on Aug 04 2011

Maybe it's finally time to revisit this old haunt, to reassure myself that It is still as sleek, scary and rambunctiously entertaining as I remember.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by xoxoxoe on Feb 05 2012

I found It more gruesome than scary. King catalogues pretty much every gory and disgusting aspect of the killings that he can, which makes for a gross-out read, but is It really frightening? The elusive nature of the beast actually makes it less threatening as the novel goes on (and on and on).

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by xoxoxoe on Feb 05 2012

I found It more gruesome than scary. King catalogues pretty much every gory and disgusting aspect of the killings that he can, which makes for a gross-out read, but is It really frightening? The elusive nature of the beast actually makes it less threatening as the novel goes on (and on and on).

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Erin Morgenstern on Jul 31 2012

Beyond the arm-ripping violence, beyond the sex...It let me stand at the edge of adulthood and realize that being an adult is not that much different than being a kid, that both stages have their own complications.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by David Finniss on Jun 19 2013

The book isn't without it's faults, but I still found it to be an immensely enjoyable read. You had great characters battling a memorable villain...While the book will take you a while to get through, it's worth the effort and this does still stand as one of my favorite books, not just by King, but in general.

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Tor

Above average
Reviewed by ALYX DELLAMONICA on Oct 25 2011

...this is a complex, interesting, amd genuinely scary monster novel. It’s one that does touch, at times, on real truths about the intensity of our childhood experiences, and the things we do and don’t let go of as we age.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Sep 27 2012

It is the epitome of why Mr. King remains so wildly popular and should be read by everyone for its iconic images and phrases. Just be warned – it is gruesome and petrifying, but then again, would you expect anything else from Mr. King?

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World's Strongest Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Josh Hanagarne on Oct 27 2010

Seeing them return to Derry as adults, and bumping into Pennywise again, is so much fun, and so creepy, that it truly has to be experienced. If you like horror stories, It might be the best of them all.

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Opinions of a Wolf Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by wolfshowl on Feb 03 2011

Combining everything from the horror to the allegory of facing childhood demons to the allusions to the Dark Tower series make Stephen King’s It a remarkable read. I recommend it to fans of Stephen King, as well as anyone interested in the idea of childhood demons who feels they can handle passages of horror.

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The Garfield Book Review

Good
on Feb 03 2012

...King’s eye for detail and zeitgeist sensibilities (not to mention his superlative ability to spin a good yarn) elevates It above mere horror schlock. I’d never call him one of the great American novelists, but there’s no denying he’s got what the French call a certain…I don’t know what.

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