The Stand

The Stand

Book - 2011
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Publisher: New York : Gramercy Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780307947307
Branch Call Number: Fiction King
Characteristics: 1153 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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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.

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.

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PimaLib_WilliamB Apr 28, 2015

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Sep 21, 2020

Released in 1978, King's apocalyptic novel, even at a whopping 1200-plus pages, had been trimmed by 150,000 words. This is the restored version published in 1990. It is back to almost 1200 pages. There is much more character development - like a good wine, much more full bodied. I am not sure I can read it all in 3 weeks, given the fact I am such a slow reader.

Aug 25, 2020

Perhaps not the most beginner-friendly Stephen King book, but it is one of his most memorable works. There are characters and moments in this book that will stick with you for years after you put it down.

Jul 29, 2020

This is a book that hits closer to home in 2020. One of King's greatest books!

Apr 20, 2020

The Dark Tower series was meant to be King's Lord of the Rings. But I think he captures the feeling better here, where large scale events are the set up for a pretty clear-cut good vs. evil story. This is my favorite King novel. The 1,200 pages fly by.

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.

Nov 16, 2019

My most favourite book of all time.

Nov 05, 2019

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

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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Jun 11, 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

Mar 21, 2016

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

Mar 21, 2016

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


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Jul 02, 2020

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.

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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