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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
Entirely engrossing and possibly (well, probably) Stephen King's finest. I'll never go into a tunnel again without this book flashing through my mind.Published 3 hours ago by Elizabeth Phillips
Stephen King is a great writer, but this uncut version sometimes drags on a scene forever. Sometimes he uses 2 pages to describe someone's imagination, or what that someone would... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Hanyu Zhang
Item as described, easy purchase, shipping as promised, and communication was good.Published 2 days ago by James M Jones
I first read The Stand 20 years ago and loved it then as now. Of course, this is the original version before it was cut prior to the first printing.Published 3 days ago by Tom
Tension builds slowly. So slowly you don't even notice until it's 2am in the morning and you shoulders are tight. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Brianna Priestly
I'm a DieHard fan of Mr. King. This is one of my favorite's even though it takes me a year to read it each time.Published 3 days ago by W. L. Pritchett
Possibly my favorite Stephen King novel ever. If you ever want a 'what if' type scare of as situation that could possibly happen...read this book.Published 4 days ago by Crookedsky