Well, IT is my favorite King novel (favorite book of all time really), so I welcomed a return to Derry with a couple of the Losers, even if it was just a few pages.
...I thought it was a nice "gift" to the CR's amongst us...didn't really influence the story in any way, but felt good to "see" them again...and after all, not EVERYTHING he writes has to be on-topic as it relates to the overall story...these asides are welcome...and in that series of pages-a welcome lifting of the darkness for a moment or two...
This is silly but I sorta got miffed at Steve for being so harsh to Derry. It is my favorite fictional place in the whole wide world.
Ralph wasnt in this story.
I tend to read each story or series as contained and don't worry about connections (blatant or guessed). To tell the truth and shame the devil, the connections don't matter at all because each of those stories is complete. They have a beginning, a middle, and an end. That is as it should be. I loved 11/22/63 for many reasons, not the least of which was a nice new take on time travel. The return to Derry was fine by me. All those people screaming for more Pennywise (one name among many) got a bone thrown to them. You got to see the monster again without undoing everything earned by the heroes of It.
the tie in to Derry and IT was one of the best parts of this book for me. loved the way they reference Patrick Hockstetter (sp?) and also Bev saying something like "the clown didnt kill that one". LOVED that part.