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Thread: "The Stand", Best I've ever read.

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    worldpease's Avatar always annoying
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    Following the advice of someone in another thread,
    I stated reading 'The Stand', by Stephen King and I am very glad I did,
    so far it's the best I have ever read (though Im only at alf of it, so don't spoil it).
    I read it at work, so the hours go super fast,
    as I've mentioned before, Im not an expert at this reading books thing,
    but still I enjoy this book like no other,
    at first I didn't like the part of 'Mother Abigail', but Im getting used to it,
    besides, how bad could it get.
    Has anyone read it?
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    I've read it twice (had to get the unabridged version when it was published) and thoroughly agree it's a great book.

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    To borrow a cliche, it's a book of two halves. The first half is brilliant, the story of the superflu wiping out American civilization and the few survivor's adventures whilst moving towards Mother Abigail's house.

    However, once they start setting up their own town in Boulder (?) the book loses something for me. The religious aspect of it really turns me off and the offhand deaths of some pretty major characters is disappointing. Still, it is one of Stephen King's better books. (That's not to say I don't like his others.)
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    Good book.

    And I like the the mini-series they turned it into too, oddly enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnnY
    Good book.

    And I like the the mini-series they turned it into too, oddly enough.
    Yeah that was cool too.
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    Cheese has it pretty well-

    First half > good

    Second half > sux bawls

    Ironically, I've read a very similar book that hasn't the lethal weakness of being over-long; it's called Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

    Put down The Stand immediately and read the other-you won't be sorry.

    Better yet, finish The Stand, then read Lucifer's Hammer.

    You'll appreciate it even more.
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    I read Lucifer's Hammer too j2k4. Loved it....but did find it a little slow in the beginning and kept losing track of who's who.

    Anybody that tried The Stand and liked...if haven't done so already check out Robert McCammon's "Swan Song". Very much like King's and very enjoyable. Then you can always jump on the never ending bandwagon of whic is better.

    And for those into something really, really, obscure...look for "The Last Canadian" by William C Heine. A plague wipes out the United States and one of the survivors believes the Russians has released it.

    Or for devastation of our continent after the fact...try finding "Heiro's Journey" and "Unforsaken Heiro" by Sterling E. Lanier. Excellent books, but unfortunately no third ever followed and you are left hanging.

    One more to try in the totally fantasy genre...is "Ariel" by Steven R. Boyett. Beware though, the ending makes you realize what we all eventually lose and never get back again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikesWine
    Anybody that tried The Stand and liked...if haven't done so already check out Robert McCammon's "Swan Song". Very much like King's and very enjoyable. Then you can always jump on the never ending bandwagon of whic is better.
    Strangely enough my girlfriend recommended me that book today. (In fact she just gave me her copy as I'm writing this)

    Another good similar styled story would have to be I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, without which we wouldn't have Romero's zombie films or Night of the Comet ().

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    I was reading The Stand when that whole thing about the chicken flu came into the news. Was thouroughly sh*tt*ng myself.

    Thought it was alright, but must agree with most of the people here that the second half isn't nearly as good as the first half.

    Personally, I think Stephen King's best book is the Langoliers. Never bothered to watch the mini-series. i'm always scared it will change my image of the whole thing.

    Did anyone else watch it though?


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    I've often wondered if I'm the only person who absolutely cannot stand any of King's work. I can't think of any book of his that I've remotely enjoyed, and I've read a fair few of them. More often than not, they simply bore me. :/

    things are quiet until hitler decides he'd like to invade russia
    so, he does
    the russians are like "OMG WTF D00DZ, STOP TKING"
    and the germans are still like "omg ph34r n00bz"
    the russians fall back, all the way to moscow
    and then they all begin h4xing, which brings on the russian winter
    the germans are like "wtf, h4x"
    -- WW2 for the l33t

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