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The Stand

Postby Clayface » Fri Jan 08, 2016 11:54 am

I mentioned this book in another thread, and it inspired me to start another.

Most early Stephen King books are good reads. Later stuff is abysmal but hey, he needs huge piles of cash to roll around in laughing like the rest of us, so I hold him no ill-will. I am not one of those people who expects an author to write stuff I like just because I like them I don;t own the man.

But.

The Stand is in my view his best book. It is IMHO the best Horror/Post-Apoc Book. IMHO it's the best Book written in the last 50 years. IMHO it's absolutely perfect. From Start to finish it is a masterly tour-de-force unputtdownable page-turner must-read smash hit. I quite like it, is what I am trying to say.


King assembles a cast of dozens of main characters, all with clear defined and interesting personalities, and has them roaming across the whole of the USA in fairly disonnected ways toward the final conclusion, and at no point do you go 'Uhhhh, who is this guy again?' like you do with most books of this size and type, or 'Oh God, not Frodo and Sam in Mordor again, I was reading about some fun stuff and battles' like you do in LOTR (admit it) or to an even worse way with that twatt Turtledove.

His Goodies are real people. His Baddies are real people. When two of the main characters are spree-killing barely sentient wankers and you feel sad when one gets killed you know you are reading a good book, I even like Stu Redman who is the archetypal American Good Old Boy.

If asked what my favourite book is, I never know what to say, some days I love one book rather than others. But If I had to choose a Desert Island Box of Books, The Original version of 'The Stand' is definitely going in there.

Note, if you haven't read it, I would suggest tracking a copy of the original version second hand. King went back and updated it to the 90's and added great chunks of late-King bloviating guff on at least two occasions, which spoils the book. The Original is the only one for me.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Altius » Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:10 pm

I read The Stand way back in high school and loved it. The characters are very well done, and as you say, they don't fit neatly into the "good/bad" pigeonholes. I also thought the supernatural aspects of the story weren't overdone. It's an epic story, and it was the one that actually sparked my interest in post-apocalyptic gaming. I should give that another read.

I agree with you about King's earlier work, including his short stories. Another of his books I really enjoyed was The Shining, which is quite different from Kubrick's movie. In fact, I've read that King wasn't happy with the way Kubrick made it and that it missed or changed some of the main points of the book.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Levied Troop » Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:25 pm

Enjoyed The Stand, every time I hear Nick Cave's 'Red Right Hand' it reminds me of the book.

But The Shining was King's standout work for me. I read it in one bright sunny day sitting alone in the house and it scared the bejasaus out of me. I actually moved my chair so it was back to the wall and I could watch the room. Curiously enough, the film version had the same effect, it remains the only film I've ever closed my eyes in during certain parts and my heart rate went through the roof. The rest of the audience were giggling at Jack Nicholoson's performance, go figure.
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Re: The Stand

Postby kawasaki » Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:57 pm

The Stand was an great read. As was Salem's Lot, It and Christine. Could never get on with The Shining though.

It all started going wrong with The Tommyknockers. I know he was off his face on drugs at the time, but fucking hell how many times can you write about menstruation in a novel? "Hey guys, I'm a New Man, I can write about periods without embarrassment. Look, I'm talking about MEN-STRU-A-TION!!! No-one's ever done that before, see that character? She's bleeding!!! From her cunt!!! Blobby, Blobby, Blobby!!! (Or should that be "Bobbi, Bobbi, Bobbi!!!"?)"

He certainly picked up the ball he kicked with 'Carrie' and ran with the fucking thing.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Duff » Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:36 pm

I thought it was as boring as LotR, it's only saving grace was the lack of songs. It also has THE worst ending I've ever read. The hand of God? May as well of had the fucking eagles turn up and save the day. Piss poor. Salem's Lot is the only King book I've enjoyed. Unfortunately it was also the first King book I read, so I trudged through quite a few more hoping for something as good but was always disappointed.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Clayface » Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:39 pm

Duff wrote:Piss poor


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Re: The Stand

Postby An Absent Humphrey » Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:41 pm

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Re: The Stand

Postby kawasaki » Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:51 pm

Sane Max wrote:OK, you and I are no longer whatever it is you call people that post messages and respond to them on the internet.


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Re: The Stand

Postby --- » Fri Jan 08, 2016 4:07 pm

The Long Walk & The Running Man from the Bachman Books are worth a read.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Hastati » Fri Jan 08, 2016 5:16 pm

Salem's Lot is his best work IMO. I like the Stand as well, but the 90's revamp totally ruined it.
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