Arguably the greatest horror novel ever written by the greatest horror novelist, this is a true Modern Classic that was first published in 1978, and then re-published in 1990, complete and unabridged, with 150,000 words cut from the first edition restored, and now accompanied by unusual and imaginative line art. The total copies for both editions, in hardcover and paperbac...more
I first read THE STAND in the early 80's. It was during the Christmas break- I lived out in the boonies with my family, and after the holiday hoopla was over -I planted myself in my favorite chair and sat there for 4 days devouring every page-(only leaving for bathroom breaks, meals and sleep).
30+ years later my reading experience was a little different. I read it with my Goodreads friend Lisa- who had the uncut version, while I had the original- I stopped and started ...more
This book is no exception. Maybe the overall story didn't change, but in my opinion, it's not as cohesive and brilliant and nuanced a story as the one that ...more
It's a long bloody book, and, to be honest, I'd forgotten much of it. But my initial thoughts were, it's gonna take me quite a while to wade through this. Wha ...more
"The Stand" is obviously a large canvas, and on it both King's strengths and weaknesses are magnified. His talent for creating and fleshing out characters really shines through, though some characters disappe ...more
I think about many of the characters and scenes from this book even now years later. I think it's a great place to begin reading King.
No real review as its been too long since my last read, but I do remember being on the edge of my seat more than once eager to see how it was all going to play out.
I also seem to remember watching people closely if they sneezed or coughed lol.
The inciting incident of the novel (which I think is pretty much public knowledge) is the accidental release of of a super-flu which threatens to kill of most of humanity, from there the plot spins and divides into several threads encompassing three general narrative arcs:
1. A sci-fi/ post-apocalypse story about what happens to society after a major collapse.
2. A "Book of Revelations" s ...more
Pretty good characters and descriptions. Only 37 hours to go I figure. I read part of this as a kid. I remember something about a chubby kid with triangle eyes, who didn't exercise his social mind, and didn't like some guy talking to the lady he had a crush on. Even before the book was expanded, I didn't have the discipline to finish it. I saw the ending on tv. Oh boy.
Chap 8: Wow. I can see other writers putting: 'And the disease spread.'
Hey, I found an old version, only 800 pages. And ...more
Just began reading this again and it is funny how much I recall instantly and yet how many little scenes I completely forgot. Like the guy in the disease center looking at all the bodies over the video camera and thi ...more
My favorite character back then was (of course) Fran Goldsmith. 99.6% of the populace is dead of plague and many of the leftovers are psychos -- but she's pregnant. Now, I don't like her so much (especially since Molly Ringworm keeps invading my mind), but you gotta admire the maternal, even in you're not.
My favorite character now is Big Ste ...more
But, it's worth it. I have a morbid kind of love affair with post-apocalyptic fiction. I do not find doomsday scenarios to be much of a stretch. With what human beings are capable of, creating a soupe ...more
Unfortunately, everyone doesn't just get alon ...more
It was fun to spend some time with these characters; not all the good guys live, but the good guys win and the bad guys get the hurt put on them.
I'm thinking I might read McCarthy's The Road next and see how these "apocalyptic" novels compare.
I first started reading King when I was around 7 or 8 years old. I used to live a few blocks from a comic book store, and every time I got my allowance, I would head right to that shop and buy as many comics as I could for however few bucks I had in my pocket. One day my mom said something along the lines of: "If you like comics so much, you might wanna try reading this book called 'The Talisman' (Stephe ...more
Narrator did a wonderful job! I enjoyed listening to this as much as I have reading it over and over.
However, it was still an excellent book.