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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
I've always loved post-apocalyptic books/stories and this is one of best ones out there (even thought there's a lot of "god" and good vs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Andres
This book takes dedication. It's incredibly long. I'm about half way through it. I only bought it because I read a review on Stephan King's top characters and the villain in this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by c..dalton
This is the classic end of world novel. The first 3/4 is as good as it gets.I have found the ending a bit long and the climatic event in Vegas rather hard to believe. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve Payne
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 6 months 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 7 months ago by Lisa Adams