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  • Revisiting It before the big screen release!

    I've always been scared of clowns for as long as I can remember, long before I first read this book for the first time, long before I saw the book turned into the mini-series starring Tim Curry and that bloke from The Waltons! Pennywise has been the stuff of my nightmares for years but this book reminds me that many nightmares in this life are made worse when your fears are preyed upon, but this book also teaches you there's a way to overcome those fears and triumph. So why am I, now a grown woman, reading a book that revolves around childhood fears like the obvious fear of clowns? Because it's a good book, because I like to face my fears, because we have to test ourselves and our fears sometimes, and as scary as the book (and Pennwise) can be, you can always close the book and walk away, or stay, keep reading and find your way through it! It's only a book, but there's a reason Stephen King is one of the greatest storytellers in the world, he's facing his fears with us and he finds a way to overcome the fears and move forward. With the upcoming big screen version of It coming soon (September 2017) it will be interesting to see this book brought to life again...and yeah, I might hide behind my hands or feel my heart beat faster, but I can't wait to see the end result!

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  • Favourite horror from early teens/20's

    IT... if you haven't read this yet you are in for a treat. A group of childhood friends return to their hometown for a funeral and begin to remember one summer adventures were to be had every day, when life was wonderful and shiny and bright ... and something evil was stalking the town of Derry and it's people. I have always felt that Stephen King is a master storyteller, but more than that he is an outstanding observer of human nature. IT brings back childhood delights and terrors, bittersweet memories of growing up and growing away, sunny days, fun-filled evenings, innocence and the discovery that life is sometimes cruel and hard. It's a delight. Pun intended... (I think)

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  • Timeless horror classic

    Started this book at 14 just over 25 years ago, and finally finished it today. More oddly resonant, and terrifying, than ever.

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  • One of the best books youll ever read.

    The only thing I would implore if any potential first time reader of It, is to PLEASE PLEASE do not go and watch the movie/mini series first. You'll spoil it for yourself. I read this when I was 14 (now 45) and it still stands out in my mind in my Top 5 of all books I've ever read which is probably around 2000. Trust me -treat yourself, read it first, and then hire the film. :)

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  • when superb writing meets superb plot

    I basically am not afraid of clowns. This, however, does not mean that after IT I approached them with the same indifferent attitude. The book, like all great books, is about more than one thing. The major storyline focuses on Pennywise and the havoc he wreaks on a town since its inception, and the children that decide to take a stand against him. The book also details a friendship stronger than most familial bonds, and the effect such a startling evil had on all of the main characters. I'm not ashamed to admit that the town's description at the end, in the final chapters as a main character takes a bicycle ride in an attempt to recapture his youth brought me to tears. Which, of course, is a terrible thing to do on a bus, where I was reading the book. It's scary enough to remind you why some fears do not need explaining, and humane enough to show you that through great trials, people survive, and thrive. Everyone had to read this at lest once in their lifetime.

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