Barb and I are tackling The Stand and since it’s 1153 pages as we both have the complete and uncut edition, we decided to split it up into three sections. So we are not rating it yet just giving you are thoughts and will save the rating for the last part when it’s completed. Don’t forget to check out Barbs thoughts after you look at mine! 🙂
Here is what I thought
So I knew going into this that it was going to be a tad bit slow and boring but I remember liking it when I was a teen. I didn’t have the complete and uncut edition and so I figured that was code for lots more filler in the great style of Stephen King. But I managed to slosh through it all and we read to page 398 which is pretty much a whole book!
It starts out with a military man rushing to grab his family and try to get out of wherever they were, I think it was a base of some sort. He knew something bad had happened and he was trying to get away before it got them but he didn’t make it, but what he did manage to do was spread the disease. It was called different things from Blue flu to Captain Trips and superflu that wipes out 99% of the population.
So we are following a select group of people who survived. Stu Redman who came into contact with the military man when his car runs into the gas station and he is the only one who survives and ends up in a facility as they want to know why he didn’t die from the superflu when everyone else does. Stu is a character I like. There is Frannie who is pregnant and ends up alone after her parents die and she gets stuck with Harold who is so annoying. Larry who is pretty much a one hit wonder with a song and sure thinks he is something else and he is not. I really can’t stand him. Nick who is a deaf mute who is one of my favorite characters so far. There is Lloyd who gets thrown in jail because he followed a guy named Poke and ends up getting into a heap of trouble and being in jail when everyone is dying isn’t a great place to be! Oh course we get a few chapters about Randall Flagg aka the dark man, who comes in their dreams. He is making his way to a certain place and putting things in place and picking up some people. We get a glimpse of Abigail, the oldest lady living in one of Nicks dreams but we don’t know much about her yet. I maybe forgetting someone but that happens when there are multiple povs to follow.
So pretty much the first part of the book is just following these people as they try and navigate as they have no clue what to do or who might still be alive. Do they stay where they are or try and go somewhere else. We see how the government that is left tried really hard to shut it down so nobody would know what was going on, so like the government! We screwed up but we don’t want anyone to know that everyone is dying!
Some chapters where interesting some were completely boring and I am not afraid to admit I skimmed some, especially Larry’s chapters he is a real jerk. I am curious to see what happens next with everyone. I am excited for the new show on CBS that is coming next year for this book.
It was a lot of fun talking with Barb about the characters and chapters we liked as there is one chapter where people who survived did stupid things and got themselves killed. It was probably one of the most interesting chapters. 🙂
So overall, it’s an okay start to a rather large book so I knew it wouldn’t be riveting right away and as it currently stands its in the 3 star range so I am hoping that will go up as we continue to read it. Hope you tag along with us!