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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.
I love this book. It is in my top three favorite books of all time. It pains me that King says it's not his favorite book. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Monica Poole
Slow paced at start, then it blends nice, very interesting.Published 1 day ago by juandiego salazar
this is the 6th or 7th time I have read this book. Stephen King is my all time favorite author!!Published 2 days ago by Anjie Hodges
Probably the best of King. I have read this book more times than I can count and will read it again and again.Published 2 days ago by J. Galle
Having never read the original release, I can't make a comparison. I read this book over two separate spans of time. I read the first half of this book in the fall of 2014. Read morePublished 2 days ago by McGrady
I love this book. This is the third time I've read it and each time I discover something I missed before. To me this is one of King's best books.Published 3 days ago by Diana Kilgore
The forward of this book explains that when the book was originally published, the publisher required King to edit several hundred pages from the story to make it commercially... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Raftice - Avid Reader
I've read a lot of King books. This one took awhile as I spent a lot of time wandering in my own mind. Isn't that what reading is all about?Published 4 days ago by dih02840
I am a late-blooming SK fan and just only got around to reading the Stand. I cannot compare it to a previous version but I can say that on it's own it is fiction perfection.Published 4 days ago by Sunny Rosario