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The Stand Complete and Uncut Paperback – 1990
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This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen.
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I won't give away anything, I'll only say take your time and enjoy the ride with King's epic. I loved every word.
My only gripe is that the dates of the setting should not have been changed to the 1990's. This makes absolutely no sense to me. Everything about this novel says that it should have been set in the 1970's or 1980's. Having said that, it took nothing away from my overall high opinion of this novel.
I hope King does not write a sequel to this. When you write a masterpiece like The Stand you should just get out and stay out...leave it alone because it will already stand the test of time and be remembered for almost forever...like Gone With the Wind, Lord of the Rings, etc etc. The Shining was a far better book than Doctor Sleep, and The Stand will be far far better than any sequel King might add. I'd also disapprove of King going back and editing any of his older novels like Tommyknockers.
Getting off topic. This was a masterpiece of a novel and I highly recommend it.
There is a warning before you even purchase the book that it is not the same as the previously published work because for this iteration King added back much, if not all, of what the publisher had previously demanded be edited for length. The addition does make the book long but I believe it makes the work better for it.
The final chapter adds a signature King ending and leaves us with the question of whether all the previous labors by the wonderfully rich "good-guy" characters has been for naught or if once again the basic theme of the book will again be realized down a road that could have easily led to another masterful story by this master storyteller.
*The Avid Reader
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