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The Stand

King, Stephen (Book - 1990 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Stand

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This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail -- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man. In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand , the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript. Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.
Authors: King, Stephen, 1947-
Title: The stand
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, 1990
Edition: Complete & uncut ed
Characteristics: xviii, 1153 p., [11] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm
ISBN: 0385199570
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kin
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Report This 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.

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  • AgentOrange rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

1400+pgs. I couldn't put the book down. Each sentence had action, or purpose. Kurt Vonnegut, a great writer of a different type, has a guideline on how to write a great story, King hits on all 8 points.

Report This 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!

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  • Sarah1952 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my all-time favorite books.

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  • tonyx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

one of my favorite books. This is amazing

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  • 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)

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

Awesome book, nothing else to say.

Report This 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.

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

To me - simply his best work.

Report This 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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Report This 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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