The StandBook - 2011
Stephen King&;s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting&;eerily plausible&;as when it was first published. The New York Times called it "the book that has everything. Adventure. Romance. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!"
Soon to be a limited series on CBS All Access
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.)
Baker & Taylor
A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who, while experiencing dreams of a battle between good and evil, move toward an actual confrontation as they migrate to Boulder, Colorado.
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From Library Staff
Standing in over 1000 pages (also in ebook) this incredible story by Stephen King "stands" as one of the greatest post-apocalyptic novels, adapted into a television series, and making the Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" immortal.
The ultimate in plague novels.
PimaLib_JB Jul 06, 2015
Okay, you might not think of Stephen King and romance at the same time, but hear me out...this post-apocalyptic story spends more pages on relationships, family, and community building than on the supernatural, or even the plague.
From the critics
Sexual Content: 10/10 well its the end of the world what do you expect?...
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.
Coarse Language: 10/10 Extremely strong and frequent-- Just about every swear word used on every page. Some sexual and other not.
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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It's the end of the world as we know it. A powerful disease has swept across the world, killing 99% of all living things on Earth. But there's more to it than that. The survivors of this deadly plague begin to have visions of two figures; a kind old woman and sinister dark man. Through messages these figures send in dreams, they effectively consolidate the two sides of the age old battle of good and evil.
This novel follows the point of view of multiple characters, all with their own struggles and motivators, including a deaf/mute man, a pregnant woman, a one-hit-wonder rockstar, a small-town meatpacker turned government person of interest, a pariahlike arsonist, and a murderer, to say a few, all linked by this single, profound event. Good and evil are analyzed and juxtaposed to show their true colors, and world-building has never been more eloquent as in "The Stand".
This is definitely my favorite book, an epic in so many ways, yet more engaging than any book this long deserves. This would be a must-read for anybody in my circle, even if just for the fact that it tells the story of so many lives so well.
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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