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The Stand

64 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Stephen King.

In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review ofThe Standin 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 … see full wiki

Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Apocalypse, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Doubleday
Date Published: 1978
13 reviews about The Stand
review by . September 16, 2009
Stephen King is one of the most successful writers in the world.  In terms of being an American author, he just might the MOST successful.  There's one book, however, his fans are constantly stating is his best... or at least among his best:  The Stand.  It's Stephen King's apocolyptic masterpiece.  The book was originally released in 1979, but it became so popular among fans, King gave them an expanded edition in 1990.  After having read both versions... I must …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
It's a thousand-plus page challenge, this uncut edition... ultimately, however, it's worth it. If you're going to end the world in order to play out a final game of good vs. evil, you need to spend time racking up the characters and loading the scorecards. King shoots the moon and makes it.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
The original uncut version of this book is one of the most epic, amazing stories I've ever encountered.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
If you love Stephen King,you will really get into this one and the movie was great.
Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
Classic King.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
real it three times...always cool
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
The first Stephen King book that I read and still my favorite
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
my least favorite of king's books, way too long
Quick Tip by . June 09, 2010
The Stand is really a great book and I enjoyed it more than any of Stephen King's books, however, even King himself admits that on every book, he just can't seem to end the book so he over-writes and over-writes until his stories are huge. This is no exception. Just be prepared to wade through a lot of pages that sometimes seem to be unnecessary. The story is worth it!
review by . December 18, 2009
A virus known as Captain Trips is accidentally released from a US government military base.  A SNAFU occurs when a soldier flees along with his wife and child before the base can go on isolated lock down. This highly viral contagion spreads like wildfire throughout the entire population.  With a 99.9% fatality rate, only a few bewildered survivors are left to deal with two leaders.  One is a benevolent elderly black woman who represents good and the kindness in our hearts.  The …
review by . May 14, 2009
Before reading this book, you should read Earth Abides. That book is similar in that it deals with a band of survivors after a world holocaust. That book had great characters and interesting plot. This book goes way beyond and has a long laundry list of interesting and memorable characters (laws yes!). Don't be intimidated by the sheer size of the book. The book wastes no page and even people that get wiped out at the beginning of the book from the super virus, are interesting. I never zipped through …
review by . November 10, 2006
This is the BEST book written by Stephen King! I've read it twice and will probably read it about ten more times before I die!
review by . July 26, 2004
This was a reread for me. I originally read the book when first published, enjoyed it then and have enjoyed it now after well over 12 years. This of course was the "expanded version" and I am glad King decided to do this. I like the character developement, the twists of the plot and King's ability to show the good and bad which is found in all of us. While the novel is indeed quite lenghty, it reads well and does not take all that long to finish. While this, by the author's own admission, is not …
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