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The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand (original 1990; edition 2012)

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: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King (1990)

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I've come to The Stand late in the game, the original was written before I was born. This copy, the 1,000-plus page behemoth I just put down,is the way King intended it to be released, uncut and without alterations.

You might think it's mad to take on such a task, but as they say in this novel: "Even the company of the mad is better than the company of the dead."

I'll start where King does, with Captain Trips. Captain Trips is the nickname given to the flu. This isn't your chicken-noodle soup, stay home from work kind of flu. No, Captain Trips wipes out 99.4% of the world's population.

The detail that King devotes to Captain Trips' decimation of everyday people's lives is one of the most terrifying things I've ever read, and it's easy to figure out why. We all get sick, everyone gets the flu at some time or another, it's inevitable. Let me tell you, after reading The Stand you'll be squeezing Purell over your Apple Jacks.

You can read the rest of my review at http://theangster.weebly.com

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  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
This is probally my favorite book of all time. I have read it about 33 times over the past 20 years. It just scares me to death. Those super germs are really out there so you never know. ( )
  nikkiweems | Aug 2, 2015 |
I was so hesitant to read this novel due to my conception of Steven King as a crime fiction and thrillers writer. to my amazement, this was one of the best books I have ever read.The lengthy bulk of the book helps creating lifelike characters brimming with authenticity,to the extent one feels he would ran into on of the on his way home. character portrayal is that good-with the exception of Flagg that fluctuates between utterly shrwed evil and a totally stupid person with childish fits of tantrums.King used the third point of view, but I identified with the characters more the when I read smoothing written from the "I" point of views. The narration shift to the "I" view through reading Harold's and Frannie's diaries. symbolically speaking, I found a lot of binary oppositions-dimocracy vs dictatorship.Love vs hate. East vs West. Boulder and Las Vegas are juxtaposed against each others in a brilliant way, drawing obvious thick lines between the standards of Boulder and counterparts of Las Vegas. Stephen's style is so vivid- in constitutes visual images in mind, specially when gory scenes occur. I recommend this book to all the people who want to lose themselves in this engrossing encounter between good and evil. ( )
  Mohamed80 | Jul 11, 2015 |
I knew I had to give Stephen King a chance sooner or later, and it's exactly what I thought it would be: a poorly written, rambling mess. There are some good parts. They come in waves and become more and more rare as the book goes on - but by then you've come too far not to finish.

What I really don't like about it is there's very little sense of the story or characters DOING anything. For much of the book and almost all of the characters, there's no significant change - nothing develops. The parts that work best for me are the parts about post-plague survival. "People are thrown into a deadly new world, and they find a way survive" - that's the making of a good story. "People are sent by God to defeat the Devil, and God uses them to defeat the Devil" - that's a story that might as well have been over the second it was introduced. ( )
  comfypants | Jun 18, 2015 |
I had long heard how phenomenal The Stand was and that it was required reading as far as Stephen King novels were concerned. A huge novel, I admit it was a daunting read and I wasn't sure what to expect. The characters were very good in the novel and about mid-way through the book I felt comfortable with each of the them and what was happening with the plot. I admit however that from about 65% to 85% through the novel I found it a bit of a tough slog where too much time was spent in idleness whereas the first half of the book lots was happening and the characters were moving all over the place and encountering different things. Lastly, the ending was surprisingly weak for such a huge novel and came and went so quickly that I realized only a while after having read the big finale that I had passed it and nothing else was coming up. Overall I was happy to have read the book and it was definitely worth the investment of time. I think the book could have easily been shorter by quite a bit and the ending could have been done differently but overall would definitely recommend to those who love getting immersed in large adventures. ( )
  briandarvell | Jun 15, 2015 |
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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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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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