Author: Stephen King
Published: Sept. 15, 1986
Published: Viking Penguin
Derry: a small city in Maine, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own home town. Only in Derry the haunting is real...
It began for the Losers on a day in June of 1958, the day school let out for the summer. That was the day Henry Bowers carved the first letter of his name on Ben Hanscom's belly and chased him into the Barrens, the day Henry and his Neanderthal friends beat up on Stuttering Bill Denbrough and Eddie Kaspbrak, the day Stuttering Bill had to save Eddie from his worst asthma attack ever by riding his bike to beat the devil. It ended in August, with seven desperate children in search of a creature of unspeakable evil in the drains beneath Derry. In search of It. And somehow it ended.
Or so they thought. Then.
On a spring night in 1985 Mike Hanlon, once one of those children, makes six calls. Stan Uris, accountant. Richie "Records" Tozier, L.A. disc jockey. Ben Hanscom, renowned architect. Beverly Rogan, dress designer. Eddie Kaspbrak, owner of a successful New York limousine company. And Bill Denbrough, bestselling writer of horror novels, Bill Denbrough who now only stutters in his dreams.
These six men and one woman have forgotten their childhoods,have forgotten the time when they were Losers...but an unremembered promise draws them back, the present begins to rhyme dreadfully with the past, and when the Losers reunite, the wheels of fate lock together and roll them towards the ultimate terror.
In the biggest and most ambitious book of his career, Stephen King gives us not only his most towering epic of horror but a surprising re-illumination of the corridor where we pass from the bright mysteries of childhood to those of maturity.
Reading It by Stephen King was for a read-a-thon this year I think that if I didn't pick it for this event I probably would have taken a few more years for me to even get to reading it. I can honestly say this book was far from scary or creepy for me.
Now that being said I have to say this wasn't my favorite by this author, I rather enjoyed the movie a whole lot more than I did this story.
It took me a while to actually get into the book and I think it was because there is so much detail within the book which is really good but at times it felt to be too much.
I have to say that the author did a wonderful job with the characters not only were they well developed they were also very rememberable especially their personalities.
The town of Derry, wow is all I can say you could just feel the evil coming off the page as you read about this town and how the people seem to become at times. It seems the evil that is within this town below in the sewers has an evil hold on the town in different ways.
Seven children end up coming together while playing in the Barrens, just normal kids minus having knowledge of children being killed. They have all encountered IT at sometime though they are not sure what exactly they have seen, as this creature takes shape of your worst fear that is within your mind. It seems they have survived their encounter with IT and they made a promise that if the killing returns they will put a stop to it no matter the cost. Even if it means they will soon forget each other.
We follow Beverly, Ben, Bill, Eddie, Stan, Richie and Mike as we see what leads to final confrontation to IT. We see how everything was in 1958 and we move to their present lives of how they are living when they get a phone call all their memories slowly start coming back over time. As they grew up they forgot but as they get closer to home everything will come back to them.
What is exactly this monster that preys on people?
How can seven children who have grown up stop it?