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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 book is near and dear to my heart. I first read the edited version when it was first published. It was my first Stephen King experience and I was hooked for life. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
King spins a classic tale of good versus evil. A flu virus is released from a U.S. Military facility and all hell breaks loose on earth, ushering in an "end times"... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Invisible Man
I read The Stand when I was relatively young. Older, wiser and a little more learned, I feel it has stood the test of time, despite (or maybe because of) the additions. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Stefanie Teeter
One of my all time favorite Stephen King books. This was my fifth read (second time of the extended version). You won't be sorry with the time investment. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ravenous Reader
Excellent read....once you start, it's hard to put it down before the book is done.Published 7 days ago by Michelle Holmes