Stephen King

The Stand By Stephen King


I had heard so much about this book that I was almost scared to read this book for the fear of being disappointed. I wondered why would people want to read and re read a book, about a killer virus and so much death, 15 -20 times or every flu season,- until I read it. It has now become my favorite SK book.


This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defence 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 killer virus, popularly called ‘Captain trips’ leaves behind a group of survivors who pick sides with either Mother Abigail or Randall Flagg. What follows is the struggle of the Good vs. Evil with the good guys having to make sacrifices in order to win. How the Good guys try and win, forms the whole premise of the story.


  • Excellent story telling
  • Beautifully written characters
  • Basically everything


  • It is a very lengthy book


I loved the characters in this book even the bad guys. Most of them were ‘Grey’ which let me relate to them in some way or the other. My favorite characters were deaf mute and blind with one eye-Nick Andros and the mentally challenged Tom Cullen. SK has written these guys so beautiful, you can help but love them. I hated Fran. She was so winey and irritating throughout the book. She opposed Stu in everything, like an immature selfish kid. He could have done so much better than her.

Over all The Stand is a full package. It has everything you want – drama, death conspiracy, love, heartbreak, betrayal and friendship. I totally understand now why people re read this book so often. It’s not just the story but how it makes you feel. It’s however not everyone’s cup of tea. If you can stomach death gore and really big books please do read this one. All those who give this one a miss don’t know what they are missing.



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