Regarding The Stand..

Discussion in 'The Stand' started by CM Bertellotti, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Lisey Landon

    Lisey Landon Well-Known Member

    I only have the uncut as audiobook. I loved it, and have had an order in amazon.de for a year now to get the book. They still have no delivery date, but I leave it in there, and hope!
    I would totally read the uncut version first.
     
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  2. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    Started my first read of The Stand a few days ago, the one released in '78. Up to page 120 now. Good flow, so far.
     
  3. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    It seems to me there are way too many characters which got me bogged down in Under The Dome---Is there one or two characters I can root for?
     
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  4. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    To me, from what I can recall of "The Stand", it ended up being a battle of good vs. evil - like the world had somehow been divided into two camps. The idea of too many characters has never bothered me. Even in Under the Dome I could keep them all sorted out.
     
  5. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    The characters in the Stand were not a problem for me. The beginning of the book pretty much has a chapter on each of the main ones.

    Sounds like a re-read is in order for you, Neesy :calm: I would have put some of you posts in spoilers! :numbness:

    You know you have to read The Drawing of the Three first, right?
     
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  6. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I do not think I gave anything away with my post above actually. I did pick up a copy of the revised version of the Stand while on holiday in Mexico last year for my son's wedding.

    The first time I read "The Stand" was probably around 30 - 35 years ago so don't expect me to remember all the details! :wink::laugh:
     
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  7. CriticAndProud

    CriticAndProud Resident Australian Adolescent (aka Xylophone Man)

    Finished the uncut version this morning. LOVED IT. Haven't read the original cut,like No1FanUK , I dunno how the hell they cut 400 or more pages out of it. I can see 70-100 pages (absolute maximum) that could be sliced without major detriment to the story, and cutting even those pages would reduce some of my involvement in the story I think.

    Well that is enough of my happy crappy....
     
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  8. Garriga

    Garriga Well-Known Member

    Read the uncut version. If you read te original You'll miss out on memorable characters and vivid scenes.
     
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  9. Shoesalesman

    Shoesalesman Well-Known Member

    Just finished the cut version. Characters and interactions were great, but a few hundred pages in the middle seemed to lag and sputter for me. A great book, no doubt, but not an excellent one. In comparing the last two SK books I've read (11/22/63 and The Stand), I liked 11/22/63 better. Just an opinion, that's all. Looking forward to reading the uncut version of The Stand, though.
     
  10. Geoff Jones

    Geoff Jones New Member

    Any recommendations on where to find the original version? I have the Expanded version (and love it), but I'd be curious to revisit the "shorter" one.
     
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  11. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Just a difference of opinion :) The characters who benefitted most from the reboot were Trashcan Man and The Kid, one of whom was developed nicely in the first place and one who was non-essential enough that he could disappear entirely with little net effect on the story. To my mind, that makes the initial edition the stronger.

    Either way, the OP will enjoy one of the finest dystopian novels ever written :)
     
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