From the cover, and glimpses I'd seen of the movie, I thought "It" was a 1100 page book about a clown in the sewer. It's not that...at all. Really, the book is about a group of friends, both as children and adults, who band together to face their fears. Sounds simple enough, but what unfolds is a sprawling tale that hits just about every horror trope there is. Monsters, evil places, psychotic killers, haunted houses, grotesque insects, and even dark things unimaginable..."It" has it all. Yes, the book could be hundreds of pages shorter, but like all SK books, the longer you're with the characters the more you care about them. (Side note: And as a huge Dark Tower fan, the tie-ins and numerous "stand and be true" references were very welcome). Next time the fall winds begin to blow and you're looking for a good, long book for Halloween, definitely pick up "It"...and stay away from the sewers.