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The Stand (1990)

by Stephen King

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    It by Stephen King (mwfnwa)
  2. 203
    The Passage by Justin Cronin (Jacey25, drweb, smiteme)
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    Swan Song by Robert McCammon (quartzite, infiniteletters, BeckyJG)
    BeckyJG: Dark, detailed tale of post-apocalyptic survivors fighting supernatural evil.
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    Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (aces)
  5. 91
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (artturnerjr)
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    Cell by Stephen King (jman14)
    jman14: It has been said that Cell is somewhat of a 're-make' of The Stand. It's a good book in my opinion, but The Stand is at least three times better. Good for anyone who likes their gory Apocalypses.
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    The Shining by Stephen King (shesinplainview)
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    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (keremix)
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    Watership Down by Richard Adams (sturlington)
    sturlington: Watership Down is referenced in The Stand. They are similar epics about small bands of survivors who go on a long journey to establish a new home.
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    Floating Dragon by Peter Straub (quartzite)
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    Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito (sturlington)
    sturlington: Bio-engineered diseases bring about the apocalypse.
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    A Plague Upon Your Family (Zombie Fallout, Book 2) by Mark Tufo (cmwilson101)
    cmwilson101: Epic, apocalyptic cross-country tale with supernatural elements of good v evil
  13. 10
    Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry (Scottneumann)
  14. 32
    Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (Scottneumann)
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    Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (mamasigs126)
    mamasigs126: Inspiration for King and a wonderful book.
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    Boy's Life by Robert McCammon (Catamount33)
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    Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (missmaddie)
    missmaddie: Epic struggles of good vs. evil
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I first read The Stand in `95. I was fifteen. I have never read the original version, which is over three hundred pages shorter, and I don't intend to. If you trek over to Amazon, reviewers the world over scream their distaste for this uncut version, mainly because they think the added material has no purpose. Even King warns readers in the foreword that this version is heavier in the character development department and high in filler. But this is the version he wants people to remember. To me, the original version doesn't exist.

I will say that this book drones on and on in the middle. The first part of the book is 382 pages long. The middle part, Book Two, comes in at 592 pages. Book Three is only 230 pages long. Could the middle be trimmed? Sure thing. Does it need to be? It depends on how you like your character development. When I read King, I don't read his books like other authors' works. I know I am in for information overload, so I take my time, sit back, and relax. If you've read other King books and felt he was wordy, The Stand might just make your head cave in. This book is thick, and for good reason. It's the end of the world, baby, and King wants you know every single detail.

The most disturbing part of this book for me was the sympathy I had for the bad guys, if you can really call them that. Lloyd Henreid and the Trashcan Man are dynamic villains with far more to say about the world than any of the protagonists. Then again, I always have rooted for the broken of us.

This book is not for everyone, but it is one of King's best.

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  Edward.Lorn | Feb 13, 2015 |
This is one of my favorite Stephen King books. It has been years since I've read it, but I still remember the characters. At the time it was the longest book I had ever read, and every second was enjoyable. ( )
  Eardwulf | Feb 2, 2015 |
From the back of the book: When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99% of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge - Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence.
Where to I begin? I read this book back in high school (before I started keeping track of what books I read, so I'm really not sure when it was) and I remember that I really enjoyed it. Sadly, I read so many books that I have a hard time remembering what happens in books I read recently, so I forgot basically everything that happened in this book, except the general outline posted above. However, this was also a plus, because it gave me the chance to experience the book as if I was reading it for the first time, and King did not disappoint!

I don't believe I read the uncut edition previously, but because I don't remember much, I can't say that I noticed the "newer" sections. However, I enjoyed every page and I can imagine that whatever parts were added back into the book gave depth to all the characters. The Stand is most certainly a character-driven book, and while there are significant plot events, primarily this book is about how the people grow (or not) and interact with each other after most of the population is wiped out. I'll say right now, if you're not interested in an in-depth profile of the characters, the thoughts and their emotions, poured into over 1,400 pages, then this book probably isn't for you.

I'm not a die-hard Stephen King fan - there have been a few of his works I was bored by - but this book was so engrossing and I'm glad I reread it. King was able to create wonderfully human characters - on a large-scale, this book is about a battle between good and evil, yet, like real humans, his characters aren't simply "heroes" and "villains." They're complex and changing, and maybe a character grows on you, or maybe you start to hate someone for the choices they're making, even as they're struggling with their own decisions, wavering between right and wrong.

I was actually excited while reading this book, just because the words had such power over me. As I drew closer to the end of the book (and the end of 2014) I was so involved in what was happening, sometimes I would forget that I wasn't part of that world. If you haven't read it yet and you think it sounds interesting, definitely give The Stand a chance - or like me, if it's been a few years since you last read it and you just remembered loving it, give it another read! ( )
  MillieHennessy | Jan 4, 2015 |
This is my first and only Stephen King novel. Although not my style of book at all I thought it was a really good book. I'm not a fan of anything gory or scary so I was actually surprised that I liked it. Still, I don't think I'm motivated to ever pick up another one. I think that everyone should at least read one Stephen King novel and that one was recommended to me. ( )
  Anietzerck | Dec 27, 2014 |
The mini-series has spoiled my memory of it, somewhat. ( )
  Urthwild | Nov 30, 2014 |
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In short (well, not so short), this is the book that has everything - adventure, romance, prophecy, allegory, satire, fantasy, realism, apocalypse, etc., etc. Even Roger Rabbit gets mentioned. ''The Stand'' does have some great moments and some great lines... But the overall effect is more oppressive than imposing.
 

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Epigraph
We need help, the Poet reckoned.
--Edward Dorn
Outside the street's on fire In a real death waltz Between what's flesh and what's fantasy And the poets down here Don't write nothing at all They just stand back and let it all be And in the quick of the night They reach for their moment And try to make an honest stand... -- Bruce Springsteen
...And it was clear she couldn't go on, The door was opened and the wind appeared, The candles blew and then disappeared, The curtains flew and then he appeared, Said, "Don't be afraid, Come on, Mary," And she had no fear And she ran to him And they started to fly... She had taken his hand... Come on, Mary, Don't fear the reaper... -- Blue Oyster Cult
Well the deputy walks on hard nails And the preacher rides a mount But nothing really matters much, It's doom alone that counts And the one-eyed undertaker, he blows a futile horn "Come in," she said, "I'll give ya Shelter from the storm." -- Bob Dylan
Dedication
For my wife Tabitha:

This dark chest of wonders.
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Hapscomb's Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston.
"Sally."
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They were standing atop a snowbank nearly nine feet high. Crusted snow sloped steeply down to the bare road below, and to the right was a sign which read simply: Boulder City Limits.
"My life for you!"
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Please do not combine The Stand with The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition. The new edition contains over 300 pages of new material and includes subplots and characters not included in the 1978 edition.
ISBNs associated with the Uncut version of The Stand include (0340358955 ,0340920955 ,0340951443 ,0385199570, 0450537374, 0451169530, 0451179285, 0517219018, 1568495714, 270961281X, 3404132130, 3404134117, 340425242X, 3404255240 ,840149896, 8497599411, 8573027002, 8789918304, 8845212173, 9021005719, 9024545579 ,9127063631)
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When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn't take long for the plague which killed him to spread across America and the world.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451169530, Mass Market Paperback)

In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookstores and beg them not to buy it.

The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.

"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke."

There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. --Fiona Webster

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Horrific disaster as a plague virus sweeps the U.S., leaving only a handful of survivors.

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