The Stand

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£1.99 10.99
Deal Score+556
£1.99 10.99
The Stand
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • King, Stephen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 1348 Pages - 12/11/2008 (Publication Date) - Hodder & Stoughton (Publisher)

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In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookshops and beg them not to buy it.

The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it. Stephen King’s most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world’s population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.

“I love to burn things up,” King says. “It’s the werewolf in me, I guess…. The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! … Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke.”

There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. –Fiona Webster –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

‘His work…plumbs, with unnerving accuracy, the hopes and fears of an entire nation’ –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. ‘As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class’ –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams.Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn’t take long for the plague which killed him to spread across America and the world. –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. ‘As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class’ –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than fifty books. His novels include Carrie, The Shining and Revival. His novel Under the Dome is now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Over the years, King has had various cameo roles in film adaptations of his books as well as playing rhythm guitar in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band made up of some of America’s bestselling and best-loved writers He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA. –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. “A master storyteller.” –Los Angeles Times

“[The Stand] has everything. Adventure. Roman. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!” –The New York Times Book Review

“As brilliant a dark dream as has ever been dreamed in this century.” –Palm Beach Post

“An undisputed master of suspense and terror.” –The Washington Post

“King is one of the most powerful storytellers we have. His work satisfies on first reading and is even better the second time around.” –Chicago Tribune “Crackling . . . with explosive climaxes.” –The Boston Globe “[For] those who like their horror on a humongous scale.” –Los Angeles Times “Peerless imagination.” –The Observer (London) –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, just north of Arnette, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn’t take long for the plague which killed him to spread across America and the world. Material edited out of the first edition is restored here. –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. ‘A writer of excellence…King is one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel’ –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams.Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms.When a man crashes his car into a petrol station, he brings with him the foul corpses of his wife and daughter. He dies and it doesn’t take long for the plague which killed him to spread across America and the world. –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Reissue of the international bestseller in the dramatic new graphic cover style of No. 1 bestseller, CELL

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