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  • Jun 23, 2010
The first Stephen King book that I read and still my favorite
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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 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!
Quick Tip by . May 21, 2010
good scary book been a while since i read this
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 …
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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 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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ISBN-10: 0385199570
ISBN-13: 978-0385199575
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Apocalypse, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Doubleday
Date Published: 1978
Format: Hardcover
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