When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emergeMother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a community in Bould...more
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After a bio-engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a U.S. government lab, it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to s ...more
I'm sorry. I just don't like you in that way. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just never developed those kind of feelings for you, even after eleven hundred pages. I feel like we only moved forward in fits and stops, and we were just never able to sustain a kind of even-handed development of the kind of chills and thrills a person really likes. Shock someone enough times with snot running out of their nose, and it just becomes a little meaningless. And there are onl ...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
It's about almost everyone in the world basically catching a bad case of the Plague and dropping dead. This premise doesn't seem very far-fetched, which could make it either more or less entertaining, depending on your temperment.
Here's my opinion about good old Stevie King: he's got a real problem with endings. He'll spin these long, terrific stories, but way too often they're all ba ...more
The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.
So I finally finished this gigantic brick. This freakin' gigantic heavy brick, and all I can say is, this is probably the best freakin' brick ever made. With a heaping 1439 pages, this book managed to hurt both my wrists, and probably injured some of my fingers. That's the price I had to pay to read this amazing novel. I never thought that I wouldn't finish this, fuck it I never even though ...more
None of them match King's calibre as a story-teller. They don't even come close.
If somebody spins an intriguing tale, his characters get in the way of my enjoyment of it.
If somebody excels at characterization, his plotting is rather unconvincing.
If somebody plots a story well, then his writing turns out to be flat.
The subtitle of The Stand really should be A Very Norman Rockwell Apocalypse. It’s a political fantasy set in the aftermath of a GM plague: a mutating flu virus with 99.4% transmissibility. Needless to say, 75% of the world’s population dies. ...more
It's hard to know where to begin when writing about this book, probably because I work under the assumption that everyone has read it. But I guess that's what everyone thinks about their favor ...more
This had to have been in 1981 or so, because that’s the year MTV debuted, back then they played music videos on Music Television and probably had about ten or so they kept playing over and over. Well, I’m on the pull out couch in the family room with MTV playing (it made me feel better to see the ...more
This book is why King will never be 'great' but will always be read - like Conan Doyle. This has all the King themes except for the clowns, though the theme of the rictus grin on the face of the bad guy and the trickster element suggests that this archetype is central to the King world view.
It is peculi ...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
Now, I have to tell a quick story on this one and I promise this will (probably not) be the last time I tell it to intro a review for a Stephen King novel. This is THE novel I hated so I figure it has to be told here if anywhere.
A number of years ago, I was in Borders and that tells ...more
It's too damn long. It meanders from scene to scene. I'm glad that I'm finally done with it.
But I can't, in good conscience, give this book 3 stars, because these characters are simply masterful. The Stand features more than ten complete character arcs, and I'm confident that Stu Redman, Franny Goldsmith, Harold Lauder, Glen Bateman, Kojak, Larry Underwood, Nadine Cross, Judge Farris, Nick Andros, Tom Cullen, The Trashcan Man, and Randall Flagg will a ...more
“Show me a man or a woman alone and I'll show you a saint. Give me two and they'll fall in love. Give me three and they'll invent the charming thing we call 'society'. Give me four and they'll build a pyramid. Give me five and they'll make one an outcast. Give me six and they'll reinvent prejudice. Give me seven and in seven years they'll reinvent warfare. Man may have been made in the image of God, but human society was made in the image of His opposite number, and is always trying to get back...more
Mi libro favorito de Stephen King: Apocalipsis.
En realidad son dos mis favoritos, pero el otro es porque acarrea 6 libros anteriores. Este empieza y termina en un solo tomo.
Apocalipsis es un libro descomunal, ya sea por las páginas como por la historia. Empieza a toda potencia; si abren el libro sólo para leer la primera carilla, prepárense para llegar al menos a la página 100.
Nadie puede decir lo que ocurre entre la persona que fuiste y la ...more
If y ...more
Amazing writing and development, but it was so lengthy that the good bits got lost in a sea of utter crap. Not worth reading. Ending is quite disappointing. I was going to give it two stars for it wasn't that horrible really, but it wasted a lot of my precious time and therefore it gets one star. Nothing more.
Old review (back when it was unfinished):
I finished about half of this book (which is a million pages), and I am suddenly feeling very unmotivated to finish it. Don't get me wrong, Stephen ...more
The Stand was fantastic from beginning to end. I will say, for those who haven't read it, the first third of the book can get a little confusing for the reader, just trying to keep everyone and their stories separate. But, once you get familiar with everyone, its not difficult. (Maybe this just happened to me.)
This book is the ultimate Good vs. Evil novel. If you want a wild ride, this is probably the book for yo ...more
Audiobook – Narrated by Grove Gardner – Excellent narration
I’ve only listened to the audio once. Grove Gardner does an excellent job, but after many rereads of the book the characters are fixed in my head and I like them just fine the way they are.
Many, many years ago I made numerous attempts to read this book (the original) and just couldn’t get in to it. I remember complaining to my daughter (she loved it) and her telling me to “start the damn thing again” and not to give up until I r ...more
I! READ! THE! STAND!!!!!
This may not seem like such a big deal to anyone (with the exception of Delee), but I assure you it is. I've been wanting to read this book for years (20+ years. shhhhh...). I've been putting it off all this time because I let its epic length and teeny font size intimidate me too much. I saw it as a major undertaking. Also I had built it up as the GREATEST book I've never read, so it had a lot to live up to. Well, now I'm done. Did it live ...more
This is one of my comfort books. The characters are like family to me, and I feel like I know them all as well as I know myself. There is something magical in the way that King writes that allows his characters to just step right off the page and int ...more
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