The Stand

About the Author: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels


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  • Hardcover
  • 1153 pages
  • The Stand
  • Stephen King
  • English
  • 10 October 2017
  • 0385199570

The Stand 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.

10 thoughts on “The Stand

  1. Kemper says:

    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 NyQuil 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 Bonus After a bio engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a U.S government lab, it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to suc 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 NyQuil while Stephen King describes...

  2. Carol. says:

    Dear Stephen,I m sorry I just don t like you in that way I know we ve been friends for a long time, but I just never developed those kind of feelings for you, even after eleven hundred pages I feel like we only moved forward in fits and stops, and we were just never able to sustain a kind of even handed development of the kind of chills and thrills a person really likes Shock someone enough times with snot running out of their nose, and it just becomes a little meaningless And there are onl Dear Stephen,I m sorry I just don t lik...

  3. Evan says:

    Are 1100 pages enough to stop a bullet This was the question that came to mind when my roommate asked if I had anything to use as target practice for when we would go shooting Well, that was not the exact question More of a theoretical situation, really Suppose you are being shot at, and you have a paperback copy of the stand in your pocket, and that s where the bullet hit, would Stephen King s really thick novel be enough to stop the bullet and save your life I was determined to find out Are 1100 pages enough to stop a bullet This was the question that came to mind when my roommate asked if I had anything to use as target practice for when we would go shooting Well, that was not the exact question More of a theoretical situation, really Suppose you are being shot at, and you have a paperback copy of the stand in your pocket, and that s where the bullet hit, would Stephen King s really thick novel be enough to stop the bullet and save your life I was determined to find out Some reading this may behorrified by the fact that I would be willing to even think of shooting such a beloved book And I agree, based on seeing it s affect, that shooting a book is a very violent act Yet I didn t feel any remorse in shooting it I do admire Stephen King as a writer, though I read several books of his before and after reading the Stand that I did enjoy a great deal, and ...

  4. Lyn says:

    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 this.The 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 work.My 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 th 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 this.The 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 work.My 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 t...

  5. Delee says:

    M O O N spells spectacular I 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 sleep.30 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 M O O N spells spectacular I 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 sleep.30 years later my reading experience was a little different I read it with ...

  6. Mohammed Arabey says:

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  7. Alex is The Romance Fox says:

    I never get tired of reading this book It s my absolute all time favorite reads Every once in a while I have to go back and read it again and again.and it s just as good as the first time I read it those many years ago.1st ReviewThe end of the world where humanity takes a stand between good and evil I am a Stephen King fan and whilst I have read most of his books, The Stand has remained my all time favorite I read it when it was first published in 1978 and I was really happy when a longer I never get tired of reading this book It s my absolute all time favorite reads Every once in a while I have to go back and read it again and again.and it s just as good as the first time I read it those many years ago.1st ReviewThe end of the world where humanity takes a stand between good and evil I am a Stephen King fan and whilst I have read most of his books, The Stand has remained my all ...

  8. Petrik says:

    3.5 5 starsM O O N That spells I am done with this MOONstrosity of a tome.This is the biggest single book I ve ever read in my life so far It s 470k words and it s even bigger than Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson and although it doesn t go into my personal favorite list, I enjoyed the majority of the book.The Stand is totally not what I expected I really thought this would be a super thrilling plot driven with a lot of actions book due to the nature that the story revolves around a plague out 3.5 5 starsM O O N That spells I am done with this MOONstrosity of a tome.This is the biggest single book I ve ever read in my life so far It s 470k words and it s even bigger than Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson and although it doesn t go into my personal favorite list, I enjoyed the majority of the book.The Stand is totally not what I expected I really thought this would be a super thrilling plot driven with a lot of actions book due to the nature that the story revolves around a plague outbreak As it turns out, The Stand is a HIGHLY characters driven book with the plot moving at a very slow pace, and as great as it was, sometimes it di...

  9. Evgeny says:

    Humanity in general loves to play god trying to meddle in some very dangerous things Military is not an exception as they are obsessed with creatingeffective and devastating weapons Considering the progress from a simple stone to an atomic bomb we became quite efficient at killing others en masse Suppose we create a new virus which would make HIV look like a common flu Great, now we can let it loose, wait and have all the enemy infrastructure intact with all the people gone The proble Humanity in general loves to play god trying to meddle in some very dangerous things Military is not an exception as they are obsessed with creatingeffective and devastating weapons Considering the progress from a simple stone to an atomic bomb we became quite efficient at killing others en masse Suppose we create a new virus which would make HIV look like a common flu Great, now we can let it loose, wait and have all the enemy infrastructure intact with all the people gone The problem is virus does not care much about taking sides in a conflict So such a virus was created paid for by US taxpayers and was accidentally released The said taxpayers were practically wiped o...

  10. Will M. says:

    The place where you made your stand never mattered Only that you were thereand still on your feetSo I finally finished this gigantic brick This freakin gigantic heavy brick, and all I can say is, this is probably the best freakin brick ever made With a heaping 1439 pages, this book managed to hurt both my wrists, and probably injured some of my fingers That s the price I had to pay to read this amazing novel I never thought that I wouldn t finish this, fuck it I never even thoughThe place where you made your stand never mattered Only that you were thereand still on your feetSo I finally finished this gigantic brick This freakin gigantic heavy brick, and all I can say is, this is probably the best freakin brick ever made With a heaping 1439 pages, this book managed to hurt both my wrists, and probably injured some of my fingers That s the price I had to pay to read this amazing novel I never thought that I wouldn t finish this, fuck it I never even thought of putting this book down and read something else for the meantime All I can say is, Stephen King managed to impress me again Not that I doubted him though.Its a typical thing for King to serve us with multiple characters with different stories, and plunge them together at some point And as usual, some were amazing, and some were dreadfully boring unforgettable This was also my experience while reading Needful Things, but his characters here are way better I got an in depth description of each one, and I eit...