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The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.
"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke."
There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. --Fiona Webster
Same problem for me as King's IT, with too many main characters, but a much more enjoyable story with much more relateable characters and a vastly more interesting world.Published 11 days ago by Kevan
A type of superflu virus escapes from a military facility, spreads rapidly and kills 99% of humanity. The survivors come together in one of two camps: Good and Evil. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lisa Adams
diarrhea of the mouth a waste of 5 cents never mind 5 dollars, you will regret this purchasePublished 3 months ago by lockguy8
I've read this book three times, and yet each time I find myself drawn completely into King's mind. And what a mind it isPublished 4 months ago by Chris MacKechnie
Good vs Evil in a new unique way. Great story, great writing, great ending. I got the feeling that it was a bit bloated, maybe, that there were passages that could have been... Read morePublished 6 months ago by George Hird
Better the second time around. Stephen king actually made this book better. Could not put it down. Worth the money.Published 6 months ago by Binkie65
Few can doubt the sheer scope and scale of The Stand. If nothing else, it is a book of terrifying vision. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M Sockel