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The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand (original 1990; edition 1990)

by Stephen King

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Title:The Stand
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Anchor (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 1200 pages
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The Stand by Stephen King (1990)

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  Zombia | Oct 4, 2016 |
In this epic tale, King pits good against evil. As an apocalyptic virus sweeps the United States, the few remaining survivors make their way across country to join the group of their choice. The evil community, run by a dark sinister man- Randall Flagg (also known as the Walkin’ Dude or The Dark Man)- is located in Las Vegas. The good people congregate in a small town near Denver called The Free Zone and are spiritually guided by a 100 year old black woman named Mother Abagail.

Typical of all King’s novels, there is a wonderful assortment of characters, humor, suspense, and a bizarre plot... innocent children, villains and heroes, traitors and spies, a psychic dog, a crazy arsonist called The Trashcan Man, jealous lovers, a philosophical professor, references to the bible, a classic 1960 Plymouth, and lyrics to old rock n’ roll songs.

As the good people of the Free Zone are organizing a democratic government and trying to make the residents comfortable, Randall Flagg is raiding government arsenals and preparing for war. He’s looking forward to taking over the world. If you are already a King fan, you know that anything can happen in his stories. Heroes and innocent people often die while villains and evil people walk away unscathed. This novel is no different... so the plot is unpredictable.

The first reading of "The Stand", 20 years ago, left me thoroughly entertained and over time I considered this book -along with "It" and "11/22/63" to be of Stephen King’s best work.

In 1994 "The Stand" was made into a 4-episode TV series. And several months ago, rumors were circulating that the story is being made into a movie. For now, however, the project has been put on hold. I highly recommend reading the book. A recent second reading confirms that it is not out-dated and is still immensely entertaining. ( )
  LadyLo | Sep 15, 2016 |
Stephen Kings epic, and self described "dark Christian fantasy" is sweeping, yet somehow only breifly bogs down in detail. For 1100 pages, King weave a dark tale of madness, death, guile and hope, in a panorama of characters that whittles down slowly, but never seems forced or done only for device. As a Christian, I can say it is a formative one, not soft in regard to death nor insane with fundamentalism and legalism. The Stand also serves as a curious snapshot in time, of the lives of the adults of the early nineties, with so much of the swagger and "cultural lag" as Glen Bateman puts it of the late seventies in the dialouge that it serves as much as a dictionary of the periods slang as it serves as a reminder of the fraility of civilzation, and the resilence of mankind and faith. And of course, King's love of snark, the understatement, and bleak dark corners is well represented. Grove Gardner narrators the Random House unabridged audio with flair and a surprising range of voices, making soothing work of the horror within.

If you only read one King book in your life, take The Stand. ( )
  MurkyMaster | Sep 9, 2016 |
This book was almost a four star book for me, but I had to put it down and come back to it a couple of times because of it's length. I read epic fantasy, so I have the patience, and often enjoy 1000 page books, but this one was, I think, unnecessarily long. "The Stand" tended to drag on for much of the book where I didn't feel much was happening character development or plot development wise. If this was a 600 - 800 page book, I would have probably enjoyed it to a four star level, so maybe I just read the wrong version, as this was the 1400 plus page version, complete and uncut.

With the negative out of the way, King's writing is unpredictable and always interesting. He did a great job of setting the tone of the book in this post-apocalyptic world. It had a very real and scary feel to it, with characters you both love and hate in that environment.

I do recommend this book, but go for one of the editions that is not 1400 pages. ( )
  masteryoda716 | Aug 31, 2016 |
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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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--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
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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.
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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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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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