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It (1986)

by Stephen King

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18,653372198 (4.07)1 / 593
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.… (more)
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    Summer of Night by Dan Simmons (amyblue, msouliere)
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    Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Locke)
    Locke: Both novels deal with themes of childhood horrors and coming of age. Both have a subtle melancholy tone!
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    11/22/63 by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: A section of 11/22/63 is set in Derry and features characters from It.
  4. 50
    The Guardians by Andrew Pyper (lippylibrarian)
    lippylibrarian: Both books feature a group of childhood friends returning to face the horrors of their small hometown after the suicide of a close friend.
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    Phantoms by Dean Koontz (caimanjosh)
    caimanjosh: Koontz's take on the shape-shifting monster is more scientific, less epic/supernatural, but entertaining too.
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    NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Malevolent entities that prey upon children are the driving force of these creepy, suspenseful horror stories. In both novels, only adults lucky enough to escape the villain's clutches in childhood are later able to battle the evil when it returns.… (more)
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    The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King (Mannivu)
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    Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (Scottneumann)
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    Stinger by Robert R. McCammon (Scottneumann)
  10. 21
    Straight on 'Til Morning by Christopher Golden (mniday)
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    Vigilantes #1: Het teken by Gaudin (comtso)
    comtso: Des amis d'enfance, devenus adultes, se retrouvent pour affronter un ennemi de leur passé. Pour réussir, ils doivent retrouver ce en quoi ils croyaient enfants.
  12. 10
    The Glister by John Burnside (Jthierer)
  13. 22
    Floating Dragon by Peter Straub (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both are about a small town infected by an evil influence.
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    Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist (2810michael)
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    The Pilo Family Circus by Will Elliott (ShelfMonkey)
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Interesting listening to this book 20 years after reading it the first time. It is still one of my favorite books by King but I sure didn't remember the language being so bad. It really isn't that scary most of the time but is a book about friendship and growing up.

For those of you that do not know, this takes place in Derry and is the story of 7 young outcasts that become friends and end up taking on the monster that haunts their town every so often by killing kids. They do this once as kids and then reunite years later to finish the job.

I don't do audiobooks often but really liked this reader for this book. He did a great job bringing the characters to life. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
I read this first in hardback when I was about 14 (a bit older than the kids in the book) and then again in paperback not long after. Coming back to it as an adult (a lot older than the adults in the book) I think I liked it even more.
It’s loooong and a bit messy and it doesn’t always work, but taken as a whole it’s pretty wonderful and probably the most King-like of King’s books. It’s all here: bullies, friendship, monsters, a writer protagonist, hope, pop culture references, American society dissected, etc. There are doubtless bits that could be better (he could maybe have done more on the differences between US life in the 50s and the 80s) but I’m sure improvements in one place would have weakened the book elsewhere. All in all I’d say it is probably his masterpiece. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
what can i say that hasn’t been already said about this classic? 5 stars, with the obvious caveat that most everyone shares.

wtf pre teen gang bang for absolutely no reason. none. for a book so long, we def could have gone without the MULTIPLE chapters of child porn. to think of the amount the cocaine King must have been on is just….


well anyway. 5 stars. ( )
  thelxdesigner | Mar 31, 2022 |
a monstrosity of a book ... both literally and figuratively ... ( )
  donhazelwood | Mar 11, 2022 |
Don't read this at night. ( )
  MVO_1 | Feb 16, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dobner, TullioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giusti, RobertCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Körber, JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reinhardt, Alexandra vonÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekiaro, PäiviTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weber, StevenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
"This old town been home long as I remember, This town gonna be here long after I'm gone. East side west side take a close look 'round her, You been down but you're still in my bones." -- The Michael Stanley Band
"Old friend, what are you looking for? After those many years abroad you come With images you tended Under foreign skies Far away from your own land." -- George Seferis
"Out of the blue and into the black." -- Neil Young
Dedication
This book is gratefully dedicated to my children.
My mother and my wife taught me how to be a man. My children taught me how to be free.

Naomi Rachel King, at fourteen;

Joseph Hillstrom King, at twelve;

Owen Philip King, at seven.

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

S.K.
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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 out of a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.
Quotations
Be true, be brave, stand. All the rest is darkness.
We all float down here.
If there are certain preconditions for the use of magic, then those preconditions will inevitably arrange themselves.
“A child blind from birth doesn't even know he's blind until someone tells him. Even then
he has only the most academic idea of what blindness is; only the formerly sighted have a
real grip on the thing”
“We lie
best when we lie to ourselves.”
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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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Seven children band together to fight a creature that has been feeding off the fears of the people in the small town of Derry for generations.
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