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The Stand Paperback – August 7, 2012
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"A master storyteller."
--Los Angeles Times
"[The Stand] has everything. Adventure. Roman. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!"
--The New York Times Book Review
"As brilliant a dark dream as has ever been dreamed in this century."
--Palm Beach Post
“An undisputed master of suspense and terror.”
—The Washington Post
“King is one of the most powerful storytellers we have. His work satisfies on first reading and is even better the second time around.”
“Crackling . . . with explosive climaxes.”
—The Boston Globe
“[For] those who like their horror on a humongous scale.”
—Los Angeles Times
—The Observer (London)
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey’s Story; Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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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.
It's totally engrossing, and very interesting in enough different ways that you just don't get tired of working your way through all those damn pages. A great premise, great plot development, interesting and believable characters, and a scope that constantly reminds how transient we all are. Great stuff that got ME so involved that when I went to hospital for a relatively normal visit, I was ACUTELY aware of everyone who coughed or sneezed, and though I snickered at myself almost immediately for my temporary transportation from reality to plot, the snicker wasn't quite as immediately convincing as it might have been. So, yeah, it was THAT engrossing.
I don't understand the comments people leave about King being too verbose in certain parts. In my opinion, this is leading me further into the character's state of mind and actions related to that. I don't think it dragged at all, and I love all the characters.
I would say that only one thing I would have liked a bit more on was the history on Randall Flagg from his own point of view. Other than that, it still gets 5 stars from me.
I think it is a little different take on the end-of-the-world stuff, I had hoped for some stronger ties with the T, after all, R.F. (those who know, know) but there is very little in this regard.
This book had many good parts, had some not so good too and even had some dragging pieces on it. I never did read the "shorter and older" version, but I can see some wisdom in an editor that decided to trim some of the stuff away, there are some parts that I wouldn't miss. There is also one scene I shall strive to forget as soon as possible.
The story is still great and more than worth reading.
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After many years of watching The Stand mini-series it was good to finally read the book and read more about the characters and get to see...Read more