Stephen King ð The Stand PDF

PDF ì BOOK The Stand FREE ↠ ❰KINDLE❯ ❅ The Stand Author Stephen King – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 This is the way the world endsS institutions and emptied of percent of its people A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides or are chose M O O N spells spectacularI first read THE STAND in the early 80's It was during the Christmas break I lived out in the boonies with my family and after the holiday hoopla was over I planted myself in my favorite chair and sat there for 4 days devouring every page only leaving for bathroom breaks meals and sleep30 years later my reading experience was a little different I read it with my Goodreads friend Lisa who had the uncut version while I had the original I stopped and started as she caught up there were huge amounts of messages back and forth on the characters the differences in editions who we loved who we hated and everything and anything we could think of to discuss It was a month long readbut the one thing both experiences did have in common was I LOVED IT each timeAt a remote US Army base a strain of influenza is accidentally released Despite a lock down soldier Charles Campion is able to escape with his wife and child By the time the military is able to track his whereabouts Campion has spread the disease around parts of Texas triggering a pandemic which kills off 99 percent of the population The one percent are left in survival mode spread out over the entire country and plagued by strange dreams about two individuals which eventually draw some to Nebraska and some to Las VegasHemingford Home Nebraska Is the home of Abagail Freemantle— Mother Abagail a 108 year old woman who receives visions from God She is the embodiment of goodLas Vegas Nevada is where Randall Flagg has set up shop Randall is also called The Dark Man and The Walking Dude He lives to cause death and destruction and has supernatural powers which allow him to be human animal or demon He is the embodiment of evilKing said that he wanted to write a fantasy epic like The Lord of the Rings only with an American setting and that is just what he did THE STAND is a wonderful epic fantasy adventure about good vs evil One that I would recommend to anybody who hasn't read it yet and even to those who have

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This is the way the world ends with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual co You know what’s really scary Getting sick while you’re reading the first part of The Stand Just try running a fever going through a box of tissues and guzzling the better part of a bottle of Nyuil while Stephen King describes the grisly deaths of almost every one on Earth from a superflu On top of feeling like crap you'll be terrified BonusAfter a bio engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a US government lab it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to succumb to the disease A handful of survivors are mysteriously immune and begin having strange dreams some of which are about a very old woman called Mother Abigail asking them to come see her More disturbing are nightmares about a mysterious figure named Randall Flagg also known as the Dark Man or the Walkin’ DudeAs they make their way through an America almost entirely devoid of people the survivors begin to unite and realize that the flu was just the beginning of their problems While some are drawn to the saintly Mother Abigail in Boulder Colorado who tells them that they have been chosen by God others have flocked to Flagg in Las Vegas who is determined to annihilate all those who refuse to pledge their allegiance to himIf King would have just written a book about a world destroyed by plague and a small number of people struggling in the aftermath it probably would have been a compelling story What sets this one apart is the supernatural element Flagg is the embodiment of evil and chaos He's a mysterious figure who has been giving the wrong people the push needed for them to make things worse for everyone and he sees the plague as his chance to fulfill his own destiny as a wrecker of humanity And on the other side we have God Yep that God The Big Cheese himself But this isn’t some kindly figure in a white robe with a white beard or George Burns or Morgan Freeman This is the Old Testament God who demands obedience and worship while usually rewarding his most faithful servants with gruesome deaths King calls this a tale of dark Christianity in his forward and one of the things I love about this book is that it does feel like a Biblical story complete with contradictions and a moves in mysterious ways factor Stories don’t get much epic than this and King does a great job of depicting the meltdown of the world through the stories of a variety of relateable characters Larry Underwood remains among my favorite King creations One of my few complaints is that this features a lot of King’s anti technology themes that he’d use in several books like Cell or The Dark Tower series We’re told repeatedly that the ‘old ways’ like trying to get the power back on in Boulder are a ‘death trip’ The good guys gather in the Rocky Mountains but if they try to get the juice going so they won’t freeze to death in the winter they’re somehow acting in defiance of God’s will and returning to the bad habits Not all tech is bad tech Mr King Nature is a bitch and will kill your ass uicker than the superfluHere’s another thing I’m not wild about When this was published in the late ‘70s the bean counters at King’s publishers had decided that the book as written would be too pricey in hardback and no one would pay a whopping 13 for a Stephen King hardback So King cut about three hundred pagesAround 1990 after it had become apparent that King could publish his shopping list as a best seller he put those pages back in and released the uncut version Which I’m fine with The original stuff was cut for a financial reason not an editorial one and there’s some very nice bits of story added in If King would have stopped there we would have had a great definitive final version as originally created by the authorUnfortunately he seemed to catch a case of Lucasitis and decided to update the story a bit and change its original time frame from 1980 to 1990 I’m not sure why that seemed necessary to him Yes the book was a bit dated by then but it was of its time He didn’t rewrite the text Which I’m grateful for but just stuck in some references to Madonna and Ronald Reagan and Spuds McKenzie This led to a whole bunch of anachronisms Would students in 1990 call soldiers ’war pigs’ Someone in New York picks up a phone book to look up the number to call an ambulance instead of dialing 911 A song called Baby Can You Dig Your Man is a huge hit None of it uite fits together There's also a layer of male chauvinism and lack of diversity that you can overlook in a book written in the late '70s but seems out of place for a book set and updated for 1990The things that irritate me are still far outweighed by one of my favorite stories of an apocalyptic battle between good and evilI’m also glad to get a long overdue audio edition of this book Great narration and 40 hours of end of the world horror make for a damn fine listening experience

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The StandNtacts 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 it M O O N That spells “Damn what a great book”I knew King had it in him I am a fan of his brilliant 1977 haunted house thriller The Shining but I did not expect thisThe best post apocalyptic novel ever Maybe that is a broad category teaming with great work from talented writers but King’s The Stand is an epic genre defining workMy friend Michael has a profile statement something to the effect of finding our next 5 star rating I like that sentiment and am excited by the opportunity that our next favorite book is out there waiting to be read; a new best friend of an author to whom we’ve yet to be introduced Here’s mine I’m late to the party just reading this for the first time in 2015 I think I was always a little intimidated by the length It’s a beast and I was a glutton for punishment reading the 1990 extended version weighing in at a heavyweight 1153 pages But it’s a runaway train grabbing the reader up and taking him or her where Stephen King wants to take youYes it’s a book about a devastating plague but also so so much King weaves in an allegory about the viruses amongst us There is also the spiritual uality of the book King shows how we are sinners in the hands of an angry God and that dreamers will survive – and survivors can still dreamI could not help making a comparison with the Left Behind series and associating Flagg to Nicholai Carpathia – though King’s characterization is far complex and well rounded and like Milton’s Satan the most interesting character here is the villain This makes me appreciate his The Gunslinger series and I want to search out Flagg and read about himThis is also an American epic and in its context an American eulogy King shows us the good the bad and the ugly of what we are and what we can be An observant reader will see references to Ursula K LeGuin word for world is woods to Jim Morison Edgar Allan Poe Woody Guthrie and hell even Rod McKuenI know Mr King and have enjoyed many of his works and I have now been amazed by his finest