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The Stand Complete & Uncut Hardcover – 1989
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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.
I have owned many paperback copies of this book that have literally fallen apart due to reading too many time (if it is possible to read too much of anything)
I now have this book on my Kindle and my Computer so that I can read as often as I like and not worry about the "book" falling apart.
Very easy to see this story actually happening in today's world. This is a book with a story, plot, and characters that will keep you held in place and you will find yourself carrying this book with you to find the time to read it.
NOW, there is a TV mini-series that was well done even with the changes and the fact the screen writers combined multiple characters into one. The story stayed true. If you have the hours to watch the TV version of the story go for it, just read the book first!
NOW, I am finding that this book is being made into a motion picture. I have very mixed feelings about this- I find no way that the story could be fix into a two hour movie. Guess I will have to wait and see what happens with it.
Otherwise, if you haven't read this book- Go get it now and start before the summer time is over!
This novel has three basic, the Outbreak, the Rebuild, and the Confrontation. The outbreak is easily the best part, as King explains how humanity was decimated by a super-flu virus. The amount of nightmare fuel in this chunk of the book is mind-blowing. The other two sections are interesting, but not in the same way. Rebuild shows how the surviving characters, who you should hopefully care about, attempt to put society back together in Colorado, while societies outcasts and villains do the same in Las Vegas. It also puts you inside the head of the stories villains in the best possible way. If you like the characters and the world building, you may like this section even more than the first. Finally, the last section has the heroes take a, dare I say it, 'Stand' against the forces of darkness.
So, why the one star off? Well, while I did like this expanded addition, I will admit it could have been shorter without missing much. This especially hits the last third of the book hard, where half of what happened after the climax could have been cut. The book also had a classic problem of having side characters with far more personality the the heroes. Fortunately, most of the heroes own chapters focus heavily on the side characters, so it doesn't hold them back much.
Overall, definitely a great King book. Buy it now!
To me, the most interesting part of the book is the dissolution of society once the flu takes hold. Yes, the scenes described are horrifying, but in my minds eye, as I read them, they are fascinating and plausible. King's description of America disintegrating was gripping, making you think about what could happen should a similar plague hit the world in the future.
The aftermath was interesting, with the main characters finding their place in the new world order and the conclusion fits the underlying theological current that runs through the book.
This book is what convinced me to read the Dark Tower Saga; it further peaked my interest in King's other novels. For that alone, I love it.
One of my favorites and well worth the read!