The Stand

The Stand

eBook - 2008
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Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published. A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world's population within a few weeks. Those 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 peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.(This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand: The Complete And Uncut Edition.)From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: 2008
ISBN: 9780385528856
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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 ... Read More »


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susan_findlay
Jan 01, 2020

The best word I can think of to describe this book is "epic". It's absolutely huge, and it tells the story of the world almost ending. It has good and evil, love and hatred, sickness and health, life and death (mostly death), sex, drugs, rock and roll. And a heroic dog. Somewhere in there was probably a paragraph about the kitchen sink!

That said, despite the immense length, I was never bored. I never felt like "that chapter really didn't need to be there". There wasn't constant page-turning suspense but, really, what reader could cope with that for 1150 pages straight?

This book has two overarching plots - "everyone gets sick and dies" and "good vs evil" - with a large number of subplots running under each of them. They were both very thoroughly explored and the details were reasonably plausible (after the initial suspension of disbelief required for the psychic component of the good vs evil part of the story).

I never got overly attached to any of the characters, but there was enough character development to keep me along for the ride. I didn't fall in love with this book, but I liked it. If there's a movie, I will never watch it; would be way too much gore for me. :-)

FPL_Amy Nov 22, 2019

If you only ever read one Stephen King book, this should be it. A must read for anyone who likes the post-apocalyptic genre.

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jceebee
Nov 16, 2019

My most favourite book of all time.

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Cdh2121
Nov 05, 2019

A GREAT, LONG & COMPLEX Tale of Good vs Evil.

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STARFLOWER89
Jun 12, 2019

this full edition is 1150 pages long and i love long reads so this book is perfect!

ArapahoeKarenQB Jul 23, 2018

This is my favorite Stephen King book by far! I listened to it on Overdrive instead of reading it, and it took a while, but it was so amazing, I was sad when it was over. Great writing and a wonderful story.

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Rorybird
Jul 03, 2018

It took me five weeks to read this sucker and I'm extremely glad I did! The Dome and The Stand are my favorites now. I prefer the uncut versions. There is sexual stuff, drug stuff, and overall I wouldn't suggest it for young readers because it's pretty out there but I really loved it. The ending/ build to the ending was amaaaazing.

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tcowans
Mar 28, 2018

Honestly , I really didn’t finish with my book I’m on page 317 but what I really got so far is when Larry was in a gang with other people to get some money for medicine.He was force to steal money from people houses.

So he did.He break through people windows, cars, and even rob a bank. All of that just he can get money.His mother don’t know about it , he also knows that he left her home by herself and he doesn’t know if she’s okay.

Now Rita is now was part of the crew and working with Larry.Rita is also one of the crews sisters and now he wants Larry and Rita rob a bank together.

Now today was the day when he was in the bank with Rita and now he is yelling “ EVERYBODY GET DOWN OR I’LL SHOOT.Rita was getting money from the register and the safe while Larry was watching his and Rita’s back.

After that he heard the police.Larry was shocked.Heart was beating racefully , sweating hard like water draining from the sink.He said” Forget this crap I’m out of here.Rita yelled “ where are you going you. Come back” Larry didn’t want to hear it he ran the back of the building and now the police got her and arrested her.

Ever since he left the crew saw Larry and the Leader said” Where’s Rita”. Larry honestly answered “ I left her. He was mad and the crew jumped on him with his face all messed up face swolled and full with dark blood.After that they kidnapped him and kept him.

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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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STARFLOWER89
Jun 11, 2019

Sexual Content: 10/10 well its the end of the world what do you expect?...

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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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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

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

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

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JihadiConservative
Mar 21, 2016

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

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STARFLOWER89
Jun 11, 2019

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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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