Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest Review: The Stand by Stephen King

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Review The Stand by Stephen King - 1979

When an apocalyptic super flu is released from the constrains of a military base, more than 99.9% of the world's population is affected. As most of the world dies from this fast-acting flu, unlikely souls are brought together to form two groups. Those who are goodhearted and caring of each other, and those who bring out the worst in humanity who only work towards their own personal goals. When the two groups meet, it is the righteous who survive.

"The Stand" is one of those books that every time you read it, you discover something you missed before whether it is a meaning or textual content. Although the uncut version is a long and drawn out read, it's engrossing and difficult to put down once you start. Written by one of the masters of horror, Stephen King, the entire book is a testament to superb writing.

1. Character Development - Although it can get confusing at times, Stephen King opens character back-story to bring each one to life. Every character in this book is meticulously presented to the reader in order draw a connection. As flash-backs go, "The Stand" was far easier to follow than other books by King including "IT." There was enough of them to bring each character to a point in the plot, but not so many to take away from the main story.

2. Plot - The plot of "The Stand" was very easy to follow: survival. Each character is slowly drawn together in the common goal to find, quite literally, the woman or man of their dreams. For those who were to represent all that was good in the world, it was Abigail Freemantle who appeared in their dreams to follow her call to Boulder, Colorado. For those who were of questionable character, it was "the walking dude," Randall Flagg who centered his attentions around Las Vegas, Nevada.

3. The Flow - Although "The Stand" isn't loaded with non-stop action, the story is still strong enough to keep your attention. In some areas, the book can seem a bit long winded, but picks back up after a few pages. The closer to the end of the book you get, the more intense the story becomes and is harder to put down. It can easily steal several hours of your night before you even realize it.

4. Returning Value - There are a few books that you'll read where you want to reread it over and over. "The Stand" is definitely one of those books if you like the style of Stephen King. His vivid descriptions have made many disgusted while enthralling many more. At any rate, it is definitely worth the time in exploring this masterpiece.

Although this book has been out since 1978, the style of Stephen King can cause your imagination to interpret the book as it would happen today. It's an excellent example of timeless writing and can captivate the reader. It is one of the few Stephen King novels that had been developed for television while holding true to the storyline of the book.
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