The Stand – Stephen King

the stand 2Stephen King is polarizing.  Some people love him; some people call him a hack.  I believe his work will survive, much like Shakespeare’s did, when authors with more literary acclaim will fade into antiquity because no one captures the essence of a period in time the way this man does.  In any case, love him or hate him, The Stand is a masterpiece — the ultimate showdown between good and evil.  The United States military releases a superflu that wipes out the majority of mankind.  Those few remaining have dreams, dreams that drive them either to the good side, embodied by 108-year-old Mother Abigail in Nebraska and then Boulder, Colorado, or the bad side, embodied by Randall Flagg in, where else, Las Vegas.  Eventually, the good must confront the evil or be destroyed themselves, they must … make their stand.

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6 thoughts on “The Stand – Stephen King

  1. Was thrilled when he re-released with new pages…this one is probably the one I’ve re-read the most. My other favorite good vs evil SK novel is The Talisman…another ‘go to’ when I’m in the mood to revisit an old favorite.

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    1. I love The Stand, probably one of my favorite books, definitely my favorite of Kings. I don’t think I’ve read The Talisman. I’ll have to give it a go. I also loved It and The Tommyknockers. I don’t have as much time for the epics anymore . . . sigh.

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      1. The Talisman has a sequel, The Black House…and neither is as big as The Stand…:) Honestly, I struggled with The Tommyknockers…not sure why, as I devour SK books. But that one didn’t grab me as they usually do. Perhaps I’ll give it another go…there could have been an external factor.

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