King’s March- rereading The Stand

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This is the first week of King’s March, and I really haven’t been very successful in getting very far in my reread of The Stand.  The first time I read this book, I couldn’t put it down, but this time life is getting in the way.  A very sick boy was home for two days, three storms (which equal 3 migraines for me), computer issues, and a stolen wallet and the ensuing mayhem of canceling and replacing everything has done me in!

I have been successful in getting my husband to start the audio version of The Stand too, and he seems to be enjoying it- or at least being smart enough not to trash a book I love.  I am still in the early stages and am looking forward to getting away this weekend for some serious skiing and reading, with some wine thrown in too.

My favorite pastime while reading this book is imagining the cast for the new version that is supposed to be in the works.  I heard a rumor that has Matthew McConaughey as Randall Flagg.  What do you think?  Any other casting suggestions?

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King’s March!

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Kings-March

I participated in this great event last year hosted by Rory at Fourth Street Reviews and Wendy over at Wensend.

I am thrilled to be doing it again this year!

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Spring break is coming up next week, and we will be running around a bit, so I am going to choose a re-read of The Stand to conquer first, then I am hoping to read IT, even though I am literally scared to death of clowns.  I am hoping it is triggered visually.

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If I still have time, I am hoping to reread Bag of Bones, which I won (Yeah!) last year in the King’s March giveaway!

I also somehow managed to get my non-reader husband to agree to listen to The Stand on audiobook, but it’s a million hours long, so he might not finish until next year’s King’s March!

Maybe we can through in some good (and bad) movies too!  Any suggestions?

King’s March- The Stand by Stephen King

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The Stand

by Stephen King

published 2008

Random House

 

Summary

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. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.

Now Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic.

For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King’s gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.  (goodreads)

My Review

I consider myself a King newbie.  I read my first King book just a few months ago-The Shining-which I loved.  I proceeded to read Doctor Sleep  immediately after finishing, but then decided to take a King break.  I was so happy to sign up for King’s March with Fourth Street Review and Wensend,  and decided I would tackle The Stand.   This scared me because it is SO big, and I downloaded the newly (2008) published version, which is actually longer than the original at over 1,200 pages!  Put very simply, I loved it.  I thought The Shining would be my fav, since I enjoyed it so much, but it is now The Stand.  I couldn’t stop reading, and it was not scary at all, so if you are like me (a big baby) and don’t read horror- this is one you definitely can read.

When I first started, I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters that were constantly being introduced.  It was made worse by not having a large chunk of time to sit and read and I even stopped skiing to read in the lodge for a while just to stay in stride.

I honestly don’t even know how to go about giving a summary here, but would rather talk about the characters, so if you haven’t read it-go read it NOW-then come back here!  I loved all the characters- good and bad.  Frannie was awesome, but I really wanted her to be just a little more kick ass-even pregnant!  Stu Redman- do they really make them like that?  I had to keep reminding myself he wasn’t older- he seemed too kind to be that young.  Larry- becoming a better man that he originally was- and I will never forget his travels through the Lincoln Tunnel..  I could obviously go on, but I am sure it will all sound very annoying especially if you haven’t read it yet.  I would definitely recommend this book to absolutely anyone who enjoys to read.  And is there really going to be a movie?  Who should star in it?  Suggestions?

I couldn’t resist moving on to another King, even though I don’t want to let go of this one.  I just got The Green Mile and The Long Walk.  Not sure which I will grab first!

King’s March

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Kings-March

I am excited to join in  King’s March, hosted by the amazing Rory at Fourth Street Review and Wendy at Wensend.  I am a bit of a King newbie, having read my first by him just a few months ago.  My plan is to take on the large and daunting The Stand.  Then I will link up with the other bloggers  participating to share my reviews.

Here’s the run down on how it will work from Wendy-

THE EVENT

I guess you all know Stephen King; it doesn’t matter if you’ve read anything by him or not. I think he’s most famous for his horror novels like ItThe Shining and Misery, but he has also written non-fiction like On Writing and literary novels like The Green Mile and Under The Dome, which has recently been made into a tv show.
Rory, the King expert, and I, the King newbie, invite you to read anything King-related during the month March. This can be any of his novels, but also non-fiction work written about King, interviews, anything. You can check out Rory’s blog for Stephen King reviews or explore the King’s books yourself: anything is possible.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

All you have to do to participate in this event is to read and post about at least one thing King-related. You are free to read as many King books as you want, but you can also stick with just one book (some of the books are real chunksters). You can already let us know you’re going to participate by signing up with the Mister Linky below, but you can also join in the fun halfway through the month. Every week during the event there will be a link-up on both our blogs where you can share your reviews, info posts and any other King-related posts.
You can already put up a post on your blog announcing that you’re going to participate and reflecting on which books you’d like to read. If you do so, please use the event button in the post or in your sidebar, link back to Rory’s blog and mine. You can also let us know you’ve put up a post by leaving a comment. Want to join in the fun on Twitter? Just add the hashtag #kingsmarch to your tweet.

GIVEAWAY

To make this event even more fun, everyone who’s participating in this event will get an entry for winning a book by Stephen King. If you write one post during the event, you get one entry; if you write five, you get five entries. I’ll host a giveaway on my blog and Rory will do the same. We’ll both be using the same linkups, so you don’t have to enter at both our blogs. More details will be announced at the beginning of the event.

The Stand

by Stephen King

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. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

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What do you think go The Stand?  Do you have a favorite King book you would recommend?