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The Stand {1978}

by Stephen King

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For use in schools and libraries only. A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who, in a desert world, experience dreams of good and evil in confrontation and, through their choices, move toward an actual confrontation.
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    jseger9000: Another post apocalyptic horror novel that is often compared to this one.
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    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (clif_hiker)
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    The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Same novel with an additional 300 pages restored
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    World War Z by Max Brooks (timspalding)
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    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: An ensemble cast of flu survivors journey across the U.S. and through the remains of civilization to fulfill their fated roles in these novels. The Stand is more graphic and action-packed, with a clear theme of good vs. evil.
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    Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks (lquilter)
    lquilter: Terry Brooks' Armageddon's Children is basically a YA post-apocalyptic gathering of the forces, much like Stephen King's adult-fiction version, The Stand. Brooks' AC is more high-fantasy good-versus-evil, and King's is more Christian eschatology, but both involve dark forces working towards a final show-down, in a post-apocalyptic world.… (more)
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    Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (sturlington)
    sturlington: Stephen King has said that Earth Abides was an inspiration for The Stand.
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    Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo (cmwilson101)
    cmwilson101: Epic, apocalyptic tale of survival with supernatural elements of good v evil
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    Famine by Graham Masterton (Bridgey)
    Bridgey: America in breakdown although the stand is more supernatural. Both have groups of individuals trying to survive an apocalypse.
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I'd been warned by others that "The Stand" is a lot of book for not very much payoff, but I felt that that the ending wasn't as much of a let-down as I'd been led to believe. Certainly the antagonist of the story was rather one-dimensional and we never got to explore his background as much as some of the other characters, and the eventual culmination of the conflict between the "good" and the "bad" fell a bit short. It's definitely not a feel-good story, and was downright depressing at times, but I'm glad I wasn't dissuaded from giving it a read. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
This is the expanded edition. It would get 5 stars from me, but I think perhaps the expansion lets the story drift just a bit with too much background. Excellent story, classic good vs evil mixed with a virus outbreak causing a post apocalyptic world. Well told and compelling. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
Marvelous storytelling

1326 pages of pure character development. The Stand is ambitious, it is heartbreaking, it is exciting, it is flat out terrifying at times. It's been a while since I got this invested in a story as I did for this one. It is not without flaws, but the things it did right outweigh the bad.

Pros:
Characters, characters, characters. Not only does The Stand feature a huge number of characters, each one is exquisitely crafted. Every one, from Stu Redman to Larry Underwood, from Nick Andros to Lloyd Henreid is given a life, a personality and a believable journey that takes them from regular run of the mill people to the heroes and villains of one of Stephen King's most acclaimed epics.

Plot and pacing:
The Stand is HUUUUGE. And for a book this long you would expect many slow moments, and while there definitely are some dull moments the story is constantly moving to a satisfying degree. The novel is divided into three clearly distinct parts, giving a satisfying feel of progression and closure. The last section of the book flies by.

Emotional moments:
Due to the deep character work done all of the truly important moments hit. Even beginning with the deaths due to the superflu. Even those characters that you know will die, like Frannie's parents and Larry's mom, do manage to make a profound impact on the reader. The latter moments can be a bit unexpected and in some cases pretty devastating.

Randall Flagg:
Here's a villain that not only is utterly terrifying, but that at times also feels human, even when he clearly seems to be anything but. The connection with the larger King mythos also helps, but even without knowledge of his involvement in other Stephen King stories, Randall Flagg does evoke a sense of dread few other villains get to accomplish.

Cons:
The soft magic "system" , or perhaps the lack of a system. Now, I know that The Dark Tower established an interconnected magic system throughout most of King's works and The Stand does make allusions to the concepts of ka and the shinning, but as a self contained story the magic is a bit too obscure. This works just fine for the villain, but the conclusion is a bit confusing as that last scene in Vegas doesn't seem to have an explanation within the context of the story.

Ultimately the con is so small and the pro's so many and so well deserved that I cannot but give thos book a 5 star rating. ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
I have the edition of this book that has all the pages. If you read it, be prepared for the long haul, as it moves at a snails pace. It's after a Pandemic. The remainder of society forming into groups. Daily survival is a struggle in this battle between good and evil on the human and supernatural level. A book well written with characters well formed, slow at times but so is life. Sacrifices of life and tremendous hardship have to be made for any hope of winning in the end. ( )
  delta61 | Apr 12, 2020 |
Enjoyed the characters, but I feel it dragged out too much and was more predictable than I hoped for ( )
  isabelgk | Jan 11, 2020 |
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King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, HarroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olofsson, LennartTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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For my wife Tabitha:
This dark chest of wonders.
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Hapscomb's Texaco sat on US 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 (1978) with The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (1990). The latter edition contains over 300 pages of new material and includes subplots and characters not included in the 1978 edition.

ISBNs associated with the original version of The Stand include (0385121687, 0450045528, 0450054802, 0451090136, 0451098285, 0451121597, 0451127897, 0451139712, 0451150678, 451160959, 2277223263, 3785704267, 9020409611, and 9158215735)
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