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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
Many people think The Stand is King's best book. I think that is because he incorpperates some more traditional values. ie, Christianity and the american way. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by John S Mical
Great story that pulls you in so far as you can't escape it. Characters you can't help but know. A story big enough for a series.Published 3 days ago by Dan
This book was so good. But it was Stephen King, so of course it was! I really liked how there were multiple story lines to follow. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Miranda Wideman
A thoroughly thought provoking, addictive read. Filled with King's sweet irony, and religious and philosophical undertones. I could not put it down.Published 9 days ago by Ash