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The Stand (Modern Classics)
The Stand - Modern Classics
Author: Stephen King
ISBN-13: 9780517219010
ISBN-10: 0517219018
Publication Date: 8/21/2001
Pages: 1,200
Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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4.6 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: Gramercy
Book Type: Hardcover
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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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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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"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.
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Don't you DARE not read this.

It's my favorite book of all time.
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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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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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I ADORE this book. Even at 1200 pages, I've managed to read all the way through it twice. And considering my schedule, that's a big deal. Good vs Evil from the real human viewpoint. Love it!
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In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookstores and beg them not to buy it.

The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can\'t ignore it. Stephen King\'s most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world\'s population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.

\"I love to burn things up,\" King says. \"It\'s the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke.\"

There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. --Fiona Webster

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The epic #1 bestseller, and the \"book that has everything.\" (The New York Times)
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If I were stranded on a deserted island, and could only have one book with me, this would probably be it. It's not the most intelligent answer, but it's true.

I've read The Stand from cover-to-cover probably 20 times in the past 15 or so years. I read it for the first time as a sophomore in high school, and still love it as much today as I did in the first reading. If anything, the story has grown as I have -- I relate more strongly to different characters now than I did then. I find different parts more horrifying now, and have a greater depth of understanding of the real terrors this book holds.

Fans of King have probably already read this book, possibly many times as I have. Fans of horror will appreciate the stark and believable nightmare King weaves in The Stand. But the truly horrifying part of the book -- the realistic and very possible biological disaster that signals the decline of society leading to "The Stand" is what gives me bad dreams. It's great stuff. I would recommend it to just about anyone that isn't afraid of the dark corners of what could be, and who is open to a horror story that is equal parts science and magic.
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This is my favorite King book. I wasn't deterred by the length at all because I wanted to find out more about the main character's stuggle cross country without modern day resources. King's way of describing post-apocolypse America was so real and vivid at points.
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Uncut edition with more material than original. I recently read this classic and it was great. I don't like horror but this book is famous for a reason.
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One man escapes from a biological weapon facility after an accident, carrying with him the deadly virus known as Captain Tripps, a rapidly mutating flu that - in the ensuing weeks - wipes out most of the world's population. In the aftermath, survivors choose between following an elderly black woman to Boulder or the dark man, Randall Flagg, who has set up his command post in Las Vegas. The two factions prepare for a confrontation between the forces of good and evil.
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Great Book! I am not particularly a King fan, but this is one book I have read several time and really enjoy.
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Complete, uncut original of this book..an exciting, thought-provoking account of life in the U.S. after most of its citizens have died in a terrible, quick spreading plague
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One of my all time favorite books! I read this book twice...finished the last page and went right back to the first.
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complete and uncut, 1141 pages

This is not my favorite of King's works, but still good; the first part of the book, the actual spread of Captain Tripps (the apocalyptic flu) was fascinating and, I felt, the most interesting part of the book. Good post-apocalyptic story on a large scale at first, then whittling down to the few important characters we will follow on their journey.
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This is my absolute favorite book of all time. It draws you in and makes you think of what would happen? I love how he develops the characters and felt as though I really know them. I have read this several times and will read it many more times. Definitely my favorite out of all the King novels I have read. Not for the faint of heart, but a really good, well-developed story line.
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This is the definition of a masterpiece. The characters are deep, diverse, and well managed. You really care about these people after getting to know them. King really builds them well. The story is really fantastic, well thought out, and delivered expertly. I think, though, what I loved most about this story is that "God" was personified as an old black woman and "Satan" is a white guy who wears cowboy boots. Interesting contrast! This book will scare you. It will make you laugh. You will most likely shed a few tears. You will cheer. You will be angry. You will ponder deeply your own beliefs. But most of all, you will love it, every single page, period. I loved this book and would recommend it to any avid reader.
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This book is definitely in my top 10 books to read and re-read. I have a paper back copy and a hard back copy. The paperback copy is held together with rubber bands. I probalby re-read this book every other year. It is the only book(s) from my original Stephen King collection that I kept!
Awesome read and re-read!!!!!
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The Complete and Uncut edition has some added text that was, according to the author, edited out of the original release. He also updated some of the cultural references and moved the story forward in time a few years. The changes do not diminish the story.
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I've read both the original 800 page version, and the extended 1200 page version. Well worth it if you take a major liking to some key characters.

By now the tale's been told, but 20 years ago it was The Best Thing Ever.
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One of King's (in my opinion) best. And i'm ususall not a fan of "sagas" or "thick books". But this one was worth it.
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By far one of King's best novels. I am partial to his older works
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One of the best works of Stephen King, in my opinion.
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Awesome!
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A harsh plague devastates the Earth and an evil from beyond appears to tear the survivors apart. One of King's best books. This is a long read, but if you like King, or even if you don't, you'll probably love this one.
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This book did not seem typical Steven King. It is intense and a bit tough to follow at times. A must read for all King's fans,
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Reviews I have read in newspapers and online seem to agree that readers either love this book or absolutely hate it. I am one of those who 'love it'. It measures 1,141 pages, so anyone who doesn't like the first couple of chapters probably will never finish it. All those pages are needed, though, to tell this truly epic, wide-ranging story. King's characters are so well-drawn, even ones that only appear on a page or two just so you'll know how they died. The main characters in particular are really interesting, and do grow and change with the events of the story. If you can get your book club to wade through this (and mine so far won't) you'll probably get some great discussion out of it. Science, politics, spirituality, religion, sociology, etc. all are a part of the story.

The book describes a plague - a man-made virus - that kills over 90% of the world's population. Survivors (in the U.S.) are lead by dreams to one of two places - Boulder, Colorado (the good guys) or Las Vegas, Nevada (ruled by The Bad Guy). Events lead to a 'final' stand between the two. Obviously, there's too much to tell here, but King does a great job of interweaving the lives of dozens of characters and overlapping events. I recommend it!
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I have read this novel 5 times, the original twice and the uncut three times and am planning on reading it again. This is one of his finest works and my all time favorite book.
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I'm not much of a Stephen King fan, but I love this book
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This is the longest book I have ever read! I'm really glad I finally read it. A fantastic, epic, end of the world adventure, but it is not my favorite Stephen King book! I don't want to leave any spoilers for future readers, so I won't comment too much. I do wish to express my disappointment, however, with never learning what the significance of the initials R.F. was after all. Those who have already read this enormous book should know of whose initials I am referring. Also, I found the apocalyptic, good vs. evil story line a bit overdone, too dramatic. Overall, this was a very good book, laws, yes. I highly recommend it!
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The story line was good. But for me, it took me to read almost half the book before it started making sense and getting put together. Seemed like it took me forever to read, though it is a long book. I found myself skimming pages halfway through. Reminder, not to tackle these books that go on and on.
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One of my all-time favorites! A page-turner full of suspense, despair, futile agony, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil!
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Stephen King's ultimate tale of good vs evil published in its complete uncut version.
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Totally exciting...never expect Steven Kings movies to reflect the books because they can't compare! This is a very thick book that will take some through the fall and into the winter with it hard to put it down...sleep? Who needs it!!!
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King was writing way over his head when he wrote this book. He will probably never write a better one. This is the kind of book that stays in your memory for years.
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Imagine that a plague is sweeping through America. Now imagine that as a survivor, you may have been better of dead.
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This is BY FAR my favorite Stephen King book I've read so far. I was so engulfed in it while I was reading it and when I finished I didn't know what to do. This book has DEFINITELY changed my whole perspective on life & everything about it.
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I read the original edited edition twenty-five years ago. This edition added lots of background information on the main characters. It was a thrilling read. Warning: induced several sleepless nights!
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I easily gave this one five stars. Excellent plot. Excellent characters. M-O-O-N spells "you must read this book."
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Very good, as you would expect from King. I understand it has been made into a miniseries. The writing is excellent, the premise unfortunately very believable, especially if one felt lied to by our previous president about why we needed to go to Iraq. A biological weapon escapes its control base and wipes out many Americans and it seems the rest of the world. Evil then wants to take over and wipe out those who were immune to the virus. The are led by dreams to meet with Mama Abagail (an old black woman) on her farm in Nebraska then migrate to Boulder Colorado; evil gathers in Las Vegas. If you don't mind all of the leaders of the good being white male and the cliche's inherent therein, go for it.
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Although long, this book is fabulous! I love King's narrative voice in many of his novels, but the ever-changing of the characters' points of view in this novel and King's way of developing and evolving them is brilliant at the very least. Let's not forget, too, that the plot is fascinating and well, let's just say, frightening because it's plausible with the exception of "the Walkin' Dude". This is a must-read - I have read it again and again over the years, and I still love it!!!
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I have read this book before and wanted to get a copy to keep. I watch the movie everytime it comes on TV. I believe that there is a constant battle between good and evil and I believe that in the end good will win. This book talks about that battle and about how good has to suffer the good with the bad in order to win. That is a description of everyday life. We were never promised it would be easy and this book shows that the decisions we make may be the outcome of the world. The book is long and takes a while to read and the movie helps you understand what it is trying to tell. The book is well worth the read sometimes being too descriptive but it needs to be read. Even though it is fiction you can apply it to today. If you don't believe when you read the book you might reconsider afterwards.
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I am a huge King fan and have never, suprisingly, gotten around to reading The Stand. The Uncut Version is definately the way to go. I more than enjoyed this book! My brother and I both read it and are still bringing up interesting/fantastic scenes. King is an artist, you will love this book!
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In my opinion the best of King - a fascinating re-telling of the story of Genesis
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I read this book every five years or so. It never ceases to scare me. The movie of the same name follows the main storyline although one does not always understand the motiviation behind some of the decisions the characters make in the movie. I found the movie to be a good supplement to the novel since it allowed me to "see" places I otherwise did not have a "visual" of. The novel is based on an earlier short story written by Stephen King.

The story runs parallel to the plague epidemic of the Middle Ages or flu epidemic of the early 1900's but with a major twist. Like those epidemics, this one kills off most of humanity. The book, however, came out about the same time as the AIDS epidemic was made public in the United States. However, like AIDS, plague and flu, there are some who do not "catch" the disease despite repeated exposure. Although King explores, very creepily, what could happen to modern society in such a situation, he does provide additional characters with knowledge to bring back some of the modern technology in order to keep the story going. For example, it is a bit unbelievable to see only one or two people bring back electricity to a fairly large area - and keep it running - when it generally take several people to keep a plant running. There are other parts that are suspiciously unbelievable when viewed according to reality however, the main characters are believable and fairly well-rounded while many of the secondary charaters could be better fleshed out. But this is a work of fiction - could happen - but fiction just the same.

This is also a classic battle of good versus evil. As always, evil seems to have the upper hand although good struggles to prevail. In a way, this story is circular, having returned to the beginning when it reaches the end. Evil triumphs, then good, then evil and so on. What exactly Randall Flagg is remains a mystery but one is left with the impression that the battle between good and evil is not over.
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I am amazed that a book this massive kept my attention and I enjoyed every bit of it!
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This book is a great read. It is an intense rich tale of good vs. evil and impossible to put down.
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I proclaim this novel Stephen King's best work. It is a classic tale of the struggle between good and evil. The character development amazed me--by the end of the novel you are good friends with most of the characters. Highly recommended.
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This is one of those truly exceptional books that I recommend to everyone no matter what kind of reading they normally prefer.

I don't want to go into too much detail as that would spoil the experiance. Just know that this is not a "horror" book it is more of an epic post apocalyptic story. If you have never read King you should read this one book. If you are not a fan of horror you might have overlooked King since that is what he is best known for. He is a exceptional writer, one that shouldn't be missed. Once in awhile he puts out a book that may be freightening but is not horror. Those are his best works. This is the best of the best.

The story takes place after a very nasty virus created by the government gets loose. This virus kills most of the people in America (maybe the world too?) But not everyone. For some unknown reason there are people who don't die. You start following several of them from across the country as they try to make sense of what happened and start learning to live in a world that is mostly deserted. The book made me think about how interconnected we all are as a society and how helpless we would be without each other. We all play a part in the big picture.

This a huge book so it will take a bit of time. It is worth it. There is danger, mystery, some scary things, humor,good, evil, survival, renewal and throughout it all Stephen King's amazing talent for creating a world that we all can relate to.
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have reread it several times -- which is something that I rarely do. A must read for all Stephen King fans. There are wonderful characters that you become quite attached to as the story about the survival of mankind in the face of pure evil unfolds.
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I couldn't stop thinking about or talking about it constantly. The uncut version is worth the extra 500 pages, since the parts which were previously cut add so much more to the story. I do wonder why Stephen King has some things in most of the story (for instance, Nadine) and then end that part so abruptly. Unless he leads the reader on, allowing them to think they know how the story will end, only to twist it down a different path.
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My second all time favorite Stephen King book behind It.
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I have read this book over seven times and could read it 700 more. The characters are awesome, the storyline chilling, but real. The best book I have ever read.
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This is the absolute BEST book/movie ever written! I own three different copies of this book and I have the movie on Laserdisc, DVD and VHS! Reading this, you can almost imagine the events taking place now. Truly a timeless masterpiece.
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This is not a re-hash of the 'original' version... it expands upon it and brings forth a more detailed focus on the characters with new insights to the original. The base plot remains but now with greater insight.impact and detail to the plot with some new characters and deeper insight of those in the original book. It's more haunting and darker. Is it just a dream or a nightmare,maybe both. But possibly it will, if your imagination will allow it possibly determine our survival. King at his best at full throttle. Let your mind open to a brilliant darkness only King could imagine and you can enjoy. Open the book,read it and enjoy it. Your about to take a journey that is as plausible as the sun rising every morning and before it begins to turn to darkness and I mean a deep darkness.
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Awesome book. Never wanted to put it down. Amazing how King can look ahead at years to come and possibilities.
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One of my favorites!
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I am not a usually a fan of horror novels or authors, but this book is one of the best books I have EVER read. It sits on my "save" shelf with a select few others that have really meant something to me. Definitely in my Top 10 all-time reads, and the one book I try to press on friends...
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My favorite Stephen King novel, and quite possibly his best work. I have read this several times and I am sure I will read it many more times in the future. A must-read in my opinion.
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I really enjoyed this book. It\'s one of Stephen King\'s best, in my opinion. An epic saga of people left alive after a plauge wipes out the vast majority of the population. Definitely worth reading.
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Probably my favorite epic novel.
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King at his best!
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I first read this book in Jr. High over 20 years ago during a winter break. It took 17 days of intense reading to finish it but I've been hooked on King ever since! I read it again in my twenties and enjoyed it even more the second time around. I highly recommend this book. Don't be put off by the length, it's excellent!
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GREAT BOOK
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A great Stephen King novel. I think it was the first one I ever read. I really enjoyed it, and it kept me coming back for more.
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My absolute favorite Stephen King...
June 16, 1985. That is when the horror began - the evil that started in a laboratory and took over America.
Those who died quickly were the lucky ones. For the scattered survivors, wandering through a country turned into a gigantic graveyard, life has become a nightmare struggle. They escaped death, but now something even more terrifying is waiting to claim them - the most fiendish force ver to seek all humanity as slaves and victims. A strange, faceles, clairvoyant figure that is reaching for their very souls...
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An epic post-apocaliptic tale. Lots of fun.
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Absolutely the best book i have ever read. i was hooked until it was over, and when it was, it was like i lost a best friend, lol.
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Book is long, but very detailed. Well written, great story. These characters will stay with you for quite a while.
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I absolutley love this book
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A MUST read!
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The ultimate good vs. evil. Or is it that mankind has to constantly create the battle of good vs. evil.
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This is, in my opinion, Stephen King's best work.

There is some sexual content in this book and also some violence. Overall though "The Stand" is no more and actually may be less scary that King's usual work.

"The Stand" is a must read for every lover of books. If you are a Stephen King fan and have not read this one - read it now! If you are not a King fan - read it now!
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Fantastic book!
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THIS WAS AN AMAZING BOOK TO READ. I DIDN'T WANT TO PUT IT DOWN. IT MAY BE A LOT OF PAGES TO READ BUT ITS DEFINITELY WORTH IT.
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The Stand is my favorite Stephen King book and my all time favorite book. I have read it at least 15 times over the years since it was first published and it still captivates me each time. I do not know many people that have not read this book, but if you are out there you must read it at least once (or maybe twice, lol)

Five stars for me!!!!
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My favorite of Stephen King's books, by far. Not light, easy-to-read fare, but well worth the time it may take you to get through this book. It tells the story of an America wiped out by a genetically engineered super-virus, leaving only a small percentage of the population alive. King quickly focuses in on a small number of those left alive, who come from diverse backgrounds, but band together to form a new society. He tells the story of their fight to learn how to survive in this new world and also their fight against evil forces which are still at work.

Simply incredible.
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Great book!
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I have a love/hate relationship with this novel. If I could go back in time to 1994 and keep myself from watching the miniseries until I had read the novel, it might be more love than hate. As it stands, there's no way around the fact that I can't imagine my own world within the story, and I will always see Stu as Gary Sinese (and he clearly isn't meant to be). Most importantly, Randall Flagg cannot be menacing to me because of Jamie Sheridan, who was not frightening in the least.

It shouldn't detract from the story for me, but it does. The characters and situations in the novel that weren't included in the movie kept me hanging on, and able to put some of my own vision into it. However, I found myself dissatisfied at the end. Flagg is "reborn" once again, and citizens of the free zone move on to start the process all over again. I feel as if it has rendered the last 400 pages pointless.
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This has got to be the BEST King book ever written. Nothing he has written has even come close.
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One of my faorite books of all time!
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This is an excellent read. Although it is long, it is well worth the time. Actually, if you are like me, you will devour it! I loved the way King developed the characters, and told the story from their own voice. It is a classic story of good vs evil as only Stephen King can tell it.
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The best King book you'll ever read. I read this book once a year and never tire of it.
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One of the best books I've ever read, in this genre. Even though its very long, i liked it so much, that i have read it twice.
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A typically chilling Stephen King novel, about the aftereffects of disease that kills 99% of its carriers. The way that King sets up his story as a battle between good and evil makes this novel an exciting, if long, read.
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In my opinion, this is the Best of King. Outstanding read.
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A killer virus is spreading, but a more terrifying evil is also unleashed! Scary!
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One of my favorite King Novels. A Little on the long side, but that's great because it is so much story. The characters are so personable you definetly get attached to them. And the story of a plague wiping out much of humanity triggering an epic battle between good and evil, really makes the mind work overtime.
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I've read this book twice and it was GREAT both times!
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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.
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Great book. One of the best books I have read.
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This is one of my all time favorite books! It's easy to imagine something like this happening. The characters are very well written and you get drawn into their story, and what happens to them, very quickly. It's scary to imagine some super flu or other disaster wiping almost everyone from the face of the earth.

If anyone watched the mini-series and liked it, this book is MUCH better as books always are. I highly recommend it!
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this is my favorite Stephan King book. this does not say if it is the original or the version put out later when the made for TV movie was made. the former is the better book. It is scary,particularly in today's world and will leave you with a different feeling about crows that took years for me to get over...LOL
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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 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 is my all-time favorite book, and one that I have read probably 15 or 16 times. Every time I read it I spot something new and interesting. King's characters really come alive and I found myself rooting for them every step of the way. He keeps you wanting to read more with every turn of the page. I suggest this book to everyone I know!
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1980 edition - I believe this was the 1st edition that came out. Cover is different, and is somewhat worn.
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The best Stephen King ever. Even if you don't like the way he does horror, you may be able to appreciate the story in this one. It's basically a survival story. What would you do if there were a handful of you left to begin society over again, knowing how flawed it was recently? I was so sad when it ended and felt as if all the characters were my friends.
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I laughed, I cried, I learned to spell moon. This book was great, much better than the mini-series. M-O-O-N, that spells a must read.
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I believe this to be an excellent book. There is a mistake in it regarding candy bar and I asked him about it on the air in a radio interview and he said it was a very funny story that came out of it. Paydays don't have chocolate and the Payday candy company sent a truck load to his house and dropped them off. But it is also reminiscent of the bible tho Stephen probably wouldn't think so. It is the ultimate battle of good and evil and good always triumphs. A great book.
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By far one of my favorite books. Stephen King was in his prime when he wrote this. Yes, it's long and yes it's complex, but such a classic story of good v. evil written in such a way that you are kept guessing even as the pieces begin to fall together. The merging of several story lines as you read the book keeps you moving through it very quickly.
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As a long-time Stephen King fan, I was SUPER excited to read this book. However, I had a hard time getting into the story line for the first half of the book. The bit-and-pieces of the story started to come together about half way through the book and then I could hardly put it down. Overall, definitly worth the read. :)
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My absolute favorite book, I highly recommend it. I'd post it on my bookshelf, if it didn't cost so much to send.
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Pretty bad book, and it dragged on forever.
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King at his best.
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A killer plauge moves form coast to coast as the population seeks safety. Then agreater evil arises to threaten the survivors. Now this group of men and women must battle and make a STAND
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Wonderful book, good condition.
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Re-read this one several times as there is soooo much more here than in the movie.
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another favorite. really engrossing.
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This was a good book, but man was it dreary. Not sure why I'm surprised! I found it hard to get through all the gruesome stuff, to be honest. This particular version of the book includes original text that ended up getting edited out because the publishers determined that it made the book too long.
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It\'s been awhile since I read this but I remember it being suspenseful. Intricate plotting & interesting characters.
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A great but disturbing story from a great writer
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My all time favorite King .... good vs evil
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For years "The Stand" has mocked me, weighing down my bookshelves with its massive girth, visions of Gary Sinise, cornfields, and the Holland Tunnel littered with corpse filled cars dancing through my mind whenever I glanced upon its creased spine. I was a rather sheltered lad of 14 years old when the TV mini-series came out, and sadly other than a few commercials advertising the series, I never got around to watching it.

For years and years this book followed me around, from bookshelf to bookshelf, from apartment to apartment, from state to state, yearning to be cracked open and spew its plethora of dystopian fiction all over me. Finally, on a crisp October evening, around that one and only time of the year that I always get an itch to read a Stephen King novel, I dragged the book out of the grooves it had worn into the wooden bookshelf and began what would turn out to be a three month long odyssey into a world ravaged by a plague unlike any other the human race has ever encountered.

As the plague began terrorizing the planet, with early symptoms akin to that of the common cold, a funny thing started happening to me. I began noticing myself becoming alarmed when those around me began sneezing or sniffling. I'd catch myself in the act and think about how ridiculous it was for me to be having such reactions, but then I'd encounter another sneeze and react the same way. Can you imagine my reaction when I caught myself sneezing? You see, the beauty of "Captain Tripps", as the plague is referred to throughout the book, is just how frighteningly plausible the whole thing is, especially in the times we live in today.

Having only a vague knowledge of the The Stand's plot, I was pleasantly surprised by how much of the story focused on the plague's aftermath and the survivors' attempts to rebuild society in its wake. I've always been a fan of novels with expansive lists of characters and King did not disappoint me, as I was introduced to tons of characters, some good and some evil, all of whom are fighting to survive in a bleak new world.

Oddly enough I began reading this book at a time in my life when I found myself busier than ever, and as such it took me much longer to read than I would have liked. Because of this, I began to forget some of the details of less important plot lines, who some of the more minor characters were, etc. As you can imagine, this became somewhat of a problem as I had to piece through 1,100 + pages to find that one key detail that I'd forgotten. I can't blame King though for my apparent lack of cognitive skills. The Stand really is a damn good book and thankfully lived up to the lofty expectations that I had for it.
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a big book but good scifi
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Long, long book with a familiar theme. There were some good characterizations, but overall I thought the writing and plot development were just average. While this one was worth reading, several other post-apocalyptic books have done better with characters, plot, and general impact, in far fewer pages.
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Great read......one of my favorite books of all time.
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Okay, I really tried to like this book, have read it is supposed to be a "classic". NOT !! It was lousy and I finally gave up. Don't waste yout time.
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What's to say about this book. It is just the best book that Stephen King wrote. This a must read for any King fan. It is also just a great book in general
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The dust jacket has a different picture - one of 2 beings fighting. One has a sword, the other, hideous being, has a sickle.

1978 edition
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Imagine America devastated by a vast killer plague that moves form coast to coast. Imagine the countryside destroyed and great cities decimated as the entire population desperatly and futilely seeks safety. Imagine then an even greater evil rising to treaten 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 unforgettable characters, and his most supreme triumph.
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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 futiley 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.
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The book has a different cover than the one shown but has the same ISBN number.
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I started reading and never finished it. I do not know what it is about.