The Stand

The Stand By Stephen King is Ebook Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two

The Stand By Stephen King is Ebook Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.. 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 orThis 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.. Popular Books The Stand You know what’s really scary? Getting sick while you’re reading the first part of The Stand. Just try running a fever, going through a box of tissues and guzzling the better part of a bottle of NyQuil while Stephen King describes the grisly deaths of almost every one on Earth from a superflu. On top of feeling like crap, you'll be terrified. Bonus!After a bio-engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a U.S. government lab, it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to succumb to the disease. A handful of survivors are mysteriously immune and begin having strange dreams, some of which are about a very old woman called Mother Abigail asking them to come see her. More disturbing are nightmares about a mysterious figure named Randall Flagg also known as the Dark Man or the Walkin’ Dude.As they make their way through an America almost entirely devoid of people, the survivors begin to unite and realize that the flu was just the beginning of their problems. While some are drawn to the saintly Mother Abigail in Boulder Colorado who tells them that they have been chosen by God, others have flocked to Flagg in Las Vegas who is determined to annihilate all those who refuse to pledge their allegiance to him.If King would have just written a book about a world destroyed by plague and a small number of people struggling in the aftermath, it probably would have been a compelling story. What sets this one apart is the supernatural element. Flagg is the embodiment of evil and chaos. He's a mysterious figure who has been giving the wrong people the push needed for them to make things worse for everyone, and he sees the plague as his chance to fulfill his own destiny as a wrecker of humanity. And on the other side, we have God. Yep, that God. The Big Cheese himself. But this isn’t some kindly figure in a white robe with a white beard or George Burns or Morgan Freeman. This is the Old Testament God who demands obedience and worship while usually rewarding his most faithful servants with gruesome deaths. King calls this a tale of dark Christianity in his forward, and one of the things I love about this book is that it does feel like a Biblical story, complete with contradictions and a moves-in-mysterious-ways factor. Stories don’t get much more epic than this, and King does a great job of depicting the meltdown of the world through the stories of a variety of relateable characters. (Larry Underwood remains among my favorite King creations.) One of my few complaints is that this features a lot of King’s anti-technology themes that he’d use in several books like Cell or The Dark Tower series. We’re told repeatedly that the ‘old ways’ like trying to get the power back on in Boulder are a ‘death trip’. The good guys gather in the Rocky Mountains, but if they try to get the juice going so they won’t freeze to death in the winter, they’re somehow acting in defiance of God’s will and returning to the bad habits? Not all tech is bad tech, Mr. King. Nature is a bitch and will kill your ass quicker than the superflu.Here’s another thing I’m not wild about. When this was published in the late ‘70s, the bean counters at King’s publishers had decided that the book as written would be too pricey in hardback and no one would pay a whopping $13 for a Stephen King hardback. So King cut about three hundred pages.Around 1990 after it had become apparent that King could publish his shopping list as a best seller, he put those pages back in and released the uncut version. Which I’m fine with. The original stuff was cut for a financial reason, not an editorial one, and there’s some very nice bits of story added in. If King would have stopped there, we would have had a great definitive final version as originally created by the author.Unfortunately, he seemed to catch a case of Lucasitis and decided to update the story a bit and change its original time frame from 1980 to 1990. I’m not sure why that seemed necessary to him. Yes, the book was a bit dated by then, but it was of its time. He didn’t rewrite the text (Which I’m grateful for.), but just stuck in some references to Madonna and Ronald Reagan and Spuds McKenzie. This led to a whole bunch of anachronisms. Would students in 1990 call soldiers ’war pigs’? Someone in New York picks up a phone book to look up the number to call an ambulance instead of dialing 911? A song called Baby, Can You Dig Your Man is a huge hit? None of it quite fits together. There's also a layer of male chauvinism and lack of diversity that you can overlook in a book written in the late '70s, but seems out of place for a book set and updated for 1990.The things that irritate me are still far outweighed by one of my favorite stories of an apocalyptic battle between good and evil.I’m also glad to get a long overdue audio edition of this book. Great narration and 40+ hours of end of the world horror make for a damn fine listening experience.

  1. Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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  1. You know what s really scary Getting sick while you re reading the first part of The Stand Just try running a fever, going through a box of tissues and guzzling the better part of a bottle of NyQuil while Stephen King describes the grisly deaths of almost every one on Earth from a superflu On top of feeling like crap, you ll be terrified Bonus After a bio engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a U.S government lab, it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to succumb [...]


  2. Dear Stephen,I m sorry I just don t like you in that way I know we ve been friends for a long time, but I just never developed those kind of feelings for you, even after eleven hundred pages I feel like we only moved forward in fits and stops, and we were just never able to sustain a kind of even handed development of the kind of chills and thrills a person really likes Shock someone enough times with snot running out of their nose, and it just becomes a little meaningless And there are only so [...]


  3. Are 1100 pages enough to stop a bullet This was the question that came to mind when my roommate asked if I had anything to use as target practice for when we would go shooting Well, that was not the exact question More of a theoretical situation, really Suppose you are being shot at, and you have a paperback copy of the stand in your pocket, and that s where the bullet hit, would Stephen King s really thick novel be enough to stop the bullet and save your life I was determined to find out Some r [...]


  4. M O O N spells spectacular I first read THE STAND in the early 80 s It was during the Christmas break I lived out in the boonies with my family, and after the holiday hoopla was over I planted myself in my favorite chair and sat there for 4 days devouring every page only leaving for bathroom breaks, meals and sleep.30 years later my reading experience was a little different I read it with my friend Lisa who had the uncut version, while I had the original I stopped and started as she caught up th [...]


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  6. I never get tired of reading this book It s my absolute all time favorite reads Every once in a while I have to go back and read it again and againd it s just as good as the first time I read it those many years ago.1st ReviewThe end of the world where humanity takes a stand between good and evil I am a Stephen King fan and whilst I have read most of his books, The Stand has remained my all time favorite I read it when it was first published in 1978 and I was really happy when a longer and uncut [...]


  7. M O O N That spells Damn, what a great book I knew King had it in him, I am a fan of his brilliant 1977 haunted house thriller The Shining, but I did not expect this.The best post apocalyptic novel ever Maybe, that is a broad category teaming with great work from talented writers, but King s The Stand is an epic, genre defining work.My friend Michael has a profile statement, something to the effect of finding our next 5 star rating I like that sentiment, and am excited by the opportunity that ou [...]


  8. Humanity in general loves to play god trying to meddle in some very dangerous things Military is not an exception as they are obsessed with creating effective and devastating weapons Considering the progress from a simple stone to an atomic bomb we became quite efficient at killing others en masse Suppose we create a new virus which would make HIV look like a common flu Great, now we can let it loose, wait and have all the enemy infrastructure intact with all the people gone The problem is viru [...]


  9. The place where you made your stand never mattered Only that you were thered still on your feet So I finally finished this gigantic brick This freakin gigantic heavy brick, and all I can say is, this is probably the best freakin brick ever made With a heaping 1439 pages, this book managed to hurt both my wrists, and probably injured some of my fingers That s the price I had to pay to read this amazing novel I never thought that I wouldn t finish this, fuck it I never even thought of putting this [...]


  10. I read this book ages ago, but it s fresh in my mind every time I wind up stuck in traffic underneath the Hudson.It s about almost everyone in the world basically catching a bad case of the Plague and dropping dead This premise doesn t seem very far fetched, which could make it either or less entertaining, depending on your temperment.Here s my opinion about good old Stevie King he s got a real problem with endings He ll spin these long, terrific stories, but way too often they re all based in [...]


  11. Traveling Sister Reads Review by NORMA, BRENDA and KACEEY Let s take a stand against evil 5 epic stars for THE STAND by STEPHEN KING as we all thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience of reading this masterpiece of a novel together.With not too many of Stephen King s novels read and not really being all that familiar with his work, when we thought of King we thought of horror, disturbing, and very frightening came to our minds THE STAND is much than that and not what we expected at all as we al [...]



  12. One of the reasons why I would never club Stephen King together with any of the other best selling writers of his generation Grisham, Archer, Patterson, Sheldon and so on is this None of them match King s calibre as a story teller They don t even come close.If somebody spins an intriguing tale, his characters get in the way of my enjoyment of it.If somebody excels at characterization, his plotting is rather unconvincing.If somebody plots a story well, then his writing turns out to be flat And if [...]


  13. Full review now posted Original review can be found at Booknest.Rating 6 5 stars.Yes, you read that right Six out of five stars This is one of the best books I ve ever read M O O N, that spells phenomenal.Going into this book can be intimidating It s 1153 pages in its complete and uncut edition, making it one of King s largest books It is also considered by many King fans to be his best work There s disagreement, of course Some swear by King s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, while others hale IT as [...]


  14. I ve said before that romance fiction taps into a primal desire for comfort It s a fantasy, a snuggie to wrap up in curled up with hot chocolate and toasty roadhouse cookies The Stand falls squarely into that category, and adds hot rum to the mix as well The subtitle of The Stand really should be A Very Norman Rockwell Apocalypse It s a political fantasy set in the aftermath of a GM plague a mutating flu virus with 99.4% transmissibility Needless to say, 75% of the world s population dies Well, [...]


  15. Traveling sister read with Norma and KaceeyI am feeling wow right now and what an achievement reading The Stand 2 weeks on this amazing book and the best part the discussions it created with Norma and Kaceey.Great book for a group read.Norma has posted the full review on her reviews or you can find it on our sister blogogirlslostinacouleereadi


  16. The Stand Abridged 5 StarsThe Stand Unabridged 3.5 to 4 StarsI hope that lets both of my star ratings of this book go through as I already rated The Stand Abridged years ago, but in case it doesn t, I am combining my review of the two into one.The original Stand is one of my top three favorite books of all time the other two being Brave New World and 1984 I am a sucker for post apocalyptic dystopian I don t think The Stand is the best introduction a person could have to Stephen King that lies wi [...]


  17. A heartfelt thank you to Norma and Brenda for including me in this 1,300 page marathon journey of a novel I was kindly offered the opportunity to become part of the traveling sister read earlier this month Such a great concept and what an incredible experience I enjoyed every minute of it All of our discussions, opinions and back and forth chats So interesting to share each other s thoughts as we made our way through the book together With such an incredibly long book we managed to keep one anot [...]


  18. I haven t read any horror book for 5 years.I have heard of Stephen King a many times He is one of most popular authors I never thought I would have read his book one day This is the first book I have read by Stephen King.Stephen King has used very powerful vocabulary and it is very unusual style of vocabulary.Stephen King is a good writer He has a very good imagination and the way he has created horror atmosphere is wonderful King has created horror atmosphere and feel brilliant also he knows ho [...]


  19. I m sorry but I cannot, in good conscience, give this anything less than 5 stars Even though there were a few parts that aggravated me mostly in book 3 the good far exceeded the bad It took me nearly three weeks to read this 1153 page monster, and amazingly I was never bored with it Such an epic tale, biblical in scope, with some truly remarkable character development I ll be remembering this one for a long, long time to come.


  20. And so the Apocalypse Trifecta is complete, with my one, true favorite End of the World book I have no idea how many times I ve read it now I know the first time was in junior high school, though, and a lot of time s gone by since then I also think I have about three different copies floating around.It s hard to know where to begin when writing about this book, probably because I work under the assumption that everyone has read it But I guess that s what everyone thinks about their favorite book [...]


  21. The first time I read The Stand I was home sick from school with some illness, the German measles I think Maybe not a good time to be reading a book about a super flu, but I was young and not so bright.This had to have been in 1981 or so, because that s the year MTV debuted, back then they played music videos on Music Television and probably had about ten or so they kept playing over and over Well, I m on the pull out couch in the family room with MTV playing it made me feel better to see the gu [...]


  22. The Stand is one of my all time favorite books, and I think it is the most unforgettable A must read if you are a SK fan, and a must read if you love Good vs Evil



  23. I know THE STAND is considered King s magnum opus by many, but I had a hard time staying fully engaged with this epic tale Maybe in part because I m not the biggest fan of post apocalyptic fiction This book seemed overly long to me, and I was than ready for it to end 2.5 stars


  24. Ach du heilige Kacke 1700 Seiten Und ich habe sie tats chlich ENDLICH durch O man, was f r eine Achterbahnfahrt dieses Buch doch war So berragend stark es auch gestartet ist, so z h waren einige Stellen im Mittelteil Ehe das Buch mit einem lodernden Inferno ausgegangen ist The Stand ist episch, actionreich, gruselig, skurril, bertrieben, wahnsinnig, tiefgr ndig kurzgefasst, King nutzt alle 1700 Seiten bis zur letzten Sekunde aus, um seinen Charakteren Tiefe zu geben und sein allumfassendstes Ein [...]


  25. Uno de mis favoritos de mi autor favorito, y uno de los m s complejos y mejor elaborados No voy a escribir 1000 palabras para convencerlos de que lo lean, solo conf en en estas pocas l neas y en mi calificaci n perfecta Cuando digo que es de lo mejor de lo mejor, lo es Fant stico trabajo de King Lectura impostergable, conmovedora, emocionante.


  26. The Stand Abridged 5 StarsThe Stand Unabridged 3.5 to 4 StarsI hope that lets both of my star ratings of this book go through as I already rated The Stand Abridged years ago, but in case it doesn t, I am combining my review of the two into one.The original Stand is one of my top three favorite books of all time the other two being Brave New World and 1984 I am a sucker for post apocalyptic dystopian I don t think The Stand is the best introduction a person could have to Stephen King that lies wi [...]


  27. I am not a Stephen King fan That being said this is one of a handful of works by him I enjoy Mr King seems to have a congenital inability to write an actual hero figure The fatal flaw motif is very evident in his protagonists This will appeal to some readers, and they find it a touch of realism There are times I wonder At any rate that isn t quite so evident here as in his other books The main characters while definitely within the feet of clay school aren t in general carrying around major crim [...]


  28. Meh I get the impression that Stephen King was trying to create nothing less than an updated, all American version of Tolkien s Lord of the Rings epic here, but the results feel shallow, overlong, self important, cheesy, and a little smug in places The sentences of The Stand appear to be quite pleased with themselves, which can get a bit annoying considering they don t really have all that much to say.Then again, The Stand by now has than 200,000 five star reviews here at GR many by good, respe [...]


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