The Stand

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Signet, 1990 - American fiction - 1168 pages
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King's phenomenally selling masterpiece The Stand is now coming as a blockbuster ABC-TV miniseries. The long-awaited television event finally airs this May. The book, featuring tie-in advertising cover art, is a classic study of the battle between good and evil in a future world, where virtually the entire planet's population has been wiped out by a deadly flu virus--accidentally unleashed by a Defense Department accident.

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The book is easy to follow, easy to read. - LibraryThing
Unnerving imagery: weasels in the corn. - LibraryThing
Also the ending in this book is great. - LibraryThing
Also, the writing just isn't that good. - LibraryThing
It depends on how you like your character development. - LibraryThing
Also, the ending blew my mind! - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Bob Mayer - Goodreads

Classic. Stephen King did admit the book Earth Abides was part motivation for writing this. But he took it in another direction and with a wide cast of characters. The ability to bring in a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nicholas Doran - Goodreads

The Stand is a horror epic, and nothing less. It was well-written with an alright plot. The only reason I gave this work 3 stars was for it's jumping around from one story to the next, never focusing on one storyline. Not that not focusing on one storyline is bad, but you get the point. Read full review

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Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Through the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List. King's title's Mr. Mercedes and Revival made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014. He won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2015 for Best Novel with Mr. Mercedes. King's title Finders Keepers made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015.

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