The Stand

Mass Market Paperback, 1168 pages

English language

Published Aug. 7, 1994 by Signet.

ISBN:
9780451179289
OCLC Number:
1038124185

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4 stars (27 reviews)

Imagine America devastated by a vast killer plague that moves from coast to coast. Imagine the countryside destroyed and great cities decimated as the entire population desperately and futilely seeks safety. Imagine then an even greater evil rising to threaten the survivors---and a last embattled group of men and women coming together to make a last stand against it.

Here is Stephen King's most terrifying vision, his most stirring story, his most magnificent cast of characters, his ultimate tale of good versus evil, his supreme triumph, published in its complete uncut version. --back cover

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Review of 'The Stand' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I just give up.

The beginning was a lot of fun. King laid out a very believable apocalypse, of a military experiment that got out of hand. This let loose an unspecified sickness that had a nearly 100% contagion rate and a 100% fatality rate. Told from the point of view of many (many many many) characters, some who survive and some who don't. The feeling of dread and apocalypse was well chronicled.

But the story got bogged down in way too many details. And most of the characters were unsympathetic, so it was even more dreary reading about their backstories. I complained a few times while I was reading it that maybe I shouldn't have gone with the newer, expanded version, although I'm not sure if all the parts that bored me to tears were newly added parts or not.

But he skipped right over the actual collapse of …

Review of 'The Stand' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Like a lot of people, I went through a period of reading every book King wrote when I was in Junior High and High School. This one hooked me deep and hard. I've always had a thing for end of the world stories where most of humanity dies off and we get to follow those who are left. I think it comes from fantasies I had as a kid walking down the street where I had to escape from some mass murderer or live through a nuclear bomb and fend for myself.

Anyway, this one was so sweeping in its vision and so descriptive of the end of the world that I was fully caught up in it for days. God I miss the days when I could get through a 1000+ page book in a matter of days because I had nothing else to do. It was a true …

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