Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by virus and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.
Soon to be a television series.
'THE STAND is a masterpiece' (Guardian). Set in a virus-decimated US, King's thrilling American fantasy epic, is a Classic.
First come the days of the virus. Then come the dreams.
Dark dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.
His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.
When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn't take long for the virus which killed him to spread across America and the world.
In its 1978 incarnation, The Stand was a healthy, hefty 823-pager. Now, King and Doubleday are republishing The Stand in the gigantic version in which, according to King, it was originally written. Not true . The same excellent tale of the walking dude, the chemical warfare weapon called superflu and the confrontation between its survivors has been updated to 1990, so references to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Reagan years, Roger Rabbit and AIDS are unnecessarily forced into the mouths of King's late-'70s characters. That said, the extra 400 or so pages of subplots, character development, conversation, interior dialogue, spiritual soul-searching, blood, bone and gristle make King's best novel better still. A new beginning adds verisimilitude to an already frighteningly believable story, while a new ending opens up possibilities for a sequel. Sheer size makes an Everest of the whole deal. BOMC selection, QPB main selection.
I first read the stand in my teens and at 41 just finished it again for the 8th time and still it captures you and can't be put down until the end.
You can really imagine how something like the "captain tripps flu" would hit and put yourself into the situations the characters find themselves in.
5 stars classic novel that is a must read over and over again.
Stephen King,s best novel. The epic fantasy is
Packed full of great characters, good and evil.
People to admire and even relate too.
From a first time Stephen King reader
I decided to give this a read after I read The Fireman by Joe Hill (King's son). For fans of this book, I highly recommend The Fireman!
For first time readers of this book, it certainly isn't 300 pages as iTunes description says, it's well over 1,500. Despite that, I found the book surprisingly succeeded in keeping me drawn in and wanting to finish it, which is not a small feat for a book that was published in the late 1970s, 15 years before I was born, though you would not know it.
In typical Stephen King theme, and with the book being of the horror/thriller genre, it certainly doesn't lack dark and heavy moments and lives up to its genre.
This was my first time reading through this novel, and I haven't read the original version, but I do have to comment a small warning - there was a scene that I found disturbingly graphic, involving the rape of a disabled/mentally ill man with an object that I would have preferred to skip over had I known, but I understand why it has a place in the book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend to select people. It's one I won't forget anytime soon and can certainly see myself reading again.