Genres: Horror, Post Apocalyptic
Published by Doubleday Books Pages: 1153
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Also by this author: Skeleton Crew, The Outsider, Christine, The Institute, Carrie, Later, Needful Things
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.
It was a long road but Barb and I finally finished The Stand! I don’t know how many times we complained to each other as we read this one! Go check out her review after you read mine at Booker T’s Farm.
Here is what I thought
So I am just going to say that I remember liking this a bit more as a teen because this thing bored me so much this go around.
Not sure where we left of reading and what was going on but I am sure it was more nothing. For the most part everyone that was a main character had arrived in Boulder, Colorado which is where Mother Abigail said they all needed to go.
Then it was pretty much them just settling in Boulder and creating the Free Zone. The MC’s trying to form committees and delegating jobs. Trying to get the electric back on, burying the dead, etc. Pages and pages and pages of this and all I could think of was is anything ever going to happen.
Then finally four of the MC’s get sent to Vegas where the dark man is for the final confrontation that was so anticlimactic I set there with my book going really! I spent hundreds and hundreds of pages wading through all this boring everyday stuff for that!! I swear to you the big bang of what happens at the end was literally only a few pages of the book! 1153 pages and I get a few pages of confrontation! It was so disappointing! Oh and also it is called THE STAND and I really didn’t think that was much of a stand they took!
You don’t know how many times I wanted to DNF this book and Barb wanted to and I kept pushing her to keep going as I surely thought something cool would happen then it didn’t. We could have quit and been happier, but I am glad we at least finished and can say we did. I know a lot of people love this book and maybe if we would have had the 800 page version it would have went a little better, but I am not really thinking it would have been a lot better. I have never been a fan of slow burn books and I am sure you guys know that by now. If it wasn’t for the fact that I got the audiobook from overdrive I might not have made it! I followed along in the book with the audiobook on 2.3 speed for most of it! 🙂
There are only a few positive things I can say about this book and that would be that a couple of my favorite characters survived and the dog Kojak survived!!! Oh and it had some cool illustrations in this copy. Other than that I really just didn’t like this book. 🙁 I can’t personally recommend this one but as I said before a lot of people loved it. I do think I would suggest the shorter version if you think you might want to try it.