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It [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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Book Description

“A great book…a landmark in American literature.”—Chicago Sun-Times

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 none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

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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. What was it? Read It and find out...if you dare!

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The amazingly prolific King returns to pure horror, pitting good against evil as in The Stand and The Shining. Moving back and forth between 1958 and 1985, the story tells of seven children in a small Maine town who discover the source of a series of horrifying murders. Having conquered the evil force once, they are summoned together 27 years later when the cycle begins again. As usual, the requisite thrills are in abundance, and King's depiction of youngsters is extraordinarily accurate and sympathetic. But there is enough material in this epic for several novels and stories, and the excessive length and numerous interrelated flashbacks eventually become wearying and annoying. Nevertheless, King is a born storyteller, and It will undoubtedly be in high demand among his fans. BOMC main selection. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., Ct.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 1835 KB
  • Print Length: 1396 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (August 7, 1987)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SR2PKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,477 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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353 of 370 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is It September 13, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years--if it ever did end--began, so far as I can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain."

This is the first line of "It," the beginning to one of Stephen King's masterpieces, and probably the most incredible story I've ever read. Those who complain about it's length... they need patience. Those who complain about its characters... they need to look around at themselves and others. Those who complain about it being vulgar, vile, or horrific... that's part of the story, and not to embrace it means you miss out on something extraordinary.

In the summer of 1958, seven friends encountered something horrible in their town of Derry, Maine. This something fed on children, hunting them, preying on them, and devouring them. It could shape itself in any way It liked, whatever their nightmares suited, but always with one trademark: the semblance of a clown. The seven friends all had something in common: They had all escaped It at some point. And in that summer, they learned about It, confronted It, and killed It... or so they thought.

28 years later... A boy named Adrian Mellon is apparently thrown off a bridge by two other boys for his sexuality. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but the boys claim that there was something down below... a clown and a cloud of balloons.

Soon the friends are being called back to Derry, told that It is back. They made a vow, sealed in blood, to return if It wasn't dead. Each of them is now very successful, and the thought of returning to Derry, of going back to the horror that they'd all forgotten, is more than they can bear, but they had made a promise.

"It" is two stories being told at once.
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Journey March 26, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After finishing IT for only the second time, I feel I must add my comments to those listed below. I found this book to be one of the greatest fiction books I have ever had the pleasure of curling up with for several weeks and reading (any book that can have me go through the full range of emotions over and over again and then get me to spend weeks reflecting on thoughts from the last two paragraphs has to rank up there). SK has managed to write the scariest novel I have ever read but also weave in multiple underlying themes (Good vs Evil, racial discrimination, the reality of childhood as seen through the eyes of a child - who can forget the schoolyard bullies?) that kept me thinking the whole way through the book. Rather than bore you with a long review - just read the book you'll be glad you did (although due to the mature and sometimes inappropriate content of a number of scenes, I don't recommend this book for anyone under 13/14). As a parting comment, the book is best summed up by my dilema - Which is scarier: Pennywise or the reality of what happens to us as we grow up and leave childhood behind?
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning effort July 19, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"IT" is, bar none, the best Stephen King novel I've ever read.
Since most readers are probably at least somewhat familiar with the book, I'll briefly say that "IT" is about a group of eleven-year-olds menaced by a monster (also called IT) on a child-killing rampage, which takes the shape of whatever will scare the victim most -- then, the same people reunite in their hometown as adults, to confront the thing in hopes of defeating IT once and for all.
At the very least, the book is jim-dandy entertainment, a riveting page-turner. The writing is Stephen King (admittedly not everyone's cup of hemlock) at the top of his form; the idea of a Mobius strip story/ies is clever; the stories themselves are both gripping and skillfully interwoven; the thrills and scares (and gross-outs, of course) come without letup; and the plot, though based on a simplistic and slender premise (Good Guys confront Bad Guy; who will prevail?), is a quite satisfactory cliff-hanger...
But what really puts "IT" severed head and shoulders above King's other books is the authenticity of the emotion. "IT" is the Stephen King novel with a heart -- a bloody, still-beating heart ripped out of its owner's chest -- but a heart nonetheless.
What distinguishes King's books in general from those of, say, Dean Koontz or John Coyne; and "IT" from the more mediocre of King's books; is the sensitivity and compassion (odd words for King, but in this context, I think they're fitting) with which he writes about his characters. They're kids (at least throughout the majority of the book), but they're also real people -- individuals with thoughts and feelings and likes and dislikes and hobbies and ambitions and (usually dysfunctional) families. We care about them.
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136 of 166 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, but the worst ending I have ever read February 13, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I feel that it is fair to warn anyone that is planning to invest their time in a book of this scope and magnitude that you may not be happy in the end. I have never written an online review before because usually when I read a great book most people already feel that its great and the existing reviews speak for themselves. However, as I was reading through these reviews, I could not believe how many 5 star ratings people gave. This is not nearly the masterpiece that it could have been and I think people deserve fair warning and a review that is more than: greatest book ever man! First off let me say this, I love horror stories, I am not easily offended, and I have read and enjoyed many other King books in the past. With that in mind, I started reading IT and was immediately absorbed into the tale.


1) great buildup, some genuinely scary and disturbing scenes

2) realistic character development and compelling characters in general

3) IT is a very original, strange and frightening creature...most of the way through

4) childhood events, friendships, conflicts, and experiences are realistically portrayed and sometimes even more frightening and tense than the encounters with the supernatural.

5) Despite other peoples complaints with the length, I feel that it flowed nicely and the way the novel slowly revealed events of the past while building suspense in the present time was wonderfully done.

SO WHY DID I GIVE THE BOOK 2 STARS? -- This book COMPLETELY falls apart in the last 100 pages or so. So much so that I had to shake my head and wonder if I was even reading the same book.
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One of Stephen King's best!
Published 9 days ago by TreyG1
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great book, with absolutely awesome characters, really long but worth it
Published 13 days ago by Sergio Villagomez
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to close stronger
Mostly great, but really drags at the end. Takes a somewhat uninspiring climax and makes it dull. Still would recommend the other 1,000 pages though.
Published 13 days ago by Kobsy
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Great book
Published 13 days ago by lacey phifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best horror ever
Stephen King has outdone himself by using a murderous clown to terrorize a small town and having the characters come back years later to battle It
Published 13 days ago by Leslie Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Bought this for my son as a gift.great gift
Published 16 days ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is an absolute masterpiece. I remember watching the mini series when I was a child. The clown which haunted my dreams for years in my youth exceeded my expectations... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Benpem44
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
The book arrived and it was in great shape. It is a classic novel and despite the length, everyone who likes Stephen King should read it.
Published 20 days ago by HorrorFreak
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. 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.

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Why was Stephen King's book "IT" banned?
IT is one of my all time favorite books. I first read it when I was a teen. The sex scene in the sewers didn't bother me at the time since I was young and had been "active" for over a year, though not at 11, thank God. But by the 3rd or 4th time reading the book I started wondering... Read More
Aug 19, 2010 by B. A. Smith |  See all 73 posts version...
It's out and read by Steven Weber who does a great job 45 hours on 35 cd's go enjoy IT.
May 29, 2010 by MztCB |  See all 9 posts
It vs. The Stand
The Stand and It are two totally separate beasts, literally. In my opinion I could not compare these two great works with each other. They are both completely awesome. If I had to choose between the two, I think that I would choose The Stand due to the fact that civilization itself is nearly... Read More
Jan 22, 2007 by Jason |  See all 17 posts
It in paperback?
Shining and Carrie was doubleday publications It was released by Viking (in hardcover) I don't know the mechanism but it will not be treated in the same way
Nov 23, 2008 by A guy loving talented guys |  See all 2 posts
Please Publish "IT" for the Kindle
It's here--today!
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