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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
Come on, Stephen King is a master of horror and this is probably his best looong novel. I'm an author myself so for me this is like a fine dessert that I can only afford once in a... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Jax Spenser
My goodness. Where to begin? I read this book for the first time when I was 20, about 9 years ago. And it literally changed everything. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Erin Funk
Really enjoyed the book and the characters. Sometimes a little too descriptive for me.Published 1 day ago by Libby
One of my all time favorite books. This is an extended version with a bit more detail, made it fun to read again.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Read it many years ago and it's still just as good.Published 1 day ago by Jacqueline Mendez
This is an epic novel of plague and good and evil. What draws people to one side or the other? This is King's best and it is utterly gripping, with well-drawn characters you care... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Donna J. Normington
I've always considered this to be King's masterpiece. It's the crowning achievement of his already illustrious career. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dr. Sarah Brenning
Looked the first one, but loved this one.. Two thumbs up for King. Hope many more to come,that are this GOOD.Published 3 days ago by Unknown