A NovelBook - 2012?
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read
A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world's population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge--Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them--and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.
(This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition .)
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A question I’ve asked myself as a devoted reader of speculative literature, and one I’ve been asked a fair amount of times as a librarian, is what exactly is the difference between post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction? Along with why would I want to read something so frightening and depressing? It can be helpful to know (and fun to learn about) the nuances of genre fiction, but it’s… (more)
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I think this is the first post apocalyptic novel I ever read. And boy is it tough to beat. When a mutated strain of super-flu wipes out 99% of the world's population in a matter of weeks, the survivors fall under two leaderships, one light and one dark. The choices they make along the way will ul... Read More »
LPL_FisherA Oct 21, 2014
A contagious strain of influenza known as Captain Trips is released and wipes out the vast majority of the human population. This post-apocalyptic read has a multifaceted narrative structure that provides a poignant insight on the emotional toll of human extinction, whether or not humanity can l... Read More »
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Violence: 10/10 Very very violent scenes of torture, death, stabbing, shooting, rape, crucifixion, severed body parts, decapication, sodomy, people being ripped apart. All of these scenes describe with intense details of graphic gore.
Coarse Language: 10/10 Extremely strong and frequent-- Just about every swear word used on every page. Some sexual and other not.
Sexual Content: 10/10 Gay rape with a loaded pistol. Sex, cheating, abuse, sodomy, rape, oral sex, masturbation, sexual fantasies ect.. There are many sexual relationships in The Stand, some of which are messed up and strange. Some scenes are vividly described while other are very short. Don't let this discourage you from reading-- the message of the book is worth it.
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This book is why Stephen King is considered the master of the horror genre.
It has it all; horror, gore, violence, comedy, suspense, romance, and drama. This is a vast book that I enjoyed completely. Over 1,000 pages of fun!!
I completely recommend this book to anyone that wants a challenging and exciting read.
I give this a 10/10.
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