The Stand by Stephen King
The Complete and Uncut Edition

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24 Critic Reviews

there are memorable scenes of the superflu spreading hideously, Fifth Avenue choked with dead cars, Flagg's minions putting up fresh lightbulbs all over Vegas. . . . Some King fans will be put off by the pretensions here; most will embrace them along with the earthier chilis.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 Abigail -- 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 comlexity 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.


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About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published June 24, 2008 by Anchor. 1348 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Stand
All: 24 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 26 2011

there are memorable scenes of the superflu spreading hideously, Fifth Avenue choked with dead cars, Flagg's minions putting up fresh lightbulbs all over Vegas. . . . Some King fans will be put off by the pretensions here; most will embrace them along with the earthier chilis.

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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 26 2011

For many, a haunting experience given its greatest life by scenes of devastation, although The Shining is artistically more complex and satisfying. And what can be said about the prole values King celebrates in book after book? Tiresome, man.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Dec 14 2015

A new beginning adds verisimilitude to an already frighteningly believable story, while a new ending opens up possibilities for a sequel. Sheer size makes an Everest of the whole deal.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by James Smythe on Aug 03 2012

The Stand is a masterpiece, and I don't use that word lightly. King says in the novel's introduction that he "wanted to write a fantasy epic like The Lord of the Rings, only with an American setting", and that's absolutely what he did.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by James Smythe on Aug 03 2012

The Stand is a masterpiece, and I don't use that word lightly. King says in the novel's introduction that he "wanted to write a fantasy epic like The Lord of the Rings, only with an American setting", and that's absolutely what he did.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Jon Erbar on Sep 28 2009

Published by Doubleday in May of 1990, the unabridged version of this epic spans some 1152 pages and delivers on every single one of them (the original was published by Doubleday & Co. in 1978). I highly recommend reading this contemporary classic.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Jon Erbar on Sep 28 2009

In this modern-day epic, the end does not loom in the form of reanimated corpses or impending meteors twice the size of Europe. Rather, it is biological, microscopic.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 23 2011

...THE STAND was later re-issued in its entirety. This is the one you want to read. It's the epic battle between good and evil...Enter this post-apocalyptic world and join a band of intriguing characters as they decide which way to go.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Grady Hendrix on Nov 29 2012

...the length is just long enough to allow King to let his characters stretch their legs for as long as it takes them to come alive in his mind.

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Tor

Good
Reviewed by Suzanne Johnson on Apr 15 2011

The Stand also is arguably the first modern dystopia novel, a product of complex social changes that remain relevant despite the book’s ripe old age of 33.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

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Reviewed by Dawn Nikithser on Oct 31 2012

This is bombastic brain candy that tells, deep within its black and plague-ridden little heart, an archetypal tale in a uniquely American setting and voice. Will it scare you? God, I hope so. It should. But there is redemption in here, and hope, and that is what the best scary stories are all about.

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Rambles

Above average
on Aug 22 2014

The characters in The Stand are some of King's best: Stu Redman, Glen Bateman, Nick Andros...The female characters though -- and this is typical of early King -- don't fare so well.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by Brian F. on Aug 26 2014

The Stand is an excellent Stephen King novel and well worth the time spent to read this lengthy epic.

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EzineArticles

Below average
Reviewed by Steven Veach on Feb 24 2010

The Stand is legendary, though I'm not sure why. The plot seems kind of awkward, thought I will admit, the characters can be quite fascinating in places.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 28 2012

Mr. King sweeps the reader into his post-flu world within the first few harrowing sentences and does not let them go. The Stand just may be one of the best examples of a modern-day epic to date and well worth the time involved...

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Rhapsody in Books

Above average
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Sep 21 2010

I don’t consider it a “great” book, but it does give you a lot to think about. One can’t help but be fascinated by survival situations when all pre-disaster preoccupations no longer have any meaning. What turns out to matter? What would matter to you? Besides, the book is a fantastic doorstop. Did I like it? Yes, I did.

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Before It's News

Below average
on Aug 29 2012

I won’t say this was a bad book. It wasn’t. For me, it was just disappointing. I see why people like it, and if I had read this back in high school or college, I’d probably be totally in love with it. But reading The Stand today, I just felt the journey wasn’t worth the destination.

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Sarah Says Read

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Reviewed by Sarah on Jan 28 2013

I did like it, overall. It gave me a lot of food for thought and discussion. If it wasn’t so gigantic, it would make a fun readalong book.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Above average
on Aug 28 2012

There are many reasons I love this novel. First and foremost it’s the characters. These characters have all become like family to me...All in All, I have read The Stand five times from cover to cover, and countless times at night when I have trouble sleeping I will turn to a favorite part, and just read a few chapters.

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Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

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Reviewed by Graeme Flory on Apr 29 2009

The way it links into the wider universe of the Dark Tower makes it all the better as far as I’m concerned. If you’re thinking about picking up a Stephen King book for the first time then this could be the best place to start...

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World's Strongest Librarian

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Reviewed by Josh Hanagarne on Oct 24 2010

For fun. For the thrill of creating something. For the joy of spinning a big fat yarn that people like me will love. It is impossible for me to read The Stand and not feel how much fun King must have had while writing it, even though I know some of it was very difficult.

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Spooky Reads

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Reviewed by Will on Jan 19 2013

It’s a definite must read for anyone I think, and especially anyone with a fascination for the more dread-filled literature genre.

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Stewartry

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Reviewed by stewartry on Aug 30 2011

My respect for Stephen King grows with every book of his I read, and my remorse at my long-held prejudice against him grows proportionately. This is a masterful work.

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Jenny Loves to Read

Below average
Reviewed by Jenny Girl on Aug 11 2012

I totally enjoyed the first half of the book...Once the Free Zone was started everyone started to bore me to tears...I did not like any of these people any more...This is a classic good vs evil story and many people enjoy it, just not me.

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