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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
This is the first book I've read by Stephen King and all I can say is omg. I laughed, got scared, cried, but the ride was amazing! Definitely a book that will be re read !!!Published 4 hours ago by Alexandria trafford
If you have not read this book something is seriously wrong with you.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not going to go on about plots, characters or interpretations - there are more than enough amateur critics that are more than happy to break it all down for you. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cassidy
You would have to be a King diehard to enjoy this book. I love King the person but this juggernaut is overwritten, confusing in its intent, contradictory, and wasteful of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bently52
This book's reading is great, but the author is anti military and do not recommend it to anyone
who is military or anyone who believes in their country or has fought for their... Read more
Great book I love reading Stephen Kings books he is great with all the characters. Only down side is the ending a little quick for the walking man part. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Steve smith