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Review of The Stand

The Stand by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Looking through the other reviews, I see I am not the only one to read this book while battling a lengthy and severe illness. In my case, I caught a nasty cold/flu while driving across the country and was flat on my back with the shakes in  a hotel room for days. Not a good time to listen to the symptoms of "Captain Trip's." I think it's the length of the book that makes people put it off until there is absolutely nothing else to do. Afterall, when you're home sick, how many episodes of Law & Order can you watch before you just want to jump out the window?

Okay, to the matter at hand. The strength of this book is also, in many ways, its weakness. Stephen King is masterful at creating a sense of time and place and the people who inhabit it—both major and periphery characters. You really feel like you know these people and you can feel the desolation of a near-empty world. But all that description and those digr…