The Stand

Hardcover, 1172 pages

English language

Published Sept. 14, 1990 by Doubleday.

ISBN:
9780385199575

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4 stars (15 reviews)

The Stand is a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel written by American author Stephen King and first published in 1978 by Doubleday. The plot centers on a pandemic of a weaponized strain of influenza that kills almost the entire world population. The few survivors, united in groups, establish a new social system and engage in confrontation with each other. In writing the book, King sought to create an epic in the spirit of The Lord of the Rings that was set in contemporary America. King started writing The Stand in February 1975. The book was difficult for him to write because of the large number of characters and storylines. In 1990, The Stand was reprinted as a Complete and Uncut Edition. King restored some fragments of text that were initially reduced, revised the order of the chapters, shifted the novel's setting from 1980 to 10 years forward, and accordingly corrected a …

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I tend to gravitate toward post-apocalyptic books, and what better time to read a book about a superflu that kills 99% of the world’s humans (and dogs and horses) than during a pandemic? I thought I wouldn’t like the fantasy parts, but he kept them very minimal and not too crazily “out there,” making it more a statement on good vs. evil rather than God vs Demon. I had to turn off my Critical Lens for a few parts to really immerse myself. Which, tbh, I sometimes have to do with King’s books. But as always, his character development was amazing and I truly felt a loss when a character died, even the minor ones. At no point did the story feel slow, and his intense descriptions of everything added to the story instead of detracting from it. He also got an A++ for gruesome and gory descriptions. I’ll definitely …

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3 stars

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This took me forever to read. For a number of reasons. We moved and had busy social lives. Mostly though, I just never got into it. King is very hit or miss for me. This was mostly miss. Maybe it's because my generation knows the story already, or because we crave more action. I don't know. I'm glad I read it. It's one of those books people discuss. It just won't make the big list I keep in my head.

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Subjects

  • Biological warfare -- Research -- Fiction