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The Stand

A Novel
King, Stephen (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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After a virus kills most of the people in the world, a handful of survivors choose sides-- a world of good led by 108-year-old Mother Abigail-- or evil led by a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.
Authors: King, Stephen, 1947-
Title: The stand
a novel
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2012, p1990
Edition: Complete and uncut ed., first Anchor Books ed
Characteristics: xii, 1153 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen King
Notes: "Anchor Books."
Originally published in 1978
Summary: After a virus kills most of the people in the world, a handful of survivors choose sides-- a world of good led by 108-year-old Mother Abigail-- or evil led by a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.
ISBN: 0307947300
9780307947307
Branch Call Number: FICTION KING 2012
Subject Headings: Biological warfare Research Fiction Epidemics Fiction Influenza United States Fiction End of the world Fiction Good and evil Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Science fiction
Topical Term: Biological warfare
Epidemics
Influenza
End of the world
Good and evil
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Stephen King's lengthy novels are sure to help you pass the time in airport purgatory. The Stand is one of my favorites. After a virus kills most of the people in the world, a handful of survivors choose sides-- a world of good led by 108-year-old Mother Abigail-- or evil led by a man with a le... Read More »


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Aug 22, 2013
  • Clio33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I re-read the complete and uncut edition again after almost 20 years, and loved it just as much as the first time.

Mar 03, 2013
  • MCinnamon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

an epic must read of King's. I've read this one 3 times, once every 5 years.

Jan 23, 2013
  • kittybay rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is, beyond a doubt, the best book he ever wrote. Someone asked me once, "I've never read any of his books, which should I read first..." I of course, said The Stand!

Dec 06, 2012
  • Sarah1952 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my all-time favorite books.

Jun 25, 2012
  • tonyx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

one of my favorite books. This is amazing

Apr 24, 2012
  • hatchetgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I checked this out while sick with the flu figuring it would be a good way to pass the time while prone. HA. I thought I was going to die.
(I was in the seventh grade at the time heh)

Apr 22, 2012
  • whs8360 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome book, nothing else to say.

Mar 25, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you ever intend to read The Stand by Stephen King, do not, I repeat, do not start with the 1990 complete and uncut edition. The original 1978 publication is 823 pages and is the one the fans fell in love with. This version, the one I'm reviewing, is more or less King's original (unedited) manuscript, clocking in at 1153 pages, and holy cow does it drag in the middle.

To the reviewers who claim the first and last 200 pages are all you need to read: I'm inclined to agree. To the readers, and there are many, who started with good intentions and gave up somewhere in the 523-page middle called Book II: I feel your pain and suspect you are smarter than me for knowing when enough is enough. If you do decide to muscle through to the end, I'm happy to report the last portion, Book III, is classic King and a pleasure to read.

Mar 05, 2012
  • Blue_Horseshoe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To me - simply his best work.

Dec 20, 2011
  • loudem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This long book doesn't need a vast analysis. This is King best book ever. Profound, human, and prophetic (?), I cannot find any other author with as much craftsmanship. Period. This book will never be dated or out of fashion. It's a book for the ages. And, hopefully, the premise will never comes to pass.

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Jul 12, 2011
  • GalaxieBlast rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is why Stephen King is considered the master of the horror genre.

It has it all; horror, gore, violence, comedy, suspense, romance, and drama. This is a vast book that I enjoyed completely. Over 1,000 pages of fun!!

I completely recommend this book to anyone that wants a challenging and exciting read.

I give this a 10/10.

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