The Stand

The Stand

A Novel

Paperback - 2012
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After a virus kills most of the people in the world, a handful of survivors choose sides-- a world of good led by 108-year-old Mother Abigail-- or evil led by a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.
Published: New York : Anchor Books, 2012, c1990.
Edition: First Anchor Books edition.
ISBN: 9780307947307
0307947300
Branch Call Number: F KIN
Characteristics: 1153 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.

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legillam
Dec 02, 2017

This book is a keeper! It is very dense and has a very slow build, but the second half of the book is extremely satisfying. Just a reminder, this is the "uncut" version. Wikipedia stated that an extra 400 pages were added back into this book that didn't make the original release in the 70's, so I would highly recommend the "cut" original for readers who are looking for a little more brevity. That being said, if you are not afraid to do the extra mileage with some of King's 400 bonus pages of seasoning, I say go for it. Whether you get the short version or the long one, I highly recommend this book as long as you're willing to do the work!

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mjdillon1702
Aug 07, 2017

Still, decades later, the finest of all King's work. Most entertaining novel I've read.

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jennysBooks1212
Mar 04, 2017

When I started out reading The Stand I got maybe 10% in, if that, then I put it down for a while. Once I started listening to the audiobook, it still took me a few months to knock it out.
I'll admit that when I saw that this was 48 hours of listening, I was really intimidated. It took me a while to really get into it, I'd say half way through. This is quite a long book, so half way through is no joke. I did enjoy the first half, don't get me wrong. I was actually hooked right away, it was just a lot of getting to know different characters. A. LOT. OF. DIFFERENT. CHARACTERS. I honestly didn't remember who some people were until they were mentioned a few times. Luckily there were a few characters that I looked forward to reading from their viewpoint again, and that kept me going.
Once I really got into it, I could not stop listening. I was definitely hooked. It wasn't that the "action" started or anything. I just really got connected to the characters and felt invested in how it all played out.
In the end, I really enjoyed The Stand. I always love how genuine King's characters are. They feel like real people, and they aren't all the same. I like that not every character is from the same background, thinks the same way, or wants the same things. Sometimes you can tell which viewpoint is that of the author, but King has a way of letting his characters speak for themselves.
I would recommend The Stand to fans of King or to anyone in the mood for one long ride of a dystopian.

AL_LISA Dec 16, 2016

The Stand is, in my opinion, Stephen King’s finest novel, I was hooked after one page. King wastes no time getting started. He immediately sends the reader on the chase of a wayward security guard who is ultimately responsible for the demise of the human race. After a seemingly innocuous virus wipes out 99 percent of the world’s population, the survivors find themselves on an unexpected journey of survival, finding that the virus was only the beginning of their plight, as the moral breakdown of what remains of society is as harsh as it is immediate. King takes care to introduce you to all of the main characters giving the reader a vested interest in their fate. Each survivor must eventually choose a side, good or evil, culminating in an epic battle between the two in Las Vegas. The post-apocalyptic world King created is full of fascinating places and characters (who will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book) all struggling to find their way in their new world.

When it was first published in 1978, The Stand was considered too long, so King cut nearly 400 pages to satisfy the publishers as they believed a shorter book would generate higher sales. I highly recommend reading the uncut addition that was released in 1990 as you won’t want to miss one page of this epic novel!

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Pigapotamus
Sep 30, 2016

Loved this book-probably one of my all time favorites

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jtcampbel47
Jun 14, 2016

Loved both versions and will read it again in a few years

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 04, 2016

While The Stand lacks strong female characters and evidence of a high standard of editing, it is nonetheless a great story. The idea of taking the book of Revelation, retelling it in a way with a government-spawned plague at its center, and throwing the few remaining people together is phenomenal. The dreams, the cross-country trek, did I mention the plague—all these things add up to a really great story. And the characters. Sure, some seem a bit too cliché, but they're memorable.

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JihadiConservative
Mar 21, 2016

The Stand, in my opinion, marks Stephen King's progression from horror to literature. This is how the world ends: with a human-engineered superflu which escapes containment in the form of a terrified guard who unwittingly spreads death over a wide swath of southwestern America in his bid to escape infection. Captain Trips, they call it - until they die, and people die in droves within a matter of days. In almost no time at all, well over 99% of the American population have suffered an agonizing death. Those that are left all alone begin to dream: comforting visions of an ancient black lady called Mother Abigail in Nebraska rising up alongside nightmares of a faceless man out west. Many find their way to Las Vegas to serve under Randall Flag, the Walking Dude of their night visions, but many others flock to Mother Abigail in Nebraska and eventually Boulder, Colorado. As the citizens of the Boulder Free Zone attempt to reform society and make a new life for themselves, they are forced to come to terms with the fact that they are caught up in a struggle defined by their spiritual leader in religious terms. They must destroy Flagg or be destroyed by him - in a word, they must make their stand. I could not begin to describe the dozens of richly drawn characters King gives life to in these pages. They are ordinary people called to do extraordinary things in a world reeking of death and fear. Some are not up to the challenge, and betrayal has awful consequences in this new reality - to the betrayer as well as the betrayed. These are real human beings, flaws and all; there is good to be found even among those serving the greatest of evils, and at the same time, the good guys don't always behave in ways you think they should. Nick Andros, Nadine Cross, Larry Underwood, Glen Bateman, Stu Redman, Harold Lauder, Mother Abigail, Tom Cullen, Randall Flagg, Trash Can Man - these are characters you will never forget. I must admit the climax of the great struggle just doesn't seem to be all it might be, but the first 1000 pages of this novel are so good that even Stephen King could hardly be expected to top what he had already accomplished in the framing of this ultimate conflict.

I wouldn't call this a scary novel, but it certainly does have its moments - best exemplified by one character's journey through a dark tunnel surrounded by invisible but very dead and decaying bodies caught in an eternal traffic jam. The real horror, of course, is the all-pervasive atmosphere of a world decimated by man's self-imposed destruction. Death is literally everywhere these characters turn - in the silent houses and cars all around them, in the streets upon which they travel, in the terrifying nightmares they have of the Walking Dude, and even in the future they try to avoid thinking about, as no one knows whether the superflu will kill the children yet to be born. I found the sections dealing with the reconstitution of a society of some sort to be the most interesting aspect of the novel - will it be like the old society, will it repeat the mistakes of the last one, etc. This is also a story of personal redemption, as the novels' heroes must overcome their pasts and/or their human weaknesses and handicaps in order to make their stand. When the deaf-mute Nick tells Mother Abigail that he does not believe in God, she tells him that it doesn't matter because God believes in him - that is a truly empowering message.

There is an intriguing philosophical undercurrent to this novel that applies both eloquently and meaningfully to the human condition. The Stand is modern literature, a direct descendant of such epics as The Iliad and The Odyssey, and you will learn something about yourself when you read this masterpiece of contemporary literature. One of my favorite books of all time! Mr. King does a brilliant job at making a thought provoking and powerful book, this novel will stick with you until death.

jericho_taylor Nov 20, 2014

Just heard the latest. Josh Boone, brilliant director of " Fault in our Stars ", is doing a quadrilogy ( yes 4 ) movies with King, Warner, all on board. Script, etc. already done and greenlit. This will be the most realistic version, if his earlier work is any guidepost. And same producer is working with another director on a 2 movie big screen version of " IT ". King is back.

BookReviewer2015 Aug 22, 2014

A stunning post-apocalyptic thriller by the master of horror and suspense!

This is not just another scary or frightening book. It is the most intense "good versus evil" story you might ever see in print (coming in at a whopping 1,439 pages)!

Be sure to check out the epic miniseries as well, starring Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, and Gary Sinise!

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JihadiConservative
Mar 21, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: 10/10 It's a Stephen King book...

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JihadiConservative
Mar 21, 2016

Other: Drug use, 10/10 Characters use drugs, deal drugs ect...

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JihadiConservative
Mar 21, 2016

Sexual Content: 10/10 Gay rape with a loaded pistol. Sex, cheating, abuse, sodomy, rape, oral sex, masturbation, sexual fantasies ect.. There are many sexual relationships in The Stand, some of which are messed up and strange. Some scenes are vividly described while other are very short. Don't let this discourage you from reading-- the message of the book is worth it.

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JihadiConservative
Mar 21, 2016

Coarse Language: 10/10 Extremely strong and frequent-- Just about every swear word used on every page. Some sexual and other not.

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JihadiConservative
Mar 21, 2016

Violence: 10/10 Very very violent scenes of torture, death, stabbing, shooting, rape, crucifixion, severed body parts, decapication, sodomy, people being ripped apart. All of these scenes describe with intense details of graphic gore.

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GalaxieBlast Jul 12, 2011

This book is why Stephen King is considered the master of the horror genre.

It has it all; horror, gore, violence, comedy, suspense, romance, and drama. This is a vast book that I enjoyed completely. Over 1,000 pages of fun!!

I completely recommend this book to anyone that wants a challenging and exciting read.

I give this a 10/10.

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