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The Stand: Complete and Uncut
The Stand Complete and Uncut
Author: Stephen King
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...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451169532
ISBN-10: 0451169530
Publication Date: 5/7/1991
Pages: 1,168
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 690 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Stand: Complete and Uncut on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 18
This is my favorite Stephen King book, and one of my top 10 books of all time. My first copy literally fell apart from re-reading. If you read the original version, make sure you pick up a copy of the Uncut verison, which contains almost 200 extra pages and several storylines (such as that of The Kid) which were left out of the shorter, original publication.

A word of warning; I don't suggest reading this book when you're not feeling well. I got caught in a flu epidemic several years ago that landed me in the hospital on two occasions. I was bored and started to re-read, and ended up practically giving myself a full blown anxiety attack. *L*
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Helpful Score: 18
There are plenty of pitfalls that drag epic, amibitous novels down; plots that don't hold up for a thousand plus pages, characters that grow tiresome, repetitive themes that feel like a broken record halfway through the book.

The Stand avoids all of these. The cast is large and varied enough to keep multiple plot threads going, but not too large to become confusing. And as many as there are, none are superfluous to the plot, all serve a purpose that is revealed before the finale. The plot is intense and ambitious, but divided into segments it is managable and sustainable. Daunting certainly at 1200+ pages, but always building towards the inevitable conclusion. The theme is as old as storytelling; the ultimate battle between good and evil, the eternal cycle of death and rebirth. But King manages to present these timeless themes with mythic, Biblical imagery melded with a down-to-earth humanity that makes them fresh and exciting.

This book is a chilling, thrilling home-run. At the end of the book (and at many places throughout) I felt as though I'd been completely wrung out. The amount of emotion the reader invests in this book is one of the greatest of any book I've read. Its exhausting and exhilirating at the same time. One for the ages, truly not to be missed.
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Helpful Score: 13
"The Stand" is my favorite book of all time. I love books dealing with the end of the world, and this, in my opinion, is the best one. A "super-flu" kills 99% of the world's population, and the remaining one percent gravitate towards either Mother Abigail, an old woman, or Randall Flagg, basically the devil. The book is very much good vs. bad, with a definite religious tint to it overall. Admittedly, the book is longer than most (1200+ pages), but it is full of detailed characters who will stay with you long after you finish. This is one book you will want to read again.
reviewed The Stand: Complete and Uncut on + 91 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
The expanded edition worked a lot better than the abridged version years earlier. Or maybe I was just a little older and understood it better after a second reading
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Helpful Score: 5
Excellent read. I'll never look at a row of telephone poles the same way again! One caution: I took it on vacation and it was so good I didn't want to put it down. Became a source of conflict on my vacation!
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reviewed The Stand: Complete and Uncut on + 13 more book reviews
Great book. One of the best books I have read.
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This is the 4th time I have read this book and it just keeps getting better and better. It is the classic story of Good vs. Evil, with that special Stephen King twist.

If you have not read this book in years (like me) now is the time to do so again, I am sure you will see things that you did not the first time around. If this is your first time, put on your seatbelt you are in for an incredible journey.
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This was a great book when I read it in its original form 30 years ago, I think I was happy with that, it got a little confused in its expanded form. Maybe my brain has shrunk since I have gotten older. Anyway, it's always good to know that evil arose in an army base just down the road from me.