The Stand by Stephen King


The Stand
Title : The Stand
Author :
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ISBN : 0385199570
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 1153

This is the way the world ends with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death And here is the bleak new world of the day after a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides or are chosen.


The Stand Reviews


  • Kemper

    You know what s really scary Getting sick while you re reading the first part of The Stand Just try running a fever, going through a box of tissues and guzzling the better part of a bottle of NyQuil while Stephen King describes the grisly deaths of almost every one on Earth from a superflu On top of feeling like crap, you ll be terrified Bonus After a bio engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a U.S government lab, it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to suc You know what s really scary Getting sick while you re reading the first part of The Stand Just try running a fever, going through a box of tissues and guzzling the better part of a bottle of NyQuil while Stephen King describes the grisly deaths of almost every one on Earth from a superflu On top of feeling like crap, you ll be terrified Bonus After a bio engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a U.S government lab, it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to succumb to the disease A handful of survivors are mysteriously immune and begin having strange dreams, some of which are about a very old woman called Mother Abigail asking them to come see her More disturbing are nightmares about a mysterious figure named Randall Flagg also known as the Dark Man or the Walkin Dude.As they make their way through an America almost entirely devoid of people, the survivors begin to unite and realize that the flu was just the beginning of their problems While some are drawn to the saintly Mother Abigail in Boulder Colorado who tells them that they have been chosen by God, others have flocked to Flagg in Las Vegas who is determined to annihilate all those who refuse to pledge their allegiance to him.If King would have just written a book about a world destroyed by plague and a small number of people struggling in the aftermath, it probably would have been a compelling story What sets this one apart is the supernatural element Flagg is the embodiment of evil and chaos He s a mysterious figure who has been giving the wrong people the push needed for them to make things worse for everyone, and he sees the plague as his chance to fulfill his own destiny as a wrecker of humanity And on the other side, we have God Yep, that God The Big Cheese himself But this isn t some kindly figure in a white robe with a white beard or George Burns or Morgan Freeman This is the Old Testament God who demands obedience and worship while usually rewarding his most faithful servants with gruesome deaths King calls this a tale of dark Christianity in his forward, and one of the things I love about this book is that it does feel like a Biblical story, complete with contradictions and a moves in mysterious ways factor Stories don t get much epic than this, and King does a great job of depicting the meltdown of the world through the stories of a variety of relateable characters Larry Underwood remains among my favorite King creations One of my few complaints is that this features a lot of King s anti technology themes that he d use in several books like Cell or The Dark Tower series We re told repeatedly that the old ways like trying to get the power back on in Boulder are a death trip The good guys gather in the Rocky Mountains, but if they try to get the juice going so they won t freeze to death in the winter, they re somehow acting in defiance of God s will and returning to the bad habits Not all tech is bad tech, Mr King Nature is a bitch and will kill your ass quicker than the superflu.Here s another thing I m not wild about When this was published in the late 70s, the bean counters at King s publishers had decided that the book as written would be too pricey in hardback and no one would pay a whopping 13 for a Stephen King hardback So King cut about three hundred pages.Around 1990 after it had become apparent that King could publish his shopping list as a best seller, he put those pages back in and released the uncut version Which I m fine with The original stuff was cut for a financial reason, not an editorial one, and there s some very nice bits of story added in If King would have stopped there, we would have had a great definitive final version as originally created by the author.Unfortunately, he seemed to catch a case of Lucasitis and decided to update the story a bit and change its original time frame from 1980 to 1990 I m not sure why that seemed necessary to him Yes, the book was a bit dated by then, but it was of its time He didn t rewrite the text Which I m grateful for , but just stuck in some references to Madonna and Ronald Reagan and Spuds McKenzie This led to a whole bunch of anachronisms Would students in 1990 call soldiers war pigs Someone in New York picks up a phone book to look up the number to call an ambulance instead of dialing 911 A song called Baby, Can You Dig Your Man is a huge hit None of it quite fits together There s also a layer of male chauvinism and lack of diversity that you can overlook in a book written in the late 70s, but seems out of place for a book set and updated for 1990.The things that irritate me are still far outweighed by one of my favorite stories of an apocalyptic battle between good and evil.I m also glad to get a long overdue audio edition of this book Great narration and 40 hours of end of the world horror make for a damn fine listening experience

  • Carol.

    Dear Stephen,I m sorry I just don t like you in that way I know we ve been friends for a long time, but I just never developed those kind of feelings for you, even after eleven hundred pages I feel like we only moved forward in fits and stops, and we were just never able to sustain a kind of even handed development of the kind of chills and thrills a person really likes Shock someone enough times with snot running out of their nose, and it just becomes a little meaningless And there are onl Dear Stephen,I m sorry I just don t like you in that way I know we ve been friends for a long time, but I just never developed those kind of feelings for you, even after eleven hundred pages I feel like we only moved forward in fits and stops, and we were just never able to sustain a kind of even handed development of the kind of chills and thrills a person really likes Shock someone enough times with snot running out of their nose, and it just becomes a little meaningless And there are only so many ways to view a dead body before one gets kind of numb instead of apprehensive Using the journal device to move things forward seems a little crude, when what we really need to do is talk I have to confess, I ve felt kind of uncomfortable watching you struggle with religion and spirituality You sparked my interest when you posited that this might be the battle between the age of reason and that of irrationalism, and the dark man was the last vestige of doomed rationalism I thought for a few minutes we were headed somewhere really special, but you didn t seem very confident, and the theme fell apart I will say there were a few surprises along the way, which I found pleasant I appreciate you avoiding the obvious character arcs, especially when it comes to redemption I was glad to meet most of your friends, especially Joe Leo, Stu and even Kojak Your military friends bored me out, though, especially Starkey I don t even get why you like spending any time with those guys Such a bunch of fossils I do have to say, I was really impressed with how you must have studied disease modelling and progression I almost felt like was there.Sometimes I get the feeling that you don t really see me as a person, just a baby maker You even have an extended soliloquy about it, as if I wasn t even here reading your words It bothers me, because you took the time to develop nuanced male relationships Larry, Stu, Lloyd , but the women were about reproducing or were cannon fodder Since you allowed technology to remain, I m not going to buy into your lowest most functional society mentality, no matter how many sociological theories you throw at me And then there s the elderly black woman as representation of all that s spiritual Perhaps even Mother Earth If I m rolling my eyes, it s because it s another aspect of compartmentalizing women as either maiden, matron or crone, and people of color as closer to God s being savage and all, as you so helpfully illustrate in your The Circle Closes afterward Honestly, it s kind of juvenile, and a little disappointing when I know you are capable of so much It s time for me to move on I m sure you ll find someone special eventually, Stephen, because you are such a really great guy And so unusual, too.With Three Stars,Your Friend Always.Cross posted at

  • Evan

    Are 1100 pages enough to stop a bullet This was the question that came to mind when my roommate asked if I had anything to use as target practice for when we would go shooting Well, that was not the exact question More of a theoretical situation, really Suppose you are being shot at, and you have a paperback copy of the stand in your pocket, and that s where the bullet hit, would Stephen King s really thick novel be enough to stop the bullet and save your life I was determined to find out Are 1100 pages enough to stop a bullet This was the question that came to mind when my roommate asked if I had anything to use as target practice for when we would go shooting Well, that was not the exact question More of a theoretical situation, really Suppose you are being shot at, and you have a paperback copy of the stand in your pocket, and that s where the bullet hit, would Stephen King s really thick novel be enough to stop the bullet and save your life I was determined to find out Some reading this may be horrified by the fact that I would be willing to even think of shooting such a beloved book And I agree, based on seeing it s affect, that shooting a book is a very violent act Yet I didn t feel any remorse in shooting it I do admire Stephen King as a writer, though I read several books of his before and after reading the Stand that I did enjoy a great deal, and hope he keeps writing books I like King s style, and something tells me that he would be amused to know that I shot his book But I didn t like the Stand because I felt that it failed to deliver on it s promise of an apocayptic confrontation between Good and Evil I was waiting for our heroes to make the stand, which is a very powerful phrase and title for a book vague spoilers follow Well, the heroes stood, and that s pretty much all they did, just in time for the most shameless deus ex machina ending I ve ever come across All the bad guys died in a way that wouldn t have made any difference if the good guys had been there to make their stand or not I read about three hundred pages of tedious ad hoc committee meetings to get to that Disapointing I expected so much end of vague spoilers But perhaps the book had other virtues Maybe, just maybe, this 1,168 page book could save someone s life if they were being shot at Just to make one thing clear I, in no way, advocate the use of fire arms to maliciously deface intelectual property I wouldn t have tried this on the Scarlet Letter which is 272 pages and which I equally disliked I was going to shoot the Stand in the name of Science and public safety My roommate and I took it to an outdoor shooting range to test such a possibility I mounted it up on a dirt berm, and used my roommate s.45 rifle to shoot it No wimpy guns here, could this book stop a bullet or couldn t it Four bullets hit the Stand Two bullets grazed the side One went through the h in Stephen and curved up through the top before reaching page 450 The last bullet hit just below center, making a perfectly shaped O What took me two months to get through, that bullet blew through in a tiny fraction of second The bullet exploded out the back, ripping a two inch hole through the back cover, and finally ending in a puff of dirt behind it So the answer is no, my friends 1,168 pages are not enough to save your life from a.45 slug I wish I could say otherwise If they had I would have given this book a higher rating

  • Lyn

    M O O N That spells Damn, what a great book I knew King had it in him, I am a fan of his brilliant 1977 haunted house thriller The Shining, but I did not expect this.The best post apocalyptic novel ever Maybe, that is a broad category teaming with great work from talented writers, but King s The Stand is an epic, genre defining work.My friend Michael has a profile statement, something to the effect of finding our next 5 star rating I like that sentiment, and am excited by the opportunity th M O O N That spells Damn, what a great book I knew King had it in him, I am a fan of his brilliant 1977 haunted house thriller The Shining, but I did not expect this.The best post apocalyptic novel ever Maybe, that is a broad category teaming with great work from talented writers, but King s The Stand is an epic, genre defining work.My friend Michael has a profile statement, something to the effect of finding our next 5 star rating I like that sentiment, and am excited by the opportunity that our next favorite book is out there waiting to be read a new best friend of an author to whom we ve yet to be introduced Here s mine I m late to the party, just reading this for the first time in 2015 I think I was always a little intimidated by the length It s a beast, and I was a glutton for punishment reading the 1990 extended version, weighing in at a heavyweight 1153 pages But it s a runaway train, grabbing the reader up and taking him or her where Stephen King wants to take you.Yes, it s a book about a devastating plague, but also so, so much King weaves in an allegory about the viruses amongst us There is also the spiritual quality of the book, King shows how we are sinners in the hands of an angry God, and that dreamers will survive and survivors can still dream.I could not help making a comparison with the Left Behind series, and associating Flagg to Nicholai Carpathia though King s characterization is far complex and well rounded, and like Milton s Satan, the most interesting character here is the villain This makes me appreciate his The Gunslinger series and I want to search out Flagg and read about him.This is also an American epic and in its context an American eulogy King shows us the good the bad and the ugly of what we are and what we can be An observant reader will see references to Ursula K LeGuin word for world is woods , to Jim Morison, Edgar Allan Poe, Woody Guthrie, and hell even Rod McKuen.I know Mr King and have enjoyed many of his works and I have now been amazed by his finest

  • Delee

    M O O N spells spectacular I first read THE STAND in the early 80 s It was during the Christmas break I lived out in the boonies with my family, and after the holiday hoopla was over I planted myself in my favorite chair and sat there for 4 days devouring every page only leaving for bathroom breaks, meals and sleep.30 years later my reading experience was a little different I read it with my Goodreads friend Lisa who had the uncut version, while I had the original I stopped and started M O O N spells spectacular I first read THE STAND in the early 80 s It was during the Christmas break I lived out in the boonies with my family, and after the holiday hoopla was over I planted myself in my favorite chair and sat there for 4 days devouring every page only leaving for bathroom breaks, meals and sleep.30 years later my reading experience was a little different I read it with my Goodreads friend Lisa who had the uncut version, while I had the original I stopped and started as she caught up there were huge amounts of messages back and forth on the characters, the differences in editions, who we loved who we hated, and everything and anything we could think of to discuss It was a month long readbut the one thing both experiences did have in common was I LOVED IT each time At a remote U.S Army base, a strain of influenza is accidentally released Despite a lock down soldier Charles Campion is able to escape with his wife and child By the time the military is able to track his whereabouts Campion has spread the disease around parts of Texas triggering a pandemic which kills off 99 percent of the population The one percent are left in survival mode spread out over the entire country and plagued by strange dreams about two individuals which eventually draw some to Nebraska and some to Las Vegas.Hemingford Home, Nebraska Is the home of Abagail Freemantle Mother Abagail a 108 year old woman who receives visions from God She is the embodiment of good.Las Vegas, Nevada is where Randall Flagg has set up shop Randall is also called The Dark Man and The Walking Dude He lives to cause death and destruction and has supernatural powers which allow him to be human, animal or demon He is the embodiment of evil.King said that he wanted to write a fantasy epic like The Lord of the Rings, only with an American setting and that is just what he did THE STAND is a wonderful epic fantasy adventure about good vs evil One that I would recommend to anybody who hasn t read it yet, and even to those who have

  • Mohammed Arabey

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  • Alex is The Romance Fox

    I never get tired of reading this book It s my absolute all time favorite reads Every once in a while I have to go back and read it again and again.and it s just as good as the first time I read it those many years ago.1st ReviewThe end of the world where humanity takes a stand between good and evil I am a Stephen King fan and whilst I have read most of his books, The Stand has remained my all time favorite I read it when it was first published in 1978 and I was really happy when a longer I never get tired of reading this book It s my absolute all time favorite reads Every once in a while I have to go back and read it again and again.and it s just as good as the first time I read it those many years ago.1st ReviewThe end of the world where humanity takes a stand between good and evil I am a Stephen King fan and whilst I have read most of his books, The Stand has remained my all time favorite I read it when it was first published in 1978 and I was really happy when a longer and uncut version came out in 1990 and have since read it many times It remains an incredible, riveting and unforgettable story The ultimate post apocalyptic horror fantasy and thought provoking novel.The following content was provided by the publisher, giving a brief synopsis of the story and information on the 1991 uncut version.This is the way the world ends with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death And here is the bleak new world of the day after a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides or are chosen A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108 year old Mother Abigail and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers Randall Flagg, the dark man In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript Now Stephen King s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety The Stand The Complete And Uncut Edition includes than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths It has a new beginning and a new ending What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted , this new edition is Stephen King s gift And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival image error This is one book that s left a lasting impression on me and I love picking it up and reading it all over again and again How quickly and easily greed, corruption and playing the Hand of God can bring humanity to its knees and even with the possibility of their total extinction That thought is not that far fetched with all the stuff that s being done today, all in the name science Hah The plot line which is divided into three parts books follows the experiences of the plague survivors before, during and after the catastrophe and the roles they play in the story It s dark, intense, terrifying and uplifting there s hope, faith, religion, love, hate, fear, fate and redemption A suspenseful and emotional build up to the final face off of good versus evil There s a meaning to everything that happens in the story the betrayals, the dreams, death and births There is nothing random in anything.But it s the realistic and deep characterization that s astonishing Complex and well developed characters that leap off the pages It gives us a deeper understanding using the viewpoints of many of the characters their back stories show the differences in the morality of humankind The vivid descriptions make the plot and characters so real and believable.There are so many great characters in this story that some have left a lasting impression on me image error image error Stu Redman, a quiet, moral and unassuming character that inspires people to continue their fight against evil Men who find themselves late are never sure They are all the things the civics books tell us the good citizen should be partisans but never zealots, respecters of the facts which attend each situation but never benders of those facts, uncomfortable in positions of leadership but rarely unable to turn down a responsibility once it has been offered or thrust upon them They make the best leaders in a democracy because they are unlikely to fall in love with power view spoiler Larry Underwood, who I totally disliked when he s first introduced He s selfish, self absorbed but slowly we begin to see something deeper and true in him I became attached to him and when he finally finds his redemption in the stand against evil, it was totally devastating I think you re a taker You ve always been one It s like God left some part of you out when He built you inside of me Harold Lauder is tortured by insecurities and the fighting the darkness that is inside him and ultimately giving in, hoping that will finally make him a worthwhile person He doesn t realize that he s being manipulated by the dark forces and that he will die when he s served his purpose He smiles a lot But I think there might be worms inside him making him smile Nadine Cross scary and frightening These two sides of her the goodness she shows with Leo, the child she cared and loved, after taking him with her on her journey to her other side becoming Randall s virgin bride and mother to his child Tom Cullen plays an important role in the story He s the good in all of us Innocent and pure The scene where he s showing his new home in Boulder to the committee members is so poignant and touching He would be like a man in a darkened unfamiliar room who holds the plug of a lampcord in one hand and who goes crawling around on the floor, bumping into things and feeling with his free hand for the electrical socket And if he found it he didn t always there would be a burst of illumination and he would see the room or the idea plain The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want for nothing He makes me lie down in the green pastures He greases up my head with oil He gives me kung fu in the face of my enemies Amen Glen Bateman the sociology professor who does not believe in God but in the end, he s ready to sacrifice his life for the good of humanity I loved his attitude to life, humans and the world And he had the most incredible lines in this book Show me a man or woman alone and I ll show you a saint Give me two and they ll fall in love Give me three and they ll invent the charming thing we call society Give me four and they ll build a pyramid Give me five and they ll make one an outcast Give me six and they ll reinvent prejudice Give me seven and in seven years they ll reinvent warfare Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back home Dreams are the psyche s way of taking a good dump every now and then And that people who dream or don t dream in a way they can often remember when they wake up are mentally constipated in some way And the confrontation between him and Randall Flagg is amazing Glen knows and accepts his fate and not afraid to laugh at the devil Oh pardon me it s just that we were all so frightened we made such a business out of you I m laughing as much at our own foolishness as at your regrettable lack of substance Glen Bateman to Randall Flagg hide spoiler Abigail Freemantle, 108 years old and believed to be the oldest person and survivor in the world and claims to be God s prophet and is instrumental in bringing the good forces together image error God doesn t bribe, child He just makes a sign and lets people take it as they will The Lord provides strength, not taxicabs And a fine answer to why God had chosen her to be the messenger of God you ll find that God often chooses to speak through the dying and the insaneA healthy person might be apt to filter the divine message, to alter it with his or her own personality In other words, a healthy person might make a shitty prophet And then there s Randall Flagg also known as the Dark Man, The Walking Dude, friendly, smiling and helpful but one can sense the evil and darkness behind that facade a true villain.A demon wearing a denim jacket that displays a button of a pig wearing a cop s cap one the one lapel and the other with a smiling face button The sound that his well worn, sharp toed cowboy boots make as he walks the prison corridors to save Lloyd Heinrich A face of true and dark evil He was known, well known, along the highways in hiding that are traveled by the poor and the mad, by the professional revolutionaries and by those who have been taught to hate so well that their hate shows on their faces like harelips and they are unwanted except by others like them, who welcome them to cheap with slogans and posters on the walls, to basements where lengths of sawed off pipe are held in padded vises while they are stuffed with high explosives, to back rooms where lunatic plans are laid He s in the wolves the crows, the rattlesnake, and the shadow of the owl at midnight and the scorpion at high noon He roosts upside down with the bats He s blind like them view spoiler The third part of the book was both sad and uplifting We discover the role that the main characters play in overcoming the Dark Man And wow that was totally unexpected There s always a choice That s God s way, always will be Your will is still free Do as you will There s no set of leg irons on you But this is what God wants of you I thought that Nick Andros death caused by a bomb planted by Harold Nadine in the house where the Free Zone Committee was distressing but what Stu, Larry, Glen Ralph were faced with travelling to Las Vegas to face Randall Flagg knowing that it would result in their deaths was incredibly sad When Stu breaks his leg and the remaining 3 have to carry on without him was beyond sad it was HEARTBREAKING Larry having to be comforted by Stu and convinced that this was all part of their destiny Goodbye East Texas It s been pretty goddamn good to know you Glen Bateman to Stu Redman,And the journey Stu and Tom Cullen face getting back home through the freezing cold, buried by snow the struggle to survive never giving up And finally the birth of Fannie s son.giving them hope for the future ahead of them The epilogue totally blew my mind Randall Flagg does not die in the atomic bomb blast What the hell so some of the followers dowhich was fitting but why the good guys Why not the evil scourge But then, I understood Evil and good will always be the two forces that forever be facing each other just another place, same light and dark with different faces image error hide spoiler Because humanity never learns from his mistakes Bad things that happen are quickly forgotten pushed aside as memories past and so the circle begins again An eternal and never ending battle where neither side wins or loses.Stu Frannie, at the end say it all Do you think do you think people ever learn anything She opened her mouth to speak, hesitated, fell silent The kerosene lamp flickered Her eyes seemed very blue I don t know, she said at last She seemed unpleased with her answer she struggled to say something to illuminate her first response and could only say it again I don t know Some quotes I really liked There s precious little reform in the human race

  • Petrik

    3.5 5 starsM O O N That spells I am done with this MOONstrosity of a tome.This is the biggest single book I ve ever read in my life so far It s 470k words and it s even bigger than Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson and although it doesn t go into my personal favorite list, I enjoyed the majority of the book.The Stand is totally not what I expected I really thought this would be a super thrilling plot driven with a lot of actions book due to the nature that the story revolves around a plague out 3.5 5 starsM O O N That spells I am done with this MOONstrosity of a tome.This is the biggest single book I ve ever read in my life so far It s 470k words and it s even bigger than Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson and although it doesn t go into my personal favorite list, I enjoyed the majority of the book.The Stand is totally not what I expected I really thought this would be a super thrilling plot driven with a lot of actions book due to the nature that the story revolves around a plague outbreak As it turns out, The Stand is a HIGHLY characters driven book with the plot moving at a very slow pace, and as great as it was, sometimes it did get a bit excruciating.One of the two that stands out the most from this book other than the gigantic size in my opinion was the theological nature and the classic tale of a battle between good versus evil That wasn t any act of God That was an act of pure human fuckery There are a lot of symbolism to the aspect of light versus darkness here To give one example of many, with the country being ravaged by the outbreak, the survivors ended up joining either Mother Abagail s group the good or Randal Flagg s group the evil Mother Abagail is located in the East where the sun rises every day and Randal Flagg is located in the West where the sun set I enjoyed reading almost all the characters perspectives and survivor s tales and I really think if you love a HEAVY theological talk in your fiction, this is a must read The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything Once God or Satan is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chancelogic can be happily tossed out the window Other than the theological talk, the characters were almost absolutely delightful to read The characters developments in this book were astounding to say the least and it was awesome to see how far these characters changed from where they began Plus, Stephen King writes very unconventional and memorable characters in The Stand such as Nick, Tom Cullen, Randal Flagg, Harold, Larry, and Mother Abagail to name a few.Picture Mother Abagail by Bernie WrightsonNow, the parts that didn t work for me First being Stephen King s prose took quite a while for me to get used to Second, and probably my major problem with the book, The Trashcan s man chapters were atrocious I didn t enjoy any moment reading his POV, it was messy, felt juvenile, and during my time reading it, I knew immediately this his meeting with the Kid was going to be the one that was cut out from the first published edition of this book, and I was right It was a painful 70 pages chapter which in my opinion offer close to zero points to the story Finally, with a book this HUGE, I really expected the ending to blow me away but the ending ended up being anti climactic I also can t help but think that the first edition of this book the 800 pages one would probably be a better experience Stephen King received the title word diarrhea for a great reason and a lot of the words in this book in my opinion definitely deserves to be flushed.Overall though, I think The Stand is still overall a great book Even though it s not a genre that I dive into frequently, I found myself amazed by the characterizations and compelled to read what happened to most of the characters It s unfortunate that there were a few hiccups with the pacing and ending but I still will recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed a heavy theological discussion and memorable characters in their read Thank you also to my good friend, Celeste, for giving me this book as a late birthday present You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic High Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

  • Evgeny

    Humanity in general loves to play god trying to meddle in some very dangerous things Military is not an exception as they are obsessed with creating effective and devastating weapons Considering the progress from a simple stone to an atomic bomb we became quite efficient at killing others en masse Suppose we create a new virus which would make HIV look like a common flu Great, now we can let it loose, wait and have all the enemy infrastructure intact with all the people gone The proble Humanity in general loves to play god trying to meddle in some very dangerous things Military is not an exception as they are obsessed with creating effective and devastating weapons Considering the progress from a simple stone to an atomic bomb we became quite efficient at killing others en masse Suppose we create a new virus which would make HIV look like a common flu Great, now we can let it loose, wait and have all the enemy infrastructure intact with all the people gone The problem is virus does not care much about taking sides in a conflict So such a virus was created paid for by US taxpayers and was accidentally released The said taxpayers were practically wiped out with some rare exceptions that were immune to it The end result some occasional survivors have practically everything created by others just for taking It seems to be practically a Utopia, but the people decided it would probably be boring so they split into two camps trying to wipe out each other To be fair one of the group only wanted to eradicate the other in self defense The book is the story of how the disaster came to be and the story of these two groups Before I begin rambling about the book I seriously need to get something of my chest I truly believe Stephen King suffers from what I call Word Diarrhea Other people call this phenomenon Typewriter Diarrhea, but I think my term is general I had a misfortune to read an unabridged edition of this I lost count to the number of scenes that could be cut off without any impact on the remaining part Just as an example who cares about Fran s mother being a selfish bitch after her brother died How did it affect the rest of the story Do not get me wrong, King is a talented writer, but exercising some brevity in writing would improve the quality even further As it stands now I did not go outside with a physical copy of the book being afraid I would be arrested for carrying as assault weapon The book is clearly split in three parts events leading to the catastrophe and its unfolding, survivors trying to cope, and two groups trying to exterminate each other The first part was quite boring until the infection became widespread I was not excited to read about day to day lives of the people that are about to die To add an insult to the injury the people that were destined to survive were either jerks, or plain boring Yes, I said it nice people are boring this was one of the lessons I learned from the book What would you rather read about a guy helping an old lady cross the road, or a guy torching an oil repository If you answer the former you are lying As you can see nice people have no chance of survival whatsoever we are left with jerks In fact let me introduce Stephen King s apocalypse survival rule 1 the bigger jerk you are the better your chances Here comes another problem I did not care about jerks that much This left me exactly one person to root for that person had the least screen time Take Fran I mentioned above she came out as somewhat unbalanced woman falling into giggling hysterics at a slightest reason not the one to care for This boredom continued until the military began a serious cover up campaign Military cover up methods are taken straight from the Mafia books dead people tell no tales This action brought much needed well action Here we finally get to the heroics and cowardliness of ordinary people And then everybody died.Second part the lonely survivors wonder around I guess this part was OK, but I still have some things to say Here King uses only black and white for characters with no gray shades you are either with us, or against I was also appalled by how quickly the self appointed leaders decided their own lives are sacred and irreplaceable, but they are perfectly fine with throwing away lives of people around them After all, they are good guys and as such Can Do No Wrong I often miss the times when the leader of people was somebody who lead the attack on the enemy and could survive thanks to his her battle skills Imagine how many wars we could prevent if only we would let the people that declare them to lead the first attack We already established the good guys are boring It turns out they are also stupid as several people were practically wearing signs saying, I am a traitor and it did not bother anybody No wonder the bad side managed to get intelligent people who wants to spend their time with stupid Last part confrontation Finally things start moving alone Probably the fastest moving part all the way until last two chapters which were loooooong and felt like a complete filler Every single plot thread was resolved at this point, so why the delay The very end came in opposition of everything that was said before It also bothered me that we ended up with a society of basically parasites living on what was built grown created before Not a single human being in the book bothered with creating new things Supplies would run out, sooner or later Does it mean another resource war is coming By this time I read quite a few King s books and as a result I noticed some things I think worth mentioning Practically all people in any King s story love to let their bladder go the moment they get even a little scared No exception to this rule sorry one exception tough as nails Roland the Gunslinger The majority of bad guys often masturbate Good guys never do Reading King s stories never fails to make me hate the humanity The hate goes away though after a while and until I read his next work Finally some amusing references in the first part one of the cops works at 87th precinct and has a colleague named Steve Carella Does it ring any bells The amusing part is that this guy thinks Carella is completely dominated by his wife.Unfortunately I read Justin Cronin s The Passage before this one so I did not know how heavily he used copy paste feature of a word processor I will be generous and call him being heavily inspired by The Stand instead Even such details as excessive wordiness and describing a full character s bio right before killing him her for good are present in The Passage My final rating is 3.5 stars which I reluctantly round up There are several reasons for this I gave The Passage 4 stars and it would be completely unfair to rate the original less I have several friends that love this book a lot and would lynch me without thinking twice if I rate it any lower Finally, it is a good book despite all its weaknesses and problems Have you noticed how big my review is I am afraid I contacted the Word Diarrhea I mentioned above Seems highly appropriate for this book

  • Will M.

    The place where you made your stand never mattered Only that you were thereand still on your feet So I finally finished this gigantic brick This freakin gigantic heavy brick, and all I can say is, this is probably the best freakin brick ever made With a heaping 1439 pages, this book managed to hurt both my wrists, and probably injured some of my fingers That s the price I had to pay to read this amazing novel I never thought that I wouldn t finish this, fuck it I never even though The place where you made your stand never mattered Only that you were thereand still on your feet So I finally finished this gigantic brick This freakin gigantic heavy brick, and all I can say is, this is probably the best freakin brick ever made With a heaping 1439 pages, this book managed to hurt both my wrists, and probably injured some of my fingers That s the price I had to pay to read this amazing novel I never thought that I wouldn t finish this, fuck it I never even thought of putting this book down and read something else for the meantime All I can say is, Stephen King managed to impress me again Not that I doubted him though.Its a typical thing for King to serve us with multiple characters with different stories, and plunge them together at some point And as usual, some were amazing, and some were dreadfully boring unforgettable This was also my experience while reading Needful Things, but his characters here are way better I got an in depth description of each one, and I either loved or hated each one That technique of King is truly remarkable What goes best with an amazing plot Well, freakin amazing characters that s what Ask me who my favorite is, and I ll probably end up describing most of them instead because I loved almost all of them I remember complaining how long the novel is I ve read quite a few epics, but all of them were way shorter than this When I finished though, and pondered upon what could ve been excluded, none came to mind I believe everything happened for a reason, or let me rephrase that, everything was written for a reason You can t really take out something from the story, because then the plot holes would reappear The length of the novel is proportional to the enjoyment I experienced while reading this.Once again, the characters were amazing and fully developed I actually cared for them, and I didn t want them to die This novel focused on the battle between good and evil, in a lengthy epic like feeling We have Mother Abagail on the good side, and Flagg as the devil It s King s second time to introduce a devil like character, and the character turned out just as amazing Flagg truly depicted a strong devil He s really a strong character that I would love to read about in his other novels really hoping for a guest appearance Harold is the one I hated the most while reading That pig really annoyed me Everything he did was really annoying, and I wanted him to die at one point in the novel Although I do have to point out that I hate him for a good reason My hatred of him led to a better enjoyment of the novel We all hate a character, and we want to see awful things done to them I m than satisfied with the characters King created.Lloyd and Nick were really amazing too One is part of the dark team, and the other of the good team I m not gonna spoil who belongs where All you need to know is that Nick s a kickass deaf mute, and Lloyd s an annoying yet funny character Tom s really cool too, despite being a retard I didn t care for him that much in the beginning, but things started to change as I read along.Stu and Fran s story would have to be my favorite of all the ones in the novel Ever since the early parts of the novel, Fran s story already caught my interest, and it continued till the end Larry Underwood s also really interesting His pride overcoming him then awful things happening really kept me interested in what would happen to him I m only going to mention those characters though, because who would want to read a spoiler and ruin their reading experience right Those 3 are my favorites, but that doesn t mean that the others were boring I will repeat, almost all the characters are amazing There will obviously be a few that would stand out, and those 3 are my choice Wait, I forgot to mention another favorite, the freakin dog Kojak I always love dogs in novels Kojak didn t disappoint view spoiler Yes The baby lives, and King kinda went Sci Fi with all the science talk, and I loved it He further expanded the world building, and in the end, he actually created a perfect world With 99% of the world gone, and a super virus that is still haunting the citizens even though it s eradicated, the readers will wonder what would happen to the human race, and what King gave us is probably the perfect solution The baby problem in the latter part of the novel was really cool for me, and the solution was even cooler I actually though either the baby or Fran would die, thankfully neither did hide spoiler view spoiler STU DIDN T FUCKING DIE I actually thought he would, because King fucking wrote and they never saw Stu Redman again But that actually meant that the other three died Even though Larry died, Stu s still my favorite so I m not complaining His survival was also really interesting for me Pneumonia and other sicknesses associated with his situation Flawless writing from King hide spoiler Okay, enough feet kissing and let me get on with some negative aspects of this novel The back of the book states that The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader Two emerge Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108 year old woman who urges them to build a community in Boulder, Colorado and Randall Flagg the nefarious Dark Man , who delights in chaos and violence Yes, both of them possess those amazing qualities, but I don t think it s right to say that both of them are the leaders of the novel I get that people in the novel looked up to the both of then in fear and in doubt but neither of the two became my genuine favorite I really liked them both, yes, but that s that Randall s really outstanding with all the violence don t get me wrong, but Mother Abagail was presented as somewhat disgusting Obviously opinionated, but hey, aren t all reviews opinionated Maybe I should ve said that I had one problem, because that s all I can think of as of right now I had problems along the novel though, but all except the one stated above were resolved Major problems like plot holes and all were resolved at the end of the novel, and that s awesome Mostly when I read a novel, the problems that I had while reading didn t get fixed The Stand proved itself otherwise The main problem would be that we tend to complain even if we re not yet done with the novel The ending s really great I m not going to complain any because I really liked it It gave me closure, and honestly, the ending s really witty You ll have to read it yourself, but I really liked it I m not gonna put it in a spoiler tag any, because there s no reason to do so Just read this amazing novel and see for yourself Once again, real witty of you King This is why you re my favorite author view spoiler The nuclear blowout in the end was not as amazing of an ending as I was hoping Flagg being the devil, I kinda figured he wouldn t end up dead Why use a man made creation to kill a supernatural being right I m not considering this as a major problem of mine though, I just thought that King could ve ended the novel in a different way I can t think of a better ending though, so I also don t get this contradicting and useless spoiler tag hide spoiler So to wrap things up, this is now my favorite King novel It is clearly superior to The Long Walk and Needful Things, both in length and substance I m not saying don t read the other two, because they are both amazing in their own ways, and I m also recommending them The Stand is just King s novel that had the biggest impact on me, as of now Such a shame to say that he s my favorite author yet I believe I ve read less than ten books of his, and I ve only read this now I m planning to change that soon though, I can t wait to read amazing novels written by King 5 5 stars, and a worthy addition to my favorites list A clear recommendation, and I can say that this is one of my best reads of 2014