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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 text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is Stephen King at his best. Excellent characters and a good vs. evil story.Published 6 hours ago by P. J. Verderame
The Stand is a classic and well worth the read. This was my second read since my first time reading this as a young teenager. Still just as relevant and thought-provoking.Published 6 hours ago by DocHazzard
I was challenged by one of my friends to read The Stand, and let me tell you, at more than a whopping 1300 pages, it took me exactly a month to finish this incredible read! Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Books4Tomorrow
The Dark Tower series is still my favorite from King, but this book lived up to the hype (Flagg is one of the best villains in print). Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sean Lynott
Stephen King can be repetitious, verbose, and sometimes it seems as though he's writing for a high school audience. But he also has his genius. Read morePublished 2 days ago by micki SCHLOSS
I may have read this several times over the years but it's still one of my favorite "go to" books.Published 2 days ago by Michael H. Patterson
I have not read this book in years and the second time around is even better!!Published 2 days ago by Teresa Fein
I've read both versions of this story and I love both. I found it interesting that I got different perspectives on the characters in each. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer