I would suggest that while you might have issues, they are not those of the book. They are your own. I'll attempt to give you some feedback.
Originally Posted by fonzberry
It is my favorite and thus, for me, his greatest work. I want you to consider what you wrote above. You just finished a huge book filled with so many things that the only way to list them would be to read the book out loud. If you enjoyed all of that and only two things from the multitude ruined it for you, I'd suggest the problem isn't the things in the book. Do you follow?
When I was about half way through in my mind I was thinking this is better than the Stand, better than UTD, could be SK's best ever. But when I finished it, I just could not get past these two things, that impacted it for me (albeit I did still fully enjoy the book and the journey) :
This comes up often enough. There is nothing wrong with not "getting" the scene. There is no shame in it at all. There are parts of many books that get past me alone when other people understand them perfectly and without even having to think about it. I do find the other part of your statement odd. In a book full of horrible, disturbing things that run a wide, horrible range from the abuse and murder of children (to name a few) the most upsetting thing to you was a bunch of kids (of roughly the same age) engaging in sex? The circumstances were weird (a sewer, running for one's life, magic, monsters, etc.), but I suspect the sexual intimations are not. Let's dissect this carefully, you found what happened between the Losers more disturbing and weird say than the scene between Bev and her father? You don't mention the scene between Henry and Patrick. You were "okie dokie" as Henry might say with the murder of Mr. Chips? I'm not trying to be snide or flip here. I seriously want to know how all the truly horrible things were find for you and this was not. Do you see why I think this is more your issue?
1) The sex between the kids at the end : Flat out it was weird, out of place, was confusing, and disturbing. I just didn't get it.
Henry wasn't forgotten by the reveal of what happened to him has to be obscured and revealed later for the same reason the Losers themselves didn't have very good memories (or any at all) of their end battle with It as children. Sai King came to a climax with both stories at the same time, switching back and forth through time in a cadence step that was very clever. I'm not sure how you could feel cheated because old Henry and young Henry are resolving their trips through the sewer at more or less teh same time as you read the book, switching back and forth. Did you jump around or read straight through? I will have to disagree with you utterly on the whole "phoned in" thing. It makes me wonder if we read the same book. I always ask the same thing of any critic who makes such a broad statement. If you felt it was so weak that it was just "phoned in" then you clearly know how it should have been done. Dazzle us. :) Tell us the real ending.
2) There didn't seem to be closure with the young Henry. He chased them down into the Barrens, and then all of sudden it was like a sudden change that the totally forgot about him, and focused entirely on IT (until one brief mention at the very end). I felt cheated. I felt cheated with the entire group - Henry, Vic, Patrick, Belch. It just felt to me like SK phoned in the ending.
Look forward to hearing peoples' thoughts.